Psychology | EDUCATION
An experienced marriage and family therapist, Eleanor Zeitlen Avinor continues to thrive in her private mental health care practice. She started the business in 2007 using her expertise in psychology, counseling, and psychological assessment, and wholeheartedly loves her work. She has also lent her services to her role as the academic director and head of the department of KEG Cards International since 1990. KEG cards are therapy tools she created to help foster emotional growth. They are now used all over the world.
Previously, Dr. Avinor was the academic CEO of KEG International and a researcher and teacher with the University of Haifa in Israel. She found she enjoyed advancing the field and sharing her knowledge with others, so she authored papers like “Shirley: ‘There is Not Enough’” for the Psychology and Behavioral Science International Journal and co-authored papers like “CMC among multilingual students of English for academic purposes: linguistic and sociolinguistic communicative factors in online written responses.” Over the years, she has become a trusted voice in psychology and has been invited to conduct workshops both nationally and internationally. She further keeps in touch with her peers through affiliation with the Israeli Association for Marital & Family Therapy, UTELI, and EUROCALL.
Hoping to have a positive impact on other people’s lives, Natalia Zunino has dedicated nearly six decades to her career as a psychologist. She started out as a researcher at Time-Life Books, and proceeded to obtain positions as a staff psychotherapist at the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health and the Washington Square Institute. The experiences spurred her rapid advancement through the field, including to roles like supervisor and staff psychotherapist at the Eating Disorder Resource Center, faculty member at the Center for Study of Anorexia and Bulimia, family and couple psychotherapist at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy, and participant in the Intensive-External Program at the Family Institute of Westchester and the Eastern Group of the Psychotherapy Training Program. Now, Ms. Zunino is serving her community as a supervisor in the Center for Study of Anorexia and Bulimia and in the Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, as well as in her private practice.
Ms. Zunino prepared for her endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College in 1959, a Master of Arts from Columbia University in 1962 and from New York University in 1975, and a PhD from New York University in 1982. She then joined prominent organizations like the American Psychological Association and the National Eating Disorders Association. To keep in touch with her peers, Ms. Zunino authored “Sociology: The Study of Human Relationships,” contributed numerous articles to professional journals, and worked as an adjunct assistant professor at the College of Staten Island. She was also an editor of “Psychology: Its Principles and Applications,” and a senior editor at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
Motivated by the unconditional love of her clients, Christyann “Chris” Mayhew is proud to have served as an independent psychological consultant in San Antonio for more than two decades. She presently works with those who have a dual diagnosis, which means that they have both low intelligence and a mental health diagnosis. Ms. Mayhew services these people to help them live quality, independent lives, and to make sure they are happy with their jobs and their homes. She also writes behavior plans, tests IQs, and does psychological assessments.
Prior to consulting, Ms. Mayhew worked at state schools and at health care companies. Some of her positions include clinical psychologist for San Antonio State School and HCS program director for the Educare Community Living Corporation. She maintains a job as a clinical psychologist for Camino Real Community Services to this day.
Education | Psychology
A workaholic dedicated to making the world a better place, Mary Lynn Crow has been teaching within mediums like TV school, public school, and college since 1956. She spent her first three years as a teacher in Fort Worth and Tyler Public Schools, and the next 10 years as “Miss Mary Lynn” on Romper Room International TV Kindergarten in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. Following her tenure with the program, Dr. Crow returned to in-person academics, serving as the counselor of Hurst-Euless-Bedford Public Schools, adjunct professor and counselor of education at the University of North Texas in Denton, and interim director at the Center for Professional Teacher Education. She also became affiliated with the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), where she really found a home. Over the years, her roles included instructor, assistant professor of education, associate professor, director of teacher education, distinguished teaching professor, interim dean of the College of Education, and founding director of the Faculty Development Resource Center, one of the first five in the country devoted to improving instruction at the university level. Dr. Crow maintains the position of tenured full professor to this day. Additionally, she has continued with her private practice in Fort Worth since 1971.
Another method Dr. Crow found to share her knowledge was writing. She authored, “The Many Faces of Love,” in 2008 and “Teaching on Television,” in 1977, and co-authored "The Little Orange Book: Short Lessons in Excellent Teaching" in 2015 and “Faculty Development in Southern Universities,” in 1976. She contributed 68 scholarly articles to professional journals as well.
With expertise in verbal and written communications, problem-solving and motivation, Jeanette A. Griver has thrived as the founder and chief executive officer of Compsych Systems, Inc. She started the human factors corporation in 1962, and has relished in the opportunity to provide clients with viable solutions to issues they face. She has also served as a consultant to a variety of organizations over her 50 years in the field. In addition to those endeavors, Ms. Griver was both vice president of Jan Engineering Electronic Components and president of Jan Engineering Human Factors Division between 1955 and 1989.
Using her unique skills and background, Ms. Griver has published numerous articles and books, and has presented her techniques to more than 50,000 people on three continents. She authored “Applied Problem Analysis Plus,” to teach simple and to-the-point problem-solving and analysis, and, “Oh No! Not Another Problem,” to offer guidelines on dealing with daily problems. She then wrote several books for children of all ages about the lessons of change – “Curio: A Shetland Sheepdog Meets the Crow,” “Curio: A Shetland Sheepdog and Friends,” “Curio: A Shetland Sheepdog and Her Pals,” and “Curio: A Shetland Sheepdog Meets the Cat.” Ms. Griver plans to write a book about a woman entrepreneur in the future.
Fueled by a longstanding desire to be a doctor, Estherina Shems worked hard to make her dreams a reality. The first step of her journey was to earn a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from Lynchburg College in 1954 and an MD from Women’s Medical College in 1958. Then, degrees in hand, she set out to make her mark on the world of child psychiatry and became known for her passion for excellence and commitment to her patients.
