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Judith Wightman

JUDITH A. WIGHTMAN

Supported by more than five decades of professional experience, Judith A. Wightman has been designated as the historian of the Town of Avoca, a village located in upstate New York, since 2010. Involved in the crafts business from 1993 to 2005, she previously found success at the Avoca Insurance Agency from 1971 to 1992. Ms. Wightman began her career as a secretary between 1965 and 1970, and a town clerk from 1970 until 1971. Ms. Wightman became involved in her profession because people from the town felt the previous historian was not doing his job well. She was further encouraged by several others to apply for the position and later accepted the entry position as an assistant to the historian.

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Judith-Rae Ross

JUDITH-RAE ROSS

Having accrued more than 40 years of expertise in the field of historiography, the Hon. Judith-Rae Ross, PhD, has garnered a laudable reputation as a historian, educator and writer. She attended Michigan State University, graduating in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts in history and was proud to have succeeded as a woman in academia during a time when cultural expectations for women were limited. Dr. Ross earned a Master of Arts at Loyola University in 1971 and completed a PhD in history at the University of Illinois in 1978. From 1979 until 1980, Dr. Ross served as an instructor at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois. She continued her career as a visiting professor at the University of

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ROSEMARY F. CARROLL

Loving history for as long as she can remember, Rosemary F. Carroll, PhD, JD, grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, where history was all around her. Going back to her mother and as far back as her grandparents, she recalled that they all also had a love for history. As a child, her and her parents would take trips to visit various historical places. She moved to Newport, Rhode Island, when she was 5 years old to a historical home built in the Gilded Age in 1743, which her grandfather always spoke about. She later moved back to Providence, which her grandfather always spoke about. Since 2001, Dr. Carroll has been recognized as a Henry and Margaret Haegg Distinguished Professor

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Dolores Van Rensalier

DOLORES M. VAN RENSALIER

Born in New York in 1940 to white parents, but raised in California, Dolores M. Van Rensalier was shocked over the discovery of her black ancestry when she was 17. It shook her self-identity, but she knew beyond a doubt she had to openly honor all of her heritage; she couldn’t abandon those who were fighting for their civil rights. Ms. Van Rensalier thus set out on a healing journey of discovering her hidden roots. While raising two children from a previous marriage, she attended college at night while building a successful career in Los Angeles. She ultimately graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University in 1976. She also became a Certified Advanced Management Analyst

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Joyce Stevos

JOYCE L. STEVOS

An educator for nearly five decades, Joyce L. Stevos, PhD, feels she was destined to pursue the field. She always enjoyed studying, particularly history, and she found being in front of students to be relaxing and fun. Her first position in the industry was social studies department head in the Providence Public School District, after which she advanced within the district to roles like teacher, social studies supervisor, and director of program and staff development. Dr. Stevos remains with the school as the director of strategic planning and professional development to this day. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Rhode Island College. Her areas of expertise are cultural diversity, discourse analysis, and youth civic engagement. One of the

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ANNE MONTAGUE BLYTHE

Dr. Anne Montague Blythe has approached everything she’s done with open-heartedness, generosity of spirit, and joy. And hard work and determination. She credits her professional success to these attributes. A 7th generation South Carolinian, she is currently focusing her attention on documentaries of, “The History, Mystery, Magic of the Dark Corner, South Carolina,” a virtually unknown aspect of South Carolina’s history and culture. Her previous experience as curator of the Upcountry History Museum in Greenville, S.C., as well as educator in various public schools in South Carolina and several appointments abroad, have paved the way for these living history documentaries. One of the most memorable times of Dr. Blythe’s career was teaching in Hong Kong. Her students loved learning about

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JANET H. JOHNSON

Fascinated by Egyptology ever since she was a child, Janet H. Johnson has devoted her life to advancing the field. She first became interested in the subject because of her parents; she loved reading the books they brought home on Egyptian history and archaeology. Looking to learn more, Dr. Johnson enrolled at the University of Chicago. It was there that she began exploring the potentials of a career in Egyptology. She built up an expertise in Egyptian grammar and language and the status and roles of women in ancient Egypt, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1967 and a PhD in 1972. Dr. Johnson proceeded to join her alma mater as an instructor in Egyptology. Over the years,

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MARGARET CONNELL SZASZ

Interested in history for most of her life, Margaret Connell Szasz is thrilled to have contributed to the advancement of the field. Her expertise in comparative indigenous history, Native American history, and Celtic & Native American history have made her stand out amongst her peers and have made her an invaluable part of the University of New Mexico and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Dr. Szasz has served the former as a history professor since 1994 and the latter as a regents professor of history and a research fellow since 2003. She attributes her longevity and ongoing success in these roles to her efforts to really listen to her students, as she believes this is the most important part of

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JOY POWELL GEBHARD

Born in Japan despite being a descendent of the Korean ruling family, Joy Powell Gebhard witnessed a lot of brutality as a child. She vowed then to fight for world peace for the rest of her life, and she has held fast to her goals. Ms. Powell Gebhard founded Healing Inc. in 1997 to help humanitarian and education needs. She remains involved in the organization, which mainly focuses on children from North Korea, to this day. Other notable achievements include founding the Meadow Peace Park, co-founding the Washington Korean Writers Association, and serving as the president of Washington Jeonju Lee Chosun Dynasty Royal Family Association. Outside of her organizations, Ms. Powell Gebhard found that another way to achieve her goals

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BARBARA A. HANAWALT

Bestselling author and historian Barbara A. Hanawalt has dedicated her entire career to English medieval social history. Currently a professor emerita at Ohio State University, her commitment to her work is substantial. She was the director of medieval studies at the University of Minnesota for six years and the director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Ohio State University for two years. Dr. Hanawalt also taught at Indiana University in a variety of professorship roles before returning to Ohio State University as the King George III Chair of British History in 1999. Further, she has served as president of both the Medieval Academy of American and the Social Science History Association. To prepare for her endeavors, she earned a

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