Listee Features — Health Care

Sharon Telleen


Holding considerable expertise in public health, research psychology and child development, Sharon L. Telleen, PhD, has excelled as an associate research professor emerita for the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 2011, where she has also been a faculty affiliate in the department of psychology’s division of community and prevention research. Although she is retired, she remains active as a student mentor and gives presentations and lectures through Zoom. She also remains involved in research and has continued to publish articles in her field. First joining the University of Illinois as a research associate in the School of Public Health’s division of community health sciences, maternal and child health in 1983, Dr. Telleen became

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Mary Copley


Having always known she wanted to be in the medical profession, Mary Sandra Copley, MD, specializes in general and family medicine. First earning a Bachelor of Science in religion and Bible studies in order to find jobs to fund her way through medical school, she obtained a Master of Science and worked as a social worker while she completed her Doctor of Medicine at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. She graduated second in her class at Marshall University in 1990. With a long and accomplished career to her name, Dr. Copley is now mostly retired and currently spends a few days a week at Lincoln Primary Care in Hamlin, West Virginia,

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Holding considerable expertise in counseling for adults, couples, families and adolescents, Kathy T. Rider, LCSW, BCD, CGP, FAGPA, became involved in her profession during her time at the University of Texas at Austin. Serving as a counselor in her dorm during her undergraduate years, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1967 before going on to attain a Master of Science in social work in 1969. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Texas and is certified as a group psychotherapist and a diplomat of clinical social work. Ms. Rider began her career as a social worker on the adult mental health staff at an Austin and Travis County mental health center now known as Integral

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Excelling in the field of health care administration for over 30 years, Elena J. Russo retired from her full-time salaried position with NYC Health + Hospitals in 2018. She subsequently founded and opened her own consulting firm, EJ Russo, Inc. in New York City, where she serves as the chief executive officer. Her specialty is regulatory work in the health care industry, and she has worked with hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities with a 100% approval track record for her regulatory applications. She greatly enjoys the freedom that consulting work provides, as it allows her to set her own hours and organize her work day in a way that is best for her. Prior to founding her own firm,

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Tammy-Lyn Yapp


Initially considering becoming a doctor, Tammy-Lyn Yapp was inspired to the field of medical technology by a professor during her undergraduate studies at Marquette University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in clinical laboratory sciences. She went on to earn a Master of Science in clinical laboratory sciences from the Chicago Medical School at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Over the years, she has also received certification in immunodiagnostics and clinical flow cytometry from Michigan State University and completed graduate coursework at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is also certified in good laboratory practice, as a medical technologist through the American Society for Clinical Pathology and licensed as a clinical laboratory supervisor by the Florida

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Diana Collison-Jones


With over three decades of professional experience to her credit, Diana J. Collison-Jones holds considerable expertise in in-patient and emergency room care. Now retired from nursing, she is still certified — as a nurse and in podiatry — and remains active as the owner of Woodland Haven, an adult assisting living facility, a role she has held since 1990. The facility notably includes an adult foster care, which houses those who have no one to care for them, such as homeless individuals and people who have been rejected from other facilities. From 1988 to 2003, she worked as a staff nurse with the United Public Health Service at Red Lake Hospital in Minnesota, having begun her career as the director

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Donna Bainbridge

Donna B. Bernhardt Bainbridge

Holding considerable expertise in physical therapy, orthopedics and fitness, Donna B. Bernhardt Bainbridge, PT, EdD, was inspired to her career after hearing someone give a presentation about the field while in high school as well as by her experiences taking care of her grandfather. First earning a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from Boston University in 1967, she began her career as a staff physical therapist at Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Riverside Hospital, South Bay Physical Therapy and New Port Hospital between 1967 and 1973. In 1973, she became a supervisor in the physical therapy department at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center as well as an instructor at Simmons College, roles she held until 1980. After obtaining a Master

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Janet S. Butel, PhD, spent her entire career with the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, retiring as a distinguished service professor emeritus in 2018. Having held the role of distinguished service professor from 1995 to 2018, she was also the Joseph L. Melnick professor of virology from 1986 to 2018 and the Kyle and Josephine Morrow chair from 2013 to 2018. Between 2005 and 2017, she was the leader of a research program in the Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, the director of the Baylor-UT Houston Center for AIDS Research from 2005 to 2015 and the chair of the department of molecular virology and microbiology from 2000 to 2016. The director of the Baylor Center for AIDS

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Latrina Fletcher-Moore


Holding considerable expertise in coaching and consulting, Latrina Fletcher-Moore has excelled as the chief executive officer, president and owner of Serene Meadows Hospice since 2014. Operating in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metropolitan area, she employs roughly 25 nurses and care staff that travel to their patients homes in order to provide quality end-of-life care. Although not a nurse herself, Ms. Fletcher-Moore involves herself closely with the patients that they see, accompanying nurses to visit clients and taking the time to meet with everyone who comes looking for assistance. Serene Meadows is particularly notable for their emphasis on providing continued support to families for up to a year after their loved one passes. Putting in considerable effort to ensure that her patients

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With a longstanding love of taking care of others, Diane Brown Balderson, RN, first earned a diploma in nursing from St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia, in 1974. Following this, she worked as a nurse in the office of Dr. M. Homer Cummings in Huntington and as a staff nurse for Timken Mercy Hospital in Canton, Ohio. She then found success at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania, where she worked as an ICU nurse in the open heart intensive care unit. Returning to West Virginia, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in nursing from West Virginia University in 1989 and began work at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Parkersburg, where she spent time as the administrative

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