From an early age, Selina Y. Ellis has harbored an affinity for helping others, specifically individuals with disabilities and the elderly. Originally cultivating a future for herself as an attending nurse, she quickly realized her potential to assist those in need both inside and outside of health care facilities. Equipped with a newfound sense of purpose, Ms. Ellis embarked on a professional venture that has culminated with the foundation of S. Ellis Adult Day Care Services LLC. Prior to establishing the aforementioned company, Ms. Ellis obtained her certification as a nursing assistant. Additionally, she enrolled at Perimeter College at Georgia State University and earned an Associate of Arts in business in 2010. Combining her edificatory experiences with her passion for
Leading a long and successful career as a biologist and educator, Billie T. Ketcios Zumo retired in 1999 from Central High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming, after more than three and a half decades of excellence. She formerly taught for five years at Carey Junior High School in Cheyenne and for one year as an English language teacher at McCormick Junior High School in Cheyenne. Additionally, Ms. Zumo held a faculty appointment at Laramie County Community College as a biology educator. Initially, Ms. Zumo became involved in her profession because she had aspirations of becoming a doctor. After her older sister received a college degree, she felt she could not go on to become a doctor, as it would be too
Dana Darwin Mallett Hummel is a retired research librarian and information technology specialist who had a diverse career with the military, U.S. Embassies and Washington D.C. think tanks. She assisted her husband who was the U.S. Embassy military attaché in several Hispanic countries. She was a member and distinguished president of the Fairfax County Public Library Board. Four large libraries were built under her leadership. She was active politically and served as a delegate to a Virginia state convention. She was a leading fund raiser for two U.S. universities. She taught Spanish at high schools and English as a second language. In her retirement, over a 14-year period she was a board member and ten-year president of her condominium association.
After receiving an associate’s degree from the American Institute of Paralegal Studies, Teresa C. Dempsey became involved with lending services in real estate. Beginning her career as a new home sales consultant, she advanced to the role of a sales manager and the vice president of sales and marketing. She eventually developed and came to helm a successful sales team, which she led to their biggest year in the history of their business. Following the devastation of the economic recession, Ms. Dempsey and her husband established Dempsey Group Realty. She later earned a real estate broker’s license in order to handle home loans. Presently, she excels as a loan officer and president of BNI, Power Professionals of Queen Creek. As
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
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
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
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
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
A veteran professional in retirement and financial planning, Kristi A. Knight excels as the founding partner of Veteran Benefits America Inc., which she established in 2009 with her husband, Patrick Sandner, to help senior veterans apply for aid. Additionally, she serves as the founding partner, an advisor of operations and a financial flight planner for Landing Financial Group, with which she specializes in working with single, divorced and widowed women. Ms. Knight’s day-to-day responsibilities and duties include planning, operations of the office, processing and making sure everything is in compliance. She first received her license in 1999. While growing up, Ms. Knight was involved on the financial side of her father’s business. She dealt with the money side of it.