Listee Features — Human Resources

G. Valerie Egan

G. VALERIE EGAN

Although G. Valerie Egan started her career as a programmer and project manager at Merrill Lynch, she quickly realized that her true passions lay with human resources and recruiting. She worked her way up the ladder, and was eventually able to advance within the organization to the human resources department. There, she combined her skills and interests to recruit for information technology positions. Ms. Egan spent 18 years with the investment management company before deciding it was time to move on. She loved the work, but wanted more room for growth. That led her to AT&T, where she served as the assistant vice president for staffing and college relations, and to Aon Human Capital Services, where she served as the

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MARJORIE A. NYQUIST MERO

Respected for her detail-oriented nature and her ability to communicate with employees, Marjorie A. Nyquist Mero excelled in the utilities field. She started out as a clerk at the Southern California Gas Company, and grew into more advanced positions like engineer technician and job analyst at Power Co. and compensation supervisor at the Avista Corporation (now the Washington Water Power Co.). Ms. Mero knew she had found her niche when she joined Avista. She was promoted to compensation administrator after nine years in her previous position there, and to compensation manager two years after that. She retired from the organization as a human resources strategist in 1998. While she was with Avista, she also garnered experience with the Consumer Credit

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LINDA R. GAY

Skilled at solving problems, Linda R. Gay thrived in human resources for more than two decades. She started her journey as an assistant manager of affirmative action at the Raytheon Company in 1974, and quickly garnered a reputation for her fairness and her willingness to listen to her peers. This led Ms. Gay to advance to roles like senior human resources representative of Wang Laboratories, Incorporated, recruiter of the Zayre Corporation, and director of human resources for Cablevision. Over the years, her responsibilities came to include managing safety, wages, training, hiring, benefits, uniforms, and event planning, and representing both employees and companies. She retired in 1996. Ms. Gay credits much of her success to the female managers she worked with,

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KATHERINE TODD

Respectful and honest, Katherine Todd was known for her ability to connect with others. She strove to work with people, not against them, and she always put her best foot forward. That’s why she was the perfect candidate for the personnel field. Ms. Todd had been looking for a fulfilling job when someone suggested she pursue that path. The idea intrigued her, so she became a personnel assistant at Carnation Co. Her demeanor quickly won over her peers and superiors; they appreciated the way she treated them. Thus, when the head of the department retired, Ms. Todd was promoted to personnel manager. From there, she was asked to write an affirmative action plan for the corporation, which led to her

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JANET MAE MICKLOS

A product of military life, Janet Mae Micklos grew up constantly on the move. The flexibility she experienced as a child eventually translated to her professional career. Over the years, Ms. Micklos has held a wide variety of positions, though all were geared toward helping others. She began as a physical education instructor at Terrell Wells Middle School in Texas in 1969, and then became a dental assistant at a private practice in Oklahoma in 1970. From there, Ms. Micklos served in roles like physical fitness instructor at Victor Valley Community College, director of the physical department at the Victor Valley YMCA, application processor for the state of Delaware, clerk and typist to the adjunct general of the Joint United

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LINDA H. BROOKE

After several decades as a professional in the area of human resources, Linda H. Brooke retired from her last role as vice president of human resources for the National Audubon Society in 2007. The organization was created to “conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the Earth’s biological diversity.” This is a cause Ms. Brooke feels strongly about, so she was thrilled to be able to use her expertise to make a difference. ​ Prior to that position, Ms. Brooke worked primarily in the financial service sector in New York City. Her positions included vice president of human resources (HR) for Sunkyong America, vice president of HR for

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