Listee Features — Computer Science

Deborah Lockhart

DEBORAH A. LOCKHART

A persistent problem solver, Deborah A. Lockhart’s day-to-day responsibilities as a computer programmer included taking someone’s idea of what they want it to do and making that happen. She got into development and designing of the idea, deciding what it has to do and designing how they fit together. There are all sorts of jobs in that process, and Ms. Lockhart has done most of them except sales. She designs programs, tests it and gets it out there in the field. Ms. Lockhart began her professional career as a programmer aid at Ling Temco Vought in Grand Prairie, Texas, in 1966, remaining in this role for two years before becoming a programmer analyst at Trinity University in San Antonio from

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Connie Gard

CONNIE R. GARD

Not wanting to live at home anymore, Connie R. Gard was recruited into the U.S. Navy in 1954, which allowed her to teach computers at a junior college in Santa Rosa, California, where students would come up to her and say that she got them interested in computers. After serving three years, she became the office manager of Anchorage Drug Supply in Alaska from 1963 to 1967. She then served as the assistant operations manager at Sonoma County Data Processing from 1969 to 1995. During this time, she consulted for Chips & Bits Micros in Santa Rosa from 1984 to 2001. When Ms. Gard was working for the county, she didn’t realize it at the time, but she was really

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Minnie Cassell

MINNIE M. CASSELL

Volunteering in the office, Minnie M. Cassell has served as the coordinator of the Cure d’Ars Catholic Church since 2010. As its ministries grow, the church, a multi-ethnic community of Catholic Christians rooted in African American spirituality, continues to be a beacon of hope, a sign of the healing and reconciling presence of Christ to all. In addition to this professional role, Ms. Cassell contributes much of her time to her local community. Having served as choir counsel chair and member on the board of directors of the Spirituals Project Choir for over two decades, she was active with the Denver Hospice in 2007 and the Denver Place from 2010 to 2011. She has also participated with the Metropolitan Organizations

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MARGARET A. KLEE

Falling into her profession by chance, Margaret A. Klee has worked as a software engineer at Leidos Innovations since 2016, which provides scientific, engineering, systems integration and technical services. Leidos works extensively with the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Intelligence Community, including the NSA, as well as other U.S. government civil agencies and selected commercial markets. Prior to this role, Ms. Klee began her career as a programmer at Goodyear Atomic Corporation in Piketon, Ohio, in 1982, remaining in this position for two years before moving up the ranks to software engineer from 1984 to 1985. She then transferred to General Dynamics Corporation in Fort Worth, Texas, from 1985 to 1987, also serving

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Kathleen Hodge

KATHLEEN A. HODGE

Specializing in principle reports and distributed medical software, Kathleen A. Hodge became interested in automation due to her love for mathematics. Since 2012, she has been a reporting analyst for Compulink Health Solutions, previously serving the company as an electronic data interchange supervisor from 2008 to 2012. The company provides specialty-specific medical software that incorporates what clients need to run their practices smoothly. Prior to this role, Ms. Hodge began her career as the executive director of the Feminist Women’s Health Center of Orange County in 1981, remaining in this role for two years before becoming a network administrator for Pacific West from 1986 to 1993. She then worked as a programmer and support technician for Santiago in Newport Beach,

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DIANNE DILLITZER

Hardworking and passionate, Dianne Dillitzer has thrived as a reader/evaluator at Measurement, Inc. She joined the educational assessment services company in 2015 after previously serving in the same role at Pearson from 2009 to 2015 and at Measurement, Inc., from 2004 to 2008 and in 2002. Prior to this, Ms. Dillitzer garnered experience in roles such as computer laboratory assistant at Franklin Middle School, reading development instructional assistant at Hubble Middle School, receptionist and administrative assistant at Dain Bosworth, and administrative assistant at both Dolphin Temporaries and the First Trust Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has also served as a computer laboratory assistant at the College of St. Catherine and a word processing operator at Word Processors Personnel-ADIA and

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PAULETTE DENISE MARTIN

When Paulette Martin learned to type, a world of career opportunities opened to her. The skill was in high demand; she started out helping other people learn the keyboard, and after scoring well on a civil service test, she began to work as a secretary to the comptroller at Woodruff Hospital. Ms. Martin spent six years at the institution before leaving to join Ohio Bell as a district office personnel clerk. From there, she advanced to roles like secretary at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, secretary at Sinclair College, mortgage loan processor at Citfed Mortgage Corporation of America, and legal assistant to the Office of the General Counsel. Although Ms. Martin enjoyed her work, she wanted more. She learned how

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SALLY A. SMITH SHULER

Driven by expertise in computers and telecommunications, Sally A. Smith Shuler paved the way for women in her field. She worked hard and wasn’t afraid to assert herself to her peers and managers, which led her to become the first woman to ever complete general manager training at General Electric. This propelled her to the position of manager of federal systems at GE Information Services Co in Washington, DC, her first in the industry. Ms. Shuler quickly proved herself and began advancing up the ladder. Her next professional role was manager of marketing support at GE Information Services Co in Maryland, followed by director of business development and information technology groups at Electronic Data Systems, vice president of the Marketing

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GRACE ANN HORNER

Originally interested in education, Grace Ann Horner spent many years in the field before finding out that teaching wasn’t the best thing for her. She decided to pursue computer programming instead, and loved the work. Her first position in the field was with Marca Medical Industries, followed by AMC Industries and Block and Co., Inc. Although she retired in 2017, she hopes to be remembered as a steady, loyal, and reliable employee. ​ Ms. Horner prepared for her career by earning a certification from the Control Data Institute in the state of Illinois, a Master of Science in outdoor teacher education from Northern Illinois State University, and a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Northern Illinois University. She then

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ANGELA C. NICOLS

Always involved in mathematics, Angela Nicols feels she owes her computer science career to being in the right place at the right time. The field allowed her to combine her variety of passions, which she really appreciated. Her first professional position was supervisor of programs and project leader for Book Clubs Information Systems at Doubleday and Co. Inc., followed closely by manager of software engineering for Martin Marietta Information Systems. Then, from 1995 to 2015, Ms. Nicols worked as the owner of Nicols Consultant, a computer consultancy and training company. She is presently retired. ​ One of Ms. Nicols’ other interests is history. Between 1994 and 2015, she has held titles like chairman of technology and grants, vice president, president,

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