“Photography is my passport to life,” says Suzanne Vlamis, who has dedicated more than five decades to the craft. She fell in love with the opportunities photography presented to explore the world, and has focused on both natural subjects, like landscapes and wildlife, and man-made subjects, like architecture and cultural events. Ms. Vlamis is currently pursuing her passions as the owner and director of Suzanne Vlamis Photography, an environmental photography company. She has also lent her services as a science and health researcher to Dr. Joy C. Zagoren, PhD, since 1999.
Recently, Ms. Vlamis turned the work she’s been doing into her first book, “Africa Endangered,” published in 2017. She hopes her efforts will promote the appreciation, awareness and advocacy of Africa’s endangered species, indigenous cultures, and natural habitats. Her next focus is Antarctica.
Although Nora Orphanides has built an illustrious career in dance, she didn’t start out in the field. It was only after she became a speech pathologist that she realized her passions lay elsewhere. Inspired by her uncle, who danced with Fred Astaire, she began to pursue dance professionally and fell in love with it. Ms. Orphanides joined the staff of the Princeton Ballet School in 1983, and remained there until her retirement in 2012. The school honored her with the title of trustee emeritus in 1992 and faculty emeritus in 2012, and she holds both to this day. She is also presently lending her expertise to her role as an adviser for the American Ballet Studio Company and as the president and CEO of Orphanides and Associates LLC.
With a deep personal commitment to the arts, Ms. Orphanides has given her time and experience for the benefit of various arts programs. She has been the fundraising gala chairman for the Princeton Ballet, chairman of the Nutcracker Ballet, and the dinner chairman for the Nassau Church Music Festival and the Handel Festival. She also served as the chairman of the Christmas Boutique at the Princeton Medical Center, the choreographer for the Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, the co-chairman of the American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala, and the benefit chairman for Dancing Classrooms of the American Ballroom Theatre Company.
Noted for decades of professional excellence, Patarica Dian Nunn is best known for her efforts to better the world through writing. She loved sharing her thoughts with others, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to do so in a variety of mediums.
As a poet, Ms. Nunn authored the likes of “Sacred Memories” in 1996, “A True Mother’s Love” in 1997, “A True Father’s Love” and “Out in Left Field,” in 1998, and “A Breathe of Fresh Air” in 2002. She further served the poetry community as a member of the board of directors and advisory committee for the National Library of Poetry, and as a member of the Poetry Guild and the National Author’s Registry. Ms. Nunn also earned acclaim for her abilities as a songwriter. Her works include "My Moment of Miles," written for her oldest daughter in 1996, and "Time," written for her second daughter in 1998. For her third daughter, she penned "Mellow Drifting" in 2002, and for her youngest daughter, she penned “Sassy, Sassy Lady” in 2003.
Fine Arts | Social Work
Poet, musician, social worker: Kathleen Duyck has done it all. She started her professional journey by earning a Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University in 1954 and a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington in 1956. She also became certified to work in Oregon by the National Organization of Social Workers.
Immediately after college, Ms. Duyck began as an adoption worker for Catholic Welfare in Portland, Oregon, and in San Antonio, Texas. She held the title for six years before deciding to pursue her passion for music. She worked as a musician for the Tucson Symphony from 1963 to 1965 and as the principal cellist for both the Phoenix College Orchestra and the Scottsdale Symphony. Her positions led her to be very involved in her communities, where she enjoyed using her skills for the benefit of others. She served the Phoenix Art Museum League in a number of roles, and was the chairman and vice president of Family Friends Service. She remains the vice president of the Phoenix Youth Symphony Board and a member of the executive board of the Symphony Guild, among other positions.