Occupational Therapy | Education
M. Carolyn Baum is the Elias Michael Director of the Program in Occupational Therapy and professor of occupational therapy, neurology, and social work at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. She is internationally recognized as an influential leader in the profession of occupational therapy. Dr. Baum conducts research to understand the factors and effectiveness of interventions to support the daily occupations of older adults as they seek to live as independently as possible. She serves as a mentor to early and mid-career scientists and teaches the next generation of researchers, educators, and clinicians.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Baum worked at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, where she started a cardiac rehabilitation program. Later, Dr. Baum accepted a position at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City, where she started the rehabilitation occupational therapy program. There, she became first the director of rehabilitation and then the director of physical medicine and rehabilitation, managing occupational, physical and speech therapy. In 1976, she was recruited to run the occupational therapy program at Irene Walter Johnson Rehabilitation Institute at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Her drive to incorporate science into occupational therapy led her colleagues to encourage her to apply for the director position of the Program of Occupational Therapy in 1988. Thirty years later, she continues to advance the field forward by bridging the gap between biomedical and sociocultural health.
ART | Science
Backed by more than three decades of professional excellence, Qinqin Liu continues to pursue her goal of transforming complex science into simplified and informative art. The combination of art and science suits Dr. Liu well, as she was introduced to both at an early age by her father and she finds the thought processes to be much the same. Her work focuses on shared ecosystems and living environments related to changing climates and human health.
Earlier in Dr. Liu’s career, she primarily sought to bolster her scientific knowledge, experience, and standing. She did this by obtaining positions as a part-time ecology faculty member at the City College of San Francisco, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, and a research program manager and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. Upon leaving academia, Dr. Liu joined the state of California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation as an associate environmental research scientist, Department of Fish and Wildlife as an environmental scientist and state watershed program coordinator, and Department of Water Resources as an environmental scientist. She shared her knowledge through articles in professional journals and books in both China and the U.S. like, “Prepared a Sacramento River Spring-run Chinook Salmon Annual Report in California,” “Ecovision, Ecosystem Service and Water Resource Management,” and “Wild Rice Plant Development and Seed Physiology. Wild Rice Research Part I: Research and Ecology.”
Following in her aunt’s footsteps, J. Nan Davis has dedicated her career to advancing the field of health care. She started as a staff nurse and a charge nurse of orthopedics at New Hanover Memorial Hospital in 1978, and rapidly progressed from there. By 1980, she was a public health nurse I, II, and III at the New Hanover County Department of Health, and by 1983, she was an emergency room staff nurse, relief charge nurse and instructor of CPR at New Hanover Memorial Hospital. Ms. Davis then became a nurse coordinator of the Student Health and Wellness Center through Wilmington Health Associates at the University of North Carolina, and a project manager, clinical research associate, training specialist, and quality assurance specialist at Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC. She has been a quality assurance manager with the company since 1992.
Ms. Davis prepared for her endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Arts in English and an Associate of Arts in nursing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 1999 and 1978, respectively. She also earned certification as a CPR instructor and emergency medical technician.
Initially interested in pursuing psychology, Christine Waisanen ultimately decided to follow her great-grandfather and cousins into law. There, she could still use her passion for psychology while achieving her goals of making the world a better place and seeking justice. She proceeded to obtain a Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Michigan in 1971 and a JD from the University of Denver in 1975. She was admitted to the bar of Colorado in 1975 and the D.C. bar in 1978.
Degrees in hand, Ms. Waisanen set out into the workforce. She spent 1969 to 1979 as a labor relations attorney for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and 1979 to 1987 as a government relations specialist for ICI Americas, Inc. After a brief interlude as the director of cultural affairs for the City of Wilmington in 1987, Ms. Waisanen opened her own firm, Hill, Katzenstein & Waisanen, in 1988. She remains there to this day as the founder and chief writer, and is skilled in administrative law. She also maintains a position as the chairman of the Delaware State Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board and as the president of the University of Michigan Club of Delaware.
Art | EDUCATION
Renowned as an artist, Mary Jo Viola has exhibited her work all over the country. Notably, she participated in the New Rochelle Art Association’s 94th Open Juried Exhibition at the New Rochelle Public Library in 2009, “Of Earth & Sky: An Exhibition of Works by Curt Belshe, Mary Jo Ben-Nun, Elizabeth Ann Murphy and Mary Jo Viola” at The Fitzgerald Gallery within the Warner Library in 2008, and “Faculty and Staff Exhibitions” at the Hall of Fame Gallery of Bronx Community College in 2008 and from 2004 to 2006 and 1998 to 1999. Dr. Viola was also part of shows like Noel Fine Art, the Landscape and Travel Photos section of the Polaroid Transfer Exhibition at the Omega Institute, “Night & Day, Rye & Riverdale, Playland & Park” at the College of Mount Saint Vincent Library, “Celebrating Spirituality” at Central Wyoming College, and “Beauty Without Boarders” at York College/CUNY, along with numerous others. Some of her solo shows include “Tunisian Fragments: Photographs and Collages” through the Riverdale Art Association at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, “India: Photographs and Watercolors” at the Helen Hayes Hospital, and “Photographs of India” at the Organica Garden Restaurant. She edited “A World View of Art History” in 1985.
