Education | MUsic
For more than 45 years, S. Elaine Thomas has enjoyed a fulfilling career as a music educator. She has been the director of fine arts at the Dallas Independent School District since 2007, and she loves having the opportunity to bond with students over a passion for music. Previously, Ms. Thomas has pursued her interests in roles like supervisor of elementary fine arts at the Lincoln Instructional Center, and music teacher at Pleasant Grove Elementary School, Kleberg Elementary School, Lenore Kirk Hall Elementary School, and Winnetka Elementary School. She has also held positions as a presenter and staff developer at the Dallas Independent School District, and a workshop presenter at the Texas Arts Council in Austin.
When Ms. Thomas isn’t working, she enjoys using her background and talents for the betterment of the community. She presently sits on the board of directors of Quaver, a music organization, and is a lifetime member of the Dallas PTA. She also served as the director of the Dallas All-City Elementary Choir.
Health Care | Research | Education
An award-winning psychiatrist, neurodegenerative researcher, and educator, Dr. Corinne Eleanor Fischer has served as the co-director of neurodegenerative research at St. Michael’s Hospital since 2013. She first developed an interest in science and the brain during childhood, and, after years of reading and researching, she became dedicated to making her own mark on the field. When the time came for her to select her specialty, she settled on psychiatry because it appeared ripe for discovery, especially compared to other fields of medicine. Dr. Fischer proceeded to earn an MD from the University of Toronto in 1993, a Royal College specialty certification in psychiatry in 1998, and a Royal College sub-specialty certification in geriatric psychiatry in 2013.
In addition to her work with St. Michael’s Hospital, Dr. Fischer joined the Keenan Research Center of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute as an adjunct scientist in 2007 and was named co-director of the clinical core of the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance in 2013. She also maintains memberships with the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment, the Elder Care Task Force, the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, and the Canadian Association of Geriatric Psychiatry. Some other organizations she affiliates with are the Consortium of Canadian Centres for Clinical Cognitive Research, the International Psychogeriatric Association, the Mental Health Service Advisory, and the Canadian Medical Association
Coming from a family of culturally deep-rooted West Indian government employees and doctors, including her parents, the late Governor and Mrs. Cyril E. King, Lillia King grew up learning the importance of hard work and education. Since then, she has spent more than 43 years thriving in the field of technical and health care administration, and has become known as an expert in histopathology. She began her career with a Bachelor of Arts in biology from the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, N.J., after which she became certified as a paralegal through the Washington Online Learning Center.
Although Ms. King is now retired, she leaves behind a legacy of excellence in a variety of positions. She served Schneider Regional Medical Center as a co-instructor of the anatomy and physiological LPN program from 2005 to 2010, and as the supervisor and manager of the histopathology department from 1984 to 2010. In her position, she used her strong health care administration skills to maintain the myriad of day-to-day functions of the department, created and maintained all patient consultation files, and created, maintained and oversaw the mechanization and computerization of cancer files that served as the basis for a cancer registry. Ms. King also designed and co-built the three computerized histopathology modules that led to the system now used at the center, and designed and organized both a summer student program for high school and college students and a two-semester work/study program. She worked with high school counselors and college advisers to set up work schedules. In addition, Ms. King managed the formulation of departmental budgets, researched and included in her annual report suggestions for cost-effective procedures in line with the hospital’s Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation.
With an impressive professional history dating back more than 40 years, Dorothy Wiswall has trained and educated many students in language. She was most recently an adjunct professor at Buffalo State College from 2001 to 2015, though she garnered prior experience in the role at Canisius College from 1991 to 1993 and at Niagara University from 1981 to 1991. She has also served as a teaching fellow at the University of Michigan and as an instructor at the School for International Training in Vermont.
A community-minded person, Dr. Wiswall enjoys using her expertise for the benefit of others. She has been the treasurer of the Grand Island Community Chorus since 2006, a docent of the Buffalo Museum of Science since 2004, and a deacon at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Grand Island, N.Y., since 2000. Between 2004 and 2010, she was a tutor for Literacy Volunteers in Buffalo, N.Y., and between 1998 and 2002, she was the vice president of the American Association of Teachers of German. Further, Dr. Wiswall was a workshop presenter for BOCES from 1998 to 1999 and the president and member of the board of directors of the St. Louis Community College Child Care Center from 1995 to 1999. She has held numerous roles with the Zonta International Club of Buffalo, which empowers women through service and advocacy.
Encouraged by her husband to pursue her passions wherever they took her, Barbara Lang Betts has led a long and varied career as a lawyer, real estate agent, and rancher. Her main goal in life is to help people, and she is proud that each of her professions has allowed her to do so. At the moment, she is focused on her role as of counsel to the Hayes Law Firm in California, where she’s been since 2004, and on her private practices in Sacramento and San Diego, where she’s been since 1962 and 1960, respectively.
Prior to her current endeavors, Ms. Betts was the vice president of Isle and Oceans Marinas, a city attorney of Carlsbad, Calif., and a partner in the law firm of Roby F. Hayes and Barbara Lang Hayes. She also garnered experience as a member of the steering and development committee at Metro Air Park and as a lobbyist at the California legislature for the city of Carlsbad in Sacramento. By this time, Ms. Betts had made a name for herself as the only female city attorney, and did a lot of trial work all the way up to the Supreme Court. While her husband served as the treasurer of California, she helped draft legislature and prepared arguments. She used her unique background to co-author “A Citizen Answers,” and “Decade of Fiscal Responsibility.”
