Dedicated and hardworking, Anne L. Ayers parlays more than five decades of professional excellence into her position in probate administration for the Court of Appeals for the states of California, Washington, and Maryland. She started her journey as a staff consultant in student development at Central Washington University, and continued on to become the director of the aerospace defense command resident education centers for North Dakota and Montana at Chapman University, instructor of psychology at Hampton University, and education service specialist for the General Education Development Center in Fort Monroe, Va. Ms. Ayers proceeded to join the U.S. Army Transportation school as an education specialist in 1977, the National Mine Health and Safety Academy (MSHA) as an education specialist in 1979, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Headquarters as an education services specialist in 1989. She retired from that post in 1996.
Over the years, Ms. Ayers participated in a number of creative endeavors as well. She was a photographer for the International Library of Photography from 1992 to 2010, a featured actor in the Mine Safety Color Video in 1988, and the author of “Educational Feasibility Study of Computer Uses in MSHA” in 1987. Further, she wrote “Developing Criterion-Referenced Instruction Based on Valid Job Performance Analysis” for II International Symposium for the Prevention of Risks in the Mining Industry, “Educational Cost-Effectiveness of Two Methods of U.S. Army Training,” and 29 on-the-job training books.
Ms. Ayers prepared for her career by earning a Master of Education from Seattle Pacific University in 1971 and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas in 1970, and by completing coursework at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the College of William & Mary, Hampton University, American University, and the University of Washington. She also became a court-appointed estate administrator in the states of California, Washington and Maryland, and joined prominent organizations like the National Association for Women Deans, Administration & Counselors (now NASPA), the National Society of Inventors, and the International Platform Association.
As a testament to her success, Ms. Ayers was selected as the Alumnus of Growing Vision for the Century in Education by Seattle Pacific University, the runner-up of the theme song contest at WCIR Radio, and an honoree of the transportation section of the National Directory of Women Administrators in Vocational Education. She also received the Toastmaster’s Trophy for Best Speech in the Virginia Group of Toastmaster’s International, the Leadership Scholarship from the Humble Oil and Refining Co., and the Excellence in Oboe Solo Award from the state of Washington. Additionally, Ms. Ayers placed first at Aerospace Pure Science at Boeing, Encyclopedia Britannica, and the King County Science Fair. She was particularly proud to be invited to the 40-year reunion of MSHA. Her achievements were featured in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America, and Who’s Who Among Human Services Professionals.
In her spare time, Ms. Ayers enjoys traveling, coin collecting, volunteering at her church, building rock gardens, outdoor work, auto repair, artistic activities, and collecting mine gems, as well as clarinet and oboe. Some notable achievements include the invention of the decorative pen, thermometer holder, corsage, and psychedelic jewelry process. She currently manufactures sapphire, diamond, and ruby jewelry for online sale.