With such a strong connection to the field, Dr. Viola decided to pass on her passions to the younger generations. She is currently a teacher of art history at Bronx Community College, where she’s been since 1997. She previously held the position at Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey, Parsons School of Design at The New School, Brooklyn College, Baruch College, Marymount Manhattan College, Hollins University, and Georgian Court University. Dr. Viola also garnered hands-on experience as the galley curator at Baruch College and as a researcher in ethnic festivals in New York.
Health Care | Education
Although Stacey Valentine always knew she wanted a career in science, it wasn’t until her own experience as a pediatric patient that she decided to pursue medicine. She was inspired by the work of her pediatricians, and aspired to follow in their footsteps. Her professional journey began at the College of the Holy Cross, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in 1997, and continued at the Robert Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, where she earned a doctorate in 2003. She also completed a fellowship and residency at Boston Children’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Valentine is currently using her expertise in her role as an assistant professor in pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, which she’s held since 2012. Additionally, she is an assistant in critical care medicine in the departments of anesthesiology perioperative and pain medicine at the Boston Children’s Hospital and is affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center. Her responsibilities lie in taking care of critically ill pediatric patients and their families. She previously served as an instructor and trainer at Boston College.
Louise H. Jordan is a survivor. A survivor of Pearl Harbor, a survivor of being a single mom to four kids, a survivor of Hurricane Katrina…and despite it all, she has thrived. Driven by a creative energy, she turned her surroundings into inspirations, and, over the years, blossomed into the well-known and respected contemporary New Orleans painter and art educator she is today. If she could offer any advice to the younger generations, it would be, “Keep at it! Always believe in yourself.”
Born in China in 1938, Ms. Jordan began to pursue her passion for fine arts at Smith College, and continued at the Torpedo Factory and the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. She proceeded to build her brand, participating as an exhibitor in group shows at the national exhibit of the New Orleans Art Association, Fest for All in Baton Rouge, La., and the juried show at the Masur Museum. One of her first solo shows was at The Long Gallery at the Ochsner Medical Center in 2000, followed by The Upstairs Gallery and the St. Tammany Art Association at the Holiday Inn in 2001. Some of Ms. Jordan’s other notable exhibitions include at the Café Degas, the River Road Juried Exhibit, the Louisiana Watercolor Society, and the Dominican Institute Arts Group Show.
Music | Education
“Music gives us a language that cuts across the disciplines, helps us to see connections and brings a more coherent meaning to our world.” This quotation by Ernest Boyer, the president of the Carnegie Foundation, represents exactly what Gail S. Phillips hopes to pass on to her students. Combining her love of children with her passion for music, she has been a band and orchestra teacher in the Music Exploratory program in the Central Valley School District since 2017. There, she sets a high standard for her students while also allowing them to learn and grow in a fun environment. Her goal is to help kids realize the connective power of music.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Phillips was a teacher and the director of bands at Chase Middle School, an orchestra director at Bowdish Middle School of the Central Valley School District, a member of the strategic planning committee of the West Valley School District, a substitute teacher in the Coeur d'Alene School District, and a band director for the Medical Lake School District, Kalles Junior High, Totem Middle School, Rainier Junior High, Cascade Junior High, and Gonzaga Preparatory School. She was also an elementary band director for Mead School District 354 and the Medical Lake School District, a teacher for Federal Way High School, and a brass and marching band instructor for the Imperials Summer Band Program. Further, Ms. Phillips held positions like teacher of the Student Mentoring Program, PTA faculty adviser of Totem Middle School, vice president of the Eastern Washington chapter of the National Association for Music Education, and secretary of the student chapter of the National Association for Music Education. She prepared for her endeavors by earning a Master of Arts in music education, a Bachelor of Music Education, and a Bachelor of Music Performance from Eastern Washington University and an Associate of Arts from Spokane Falls Community College.
Physical Education | Health Care
Living by the motto, “it's not about basking in the sun, but dancing in the rain,” Lana VanAuker believes that everyone should have the opportunity to be the best they can be, no matter how old they are. She became a recreational therapist at Trumbell Memorial Hospital with that in mind, and is currently working in the psychiatric unit with those suffering from depression and anxiety. There, she leads groups in activities like stress dancing and exercise yoga, and sits on the treatment team for patients. Ms. VanAuker’s goal is to reduce the effects of these conditions, and she feels validated by the letters she receives from people thanking her for being a part of their improvement. She has held this position since 1988.
Ms. VanAuker got her start in her field in grade school, where she fell in love with physical education and was inspired by teachers who encouraged students to move forward in positive ways. She combined her interests and opted to study psychology and physical education, first at Kent State University and then at Youngstown University. With a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in education and certifications as an activity consultant and as a teacher in Ohio, Ms. VanAuker was prepared for anything her career threw at her. She eventually found her passion in working with elderly people in physical education.
Education | Coaching Services
Passionate about helping others, Judith Katcher has enjoyed a long career in education, management consulting, and executive speech coaching. She is currently the president and executive coach of Katcher & Associates, the executive speech coaching company she opened in 1989 to help business leaders effectively present their messages to audiences. The business is located in White Plains, N.Y. She was previously an executive coach for Women in Finance on the Way Up from 2007 to 2012.
On the academic side of the spectrum, Ms. Katcher was an associate professor of communication and English for the University of New Hampshire, Hunter College, and Pace University, all from 1972 to 1983. She prepared for her career by earning a Master of Arts in communication and English literature from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in communication and English literature from Syracuse University. To keep in touch with her peers, she joined prominent professional organizations like the American Society of Training and Development, the International Women’s Leadership Association, the National Association of Professional Women, and Stanford Who’s Who.