Highly-regarded as an executive in the field of engineering, statistical, and process improvement methodologies, Dr. Susan Schall is celebrating more than two decades of professional excellence. Although she considered becoming a lawyer in high school, she realized pre-law programs didn’t require the math and science she loved, so she turned toward engineering. A light bulb went off when she discovered industrial engineering, and she knew at once that it was going to be her career. Set on her path, Dr. Schnall earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the State University of New York in 1981. She then received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in industrial engineering from Pennsylvania State University and followed that up with a PhD in 1988. She is an American Society for Quality (ASQ) certified quality engineer and manager of quality organizational excellence, and is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
Dr. Schall founded SOS Consulting LLC in Front Royal, VA in 2004, backed by a line of technician and management positions in engineering and consulting firms. She was a methodology director at RR Donnelly Inc., in Illinois, the president of Susan O. Schnall Process Improvement Consulting in Virginia, and the technical superintendent of control systems at DuPont Engineering Polymers in West Virginia. Ms. Schall has also served in roles as the president of the Pennsylvania State University College of Engineering Alumni Society and the Pennsylvania State Industrial Engineering Industrial Advisory Council. Using her strong background, she has consulted for ABET Inc., the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and has lent her services to the board of examiners of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award team.
Health Care | Nursing
Driven by a lifelong interest in nursing, Annemarie Theodore has spent nearly two decades advancing in her field. She is presently the supervisor of Presentation Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center, a 110-bed, Medicare- and Medicaid-certified facility that offers short-term and long-term custodial and intermediate nursing care, with a special focus on the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. As an expert in health care administration, Ms. Theodore is responsible for administering care to patients, overseeing the long-term care facility, assessing patients, interacting with their families, scheduling procedures, and supervising four units, including four licensed nurses and 10 certified nursing assistants. Her caring and peaceful nature has served her well in her endeavors, as it has allowed her to create bonds and strong relationships with both her patients and her peers.
To prepare for her career, Ms. Theodore earned an Associate of Science in registered nursing from Bunker Hill Community College in 1997 and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Emmanuel College in 2004. She ensures that she remains current in her field by affiliating with prominent organizations like the American Nurses Association. Looking to the future, she hopes to continue to experience professional growth. She is motivated by the fact that she wakes up everyday loving what she does.
Passionate about helping others, Patricia Highcove became involved in her profession as a vocational consultant after gaining experience working with developmentally disabled children. She started out by earning a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in rehabilitation counseling from Syracuse University in 1981 and 1982, respectively. Ms. Highcove also became a certified ergonomic assessment specialist, as well as a certified case manager, certified rehabilitation counselor, and certified vocational evaluator.
Now, Ms. Highcove is flourishing at the head of Highcove Consulting in Baltimore, MD, which is a vocational consulting company for individuals with disabilities who need help getting back into the workforce. She provides counseling services that include resources for developmentally and physically disabled individuals, workers' compensation, and long-term disabilities. On a daily basis, Ms. Highcove oversees her clients and assesses their skill levels, assisting them and referring them for various training in different kinds of industries. She then works with them on their interview skills so they can represent themselves effectively during an interview. Her clients are referred to her from insurance companies that are dealing with injured individuals who claim workers’ compensation after orthopedic injuries. Some of her other responsibilities involve developing business plans for start-up companies, including the formulation of the organizational structure, job descriptions, budget, daily operational routines, and hardware and software needs.
Distinguished as a maternal child health care professional, Judy Canahuati has been an invaluable expert and technical adviser to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Food for Peace initiative since 2004. In her role, Ms. Canahuati works with the organization to address the nutritional needs of young children in countries in need like Honduras, with a series of innovative ready-to-use nutritional supplements. She finds it extremely rewarding to help families give their babies the best start they can in life.
Since 1973, Ms. Canahuati has been a La Leche League Leader and previously was a senior nutrition and maternal child health adviser and lactation consultant for the group. She also garnered experience in a variety of other related positions, including senior nutrition adviser at CARE USA in Atlanta, project director of La Leche League International, technical adviser to USAID in Tegucigalpa in Mexico, and instructor at the University Nacional Honduras. Additionally, Ms. Canahuati was a consultant at the Centro de Apoyo a la Lactancia Materna in San Salvador, researcher at the Institute of Reproductive Health at Georgetown University, consultant at Wellstart International, director of the project to improve basic education at the World Bank in Honduras, and superintendent as Escuela Internacional Sampedrana in Honduras. Other notable career moments include managing the Food Aid Quality Review” with Tufts University at USAID for seven years and establishing the Judy Canahuati Breastfeeding Room at CARE USA in Atlanta.
Born to be an artist, Sherry Blanchard Stuart was always drawing, even as a child. She was inspired by her sister, also an artist, and says that the creative gene runs in the family. Ms. Stuart was recognized for her talent at a young age, earning scholarships for art school that helped her obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and graphic art from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1964. Her acclaim has grown steadily since then.
Working in a mostly traditional style, Ms. Stuart paints with a richness of color that illuminates the intensity of sunlight on her subject matter. She enjoys painting landscapes and still life, and experimenting with representational and figurative styles. The majority of her art, however, focuses on western and equine subjects, particularly inspired by the history and tradition of the American West. She often goes to ranches and photo shoots to find her subjects.