Listee Features — December 2020

Maire Liberace


Inspired by her friends, who were pursuing careers in nursing, Maire Mairead Liberace obtained a nursing degree in 1958 and began her career as an administrator at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin. A health professional with the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin from 1960 to 1961, she is very proud of her early work in nursing, citing that she learned a lot from working with patients in an inner city hospital. In 1962, she came to the United States and began working as a health professional supervisor for the operating room at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, and later at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During this time, Ms. Liberace began doing work organizing management programs across the United

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Jacqueline Faber


First earning a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education, with a minor in art and writing, from the University of San Francisco in 1965, Jacqueline Faber began her career as an elementary teacher in Marin County, California. Spending over two decades with the Wade Thomas School, she taught third grade and specialized in project based learning. She was also responsible for the gifted writing program for the entire Ross Valley School District. In 1999, she was presented with the Golden Bell Award for all of her achievements. Inspired by seeing how her students were impacted when they got to read, Ms. Faber was ultimately driven to write children’s books of her own. In 2015, Ms. Faber published her first book,

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The president and founder of the Derrick B. Hart Jr. Autism Center, Audrey R. Matthews was inspired to open an autism center after her experiences raising her son, who has autism. Knowing very little about autism, she struggled at first to figure out how to help her son and how to find organizations where she could learn more and get help. Her hope for the Derrick B. Hart Jr. Autism Center is that she can provide resources to make the lives of families with autistic children easier and give them a place to turn to so they don’t have to struggle the way she did. Finding that her son responded well to sensory learning on a tablet, one of the

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Sandie Fauriol


Holding considerable expertise in nonprofit development, Sandie Fauriol retired from her position as the director of development with the AARP Foundation in 2007. She began her work with the AARP as the director of the annual campaign for the AARP Andrus Foundation in 1996, later serving as the director of development for the foundation in 1999. In 2002, she joined the Andrus Foundation’s parent organization, the AARP Foundation, as the acting chief development officer, before attaining her final posting as director of development in 2004. Ms. Fauriol cites her time with the AARP as the highlight of her career, nothing that it was a wonderful place to work and she enjoyed being able to work her way up the ranks

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Christina Jeffrey


Knowing from an early age that she wanted to be a writer or a teacher, Christina Fawcett Jeffrey began her studies at Vassar College in 1965. She then joined Plano University as a Richard M. Weaver fellow through the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1969. Realizing that she could combine her interests by becoming a college professor, she continued her education at the University of Alabama, where she was a National Defense Education Act fellow from 1969 to 1972 and a graduate teaching assistant from 1970 to 1973, and earned a Master of Arts in 1973. Dr. Jeffrey remained at the University of Alabama for her doctoral studies and became certified as a water

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Janna Newton


A retired elementary school teacher, Janna Sue Newton was inspired to be a teacher by her aunt, who taught first grade for 40 years in a small rural school district. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Arkansas Tech University in 1965 and immediately began teaching at the Fort Smith School District, where she remained until her retirement in 2005. Over the years, she taught first, second, third and fifth grade; provided her expertise in curriculum development on state and local levels; and served on the elementary council of the Arkansas Department of Education from 1993 to 1999.  She is also member of Childhood Education International, where she spent time on the board of directors in 1965 and was active

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Excelling in the field of health care administration for over 30 years, Elena J. Russo retired from her full-time salaried position with NYC Health + Hospitals in 2018. She subsequently founded and opened her own consulting firm, EJ Russo, Inc. in New York City, where she serves as the chief executive officer. Her specialty is regulatory work in the health care industry, and she has worked with hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities with a 100% approval track record for her regulatory applications. She greatly enjoys the freedom that consulting work provides, as it allows her to set her own hours and organize her work day in a way that is best for her. Prior to founding her own firm,

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Certified as a motivational coach, hypnotherapist, and professional assistant, Maureen Ann Graves began her career as a volunteer co-facilitator with the Siouxland Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in 1976 before becoming a counselor in 1979. To further her skills, she attended a yearlong program at the Gestalt Institute of Iowa, from which she graduated in 1980. In 1981, she co-founded the New Hope Alcohol and Addiction Center, where she worked as a counselor until 1998. During this period, she also spent time as a consultant for the St. Luke Hospital’s addiction center and opened her own private practice. In 1997, Ms. Graves began work as a Reiki practitioner and is presently active as a self-esteem and spirituality consultant. Greatly

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Nancy Boyer


Inspired to be a teacher by her aunt, who taught American history and government, Nancy G. Boyer, PhD, retired as an English as a second language (ESL) instructor at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California, in 2020. First joining the college in 1991, she also spent over two decades as chair of her department. She previously taught ESL at Pasadena City College from 1990 to 1991, Kuwait University from 1984 to 1990, Arkansas State University from 1983 to 1984 and Brigham Young University from 1979 to 1983. Earlier in her career, she was an ESL instructor with Church College of Western Samoa and the Briam Institute of the American Cultural Center in Madrid. Embarking on her studies with a

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Tammy-Lyn Yapp


Initially considering becoming a doctor, Tammy-Lyn Yapp was inspired to the field of medical technology by a professor during her undergraduate studies at Marquette University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in clinical laboratory sciences. She went on to earn a Master of Science in clinical laboratory sciences from the Chicago Medical School at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Over the years, she has also received certification in immunodiagnostics and clinical flow cytometry from Michigan State University and completed graduate coursework at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is also certified in good laboratory practice, as a medical technologist through the American Society for Clinical Pathology and licensed as a clinical laboratory supervisor by the Florida

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