Listee Features — Administration

Maria Matlack


Maria T. Matlack is renowned as an educational administrator with more than 35 years of service to her field. Since childhood, she knew she wanted to be a teacher, and positively remembers her time peer-tutoring other students. She subsequently pursued an education at La Salle University in Philadelphia, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1982. Ms. Matlack concluded her studies with a Master of Education at the College of New Jersey in Ewing Township in 1988. From 1982 to 1993, Ms. Matlack worked as a resource program teacher at F.L. Walther School in Lumberton, NJ. She served at Lumberton Middle School as a resource program teacher from 1993 to 2004, at which point she refocused her career

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Susan Levitzky


An acclaimed medical professional with many years of experience in her field, Susan E. Levitzky, MD, FAAP, has found success as the medical director of the foster care agency for the Jewish Child Care Association and as a pediatrician operating out of her private practice. Cited as a Leading Physician of the World by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals, she has been additionally active as a pediatrician with the NYU Langone Medical Center and the Mount Sinai Medical Center. In her present post, Dr. Levitzky offers comprehensive care services that include advocacy for children’s physical, emotional and educational health. Previously, Dr. Levitzky gained valuable expertise in the field through a residency in pediatrics at Beth Israel Hospital Medical Center,

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Esther Gwilly


An experienced finance professional and effective communicator with many years of leadership, budget development and accounting expertise, Esther M. Gwilly has excelled as an accountant with 2 G Companies, LLC since 2008. Likewise, she found success as the director of finance for Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries. In the latter position, what started as a soup kitchen that provided church services, shelter, food and clothing for the homeless has now become a larger organization that provides even more services, including substance abuse treatment, transitional and permanent housing, job preparation and educational courses. Previously, Ms. Gwilly gained valuable expertise with Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries as an accounting manager. She further flourished as both a full charge bookkeeper and an assistant office manager

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Joeen Ciannella


Supported by more than 45 years of practiced industry experiences, Joeen Moore Ciannella has been serving as senior executive assistant with PERMA (Public Entity Risk Management Administration) Inc. since 2011. PERMA serves as risk management insurance to over two thirds of the municipalities in the State of New Jersey. Ms. Ciannella started her career in public service from 1971 to 1975, where she worked for the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee in Washington as a member of the professional staff. After volunteering for local government boards in Park Ridge, New Jersey, Ms. Ciannella joined the staff of Congresswoman Margaret “Marge” Roukema (R-SNJ) in the U.S. House of Representatives, volunteering on her campaign in 1984 and then joining the staff from

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Evelyn Torres-Gomez


Adept in understanding problems and coming up with solutions, Evelyn Torres-Gomez wanted to be able to do something different and make a change. She has always been attracted to technology. She did not have any experience or examples growing up, but she was the first in her family to try. In the end, it paid off for her. Since 2010, Ms. Torres-Gomez has been the chief executive officer of Solaris Technologies Services in Irving, Texas. Solaris Technologies, Inc., partners with organizations by leveraging their portfolio of telecommunications products to lower the cost of ownership and increasing the equipment life cycle. Additionally, she has served as CEO and interim head of operations since 2019, in which role she serves as an

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Kathryn Oplinger


Kathryn Simshauser Oplinger became involved in her professional because she was a student of chemistry and was considered for a scholarship to John Hopkins University. However, her husband-to-be was from the U.S. Naval Academy at the time of the Vietnam War. She decided to support her husband and education had to take a backseat. Ms. Oplinger comes from a family of inventors, who were all equals in arts and sciences. Her father only had a fifth-grade education, as he was German in World War I and wasn’t allowed to finish school. The family tradition that they have is never giving up and trying to contribute back for what they have been given in life. Since 2019, Ms. Oplinger has been

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Lena Graham-Morris


Having produced over 50 events, workshops and seminars dedicated to the economic development and sustainability of entrepreneurs and small businesses, Lena Graham-Morris was raised by entrepreneurs when people were still trying to figure out what “entrepreneur” meant. During this time, she started to see the way that different people were treated. When she had her own studio, she would see different obstacles that she went through from being an entrepreneur. Ms. Graham-Morris was in the hospital for 45 days experiencing three surgeries, and her show was canceled. After that, she had the opportunity to work for the African American Chamber of Commerce. It was then that she saw all of her experiences come together. She had a passion inside of

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Pauline Loewenhardt


With more than 60 years of professional experience, Pauline M. Loewenhardt has excelled as the community nursing coordinator at James A. Haley Veterinary Hospital in Tampa, Florida, since 1992. Prior to her current role, she worked as the nurse manager of the spinal cord unit at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta from 1988 to 1992, having previously held the post of an instructor with the institution since 1987. Ms. Loewenhardt previously served as the executive director of the Visiting Nurse Association of Coastal Georgia from 1985 to 1987 and as the director of home care at Trinity Memorial Hospital from 1982 to 1985. From 1978 to 1982, Ms. Loewenhardt found success as an assistant professor in the division

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Phyllis Brighton


An expert in health care administration, education, clinical nursing and long-term care, Phyllis M. Brighton, RN, MSHCSA, CLNC, is the daughter of a registered nurse mother and an orthopedic surgeon father. She began her professional career as the nursing manager in the specialty surgical units at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, eventually moving up the ranks to administrator of the hospital as well as Kremmling Memorial Hospital, now known as Middle Park Health. She then served as associate director of ambulatory and clinical services at AMI Rocky Mountain Healthcare Systems in Denver and vice president of the U.S. Nursing Corp. in Denver. Ms. Brighton retired as a nurse administrator in 2017. In addition to this tenure, she served in

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An expert in financial services for wealth management mortgage-related services, Dr. Cheryl D. Travis-Johnson was inspired by her mother, who held leadership positions in the banking business. She held positions in college introducing her to the business as well. Dr. Travis-Johnson was eventually given a scholarship, which came with an opportunity to work in marketing, where she learned different parts of the business. She enjoyed the work and decided to pursue a career in the field upon graduation. Her career continued to take a natural progression from there. Since 2008, Dr. Travis-Johnson has co-chaired the CIFS section and served as chief operating officer of VRM Mortgage Services in Carrollton, Texas. She has also been the co-founder of the Council for

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