Hardworking and dedicated, Marie A. Langan is proud of her professional successes. Her path wasn’t easy; she struggled to make ends meet early in life, but she persevered. After attaining her GED, Ms. Langan enrolled in an environmental training course, came out third in her class, and was one of two selected to participate in fieldwork identifying polluted waters for the government. Ms. Langan excelled in the role and was promoted to code enforcer and housing code enforcer in Enfield, Connecticut, a few years later. She then transitioned housing specialist in the Judicial Department of the State of Connecticut in 1983. This move was especially notable because housing specialists usually need at least a bachelor’s degree. The quality of Ms.
With a wide variety of interests, Barbara L. Hughes wore a lot of hats over the course of her career. She started as a chemist with the Pillsbury Co., but switched a year later to become an editor and reporter for the Sun Newspaper in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Six years after that, Ms. Hughes joined the American Lung Association of Hennepin County, where she quickly began making strides as the director of the environmental program. Her efforts eventually led her to be transferred to the American Lung Association of Ramsey County as the executive director and to the American Lung Association of Minnesota as the associate managing director. She retired in 1997. Ms. Hughes prepared for her endeavors by earning a
Backed by expertise in geographic information systems, Janet L. Williams has thrived as an environmental research technician at the County of DuPage Public Works Department. Her responsibilities with the government organization include maintaining environmental cleanliness, transferring old, hand-drawn maps into current geographic information systems and computer storage, handling land assessments and acquisitions, managing account assets and contracts, creating maps in accordance with geographic information systems parameters, and acting as a liaison with other departments to provide collaborative work. Notably, she was the first woman to transfer physical record maps and convert the digital computerized maps for the county. Another aspect of Ms. Williams’ job is education. Over the years, she has passed her knowledge on to the Girl Scouts, public
Recognized as a leader in her field, Fran P. Mainella attributes her ongoing success to the three C’s: courage, connections, and communications. She has spent more than four decades as a certified parks and recreation professional, steadily working her way up the chain. She jumped at every opportunity she came across and, over the years, built a vast network of colleagues and peers. Ms. Mainella’s journey culminated with her appointment as the 16th director of the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2001. She was the first woman to hold this position, and was nominated by then-President Bush. Previous employers include the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Recreation and Park Association, the Tallahassee
Well-known in the environmental health community, Lori Braunesreither is proud of how much she has grown. She started her professional journey with the goal of working in a crime laboratory, but as the field was relatively new, there weren’t too many open positions. She ended up taking a job with Ventura County Environmental Health instead, and it was there that her career really took off. Her coworkers and peers helped her figure out her place in the industry by directing her to different certifications and departments, ultimately leading to her involvement in related professional organizations like the California Environmental Health Association. Ms. Braunesreither was welcomed with open arms, and she hasn’t looked back since. She loves the close bonds she
Driven by her belief that everyone has a moral obligation to do the best they can, Elizabeth Franz Albert has dedicated her life to being a beneficial member of her community. She has spent the majority of her career as a conservationist and environmentalist, striving for a cleaner and healthier world. In her pursuit of a healthy environment, Ms. Albert campaigned against the herbicide Dacthal, which causes lymphoma and Parkinson’s disease and is used by lawn care companies, home owners, farmers, and golf course greens keepers. She is also an organic gardener, growing produce without harmful pesticides. Another key part of her professional journey was art. She discovered her talent as a painter early on, and participated in several