Listee Features — Advocacy


After experiencing her own bariatric surgery in an effort to turn her life around, Cathy A. Arsenault realized the importance of patient advocacy, as she wanted to help other people empower themselves and their bodies after making a drastic change. She has garnered certifications in patient navigation from the Dr. Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute, in patient experience leadership and patient advocacy from the Beryl Institute, and in high performance leadership from Cornell University. Ms. Arsenault is the former co-chairperson of the North Carolina Hospital Association state patient and family advisory council, and currently holds the position of co-chairperson of the patient and family advisory council of the UNC REX Healthcare System. As a pioneer of bariatric patient and

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Kye Fox


Inspired to make the world a better place, Kye Kilpatrick Fox serves as a community activist, the president and the chief executive officer of Urban Advisory Services, specializing in health, education, and women’s and children’s issues on a local, statewide and national scale. Growing up in a household that was very community driven and active, her father, Charles Kilpatrick, encouraged her to participate more on the civic front, as he worked as journalist and interacted with several important local figures. Eventually, her father began preparing for retirement and suggested she assume some of his board positions. Ms. Fox subsequently became involved on the board of the San Antonio Public Library, which inspired her to advocate on behalf of her community.

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Lois Whealey


An accomplished citizen activist in Athens, Ohio, Lois Deimel Whealey previously excelled as a teacher for nearly 10 years. She began her career as a fifth grade teacher at the Swayne School, now the Owyhee Combined School, in Owyhee, Nevada, from 1952 to 1953 before going on to teach seventh grade with the Fort Knox Dependent Schools in Kentucky from 1955 to 1956. Ms. Whealey went on to serve as a teacher of adult basic education for the U.S. Air Force in Oxford, England, from 1956 to 1957, a sixth grade teacher for the Amerman Elementary School in Northville, Michigan, from 1957 to 1958, and an eighth grade teacher of English and social studies for Slauson Middle School in Ann

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Shirley Berardo


Having earned distinction as a program manager with IBM, Shirley B. Berardo initially launched her professional journey with the IBM Club in Manassas, Virginia, as a technical librarian and middle manager at their Technical Resources Center. While progressing through her career, Ms. Berardo found success as a senior technical education manager and senior program and process manager of software and hardware in Boca Raton, Florida, as well as overseas in Japan. After serving as an IBM fellow in Bethesda, Maryland, Ms. Berardo then contributed for the years between 1973 and 1996 as a distinguished division program manager of the company’s notable software and hardware teams in Virginia, Florida and Maryland. As a result of her numerous efforts, she was twice-named

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Ruthee Goldkorn


A steadfast disability advocate, Ruthee Goldkorn currently excels as an ambassador for the Abilities Expo, which is a resource for the disabled community. Additionally, she works as the founder of No Barriers Disabled Access Consulting and Advocacy Services. Previously, she gained valuable industry experience as the owner of the Baby Biz between 1980 and 1984. As a childbirth educator and labor adviser, Ms. Goldkorn taught patients about the best childbirth practices. From 1975 until 1989, she also specialized in the management and business development for such entities as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital and the Doctors Hospital of Long Beach. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, she also served as a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology. In a

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Vera Matty


A born humanitarian, Dr. Vera A. Matty is currently self-employed, devoting her time and attention to writing a book about creating happier lives, which she plans to publish in the near future. Previously, she worked as an advocacy and communications officer for the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process for two years. Even though her career has been filled with highlights, her most notable achievement was speaking before the United Nations regarding the attacks on September 11, 2001. Additionally, Dr. Matty has studied nine languages throughout her life. Before her tenure with the United Nations, Dr. Matty gained valuable expertise in the field as the assistant to the president of the New York Unemployment

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Carol Booth


A talented writer of songs, novels and freelance features, Carol M. Booth has garnered a laudable reputation alongside many of the most notable luminaries in the fields of art and entertainment. Born in Tennessee, she came of age in Louisiana, and eventually relocated to Texas and then back to her beloved Louisiana. During the 1970s and through the mid-1980s, Ms. Booth served as a public relations coordinator for McDonald’s after maintaining activity in advertising management and marketing for Liberty Vindicator. Between 1985 and 1989 and ongoing, she owned and operated Carol Marie’s Music, for whom she wrote and published many of her songs. Upon returning to Louisiana, she continued her own music demo studio in her home, where she continued

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Lauren Book


A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Sen. Lauren Book recalls that she had trouble finding a coping method after revealing the abuse to her family. She would go to school and come home to cry. Eventually, her mother revealed to her that she too had been sexually assaulted. She said that these were “regular occurrences” for women, and that they simply had to get over their trauma and live their lives. From that moment on, Sen. Book decided she would do everything in her power to be stronger. She now challenges herself every day to help young survivors. She learned that working through legislature and shaping the laws that protect those who are vulnerable can be an effective way to

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Kathrine Switzer


When Kathrine Virginia Switzer was 12 years old, her father recommended she run a mile every day to help her make the field hockey team. She found that running gave her strength, stamina and empowerment, so she continued it through high school. Dr. Switzer upped it to three miles a day in college, and eventually, she and one of her field hockey teammates were noticed by the men’s track coach. He asked the pair to join the team, despite the fact that they were women, and this solidified her desire to run competitively. Later on in Dr. Switzer’s collegiate running career, she met Arnie Briggs, a well-known New York marathoner with 15 Boston Marathons under his belt. He was retired

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Inspired by the beauty of the California coast, Phyllis Faber dedicated much of her career to environmental advocacy. She moved to the state in 1970 and found the ecosystem to be remarkable; she knew it had to be protected. Ms. Faber proceeded to join a committee that later created the California Coastal Commission, of which she served as the commissioner for seven years. This led her to spend five years as a partner of Madrone Ecological Associates, 10 years as an instructor at College of Marin, and 17 years as the editor of Fremontia, the journal of the California Native Plant Society. Today, she continues her efforts as the publisher and director of the California Native Plant Society Press, as

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