Listee Features — Counseling

Marsha Schroeder

MARSHA SCHROEDER

Keeping aware of human behavior since the third grade, Marsha Schroeder, LPC, PLLC, has always had a natural normal way to relate to people and to help people. She feels very comfortable in the job, and she loves it. The first to graduate from college in her family, she sees her career not as a job, but as a vocation. Ms. Schroeder began her professional career as a staff member at St. Helen Catholic School in 1993, remaining in this position for one year before transferring to St. Peter and Paul Catholic School from 1994 to 1999 and St. Stephen Catholic School in Saginaw, Michigan, from 1997 to 2000. During this time, she served as an adjunct faculty member at

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Bonnie Zindel

BONNIE ZINDEL

After attending a professional children’s school and studying dance, Bonnie Zindel decided to move into something else. She worked in public relations at the Cleveland Playhouse as the public relations director from 1969 to 1972. Following this, she had her own radio show titled the “Intermission Feature” on Station WCLV-FM in Cleveland from 1970 to 1972, where she would interview people in the arts such as the Boston Symphony. She met her husband Paul Zindel, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and began to write plays, including one where she had a reading with actress Julie Harris as the lead. Ms. Zindel found that her direction was going toward the arts, so she continued writing books and plays. She then decided she

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Sarah Gallardo

SARAH GALLARDO

Sarah Gallardo’s story goes beyond being a survivor. Her message is about overcoming adversity, defying the odds and staying positive when the world feels like it’s crashing down around you. Her charity, Sarah Speaks Up, supports women, children, men and families living free of every kind of abuse since 2015. In a society where discussions of domestic violence, intimate partner violence and spousal abuse are not supposed to be openly reviewed, she speaks up. After surviving 10 years of domestic violence at the hands of her ex-husband, Ms. Gallardo managed to get back on her feet and become a certified domestic violence counselor at the Prudence Crandall Center in New Britain, Connecticut. A single mother to her daughter Avalese, she

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Marilyn Miller

MARILYN J. LEVEE MILLER BROKA

Proficient in clinical social work and addiction treatment, which encapsulates adolescent residential treatment, substance abuse prevention and narcotic addiction, Marilyn J. LeVee Miller Broka retired in 2000 after working for nine years as a program supervisor at Southland Counseling Center in Lansing, Michigan, previously serving in a number of other roles. She first joined the center as a senior mental health therapist in 1981, remaining in this position for seven years before moving up the ranks to supervisor for one year. She began her professional career as the residential area supervisor/counselor at the Adrian Training School in Michigan in 1961, where she stayed for the next 12 years. Ms. Miller Broka then became a clinical supervisor at Sunny Ridge Home

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Deborah Potts

DEBBIE REESE POTTS

A doyen in adolescent guidance and counseling, Debbie Reese Potts became involved in her profession because of her desire to give back. Her father served in World War II and was sent to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for classes, so education was always very important in her household. Both of her parents believed in giving back. From 2010 to 2016, Ms. Potts served as a mental health therapist at Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas. The largest nonprofit​ health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the country, Baylor Scott & White Health was born from the combination of Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare in 2013. Today, Baylor Scott & White

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Carol Swinford

CAROL M. SWINFORD

The owner and founder of the Shades of Blue Ranch for more than 20 years, Carol M. Swinford strongly believes in alternative medicine and animal therapy. She started her career as a certified nurse’s aide, lending her services to numerous nursing homes over the years. On the side, Ms. Swinford and her husband, Gary, decided to build and open a ranch because they wanted a couple of horses. Every time her husband built a new barn, it ended up being a new shade of blue, hence the ranch’s name. They started with regular-sized horses, but became enamored with miniature horses after buying one at an auction in 1997. She quickly realized there was a perfect way to combine her job

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SARAH C. GREENFIELD

With a wide variety of interests, Sarah C. Greenfield wore a lot of hats over the course of her career. She started out as a unit clerk at Strong Memorial Hospital, where she was responsible for filling in when employees went on vacation, and then she advanced to become a biochemical laboratory technician at Strong Memorial Hospital and Pabst Biochemical Laboratory. When Dr. Greenfield’s family moved to Arizona, however, she had to step down. She spent the next few years as a housewife and community volunteer, but she longed for something more. Dr. Greenfield stumbled upon counseling by chance, and she quickly realized she had found what she was meant to do. For the remainder of her professional journey, she

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