With decades of experience to her credit, Kathryn A. Ransom has excelled as an author and educator, having published her first book, “Ransom Notes: Moments of Reflection, Courage, Engagement, Worship and Humor,” through WestBow Press in 2019 at the age of 83. Prior to this accomplishment, she flourished as an adjunct professor for multiple colleges and universities throughout Illinois. She was employed with Springfield School District Number 186 as a teacher, the director of the reading program, and later as the supervisor of the English and Reading Department for the district. For two years, Ms. Ransom worked as a consultant for a textbook publishing company as a reading consultant for schools around the United States. Following retirement from the school
Though she originally aspired to become a counselor, Barbara L. Branch, EdD, pivoted toward teaching, having been drawn toward the field while striving to qualify for the former position. In the course of her academic efforts, she proceeded to receive a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from the University of California Davis, and an EdD from the University of Southern California. Eminently qualified in her field, Dr. Branch is likewise certified in administrative services and computer science. Dr. Branch’s father was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and received a doctoral degree in education while serving in the military. Her mother, sister and grandmother all distinguished themselves as teachers as well. Throughout her career, Dr. Branch
After graduating from high school, Ethel Howard Williams enrolled in business college with the intention of becoming a secretary. She further flourished as a government secretary for five years before pursuing her true passion in education in order to help others in need. Subsequently obtaining a Master of Education in special education, which helped separate from other educators, she found success as a special education teacher in Massachusetts for nearly eight years. Ms. Williams later excelled in her position as an education specialist for the San Diego Unified School District for 31 years. Now retired, with a mission to contribute to her community, she serves on the board of the Tomoliam Program and the Western State Golf Association. She also
Elizabeth Anne Ouellette, MD, is a prominent board-certified orthopedic surgeon who performs hand surgeries of all complexities, particularly for athletes, as well as patients of all ages in hand and wrist fracture, ligament tear, nerve injuries, joint instability and small joint replacement surgery. She also specializes in tendon and nerve repair after trauma, inflammation and compression injuries. Currently maintaining her own practice, the Ouellette Group Physicians for the Hand since 2010, she is also affiliated with Baptist Hospital of Miami, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. She is also the chief of hand surgery and excels as a clinical professor in the Department of Orthopedics at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.
An acclaimed industry professional with many years of experience to her credit, Jean E. Hook serves as a writer and an editor for the Boeing Company. During the previous two decades, she honed her professional expertise as a teacher of programming languages. Over the years, Ms. Hook also worked as a member of the Atlas Launch Team at Lockheed Martin, where she was one of 250 people worldwide and among only eight women selected to serve. Requested by Boeing to work on a proposal in Huntington Beach, California, which remains a highlight of her career, Ms. Hook subsequently collaborated with colleagues to learn aspects of the field of which she was not previously familiar in order to finish the proposal.
With more than 40 years of experience as an administrator and educator, Dr. Deemathie de Silva currently serves as the president of the Integrated Marketing Communications Department and the director of student support services at Wichita State University in Kansas. She is also a grant writer for student support services, assisting multicultural, first generation and low-income students’ success in college. During her tenure at Wichita State University, she also excelled as testing coordinator for the women’s equality program, a research associate in the College of Business, a lecturer of biology, and an instructor of anthropology between 1977 and 1983. Since 1985, she has been the director of Operation Success. Throughout her career, Dr. de Silva has found success in a
Having accrued more than 30 years of inimitable expertise in the field of elementary education, E. Denise Ray, EdD, has garnered a laudable reputation as a co-founding partner of the Seba Enrichment Academy at Saint Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Singularly focused on inspiring students to not only learn, but also become more involved in their communities, the tuition-based, nonprofit enrichment program focuses on African American history and cultural studies, taught by certified master teachers. The academy also hosts guest clinicians, engages in field trips and offers a variety of activities for the youth, as well as adults. A former teacher and administrator, Dr. Ray previously worked on behalf of Scott Middle School in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, where she
Growing up in a small New England town, Robin R. Fintel, MD, decided at a young age that she wanted to pursue a career helping others. As a young woman, she volunteered as a candy striper and frequently spoke to doctors about their work. Additionally, she also gained valuable expertise working in one of the most prominent hospitals in the country. Today, she excels as a clinical assistant professor for the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Additionally, Dr. Fintel serves as a physician with the Northwestern Medicine Physician Network. In pursuit of her dream career, Dr. Fintel earned an MD from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 1982. Subsequently, she completed a residency at the Johns
Bonnie G. Berger, EdD, is renowned as an exercise and sport psychologist and an educator, who initially earned a Bachelor of Science from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, in 1962. She subsequently obtained a Master of Arts and an EdD from Columbia University in 1965 and 1972, respectively. Beginning her athletic endeavors as a swimmer at the YWCA at the age of 8, Dr. Berger has participated in the college varsity sports of basketball and volleyball, and on the synchronized swimming team at Wittenberg University. Recognized as a professor emerita of Bowling Green State University in 2019, Dr. Berger previously served as a professor and the director of the School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies between 1999 and
Having accrued more than 35 years of inimitable experience in the field of humanities research, Faye R. Sninchak garnered a laudable reputation as an English teacher on behalf of Chatham Central High School before her retirement in 2005. Initially joining the faculty staff in 1969, she notably found success as a department coordinator during the course of her tenure. Though she no longer teaches in the classroom, Ms. Sninchak has continued to work as an English item writer for the New York State Education Department in Albany since 1985 and as a coordinator of the English Regents rerating committee since 1992. Some of Ms. Sninchak’s former commitments have included a tenured position on the policy board of the Greater Capital