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Barbara Marcks

BARBARA A. MARCKS

As a child, Barbara A. Marcks suffered from ADD and did not do very well in school. She took a test given by a guidance counselor, and realized that she tested very high in logic and reasoning. She was then taken to a program, which helped develop her skills. That is where she came across information technology and realized she found something she loved. For the last 15 years, she has ran her own consulting program, Barbara Marcks LLC, of which she also serves as project manager. In her current role, Ms. Marcks works with companies who are looking to automate or acquisition integrations. She looks at current business processes and tries to normalize and make them more efficient, apply

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JEANNE A. TRAVIS

Prior to her success as an entrepreneur and business proprietor, Jeanne A. Travis had consistently harbored an affinity for formal edification. As the daughter of a high school mathematics teacher, she understood the importance of educating younger generations and resolved to preserve her mother’s legacy. Initially enrolling at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Ms. Travis graduated with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics in 1995. Though she thoroughly enjoyed instructing her students through Fairfax County Public Schools, Ms. Travis decided to embark on a professional venture into business management and corporate finance. After serving as a staff accountant for two years at an auditing firm, she quickly obtained a promotion as an assistant to the chief financial officer

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BECKY E. HITES

A skilled management consultant, Becky E. Hites has served as the president of Steel-Insights, LLC since 2013, previously serving as a managing director for Miller Mathis. She began her career as a personnel assistant for the Robinson-Humphrey Co., Inc., in Atlanta in 1986, where she remained for two years before moving up the ranks to research assistant from 1988 to 1989, analyst assistant from 1989 to 1992, senior analyst assistant from 1992 to 1995 and financial analyst from 1995 to 1996. She then became a mergers and acquisitions associate at Kurt Salmon Associates in Atlanta from 1996 to 1998, corporate financial associate at B.T. Alex Brown in New York from 1998 to 1999, vice president of M. Hecht & Associates

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DONNA D. TORRES

Inspired by a professor, Dr. Fred Keller, Donna D. Torres pursued a career as a medical technologist, working with Omega Laboratories West Diagnostics between 1992 and 1994. From there, she joined Renny Hospital as a medical technologist, where she remained for almost 25 years between 1994 and 2020 before being laid off due to COVID-19. Since 2016, she has channeled her drive into building her brand with Mary Kay Cosmetics, through which she serves as a beauty consultant. In terms of career highlights, Ms. Torres recalls one patient who had a rare case of leukemia and she had the jurisdiction to get her treated immediately. A month or so later, her pathologist thanked her for saving her life. Hearing that

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Penelope Arango

PENELOPE COREY ARANGO

Penelope Corey Arango, , a Quality Management Consultant and owner of the Arango Group in Miami, Florida, celebrates 55 years of excellence in business. Her diverse background, which formerly includes many years as a Psychologist, also encompasses several appointments in education as an Assistant Psychologist -Spanish and Intergroup Relations Specialist for the Dade County Public Schools in Miami and later as the Director of CQI, Training and Development for CAC-United HealthCare of Florida.  Among other positions, Ms. Arango simultaneously worked as a licensed Real Estate Broker with Helmsley-Spear in Florida. She was also a LAO/Continuous Improvement Facilitator for Carrier Air Conditioning in Miami and Puerto Rico.  Since 1996, Ms. Arango has been a Faculty Member of the (Bayer) Institute for

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Phyllis Johnson

PHYLLIS L. JOHNSON

Having accrued more than 35 years of inimitable expertise in the field of health care, Phyllis L. Johnson has garnered a laudable reputation as a consultant since 1995, currently serving the Noli White Group. In this role, she works with hospital administrators and managers in the design and equipment of new department renovations. Most large projects take around five years to complete. What separates Ms. Johnson from others in her field is her years of experience, through which she has seen how hospitals have the same problems, but solve them differently. She is grateful for her opportunity to travel to many places through her profession. Ms. Johnson initially began her career in 1985, shortly after completing a degree. She subsequently

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PAMELA S. HALL

Joining the environmental industry in 1971 at a time when it was just beginning, Pamela S. Hall was excited to get involved in solving the emerging issues the field was facing at Normandeau Associates, a brand new organization founded in 1970 and headquartered in Bedford, New Hampshire. in 1970, she served in the capacity of program manager, marine laboratory director, and programs and operations manager before being appointed to then to president and chief executive officer in 1988. In 2000, she was elected to the board of directors and became board chair in 2015. Today, she continues to serve as chair and corporate officer. A science-based consulting firm, Normandeau Associates notably serves both the profit and nonprofit sectors. Anticipating that

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Alicia Eller

ALICIA SUÁREZ ELLER

Growing up, Alicia Suárez Eller’s parents taught in the fields of music and agriculture in Chile. Eventually, she made the decision to follow in her parents’ footsteps and become a teacher. Upon relocating to North Carolina during the early 1960s, she attended Louisburg College and earned an Associate of Arts in 1965. Soon thereafter, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish teaching, cum laude, from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1970. Ms. Eller began her career as a fourth grade teacher at Gold Sand Elementary School in Louisburg, North Carolina, between 1970 and 1974. She further assumed employment with Louisburg High School as a Spanish teacher from 1975 until her retirement in 2001. After retiring as a

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Saundra McGuire

SAUNDRA Y. MCGUIRE

An experienced chemist and educator with 50 years of experience, Saundra Y. McGuire, PhD, serves as the founder and the owner of SYM Educational Consulting LLC. She has further flourished as an assistant vice chancellor, a professor of chemistry and the director emerita for the Center for Academic Success at Louisiana State University, where she formerly worked as a chemistry professor, an adjunct professor and the director of the Center for Academic Success. Additionally, Dr. McGuire has found success with the National College Learning Center Association, the University of Michigan, Howard University and Grambling State University in numerous executive roles. Prior to establishing her consultancy, Dr. McGuire was active with Cornell University in a variety of positions, including the acting

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Donna Swansen

DONNA MALONEY SWANSEN

Donna Maloney Swansen is a retired landscape designer, consultant, owner and operator of Donna Swansen Design in Ambler, Pennsylvania. Serving the surrounding areas of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, just north of Philadelphia, for more than 25 years, she established her business in 1983, concluding her very successful career in 2008. She formerly served as a partner at Swansen & Borie in Ambler between 1977 and 1982 and Corson, Borie & Swansen in Ambler in 1976. Prior to entering the field, Ms. Swansen was a bridal consultant and an assistant buyer for the retail field. During her career, Ms. Swansen has lent her expertise on numerous committees at her alma mater, Temple University, including the search committee for the chair of the

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