Listee Features — Health Care

NENA M. NERA

Inspired by people’s ability to change and learn, Nena M. Nera has dedicated herself to health care and psychology. She is currently the president and chief executive officer of The “N” Company, through which she offers both one-on-one and group mentoring for healthcare practitioners and other professionals, workshop presentations, education, and public speaking. Ms. Nera founded the health policy consultancy in 2000 with the goal of expanding her reach, and she is thrilled with her ongoing success. She recently conducted a series on communication and spoke on leadership. One of Ms. Nera’s positions prior to this was senior health policy analyst for Health Canada. The job gave her an opportunity she now considers a professional highlight: working with HIV/AIDS patients

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NAOMI KATE SHEPPARD

Encouraged by her mother to chose either nursing or teaching, Naomi Kate Sheppard decided the former offered her the best opportunity for growth and success. She started out by earning a diploma from the Scott & White Hospital School of Nursing in 1955, after which she furthered her education with an Associate of Arts from Temple Junior College, a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and biology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin. She also obtained certification in psychiatric nursing from the American Nursing Association. Degrees in hand, Ms. Sheppard set out to make her mark on the field. Her first professional position was staff nurse at

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AMY DRYMAN

For over a decade, Dr. Amy Dryman has been recognized for achievements in her career in research and development. Through her professional efforts, she seeks to increase knowledge of relevant factors affecting the health of people. ​ After receiving a Doctor of Science in 1987, Dr. Dryman was employed as a Research Associate at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health (now Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health). She received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1981. As an epidemiologic researcher, Dr. Dryman sought to contribute to an improved understanding of risk factors for mental disorders. Her first-author research papers have been included in professional publications. She also has presented research at professional meetings, such as

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BARBARA L. HUGHES

With a wide variety of interests, Barbara L. Hughes wore a lot of hats over the course of her career. She started as a chemist with the Pillsbury Co., but switched a year later to become an editor and reporter for the Sun Newspaper in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Six years after that, Ms. Hughes joined the American Lung Association of Hennepin County, where she quickly began making strides as the director of the environmental program. Her efforts eventually led her to be transferred to the American Lung Association of Ramsey County as the executive director and to the American Lung Association of Minnesota as the associate managing director. She retired in 1997. Ms. Hughes prepared for her endeavors by earning a

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ALICE A. BAKER DAILEY

Although Alice A. Baker Dailey started her career as a music and piano teacher in Texas, she ultimately decided to pursue her true passion: physical fitness. She got hooked on the subject when, as a dancer, she noticed people having health problems. Ms. Dailey started investigating, and quickly became fascinated by physiology and osteopathology. She used what she learned to open Alice Ann Baker Exercise: Therapeutic Conditioning in 1980 and to join Texas Instruments in 1984 and HealthCheck and International Athletic Club as an exercise physiologist in 1985. She then took her expertise to employers like the Region 10 Education Service Center, the Verandah Club, Goodbody’s, and the Crescent Spa. Her final role before retiring in 2010 was owner and

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MARY M. O’LEARY

Inspired to become a nurse by her great-aunt, Mary O’Leary set out to make her own mark on the industry. She started by becoming a staff nurse in the department of psychiatry at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital in 1963, and was promoted to coordinator of in-patient child psychiatry a year later. Ms. O’Leary’s passion and drive caught the attention of her superiors and colleagues, which spurred her rapid advancement through the industry. Over the next few decades, she thrived in roles like assistant head nurse at the Veterans Research Hospital, instructor in the Cooperative Health Occupations Assistants Program of the Chicago Board of Education, director of nursing education, evaluation, and research at the Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, director of

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MARIE LOIS MAXWELL

When Marie Lois Maxwell was young, she knew she wanted to help people, but she wasn’t sure exactly how. She got a job working in a hospital, and was inspired by the student nurses, who would talk with her about the profession. Ms. Maxwell decided to pursue nursing further, so she obtained a Master of Science in nursing from Boston College in 1975. She found she enjoyed interacting with patients and seeing the impact had. Ms. Maxwell eventually started gravitating to mental health, culminating in becoming a clinical nurse specialist at the Green County Mental Health Clinic. She served there for more than two decades before retiring in 2015. She received a Plaque of Appreciation for her efforts. One of

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JEANNETTE (JAN) SELBY JOHNSON

To Jeannette (Jan) Selby Johnson, life is all about helping others achieve more than they could on their own. Early in her career, she felt that the best way to do that was through education. Her first professional position was student personnel assistant at Ohio State University, followed by home economist at the Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, instructor of home economics at Ohio University, substitute teacher at Athens City Schools, adult instructor of family life education at Tri-County Vocational School, and teacher of home economics at Trimble Middle School, among many others. Later on, Ms. Johnson decided that nursing would be a better way to achieve her goals. She proceeded to become a community health nurse coordinator of the

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SUSAN B. PARKER

Seeing a lack of justice in society, particularly for people who are different, Susan B. Parker knew she had to do something to set things right. She researched and considered a variety of options, and ultimately decided to focus on psychology and social work. Ms. Parker knew almost immediately that she had found what she was meant to do. She accepted her first position in the field, psychiatric social worker at Orange County Mental Health, in 1974, and the rest is history. Ms. Parker quickly garnered a reputation for excellence, which propelled her to roles like executive director of the Grafton County Planning Council and the New Hampshire Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, commissioner of the Department of Mental Health in

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DENISE M. KORNIEWICZ

As a child, Denise M. Korniewicz always enjoyed playing doctor and nurse. She decided in junior high school that she wanted to pursue the field professionally, so she enlisted in the military to help her complete her academic training. Dr. Korniewicz proceeded to serve as a captain in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in Vietnam from 1973 to 1977 and to obtain a Bachelor of Science from Madonna University in 1974 and a Master of Science in nursing from Texas Woman’s University in 1977. She furthered her education with a PhD in nursing from Catholic University of America, a postdoctoral fellowship in infectious disease control and prevention at Johns Hopkins University, a certificate from the Southern Council on Colleges and

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