Listee Features — September 9, 2020

Nelleke Nix

NELLEKE NIX

Nelleke Nix, a brilliant mixed media and printmaking artist with more than 60 years of inimitable experience, has presided over the NN Gallery in Seattle since 1970 as its director. Maintaining two studios since relocating to the U.S. from her native Holland in 1968, her success has afforded her the opportunity to serve as an artist-in-residence at the Lennox School in New York and the Jefferson Community Court in Seattle. She has likewise been commissioned in the U.S. in Seattle, New York and New Mexico, and abroad in the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Papua New Guinea and Egypt. Ms. Nix also taught and headed the Art Department at the Bush School, an all-girls’ school in Seattle, enjoyed teaching various summer art

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Kathryn Froiland

KATHRYN G. FROILAND

Senior oncology nursing educator Kathryn G. Froiland has found success with Tesaro, a public pharmaceutical company based in Waltham, Massachusetts, which focuses on drug development for cancer. Hired in 2015 as an oncology nurse educator, the company was acquired by Glaxo Smith Kline in 2018. She formerly taught for GSK as an oncology clinical nurse educator between 2003 and 2015. Prior to that role, she was also a program director of the wound ostomy continence nurse education program, a senior wound ostomy continence nurse and a senior nurse instructor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Likewise, Ms. Froiland has held various nursing positions in Minnesota at the Mayo Clinic Foundation, the Methodist Hospital, and the

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Suzanne Riskin

SUZANNE L. RISKIN

Harboring an affinity for medicine and teaching since coming of age, Suzanne I. Riskin, MD, garnered inspiration for her future career from her parents. The daughter of a physician and a teacher, she recognized the sense of fulfillment that comes from treating and educating others. Combining these two qualities, Dr. Riskin resolved to embark upon a professional career that would ultimately culminate in her success as a medical instructor. Initially enrolling at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Riskin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology and folklore in 1998. She subsequently completed additional coursework in pre-medicine. Concluding her academic efforts in 2007, Dr. Riskin obtained an MD from the University Of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Furthermore, she completed

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Debra Christian

DEBRA D. CHRISTIAN

After receiving a business degree from Texas College, Debra D. Christian served as a lab technician for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for 34 years. In 2007, she was inspired to develop the Christian Restoration Community (CRC) Residential Care Program in the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship, where she has since served as director. She was inspired by her father, who was a combat soldier in Korea at the age of 18 when the military was still segregated. He carried the American flag when President Harry S. Truman decided Black men could fight with the Buffalo Soldiers and later passed away from being exposed to Agent Orange during his time in Korea. Although her older brother also

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Jeanne Travis

JEANNE A. TRAVIS

Jeanne A. Travis, an award-winning entrepreneur and leader, founded J. Robbins Enterprises, LLC in 2020 and serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer. She graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA Tech) in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and minors in Psychology and Education. Ms. Travis began her career as a high school mathematics teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools. After two years, she decided to embark on a professional venture into business management and corporate finance. Over the years, Ms. Travis continued to garner experience in commercial planning and computer science until she co-founded Industrial Security Integrators LLC (ISI), an industrial security enterprise, originally serving as the Chief Technology Officer. She was appointed

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