Listee Features — Business

Staci Turner


Becoming involved in mortgage and banking gradually, Staci J. Turner has been an operations analyst II with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. since 2015. She began her career with the company as a manager, also serving as a senior underwriter from 2008 to 2012. She then moved up the ranks to quality analyst and senior underwriter for loan quality review from 2012 to 2014, and associate of risk quality from 2014 to 2015. Prior to the start of her professional career, Ms. Turner pursued a formal education at Capital University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 2003. She then received a Master of Science in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Dayton in 2010. A volunteer

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The daughter of a very accomplished cardiologist, Liqing Zhang, DDS, knew she would become a doctor since she was 7 years old. Her father was known for helping many people, and she wanted to feel the same feeling of fulfillment. She is also very skilled with her hands, so she felt dentistry was the best way for her to be creative, use her hands and help improve people’s lives. Dr. Zhang has served as a dentist at A to Z Dental in Illinois since 2008, previously serving as an associate dentist from 2006 to 2008. Dr. Zhang has been practicing dentistry for the past two decades. She has treated tens of thousands of patients in China, Canada and the United

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A self-employed business owner for numerous years, Janis L. Comstock-Jones has found success as a consultant, through which she oversees various projects for clients including homeland security, records management, information technology and contingency planning. Based in Mount Vernon, Ohio, she has worked as an independent entrepreneur since 1992. Gaining inimitable expertise as a data processing coordinator, assistant director and director of information technology as a former employee of the American Red Cross, Ms. Comstock-Jones contributed the nonprofit’s efforts between 1987 and 1995, and concurrently held the role of a national instructor between 1990 and 1995. Additionally, she taught various courses at Columbus Technical Institute and was a fiscal officer for the county government of Columbus, Ohio, during her career. Ms.

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Jessica Steckler


Jessica A. Steckler is an accomplished nurse, educator, and owner and consultant of the Firm of Jessica A. Steckler. Early in her career, she taught various nursing courses at York County School of Technology, Hamot Medical School and Pennsylvania State University in the Behrend College’s associate degree nurse program in Erie, Pennsylvania. Subsequently hired by the VA Medical Center in 1981, Ms. Steckler then served as the assistant director, the chair of the medical ethics team, the acting CHEP director and an educational specialist for the Employee Education Systems. More recently, she provided her expertise as an instructional system specialist between 2006 and 2010. In 1997, Ms. Steckler was a contributing author to Larry D. Purnell’s and Betty J. Paulanka’s

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Judy Gray


Having distinguished herself as the founder and chief executive officer of North American Herb and Spice LLC in 1999, Judy K. Gray established her business in order to provide the public with unprecedented access to truly natural, wild plant remedies. Committed to healing the world with natural medicines, her company searches for the finest, most potent medicinal ingredients in the world. Traveling to some of the most remote areas in the world, including the Canadian wilderness, the high-mountains of the Mediterranean and the Peruvian Amazon, Ms. Gray’s goal is to deliver gluten-free natural medicines that really work. Her organic, GMO-free manufacturing facility is notably located in Lake Forest, Illinois. Ms. Gray’s whole food products, which can be found online, include

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With more than 15 years of professional experience, Regina A. Taylor-Hines has been a contracting officer and business improvement officer with Norfolk Naval Shipyard since 2002. In addition to her primary roles, she has served as the owner of Gina’s Mind, Body and Balance since 2006, and is a teacher at the Cayce Reilly School of Massage. Prior to obtaining her current positions, she flourished as a supply officer, contracting officer and contracting officer’s technical representative with the Naval Supply Facility from 2001 to 2002. Earlier in her career, Ms. Taylor-Hines excelled as a disbursing officer and U.S. treasury representative for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. Ms. Taylor-Hines first pursued an education with Old Dominion University, where she obtained

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Dalene Kersey-Patterson came from very humble beginnings. She became a mother at age 16, later having three children in diapers by age 19. Although she tried attending college, she soon discovered that didn’t want to be a scholar, but instead a member of law enforcement. She served as a corrections deputy for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office from 1997 to 2007, further deciding to obtain a real estate license in hopes of finding an occupation more suitable for raising children with. Inspired to better families and communities, as well as live a balanced life caring for her mind, body and soul, Ms. Kersey-Patterson serves as a franchise owner of Phenix Salon Suites Franchising. The aforementioned salon provides luxury suites for

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Mary Ann Pacella-Sams


Inspired by her teachers, who recognized her immense academic ability, Mary Ann Pacella-Sams knew that she also wanted to be an educator. She was raised in a primarily immigrant neighborhood and was the first person in her family to receive a college education, as well as the second woman in her community to do so. Ms. Pacella-Sams earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Mundelein College in Chicago in 1958 and became a special services teacher for Chicago Public Schools immediately upon graduating. She taught English education, reading and English as a second language. Furthermore, she served as an education and early childhood specialist at various locations, and earned a Master of Education from the University of Puget Sound

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Anki Ahrnell


Anki Ahrnell is a business executive with more than 40 years of expertise in business development and digitalization. She believes that technology should be understood as a key part and the primary driver of all business sectors. Ms. Ahrnell is proud to have helped lead the shift in business technology integration throughout her career and to be a role model for women in business development. Having earned a bachelor’s degree from the Stockholm School of Economics and Business Administration in 1975, Ms. Ahrnell began her career in 1976 as an analyst for an antitrust ombudsman in Stockholm. She joined IBM Sweden in 1977 as a financial planning analyst, transitioning to become a business analyst between 1981 and 1982. From 1983

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Barbara Kleinschnitz


Barbara J. Kleinschnitz has accrued more than 30 years of expertise in her role as a consultant and technical writer on behalf of the oil and gas industry. Before embarking upon her professional journey, she completed coursework at Colorado Women’s College in Denver and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Denver in 1983. Ms. Kleinschnitz entered the energy industry out of a desire to be on the cutting edge of technology and to work with computers. From 1968 until 1976, Ms. Kleinschnitz excelled as a lead woman for Schlumberger Well Services of Denver and is proud to have been the best-compensated woman in the region at the time. She ended up becoming the lead person at

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