Listee Features — Government

Lucy Kirk


Attributing much of her success to perseverance, Lucy Kirk was inspired to a career in international service out of her love of education and travel. First earning a Bachelor of Arts in American studies from Wellesley College in Massachusetts in 1962, she subsequently joined the American University of International Service in Washington, D.C., where she obtained a Master of Arts in international relations. She embarked on her career with the Library of Congress and initially considered joining the Peace Corps before a friend suggested that she apply for a position with the Central Intelligence Agency. Ms. Kirk achieved her first position with the CIA in 1967 and worked as an operations case officer until 1989. Serving as the chief of

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Since 2008, Carolyn H. Giolito has been the president and chief executive officer of Capital-International Communications, a Washington, D.C.-based firm specializing in strategic development and federal government liaisons. Building on more than 30 years of experience working with the federal government, Ms. Giolito uses her expertise to connect private-sector clients with state and local officials to facilitate large-scale projects. She holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and biology from the University of Montevallo and served the United States Army between 1951 and 1953 before joining Procter & Gamble as a histochemical technician conducting animal experiments. A lifelong animal lover, Ms. Giolito detested having to perform animal testing, and jumped at the opportunity to enter public service after Alabama congressman

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Veronica Smith-Creer


Mayor Veronica Smith-Creer has proudly served the city and people of El Dorado, Arkansas, in her office since 2019. Born and raised in El Dorado as the third of five siblings in a close-knit family, Ms. Smith-Creer credits much of her personality and her drive to succeed to her childhood and deep roots in the area. After graduating from El Dorado High School in 1988, she attended South Arkansas Community College with aspirations to become a teacher, earning an associate degree in education in 1993. She began her career working as a substitute teacher for the area school district and at a local funeral home before exiting the field of education due to a distaste for the politics and bureaucracy

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Karen A. Pollock celebrates more than 35 years as an information technology and computer specialist for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Methodical, meticulous, and passionate about technology and problem-solving, Ms. Pollock began her journey at Elmhurst College, graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in information systems. Shortly after graduation, she was hired by National Data Corporation, where she briefly worked as a formatter before joining the Department of Veterans Affairs as an information technology specialist in 1985. Ms. Pollock continued her education at North Central College, where she was awarded a Master of Science in information systems in 1993. She has continued to learn and refine her abilities throughout her career, and remains with the Department of Veterans

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Frances Terrell


Holding considerable expertise in management and organization, Frances Colbert Terrell was inspired to her career by her mother, who worked in federal government. Initially thinking to become a teacher, she first earned a diploma from Parker-Gray High School before pursuing higher education at Hampton University. After graduation she realized that she wanted to work in business administration, which was where her expertise lay, and she joined the United States House of Representatives in Capitol Hill, Washington, as a congressional staff assistant in 1976. Spending over two decades with the House of Representatives, Ms. Terrell worked with a number of United State representatives between 1976 and her retirement in 1999. These included Rep. Jeff Brooks, Rep. Keron Mitchell and Rep. John

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Barbara Mcgowan


Inspired to a career in local government after seeing how many people were confused by information from various government offices, Barbara J. Mcgowan began her career as the aide to the commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago after earning her high school diploma and attending college. Following this, she spent time as the officer manager for Mayor Harold Washington’s Political Education Project, before returning to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District as commissioner and vice president in 1993, roles she continues to hold to this day. In her dual roles as commissioner and vice president, Ms. Mcgowan is responsible for providing clean drinking water to the residents of Cook County, overseeing roughly 2,000 employees and 7 water

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Skilled in writing thanks to her parents, who were both writers, Carol Gene Dawson was also exposed to politics at an early age, which caught her fascination. In 1959, after earning a Bachelor of Arts from Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross, she began her career as a staff assistant to Sen. Kenneth B. Keating in Washington, D.C. That same year, she was also involved with Americans for Constitutional Action as an executive assistant and the Youth for Nixon Lodge as an executive secretary. Becoming a legislative assistant to Rep. Donald C. Bruce in 1961, she later served as the deputy director for public information for the Goldwater for President Campaign and the Republican National Committee from 1963 to 1964.

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Anne Weissenborn


After first earning a Bachelor of Arts from the Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, in 1961, Anne Adkins Weissenborn, Esq., began her professional career as a program specialist in the Teacher Exchange Section of the U.S. Office of Education in the fall of 1963. The next spring she completed all requirements for a Master of Arts at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she had specialized in African studies. Desirous of spending time living in Africa, in July 1965 she began a year in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as a volunteer teacher at a U.S.-funded secondary school for refugees from southern Africa administered by the African-American Institute. Later, in 1968, she earned her Master

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With a longstanding desire to give back to her community, Sen. Linda Foster Coleman-Madison has served as an Alabama state senator since 2006. From 2002 to 2003, she was a member of the Alabama House of Representatives and notably held the role of director of compliance for the Americans With Disabilities Act in 2003. She is very proud of helping to pass bills that protect the rights of disabled individuals, including a recent bill on how service animals are defined. Prior to working on the state and national level, Sen. Coleman-Madison served on the Birmingham City Council from 1984 to 1997. Earning a Bachelor of Science in education from Alabama A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University

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Lt. Jeannette L. Rincon has earned distinction as a Communications Command Operations Department head and lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard. Eminently qualified in her field, she is also a contracting officer and project manager for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Having scored highly on her test to join the Coast Guard, Lt. Rincon initially enlisted at the age of 17 and served within the armed forces for more than a decade, during which she received an Associate of Arts in technology with specialization in electromechanical instrumentation from Excelsior College. While coming of age, Lt. Rincon drew a wealth of inspiration from her mother, who worked hard as a single mother of two children. Though her school did not

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