Listee Features — Government

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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JANET MARIE GORN

As a United States’ Diplomat in the field of civil nuclear energy and nonproliferation, Janet Marie Gorn is a Senior Foreign Affairs Officer in the U.S. Department of State. She has traveled to 37 countries in every region of the world, where she actively represents the U.S. Government, including as the U.S. Representative and Head of Delegation, in bilateral and multilateral fora, international conferences and meetings, and on international task forces, for such organizations as the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development UN/CSD, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); and the OECD/Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). A recognized expert, Ms. Gorn frequently gives presentations at domestic and international conferences and symposia, is a

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ROBERTA C. GIBSON PEVEAR

Always looking to help others, Roberta Gibson Pevear embarked on a long career of community service. She was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1979 to 1988, and was instrumental in the development of an evacuation plan for the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant in New Hampshire, which she considers a professional highlight. While in the government, Ms. Pevear served as the Clerk of the Environment and Agricultural Committee. She also has experience as the Commissioner of the Rockingham Planning Commission and the New Hampshire Planning Commission, as well as the Chairman of Rockingham County Home and a Civil Defense Director for Hampton Falls, N.H. ​ Outside of her government service, Ms. Pevear was also very

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LEANN MICHELLE OLIVER

For more than 30 years, LeAnn Michelle Oliver has remained committed to her work in government administration. She loves being able to make a difference in society, and to use her in-depth experiences to creatively solve problems and build partnerships. Further, her reputation for excellence in public policy, strategic planning, and program management, coupled with her field’s ample opportunities for growth, has allowed her to move quickly into more senior roles. The higher the role, the more she is able to use her knowledge to influence positive changes and advancements, and the better she can achieve her goals. ​ Currently, Ms. Oliver is lending her services to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where she has been for more than

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LINDA MENARD POST

Linda Menard Post has had a long and distinguished career as a legislator and educator. Inspired by the leadership experience she gained as a member of the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) School Board for 12 years, she was elected in 2009 to represent District G of the Alaska State Senate. She was quite proud to be able to represent the fabulous state of Alaska and give back to her community. Notably, her first husband was also a senator, and they were the first husband and wife team to be elected. ​ In addition to her legislative work, Ms. Menard Post served as the owner of the Mrs. Alaska Franchise, which represents women who have honored the state, and as the owner and

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STEPHANIE ANN KENNAN

Thriving as the senior vice president of federal public affairs at McGuire Woods Consulting LLC, Stephanie Ann Kennan has led a long and influential career in health care and government policies. She is currently using her background to help clients navigate the legislative and executive branches of federal government to solve a variety of health care policy issues. Her work focuses on the providers, medical device manufacturers, drug manufacturers, and associations concerned about Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. She also represents clients on matters before the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as other agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, Ms. Kennan has experience organizing and representing coalitions and working with state health insurance exchanges.

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