Determined and willing to take chances, Caryl J. Guth worked hard to achieve her goal of becoming an anesthesiologist. She believes strongly in the importance of committing fully to dreams, and thus, she started her professional journey at Mars Hill College, where she earned an associate of arts in 1955. Dr. Guth proceeded to obtain a Bachelor of Science and an MD from Wake Forest University in 1957 and 1962, respectively, after which she interned at The University of Kansas Medical Center and served as a resident in anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She also earned certification as a Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology.
After completing her residency in 1965, Dr. Guth wasted no time in putting her host of academic experiences to practical use. That same year, she became an instructor in anesthesiology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and in 1966, she joined Radboud University (formerly the University of Nijmegen) as an instructor and Queen Victoria Hospital as a fellow in anesthesiology. In 1967, Dr. Guth was Chair of the Anesthesiology Department at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Santa Clara, Calif., when she was recruited for a position on the medical staff at the Mills Memorial Hospital in San Mateo, Calif. In the '90s, Mills Memorial Hospital merged with Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame, Calif. She worked within the merged medical group and its hospitals for decades until her retirement in 2000. She was a beloved member of the medical staff, and a peer described her as the go-to person to get things done. When she left a message or made a request, she got immediate results, and everyone from fellow anesthesiologists to surgeons to administrators to patients knew it; she commanded respect. Dr. Guth’s tenure included posts as a member of the Mills Hospital Board of Directors and the Mills-Peninsula Health System Board of Directors and as the chair of the department of anesthesiology.
Passionate about the arts, Jane Louise Curry dedicated her life to numerous facets of the industry before settling on writing. She started her journey as a student at Pennsylvania State University for a year before transferring to the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in 1954. The degree propelled her to her first professional positions as an art teacher, first at East Liverpool Schools in 1955 and then at Los Angeles Schools from 1956 to 1959.
During this time, Dr. Curry decided that a career in English would better suit her skills and interests, so she went back to school. She completed postgraduate studies in English at the University of California, Los Angeles, between 1957 and 1959, and continued on to Stanford University in California. There, Dr. Curry worked as a teaching assistant in the English Department from 1959 to 1961 and again from 1964 to 1965, served as an acting instructor from 1967 to 1968, and earned a Master of Arts and a PhD in 1962 and 1969, respectively. Further, she distinguished herself as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of London from 1961 to 1962 and a Leverhulme Fellow at the same institution from 1965 to 1966.
Health Care | Project Management
Set in the knowledge that change is a constant in life, Sally Gallot-Reeves is always willing to accept new challenges. She initially chose a career in health care, and took on positions in hospitals that she knew would allow her to continue to learn and assist others in the delivery of care and services to patients. She became invested in the optimum care of patients and the support of team members, and wanted to find the best use of her abilities in the field. After garnering an abundance of nursing and nursing leadership experience, Ms. Gallot-Reeves began to notice that projects lacked the strategies and tools necessary for the most effective completion of objectives and transitions. She focused her efforts more on the project management side of the field, and eventually, Connect the Dots, LLC, was born.
Connect the Dots is a project management consulting company and monitoring website that operates with the mission of “promoting the growth and success of individuals and teams in health care.” They offer a variety of services designed to make the implementation and success of projects as easy as possible, including analysis, calculated adjustments, and advice on adherence to scope, cost, and quality. Ms. Gallot-Reeves parlays more than three decades of knowledge into her position as the executive director, and she is thrilled her work allows her to exercise her passion for assisting organizations with determining plans, processes, and improvements so that others can achieve their goals.
An esteemed member of the architectural design community, Jane K. Hence continues to thrive at the head of JKH Design, which she has owned since 1989. She is responsible for designing more than 55 buildings, renovations, and additions in New England over the course of her career thus far, as well as co-designing more than 40 buildings in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Ms. Hence has also served as a freelance interior designer since 1982, and garnered experience as a designer and consulting associate for Michael McKinley & Associates, LLC, in Stonington, Conn., from 1993 to 2001. She is proud of her experiences, as each has allowed her to showcase her artistic abilities while helping clients see their dreams materialize right in front of their eyes.
With such a creative mind, Ms. Hence enjoys finding new ways to express herself. She joined the Alternate Newport Historic District Commission in 2017, and The Green Light in Newport, RI, as a photographer and interviewer in 2003. She has also painted various collected media in the Midwest, South, New England, and New York.
Education | Music
In pursuit of her passions, Dr. Jewel Taylor Thompson found the perfect career at Hunter College. A professor in the Music Department since 1997, she combines her love for music and education in a way that enthralls her students and enlightens the younger generations. Dr. Thompson primarily teaches classes in music theory, which includes the materials used for music notation, such as scales and chords, and musicianship, such as sight-singing and ear training. She also has experience serving Hunter College as an assistant professor, an associate professor, and an adjunct assistant professor. Prior to her current endeavors, Dr. Thompson held the title of assistant professor at West Virginia Institute of Technology, West Virginia State College, and Virginia State University.
Over the course of her career, Dr. Thompson also enjoyed roles outside of academia. She was the Organist for the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City from 1978 to 1983, and the Minister of Music and Choirmaster from 1983 to 2007. Between 1989 and 1993, Dr. Thompson was the Chair of the Arts Program for The Links, Incorporated, and between 1995 and 2003, she served as the Eastern Area Music Director. Additionally, she was a delegate of the International Women’s Leadership Association in 2015, and a member of the Scholarship Selection Committee for the United Negro College Fund.
