Listee Features — Business

KATHY HARRIS

Wanting to be a positive influence and to inspire others to be better, Kathy Harris has dedicated her life to her community.  She strongly believes that it doesn’t take someone who is rich and famous to change the world; it just takes someone who continues to put in the effort. One of the main ways she does this is through her work. As the co-owner of Harris Farm since 2000 and the secretary of CW Matthews Contracting since 1999, Ms. Harris is known for her work ethic and positive energy. She is responsible for tasks like bookkeeping and record keeping, computer navigation and data entry, creating and managing databases to ensure FDA compliance, documenting control to suffice for FDA horticulture

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CLARA MCLAUGHLIN

Determined to make a difference, Clara McLaughlin has made it her mission to give a voice to the voiceless. She started her communications journey in high school, where she created the first student newsletter and developed an interest in writing and media. After spending a few years in the Navy, Ms. McLaughlin joined the Howard University community as both an employee and a student. Her positions in the dean’s office and the public relations office paved the way for her success at the school. Notably, she was instrumental in initiating the journalism major and the National Black Communications Society at Howard University, and was recognized for outstanding work as the co-editor and editor-in-chief of the Bison Yearbook. Under Ms. McLaughlin’s

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NANCY MORRIS

A veteran of the education industry, Nancy Morris is known for her honesty, trustworthiness, and fairness. She spent 30 years teaching business at Berlin Central School in New York, and 11 years teaching business as an adjunct professor at Empire State College and Hudson Valley Community College. Although she retired in 2014, she remains active as a member of the New York State Business Education Teachers Association. During her time at the high school, Ms. Morris also served as the coach of the junior varsity and varsity cheerleading squads, the junior varsity and varsity ladies soccer teams, and the varsity ladies softball team. One of the highlights of her career actually revolved around her athletic endeavors. Many years ago, a

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PAULA J. WILSON

Growing up on a farm, Paula J. Wilson developed a strong natural background and an innate sense of wellness at an early age. She began her career as a licensed thoroughbred trainer, but eventually decided to focus her attention on physical therapy and naturopathy. Over the years, Dr. Wilson developed an expertise in the integration of innovative treatment techniques. She turned that experience into a thriving company, Energy Medicine, LLC, which she serves as the president, owner, and doctor. Her responsibilities include developing products, handling marketing, and managing the business. Outside of her company, Dr. Wilson is very active in her community. She is working on setting up an endowment fund for Cedar Crest College, and she serves on the

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JEAN BRANNON

Passionate and hardworking, Jean Brannon has worn many hats over the course of her career. She started as a nurse and nursing educator, holding positions at places like the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the Alamo County College District. During this time, she also taught history and performed as a stand-up comic. Ms. Brannon loved working with students and getting them excited for their future in the field.  When her mother got sick, however, she decided to retire to focus on caring for her. She discovered that real estate would allow her to set her own flexible schedule, perfect for her situation, so she opened Brannon Properties, LLC. She remains there to this day, and works with both

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CONSUELO GARCIA

Dedicated to making her customers feel comfortable, Consuelo Garcia is excelling as the owner of Ameri Tax. She opened the income tax and bookkeeping services company in 2010 after many years in her family’s businesses, and is proud of stepping out on her own. Ms. Garcia is thrilled that her company continues to grow, believing that “you grow when you give.” Notably, since its start, Ameri Tax has earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Ms. Garcia loves having the opportunity to help her largely Hispanic clientele and make their lives easier; she finds it extremely rewarding. She attributes her success thus far to the support of her mother, who gave her strength and faith. Ms. Garcia’s professional

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JANE E.S. WRIGHT

Determined, driven, and compassionate, Jane E.S. Wright has been essential to the growth of several businesses over the years. She is presently the owner of Pinnacle International Events Ltd., where she is responsible for developing, producing, and delivering projects from proposal to delivery. Her responsibilities also include developing and monitoring timelines, budgets, and client relationships, and managing operational and administrative functions to ensure projects were completed efficiently, as well as providing leadership and support to her teams and conducting onsite inspections and project management events. ​ Mrs. Wright’s other current endeavors are assistant manager of Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda through the Bermuda Hospitals Board, where she oversees the Candy Stripers, and director of RBYAC Team Bermuda. Previously, she served as

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ALICIA GARCIA CLARK

Taught at a young age to always do her best, Alicia Garcia Clark has built an impressive resume over the years. She was the first woman to study textile engineering and the only woman to work at Celanese, and experienced continuous promotion throughout her journey. She started with Celanese Mexicana, a subsidiary of the Celanese Corporation, as a chemist in 1951, and became a laboratory manager in 1953. When the company decided to start a long campaign to improve their product, they took her from the laboratory and made her a technical assistant in the Sales Promotion Department. Ms. Clark was successful in selling new ideas to the mills because they believed she was genuine in wanting to help them.

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DORIS ANN CHRISTENSEN

Doris Ann Christensen’s love for the fine arts and appreciation for good craftsmanship initially began in high school, where she took music lessons, joined the choir, and enrolled in shop classes, and has only grown over the years. Her early creations include beautiful designs on leather belts and wallets and salt shakers made out of plastic. She proceeded to attend Eastern Arizona College, and when her teacher was promoted to dean of admissions, she became his secretary. Upon marrying her husband, Ms. Christensen moved to Washington and continued her secretarial duties for more than three decades. Although she and her husband both worked full time, they spent their free time selling antiques and participating in collectible shows. This eventually led her

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NANCY ELLEN PAULSEN ASKINS

From the time she was a young Girl Scout patrol leader to now, the current CEO of the Askins Learning Institute, Nancy Ellen Paulsen Askins has been focused on helping people become the best they can be. She was drawn to a field of work where she could create a climate in which people could develop their own skills, and in college, she realized she was better suited to training adults than children. Dr. Askins proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Science in home economics in 1970, a Bachelor of Science in education in 1971, and a Master of Education in 1972, all from the University of Cincinnati, and to complete postgraduate work at Temple University, the National Institute of

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