Starting her career as a physical education and health teacher and coach at Pine Ridge Middle School in South Dakota from 1977 to 1979, Denise A. Da Moude decided to change professions and began working for the U.S. Forest Service in Chadron, Nebraska, as a dorm supervisor and counselor from 1980 to 1981. She then joined the U.S. Postal Service as a city carrier from 1981 to 1983, moving up the ranks to clerk from 1983 to 1992. Following this, she transferred to the U.S. Postal Service’s Portsmouth, Virginia, office, where she served as a city carrier from 1993 to 2003 and passport clerk from 2003 to 2010. In addition to this tenure, Ms. Da Moude served on the women’s
A second-generation Irish immigrant, the family of Judith E. Day, PhD, valued education, which prompted her to pursue a career in education as a teacher. It is her belief that education is the most important thing in the world. She had encouragement not only from her mother, but from her kindergarten teacher who would take the time and sit with her one-on-one reading so she could always be ahead. Her second-grade teacher also helped her know the importance of education. Dr. Day began her career as a special education teacher in Hampton, New Hampshire, in 1978, remaining in this position for a decade before teaching reading and working in student support services at the University of New Hampshire. Years later,
A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Sen. Lauren Book recalls that she had trouble finding a coping method after revealing the abuse to her family. She would go to school and come home to cry. Eventually, her mother revealed to her that she too had been sexually assaulted. She said that these were “regular occurrences” for women, and that they simply had to get over their trauma and live their lives. From that moment on, Sen. Book decided she would do everything in her power to be stronger. She now challenges herself every day to help young survivors. She learned that working through legislature and shaping the laws that protect those who are vulnerable can be an effective way to
Adept in the areas of government auditing for public colleges and universities, Shirley A. Henry, CPA, CGFM, CGMA, initially planned to become a teacher, but realized that may not work out for her. She than began to think back on her high school years when she took bookkeeping classes and how much she loved them. She then changed her major to accounting with a business minor, and continued to follow the path her career would take her. Since 2013, Ms. Henry has served the Division of State Audit in Nashville, Tennessee, as assistant director. She first joined the division in 1977 as a junior legislative auditor, quickly moving up the ranks to the roles of senior legislative auditor from 1977
Drawing influence from her parents, Rebecca D. Vigil’s father was a small businessman in Taos, New Mexico. He was her inspiration in showing people to respect a person the way that you would want to be respected. He also influenced her that no one is better than her in the world and she is no better than anyone, so Ms. Vigil had an equal foundation when she started creating her life, learning the rules on how to live her life. Her mother and father were very instrumental in giving her the talents that she was able to explore and create. Ms. Vigil began her professional career as a secretary, project monitor and customer service representative for the Public Service Co.
Accruing 28 years of professional experience in her field, Lori Whitney began her career as a messenger for the Wisconsin State Assembly in Madison in 1991, remaining in this role for four years before moving up the ranks to postal clerk from 1995 to 2003 and postmistress since 2003. In congruence with her primary trade, she has also contributed much of her time to several civic endeavors. Ms. Whitney served as a campaign volunteer for numerous political candidates between 1992 and 2014, including Al Gore and Barack Obama. Additionally, she was a fundraiser and volunteer with the American Diabetes Association from 1993 to 2004, a member of Amnesty International from 1991 to 2005 and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Hoop Troop
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
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.
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
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