Listee Features — Government

MARIE A. LANGAN

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.

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DELAINE EASTIN

Growing up a time when most girls weren’t sent to college, Delaine Eastin feels fortunate that her parents placed such a high value on her education. They encouraged her to pursue her dreams, and she ended up graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, Davis, in 1969 and a Master of Arts in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1971, as well as a California Lifetime Community College Credential. The degrees propelled her to positions like instructor at California Community Colleges, accounting manager of Pacific Bell, city council member of Union City, California, corporate planner of the Pacific Telesis Group, and assemblywoman of the California State Legislature. Ms. Eastin’s

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ANNE C. PERRY

When Anne C. Perry was very young, a medical condition forced her to have an extended stay at the hospital. She felt so cared for by the nurses and had such a good experience that she began to consider pursuing a career in medicine, too. Ms. Perry worked hard to achieve her goal, and was thrilled when she obtained her first position, staff registered nurse in obstetrics at Moses Ludington Hospital, in 1970. Her experience there proved she was meant to be part of the health care industry; she loved helping others and connecting with her community. The next stop on Ms. Perry’s journey was nurse and social worker at the Essex County Head Start Program, followed by prepared childbirth

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MARGARET JEAN MCKEE

Devoted to the future of the country, Margaret Jean McKee spent nearly five decades in the political arena. Her first real taste of the field came while she was in college, when her uncle volunteered her to work for Prescott Bush’s Senate campaign in Connecticut. The feeling of sitting in his headquarters with her fellow staffers was phenomenal; she felt like she was really making a difference, and knew it was what she was meant to be doing. Upon graduating Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1951, Ms. McKee immediately joined the Business and Professional Division of the New York Finance Committee of the Eisenhower for President Campaign as a staff assistant. She stayed there for a year

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JANET MAE MICKLOS

A product of military life, Janet Mae Micklos grew up constantly on the move. The flexibility she experienced as a child eventually translated to her professional career. Over the years, Ms. Micklos has held a wide variety of positions, though all were geared toward helping others. She began as a physical education instructor at Terrell Wells Middle School in Texas in 1969, and then became a dental assistant at a private practice in Oklahoma in 1970. From there, Ms. Micklos served in roles like physical fitness instructor at Victor Valley Community College, director of the physical department at the Victor Valley YMCA, application processor for the state of Delaware, clerk and typist to the adjunct general of the Joint United

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DOROTHY M. SAMPAS

Motivated by an innate interest in politics and foreign relations, Dorothy M. Sampas dedicated more than four decades to the U.S. government. She started her journey as a city editor at The Michigan Daily and a registered lobbyist at The Michigan Legislature, and then advanced to become a member of the Bureau of Public Affairs in the U.S. Department of State, a vice-consul for the United States Consulate General in Hamburg, Germany, and a consultant for the Transcentury Corporation. Over the years, Dr. Sampas garnered a reputation for her passion and professionalism, propelling her to positions like analyst in the Bureau of Administration, division and deputy chief in the Office of Position and Pay Management, and director and division chief

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IRENA ZUBCEVIC

Always interested in other parts of the world, Irena Zubcevic has found the United Nations to be an amazing place to work. She has served the organization as the chief of the Intergovernmental Policy and Review Branch of the Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development since April 2018, preceded by positions as the chief of the Ocean and Climate Branch of the Division for Sustainable Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and as a senior sustainable development officer. The sustainable development initiative includes 17 developmental goals that she considers to be the framework for the whole of humanity. Ms. Zubcevic’s branch recently hosted a big conference to find solutions to trash and pollution in

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SONIA PATRICIA SWALLOW

Working toward her goal of giving people the ability to live their lives to the fullest, Sonia Patricia Swallow joined the Women in Politics Canadian Conservative Party as the regional director in 2016. Her background in visionary team leadership, group integration, and motivational speaking has really come in handy as she navigates the political landscape. The organization was founded to support women aspiring to hold public office. ​ Another way Ms. Swallow supported her goal was through her company, Apollo Driver Training, Ltd. She saw firsthand the pain that could be caused by unsafe drivers, so she made driver education her mission from 1996 to 2012. One of the things that set her apart from other schools of this nature

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DELORES L. PARRON-RAGLAND

With expertise in government, academics, social welfare, and mental health, Delores L. Parron-Ragland was a highly-regarded figure in her communities. She championed the concerns of the underrepresented, fought for the rights of those who couldn’t fight for themselves, and was genuinely devoted to using her position to help others. Initially in child welfare as a social worker for the Spence-Chapin Adoption service and an adoption selection social worker for the Child Welfare Division of the District of Columbia Department of Human Resources, Dr. Parron transitioned to the role of psychiatric social worker with the Hillcrest Children’s Center in 1969. ​ The hands-on experiences gave Dr. Parron a wealth of new knowledge, which she sought to share with her peers as

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JANET ALLISON LAMOTTE

Shortly after then-President John F. Kennedy spoke to her high school class, Janet Allison LaMotte developed an interest in government service. She enlisted as a clerk-typist for the U.S. Army immediately after graduation, serving in Washington DC, Fort Belvoir, Va., and Dallas. In 1962, Ms. LaMotte put her skills as a clerk-typist to use with the IRS, where she also worked as a secretary. She then joined the State Board of Control in Austin, Texas, as a personnel assistant, the federal aviation administration in Oklahoma City as a procurement clerk, and the Defense Logistics Agency as a clerk-typist. The remainder of her career was spent at the Tinker Air Force Base as a clerk-typist, accounting clerk, secretary, supply specialist, and

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