A licensed psychologist with more than five decades of experience, Dr. Carole Ann Rayburn is thriving in her private practice. She loves the job, and her background gives her a unique insight into the minds of her patients that is virtually unrivaled. Dr. Rayburn started her career as a psychometrician, which is a person skilled in the administration and interpretation of psychological tests, in 1963, and hasn’t looked back since. From 1966 to 1968, she served as a clinical psychologist for Spring Grove State Hospital in Catonsville, MD, and in 1969, she opened her own private practice. The next year, Dr. Rayburn became a staff clinical psychologist for the Institutional Care Services Division of the D.C. Children’s Center, where she stayed until 1978. During that time, in 1971, she opened a private practice, which she continues to run today. From 1973 to 1974, she did work for the Maryland Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. Between 1981 and 1985, Dr. Rayburn also worked for the Montgomery County Public Schools.
Dr. Rayburn’s adeptness and proficiency in the field made her a much sought-after expert among academic institutions, and she found she enjoyed sharing her knowledge with the younger generations. She has maintained a position as an advisor to graduate psychology students at Cardinal Stritch University since 2005 and a consultant to the Julia Brown Montessori School since 1982. Previously, she has served such schools as John Hopkins University, the Professional School of Psychology Studies, Loyola College in Columbia, MD, and Hood College.
Business | Defense
Although Maj. Barbara S. King initially became involved in her profession to help pay for college, by the end of her basic military training, she was hooked. Immediately after graduation from advanced individual training, she began looking for full-time work in the National Guard, and nine months later, she was hired for the first in a long line of U.S. Department of Defense positions. Ms. King proceeded to garner experience overseeing the financial management and administration of various programs under the construction and facilities management office for the Missouri Army National Guard, and knew she was committed for life.
Now a performance assessment officer for the Business Transformation Office of the National Guard Bureau, she parlays more than two decades of professional excellence to the position. Her responsibilities include overseeing the sustainment, restoration and modernization programs, supporting the office’s mission to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of business processes and systems, and reviewing projects that allow the 54 states and territories to maintain their Army National Guard facilities. She also coaches prospective Green and Black belt Lean Sigma Six candidates, and handles the implementation and sustainment of integrated and performance management programs.
Education | Art
Armed with a strong reputation and a longstanding career, Teryl is a firm believer of following dreams, no matter what the hope of financial success may be. She started out as a physics and math major while taking art lessons as a hobby. Discovering that painting was her real passion, she decided to refocus her career solely on her artistic endeavors, and, more than five decades later, has never regretted that decision. Over the years, Ms. Townsend has designed book covers and participated in one-woman shows at the Betty Barker Gallery, The Robert Rice Gallery, The Kirby Gallery, The Gallery Worth Avenue, and the Little Gallery, Nantucket, among others. She has also participated in group shows at the Veerhoff Gallery, The James Hunt Barker Gallery, and The Nantucket Association. In addition, she owned the Teryl Townsend Gallery on Nantucket from 1976 to 1988.
Ms. Townsend/Viner prepared for her journey by completing coursework with renowned artists Chen Chi, Millard Sheets, Edgar Whitney, Carl Molno, Glen Bradshaw, Edward Betts, and Robert Wood. She also became involved with a wide array of prominent professional organizations, which ensured that she remained connected with her peers and any advancements in her field. She earned signature memberships in the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the Rocky Mountain Watercolor Society, and the Southwestern Watercolor Society. She was Vice President and President of the Houston Watercolor Society from 1974 to 1975. Further, she was an advisor to the Houston and Nantucket Chambers of Commerce on professional standards and ethics, and has served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Nantucket Artists Association.
Education | Aviation | Meteorology
An expert in aviation and meteorology, Debbie M. Schaum has thrived as the associate chair of applied aviation sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She has served the school for the past 22 years, and has remained steadfast in her goal of opening the doors of the field to more women. In her role with the institution, she is responsible for overseeing four majors in the applied aviation sciences department, including commercial space operations, air traffic management, aerospace, and occupational safety and meteorology, and teaching meteorology classes. Ms. Schaum particularly loves the fact that that the job allows her to build lasting relationships with students, and she intends to continue on that path moving forward. One of her main concerns is making air space safer.
Initially, Ms. Schaum started her career as a member of the ROTC, where she created a scholarship program for students. She proceeded to become a major in the U.S. Air Force whose primary duty was working as a meteorologist. These experiences opened the doors for the work she does today, and were the keys to her longevity and success. Ms. Schaum feels they gave her an innate understanding of students’ needs, and allowed her to act as a role-model to a demographic that is traditionally under-represented in the field. In addition to her work in higher education, she also volunteers her time with elementary, middle, and high school students, and introduces them to the real-world benefits of mathematics and science. She shows them the importance of endeavors like meteorology in the hopes of getting them interested in pursuing the field.
Theater | Education | Costume Design
Gerilyn Tandberg is the woman behind the mask—literally. A costume designer and theater educator with more than four decades of experience, she is passionate about making sure actors and actresses look and feel their part before the curtain rises. Her combination of interests and knowledge, particularly history and theater, enabled her to ensure that the garments she selected were accurate and made her an invaluable asset behind the scenes. Although Dr. Tandberg has since retired, she is noted for her time as a costume designer and historian for the theater department at Louisiana State University between 1973 and 2009, and as an assistant professor at Minot State University between 1966 and 1973. She is proud that her work allowed generations of young performers to shine.
In addition to her academic pursuits, Dr. Tandberg loved being active in her community and field, and made every effort to connect with her peers. Over the years, she has lent her talents to more than 100 plays, musicals and operas. She spent three years as the vice president and board member of the Costume Society of America, for which she also served as the board director and co-chair of the Region 6 Conference, and four years as the state chair for the American College Theatre Festival through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Further, Dr. Tandberg was a costume consultant for a variety of films between 1975 and 2000, and was a reviewer for “Dress: The Journal of the Costume Society of America,” between 1991 and 2003. From 1980 to 2006, she garnered experience as a public relations officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.