Listee Features — Management

TIFFANY N. JONES-SMITH

Tiffany N. Jones-Smith has found success as the chief executive officer and the executive director of the Texas Kidney Foundation since 2017. Incredibly skilled when it comes to helping people to connect and work together, she excels in all aspects of her job in chronic kidney disease prevention. Involved in prevention, education, early detection and support, she regularly works with a variety of programs, doing fundraising and research. Alongside her position with the Texas Kidney Foundation, Ms. Jones-Smith has served as the chief executive officer of Dynamic Life Press since 2014 and as the host of the popular radio show and podcast, “On the Record with Tiffany,” which is released through 930 AM The Answer. Active as the vice president

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Becky Hites

BECKY E. HITES

A skilled management consultant, Becky E. Hites has served as the president of Steel-Insights, LLC since 2013, previously serving as a managing director for Miller Mathis. She began her career as a personnel assistant for the Robinson-Humphrey Co., Inc., in Atlanta in 1986, where she remained for two years before moving up the ranks to research assistant from 1988 to 1989, analyst assistant from 1989 to 1992, senior analyst assistant from 1992 to 1995 and financial analyst from 1995 to 1996. She then became a mergers and acquisitions associate at Kurt Salmon Associates in Atlanta from 1996 to 1998, corporate financial associate at B.T. Alex Brown in New York from 1998 to 1999, vice president of M. Hecht & Associates

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ANA P. PINNEL

Ana P. Pinnel, PhD, is a director and regional partner at Penrhyn Voyer, a leading executive search consultancy that provides full search, evaluation and hiring services for clients. Founded in 1979, they have 33 offices around the world, providing services on five continents. An expert in corporate strategy and talent management, Dr. Pinnel focuses her attention on executive search in pharmaceutical, finance, hospitality, energy and information technology. Believing that managing talent is something that is challenging, yet also a responsibility that can drive organizations to success or bankruptcy, she is committed to executive maintenance and adding real value to both businesses as well as people. Earning a PhD in political science at the University of Belgrano in 2009, Dr. Pinnel

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BELVA ANN NELSON

An expert in construction, Belva Ann Nelson has excelled as the president and chief executive officer of R.L. Nelson Construction & Foundation Repair, Inc., since 1979. R.L. Nelson Construction & Foundation Repair, Inc., notably fixes the structural foundations on many residential and commercial buildings. A company she started initially with her husband, Ms. Nelson is currently responsible for managing three crews of contractors who provide a number of home improvement services in the Houston area. Additionally, she inspects structural damage due to foundation movements that is caused by tree roots, rotting wood or drainage. More often than not, she will advise her clients to perform general maintenance on their properties to avoid an array of issues. She has become very

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Penelope Arango

PENELOPE COREY ARANGO

Penelope Corey Arango, a Quality Management Consultant and owner of the Arango Group in Miami, Florida, celebrates 55 years of excellence in business. Her diverse background, which formerly includes many years as a Psychologist, also encompasses several appointments in education as an Assistant Psychologist-Spanish and Intergroup Relations Specialist for the Dade County Public Schools in Miami and later as the Director of CQI, Training and Development for CAC-United HealthCare of Florida. Among other positions, Ms. Arango simultaneously worked as a licensed Real Estate Broker with Helmsley-Spear in Florida. She was also a LAO/Continuous Improvement Facilitator for Carrier Air Conditioning in Miami and Puerto Rico. Since 1996, Ms. Arango has been a Faculty Member of the (Bayer) Institute for Health Care

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BRENDA CASTELLANOS

Following her immigration to the United States in 2003, Brenda Castellanos received a degree in business administration and studied courses at the Culinary School of New York. Eventually, she and her sister sought out better food options in their area and decided to open their own restaurant, Antojitos Del Patron Mexican Grill, which became the first Mayan Guatemalan restaurant in New York. At their restaurant, they served Guatemalan coffee from their hometown and soon saw much success in their business. They soon established a second Mexican restaurant and IX, a coffee shop where traditional Mayan dishes are served. In these roles, she is responsible for keeping inventory, managing accounts and payroll, and coordinating staff. As a respected voice in her

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Jane Douthitt

JANE DOUTHITT

After graduating from high school at the age of 15 and college at the age of 17, Jane Douthitt embarked on successful careers in various fields, including contract negotiation. Although her career has been filled with highlights, she is especially proud of the work she conducted with MBM International as a contractor in the Middle East. Along with her late husband of 60 years, she also maintained a manufacturing space of one million square feet and 3,500 employees in Fort Worth, Texas, before relocating to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ms. Douthitt was often recognized as an employer who was kind to her employees and had several offices in many countries across the globe. Prior to establishing her current businesses, Ms.

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HEATHER V. PARKER

Backed by a wealth of professional experience in health care services, Heather V. Parker is renowned as an experienced wellness coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. She is skilled in prevention, team building, nutrition, health promotion and leadership development. Since 2014, Ms. Parker has excelled as the wellness coordinator at the School District of Lee County in Florida in an effort to bring positive and healthy lifestyles to employees. Her job responsibilities include securing funding for programs related to health and wellness, and setting up and coordinating all the programs with employees and teachers to teach programs for her. Ms. Parker also ensures the programs that she selects have a “return on investment” (ROI),

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Staci Turner

STACI J. TURNER

Becoming involved in mortgage and banking gradually, Staci J. Turner has been an operations analyst II with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. since 2015. She began her career with the company as a manager, also serving as a senior underwriter from 2008 to 2012. She then moved up the ranks to quality analyst and senior underwriter for loan quality review from 2012 to 2014, and associate of risk quality from 2014 to 2015. Prior to the start of her professional career, Ms. Turner pursued a formal education at Capital University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 2003. She then received a Master of Science in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Dayton in 2010. A volunteer

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ANGELICA PODIAS

An expert in planning, allocating, forecasting, and training on testing and implementing the rollout of new systems, Angelica Podias has excelled as a project manager for JCPenney in Plano, Texas. In this role, she works to distribute apparel for women, men and children, shoes, jewelry, bed and bath products, window treatments, home furnishings and housewares internationally. Ms. Podias’ responsibilities include managing inventory, merchandising, forecasting future business, providing customer service, and managing operations and vendor relationships. Ms. Podias is currently working with the RMS Oracle Solution for purchase order systems for the enterprise. As a business user, she was able to bring knowledge of what is needed for the e-commerce channel for purchase order creation, management of purchase orders and management

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