After 45 years of service, Dr. Shems officially retired from her field in 2002. Her final role was that of an early intervention consultant for the Community Council for Mental Health/Mental Retardation, Inc., in Philadelphia, which she started in 1981. The job constituted providing therapeutic and support services to infants and toddlers with disabilities, including support groups, counseling, and special instruction. Prior to that, Dr. Shems was a clinical associate in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine from 1971 to 1981, where she also held the position of assistant instructor in the Department of Psychiatry from 1962 to 1963. Additionally, she held various administrative positions at the Irving Schwartz Institute for Children and Youth at the Philadelphia Psychiatric Center, as well as the title of assistant instructor in the psychiatry department. Other roles include rotating intern at Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia and consulting and teaching positions at the Institute of Pediatrics of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing, China.
Psychology | Nonprofit Services
On a mission to alleviate the suffering people experience from domestic violence, Elaine G. Adevai will always keep fighting for what needs to be done. She believes that where there’s a will, there’s a way, and that mentality, coupled with her accepting nature and strong listening skills, has paved the way for her success. Further, she is recognized as an expert in individual and group counseling, as well as in educational administration.
Ms. Adevai is currently the executive director of New Vista for Families, Inc., a nonprofit organization she founded to provide advocacy, counseling, and shelter for victims of domestic violence. On a daily basis, she facilitates support groups and private counseling sessions on topics such as marriage, relationships, and bereavement, and offers advocacy services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Other responsibilities include meeting with clients, overseeing the operations of the shelter, supervising staff, setting up programs, maintaining contact with the community for donations, and arranging permanent housing for her clients. Although Ms. Adevai is fulfilling her goals through the nonprofit, she still hopes to do more. Moving forward, she intends to expand the shelter to accommodate even a greater quantity of families in need. She finds it extremely rewarding when she gets calls about the progress her clients have made, and considers the shelter the highlight of her career.
Law Enforcement | Psychology
For more than 30 years, Dr. Ellen M. Scrivner has distinguished herself as an expert in public safety, police psychology, and law enforcement. She is currently using her extensive background to serve as an executive fellow at the Police Foundation in Washington, where she has been since 2012. The post allows her to advise police departments and other law enforcement agencies on topics like crisis intervention and changing leadership models.
Prior to this, Dr. Scrivner held numerous positions in law enforcement. She began as a police psychologist at both the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia and the Prince George County Police Department in Maryland. She moved on to become president of Public Safety Innovations in Washington, and deputy superintendent of the Bureau of Administrative Services at the Chicago Police Department. Other prestigious titles include national director of the high intensity drug traffic program at the Office of National Drug Control Policy, director of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Leadership Academy, senior adviser at the FBI Office of Law Enforcement Coordination, and deputy director of the COPS Office of the U.S. Department of Justice. She was also a presidential appointee to the National Institute of Justice at the U.S. Department of Justice Administration. Notably, she received an invitation to testify for the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing in 2015.
For nearly four decades, Dr. Skipi Lundquist Smoot has dedicated herself to helping others as a clinical psychologist, marriage and family therapist, and business consultant in California. She became passionate about psychology at a young age, and has pursued it ever since, starting with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the College of William and Mary in 1978. In 1980, Dr. Smoot advanced to earn a Master of Arts from Pepperdine University, and in 1985, she earned a PhD from the California School of Professional Psychology (now Alliant International University). Alliant has trained approximately half of the licensed psychologists in California.
Dr. Smoot has been utilizing her skills in her private practice at Cognitive Psyche Therapy for Adolescents and Adults since 1995. As a clinical psychologist, she has helped hundreds of clients resolve both personal and interpersonal conflict, learn to make fair and successful decisions, and deal with heartbreak due to tragedy concerning loved ones. She assesses, diagnoses, and treats mental and emotional and behavioral issues, including stressful life events, anxieties, fears, and depression.
Nursing | PSYCHOLOGY
Throughout her notable career as a nurse and psychologist, Eliza Hudson-Zonn has cared for patients in numerous settings, including psychiatric centers, private homes, geriatric centers, and critical care departments. She is currently the director of nursing at the Arc of Morris Chapter in Morris County, N.J., where she has worked since 2015, and at the Medical Day Care Center and the New Community Extended Care Center in Newark, N.J., where she has worked since 2003. She is also a supervising nurse at Interim Healthcare, Inc., and a private duty nurse at Maxim Healthcare, Inc., where she has worked since 1990. Previously, Ms. Hudson-Zonn garnered experience as the director of nursing at the American Red Cross of Morristown Home and Hospital Skilled Home Care and Better Care Nursing Health Services, a supervisor at St. Mary's Life Center Pope John Paul II Pavilion, a staff nurse at United Children's Hospital and Montclair General Hospital, a critical care nurse at National Staffing Association Inc. and Midpoint Professional Agency, and a private nurse at Beth Israel Medical Center.
Apart from her nursing duties, Ms. Hudson-Zonn has supported several noteworthy endeavors both internationally and domestically. She has been a health adviser for women refugees in the Union of Sierra Leone for Liberia from 1990 to 1995, a human rights advocate for the Movement for Justice in Africa since 1975, a rural health volunteer for Red Cross Liberia in Monrovia from 1973 to 1974, and membership recruiter for the Student Unification Party in Monrovia from 1975 to 1976. Additionally, she has been a member of the leadership council at the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2003, coordinator and health services director of the Liberian Community Association of New Jersey in 2001, counselor at St. Elmo Baptist Church in 1982, and counselor at Providence Baptist Church in 1975.