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Barbara Beckmann

BARBARA KERR BECKMANN

A pioneer in the field of engineering, Barbara Kerr Beckmann became the first female engineering graduate at the University of Mississippi when she completed a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering in 1961. An ambitious student with a talent for math and science, Ms. Beckmann was initially convinced that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine before realizing that she did not have the personality to find long-term success in the field. She was further encouraged by her early mentor, University of Mississippi professor Dr. Frank Anderson, who she recalls “will always stand out because he didn’t treat me as something different. I was an engineering student first and foremost.” After completing her degree, Ms. Beckmann was hired by

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Kyle Dick

KYLE F. DICK

Kyle F. Dick celebrates more than 15 years of excellence in the energy industry specializing in pipeline and gas construction and on-site nitrogen generation processes. She is the owner and primary operator of Atlantic Nitrogen & Testing, LLC, a certified woman-owned small business, and continues to oversee its growth while maintaining a commitment to quality and integrity. In 2020, Atlantic Nitrogen & Testing, LLC, was nominated for the Smart 50, a list of the top 50 companies in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, and has become a pillar of the local small business and energy services industries. Ms. Dick describes the company as a “24/7 operation” that has developed a reputation for being willing to take on challenging and complex

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BERNICE M. BARRIS

Leading a successful, diversified career for many years, Bernice M. Barris retired at the pinnacle of her career as a drilling company executive and president of ABC Drilling in 1987 after five years in her role, inheriting the business after her husband passed away. She formerly spent 25 years as secretary of Hupp Well and Pump in Cleveland. Now retired, Ms. Barris also worked simultaneously as a private practice nurse in Cleveland for many years. As a teenager, she was initially looking to become a nurse because, at the time, people were required to become a registered nurse in order to move up to a flight attendant position. Among her numerous civic and community activities, Ms. Barris most notably contributed

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Barbara Kleinschnitz

BARBARA J. KLEINSCHNITZ

Barbara J. Kleinschnitz has accrued more than 30 years of expertise in her role as a consultant and technical writer on behalf of the oil and gas industry. Before embarking upon her professional journey, she completed coursework at Colorado Women’s College in Denver and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in oil and gas management at the University of Denver in 1983. Ms. Kleinschnitz entered the energy industry out of a desire to be on the cutting edge of technology and to work with computers. From 1968 until 1976, Ms. Kleinschnitz excelled as a lead woman for Schlumberger Well Services of Denver and is proud to have been the first woman to hold that position in the region. She ended

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