Listee Features — Administration


Accruing 25 years of professional experience to her credit, Susan Nelis Moylan directed the Business and Industry Center at Elgin Community College in Illinois from 1979 until her retirement in 2004. In addition to this tenure, she has served on the Gail Borden Library Board, as well as served the Gail Borden Library Foundation and the Pads of Elgin. At Ms. Moylan’s direction, the college bought a set of 12 laptops back in the 80s, and could take those computers out to a company and set them up in a boardroom to train people, which was innovative at the time. They also worked with communities and developed a program on zoning at least twice a year, where she taught them

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Growing up in Colorado, Sharon D. Sherwood has always loved the outdoors and wanted to work outdoors. However, at that time, a woman’s profession was destined to be either a teacher, librarian or nurse. She has had many highlights throughout her career, but to realize her dream of becoming a park forester and being able to make it come true was a major highlight. Ms. Sherwood began her professional career as an instructor at Griffin Business College in Bellevue, Washington, in 1987, remaining in this position before becoming an accountant at Mended Hearts #143 in Redmond, Washington, from 1987 to 1989 and marketing intern at the American Red Cross in Seattle in 1989. During this time, she was the site

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Josephine Ritz


Having two out of three sisters who were already nurses, Josephine Mitchell Ritz, RN, was advised not to go into nursing by her father because of how hard they worked, and her mother wanted her to become an educator. She wanted to please her parents, but also choose a fitting health care career for herself. She then sought advice from the personnel at the local hospital and they suggested if she becomes a nurse first, they would fund a degree to become a teacher. Ms. Ritz then followed through and not only became a nurse, but a teacher as well. Ms. Ritz began her professional career as the director of the Allentown Hospital School of Nursing in Pennsylvania before moving

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Specializing in administration telehealth, Judith E. Hicks, RN, became involved in nursing because of an aunt who was a nurse and had gone to a baccalaureate program. She was really impressed with her and was her favorite person growing up. Once Ms. Hicks got into nursing, she was doing bedside nursing and found a number of HUD nurses who really made a difference in terms of what kind of care was given at bedside. She was attracted to the leadership role and pursued that almost immediately, and ever since, she has loved working with staff. Ms. Hicks began her professional career as a staff nurse at Mercy Hospital in Chicago in 1969, remaining in this position for one year before

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Nevada Brewer


Accruing 46 years of experience in her field to her credit, Nevada N. Brewer began her professional career as a teacher of adult education in Towson, Maryland, in 1977, remaining in this position for seven years before coordinating the Just Say No to Drugs Program within Baltimore City Public Schools from 1986 to 1988. She later taught within Baltimore City Public Schools from 2000 to 2001, also managing its summer school from 2000 to 2002, and then moved up the ranks to the roles of academic coach of mathematics and science from 2002 to 2003 and coordinator of the mathematics elementary laboratory from 2003 to 2004. During this time, she also coordinated the Discipline Center from 2001 to 2002. Later

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Mirta Martin


Acting as a strategist and agent for change, Mirta Martin, PhD, immigrated to the Unites States as a teenager with her grandmother from Cuba. She always had an inner desire to help others, and the process of leaving behind her family and entering a country with a language she didn’t speak made the journey to the Unites States one that shaped her for life. Her grandmother pushed her to go to college, saying it was critical. Since Dr. Martin was unaware of how to get there, she sought out individuals who showed her how to apply for scholarships and get loans. Despite the fact that she had been accepted to Duke University, she wasn’t sure about attending because of her

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Achieving excellence early on as valedictorian of her eighth-grade class, Vivian M. Cline attended an attorney assistance program through the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). After graduating from high school and college, she held a number of minor jobs, including as a paralegal for the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) in North Hollywood, California, from 1976 to 1978, before serving as general counsel for Raymond Schuller, which is where Ms. Cline’s true interest in legal work began. Raymond Schuller was a good mentor and planted a seed in her. After receiving a certificate from the program at UCLA, she relocated from Los Angeles and got a position at Smith International in Newport Beach, California, in its legal department in

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Elissa Myers


Focusing on why people do things versus what they are doing, Elissa Myers, CAE, became involved in her profession because she wanted to write the great American novel and worked her way through college as a rock ’n’ roll singer. She was the editor of her college newspaper and literary journal because she was going to be a writer. Although she still wanted to pursue a career with her band, it was suggested by her father that she find a job, so she went to an employment agency and was offered a job working for the Internal Revenue Service as a receptionist. The night before her first day, the employment agency called and asked her if she would like to

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Growing up a time when most girls weren’t sent to college, Delaine Eastin feels fortunate that her parents placed such a high value on her education. They encouraged her to pursue her dreams, and she ended up graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California Davis in 1969 and a Master of Arts in political science from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1971, as well as a California Lifetime Community College credential. The degrees propelled her to positions like instructor at California Community Colleges, accounting manager of Pacific Bell, city council member of Union City, California, corporate planner of the Pacific Telesis Group and assemblywoman of the California State Legislature. Ms. Eastin’s

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Knowledgeable in research and training policies, as well as experimental psychology science policy, Pamela Flattau, PhD, is very “pre-brain,” meaning that she was taught about human behavior in the 1960s. There were very good constructivist theories on how the brain operates, which have since been worn out. One theory that she was exposed to as an undergraduate led to a Nobel Prize in 2014, which involved Swedish and British neuropsychologists working together to show how the brain was “probably” wired. Dr. Flattau was the first congregational science fellow to work in Washington, DC, between 1974 and 1975. She eventually made the transition from that point from science to public policy. Since 2014, Dr. Flattau has served as the founder and

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