Listee Features — Administration


Deborah Messer Gonzalez is a teacher and educational administrator currently serving as the superintendent of the Slater School District, a position she has held since 2016. A proud graduate of Slater High School, Ms. Gonzalez was raised and educated in the district that she would later return to teach in. For much of her life, she anticipated building a career in business administration, and completed a bachelor’s degree in business management at Missouri Valley College in 1984. She credits her husband of 36 years, Bob, with providing her the initial inspiration to consider a career in education. A teacher himself, Bob was hired by the Slater School District in the 1980s, bringing Ms. Gonzalez back into contact with the student

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Samone Stroman


Samone Lynn Stroman is an educator and school administrator celebrating nearly 15 years in her current role as the parent and labor relations coordinator for Brooklyn Public Schools PS328, the Phyllis Wheatley School. A graduate of Kingsborough Community College, Ms. Stroman holds an associate’s degree and later continued her education at Cornell University, where she completed a certificate in labor relations. Passionate about engaging families in schools, she is dedicated to helping create space for parents, guardians, and the community to have a stake in the educational process. She first joined the New York City Department of Education in 1996 as a paraprofessional, providing instructional support and student services at the school level before transitioning into teaching. Ms. Stroman spent

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Abigail Crawford


Abigail Nowlin Crawford is a retired educator, consultant, and the founder of ANC Focus Consulting Services, where she provides clients with customized coaching in professional development, teacher training and in-classroom solutions. Her passion for education was inspired by her mother, who placed a high value on schooling and encouraged a young Ms. Crawford to do the same. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Francis Marion University and continued her education at Georgia State University, earning a Master of Science in education in 1991. Throughout her teaching career, Ms. Crawford developed an interest in school leadership, and she returned to school in the late 1990s, completing an educational specialist degree in administration and supervision at Lincoln Memorial University

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Beverly J. Coover is a lifelong business leader, manager, and a retired administrative officer of the University of Kansas School of Medicine’s department of family and community medicine. Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Ms. Coover grew up on a farm and was introduced to the value of hard work and ingenuity at a young age. Naturally outgoing, people-oriented, and always looking for a challenge, she attributes much of her success to the values she learned from her upbringing. She started to excel even in high school, becoming lead editor of the school yearbook, and was voted junior class president out of a class of 109 students. After graduating high school, Ms. Coover worked full-time at the local Dairy Queen,

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Linda Sye


With decades of administrative experience to her credit, Linda G. Sye’s penchant for business became apparent during her secondary education. Following her departure from high school, she completed coursework at the Harvard Business School and the Patricia Stevens Career College and Finishing School in Chicago. Despite her limited formal education, Ms. Sye garnered a laudable reputation for her work ethic, which has propelled her through the upper echelons of the United States government for more than three decades. Throughout the course of her career, Ms. Sye excelled as the director of the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission until 1991. She subsequently served as the director of administration for the U.S. Department of Energy. In this capacity, Ms. Sye managed the daily

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Judith Marlowe


For over 40 years, Judith A. Marlowe has dedicated herself to excellence and service to others. She earned her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in English with a French minor from Thomas More College in 1969, where she was president of the student government. Immediately upon completing her Master of Arts in audiology from the University of Cincinnati in 1971, Dr. Marlowe launched her mission to ensure access to hearing and speech services by establishing the first audiology/speech pathology department at the leading medical center in northern Kentucky. Upon moving to Florida, she continued to initiate innovative programs, first with a leading otolaryngology practice, later as founding executive director of a non-profit institute awarded the first Walt Disney Spirit of

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A graduate of Roosevelt University, Judith Ellen Hamill initially earned a Bachelor of Music from Roosevelt University in 1975. Four years later, she received a master’s degree in urban planning and police from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Furthermore, she concluded her academic efforts with a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University in 1982. Since 2010, Ms. Hamill has excelled as the director of government relations for the John Marshall School of Law at the University of Chicago. Her responsibilities include securing funds for the law school from government resources at the federal, state and local levels. She also works alongside associates, who handle the donation of funds from various foundations and corporations in the area. At the

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Judy Tuggle


Having accrued more than 35 incredible years as a public school teacher and administrator, Dr. Judy G. Tuggle ultimately retired as the principal of the Warren Technical School in Chamblee, Georgia, in 2005. Throughout her career, she taught in New Hampshire, Kentucky, Florida and Georgia, served as a coordinator for career technology education, instructional technology and high school special education, and was a director for career technology education. Commonly known as CTE, the discipline involves preparing students for work by teaching specific career skills. Additionally, Dr. Tuggle served as a supervisor and house parent at the Greenwich Home for Children in Philadelphia, and an education director for the Philadelphia Association of Retarded Citizens between 1976 and 1977. Originally a music

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Angelia Parrish


After graduating from high school, Angelia P. Parrish wanted to attend college, but did not have the money to do so. In pursuit of a career, she left home and accepted a job in New Orleans as an equipment operator on offshore rigs, which is where she learned how to weld. Today, Ms. Parrish excels in administration in the city in regards to law enforcement, rentals, and oil and gas energies, and as a pipeliner with the Local Union 798. She attributes her success to being surrounded by the best of the best. With the Local Union 978, Ms. Parrish’s responsibilities mainly include helping the welders. This includes preparing for jobs, getting the welders prepared and securing materials for the

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Driven to make her parents proud, Wendy W. Smith originally planned to follow their example and become a college professor. However, during the course of her studies, she decided to pursue a career in the financial industry instead. Today, she excels as the vice president of insights planning analytics and technology for Amazon, where she began in 2019. Though her career has been suffused with highlights, Ms. Smith is most proud to have served as a leader for Amazon’s consumer division and operations team with a global scope of more than $100 billion in costs. Additionally, she is satisfied to have worked internationally in locations such as Ireland and Singapore. Additionally, Ms. Smith serves as the vice president of finance

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