Listee Features — Administration

Deemathie de Silva


With more than 40 years of experience as an administrator and educator, Dr. Deemathie de Silva currently serves as the president of the Integrated Marketing Communications Department and the director of student support services at Wichita State University in Kansas. She is also a grant writer for student support services, assisting multicultural, first generation and low-income students’ success in college. During her tenure at Wichita State University, she also excelled as testing coordinator for the women’s equality program, a research associate in the College of Business, a lecturer of biology, and an instructor of anthropology between 1977 and 1983. Since 1985, she has been the director of Operation Success. Throughout her career, Dr. de Silva has found success in a

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After pursuing a career as a real estate agent and a restaurant owner, Carolyn M. Rubin decided to switch careers so that she could dedicate more time with her two children. One night, she witnessed a commercial for medical assistance and began seeking certifications in the field. From 2001 until 2006, Ms. Rubin gained valuable expertise in the field as a reimbursement coordinator for Oncology Hematology West before transferring to Texas Oncology as the associate director of health information services for the remainder of the 2000s. Subsequently, Ms. Rubin found success as a practice administrator for Texas Oncology from 2010 until 2012, and a director of reimbursement support services for McKesson Specialty Health and the U.S. Oncology Network for the

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Dolores Winkler


With more than 45 years of industry experience to her credit, Dolores E. Winkler has been retired since 1995, having most recently worked as the director of budgets and reimbursement for the Aurora West Allis Medical Center from 1985 to 1995. Prior to this appointment, she served Aurora West Allis Medical Center as a reimbursement analyst from 1978 to 1985, chief accountant from 1970 to 1978 and staff accountant from 1968 to 1970. Ms. Winkler began her career as an accountant for the Curative Care Network from 1949 to 1960. Before embarking on her professional path, Ms. Winkler pursued an education at the Business Institute of Milwaukee, graduating in 1949. During this time, she was appointed as the governor of

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Rebecca Cohen


Rebecca S. Cohen, MD, is renowned as an educator and psychopharmacologist with more than 20 years of distinction in her specialty. She initially pursued an education at Tufts University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1991. She subsequently obtained a Master of Arts in medical sciences from the Boston University Graduate School of Sciences in 1992. In 1997, Dr. Cohen earned an MD in psychiatry from the Boston University School of Medicine after discovering her passion for psychopharmacology during clinical rotations. Dr. Cohen believes that psychopharmacology is the best way to combine the art of connection with the potential of neuroscience, a constantly evolving field, to serve her patients. From 1998 to 2001, Dr. Cohen completed a residency in

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While coming of age, Anupama Pani, MD, was exposed to the field of medicine and recognized the importance of helping others in need. Drawing upon influence from her parents, a physician and a nurse, she pursed a formal education at the Saba University School of Medicine in the Caribbean Netherlands, where she obtained an MD in 1999. Completing subsequent medical training in family medicine at Wayne State University and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Dr. Pani has since become a prominent and successful figure in her own right. Since 2003, Dr. Pani has earned distinction as the owner and medical director of Immediate Medical Care in Briarcliff, New York, for which she provides both medical and administrative direction

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Patricia Forde


Having accrued more than 40 years of experience in the field of nursing, Patricia A. Forde, RN, has garnered a laudable reputation as an executive director of nursing LHC Group DBA Life Care at Home in Cranston, Rhode Island, since 2014. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 1975. Ms. Forde proceeded to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland in 1977 and a Master of Business Administration from Providence College in 1985. Previously, Ms. Forde served as the director of clinical services at Pinnacle Home Care in Warwick, Rhode Island, from 2011 to 2014. She was likewise a registered

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Lorraine Peoples


Lorraine Peoples is a retired elementary school educator with more than 55 years of specialization in reading instruction. She attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, earning a Bachelor of Science in elementary education in 1962 and a Master of Science in education, curriculum and instructional design in 1967. Ms. Peoples completed further postgraduate coursework at Drake University in 1978. Ms. Peoples initially served as a primary teacher at Glick Elementary in Marshalltown, Iowa, from 1962 until 1963, and at Grant Elementary in Des Moines between 1963 and 1965. She joined Fisher Elementary School in Marshalltown as a primary grades teacher from 1965 to 1978 and excelled as the interim principal for the 1978 academic year. From 1978 until 1988,

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Saundra McGuire


An experienced chemist and educator with 50 years of experience, Saundra Y. McGuire, PhD, serves as the founder and the owner of SYM Educational Consulting LLC. She has further flourished as an assistant vice chancellor, a professor of chemistry and the director emerita for the Center for Academic Success at Louisiana State University, where she formerly worked as a chemistry professor, an adjunct professor and the director of the Center for Academic Success. Additionally, Dr. McGuire has found success with the National College Learning Center Association, the University of Michigan, Howard University and Grambling State University in numerous executive roles. Prior to establishing her consultancy, Dr. McGuire was active with Cornell University in a variety of positions, including the acting

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Wanda Ward


The daughter of a longtime teacher, Wanda L. Dobbs Ward, CAS, grew up on a farm and learned how to take responsibility and do her share. She currently serves on the New York State Higher Education Committee since 1987. Ms. Ward began her professional career as a teacher for grades 1-4 and eighth grade music at a two-room school in Literberry, Illinois, in 1946, remaining there for one year before transferring to Creve Coeur Public Schools in Illinois from 1950 to 1952. Teaching kindergarten at Barker Road Elementary School in Pittsford, New York, for a decade, she then directed the Pittsford Teacher Center from 1978 to 1990, which she also founded, and Pittsford Continuing Education from 1981 to 1990. She

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Cathy Mabry


Cathy D. Mabry is renowned as a retired elementary educator with more than 30 years of service to her profession and students. Inspired by her fifth grade teacher, she decided early in her life to pursue a career in education. She initially pursued an education at the University of Georgia, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and psychology in 1975. Completing education licensure coursework at Oglethorpe University in 1983, she continued her studies at Oglethorpe University in 1990, earning a Master of Education in elementary education. Ms. Mabry concluded her academic efforts with a Master of Arts in educational administration at Georgia State University in 1997. Prior to her career in education, Ms. Mabry worked as a member

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