Renowned as a teacher and psychologist, Frances Jane Wirth is proud of the impact she had on the students she worked with. Her goal was to help the children build the courage to improve and grow, so seeing their successes was a true joy. Ms. Wirth’s first job in the field was elementary education teacher at Decatur Public Schools, followed by elementary education teacher at River Trails District 26, teacher and research assistant at the Purdue Kephert Clinic for Autism, director of the graduate women’s residence hall at Purdue University, guidance counselor at School District 128, and dance teacher in Orland Park and Oak Forest, Illinois. She then became a school psychologist at School District 130 in Blue Island Illinois,
Inspired by people’s ability to change and learn, Nena M. Nera has dedicated herself to health care and psychology. She is currently the president and chief executive officer of The “N” Company, through which she offers both one-on-one and group mentoring for healthcare practitioners and other professionals, workshop presentations, education, and public speaking. Ms. Nera founded the health policy consultancy in 2000 with the goal of expanding her reach, and she is thrilled with her ongoing success. She recently conducted a series on communication and spoke on leadership. One of Ms. Nera’s positions prior to this was senior health policy analyst for Health Canada. The job gave her an opportunity she now considers a professional highlight: working with HIV/AIDS patients
Seeing a lack of justice in society, particularly for people who are different, Susan B. Parker knew she had to do something to set things right. She researched and considered a variety of options, and ultimately decided to focus on psychology and social work. Ms. Parker knew almost immediately that she had found what she was meant to do. She accepted her first position in the field, psychiatric social worker at Orange County Mental Health, in 1974, and the rest is history. Ms. Parker quickly garnered a reputation for excellence, which propelled her to roles like executive director of the Grafton County Planning Council and the New Hampshire Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, commissioner of the Department of Mental Health in
Passionate and hardworking, Jacqueline Ruth Johnson has dedicated her life to bettering the lives of others. She started her career as a staff nurse at Beth Israel Medical Center in 1970, and quickly garnered a reputation for excellence, particularly in psychiatry and psychology. This led her to advance rapidly through the institution, moving through roles like charge nurse, assistant head nurse, clinic nurse, alcohol outpatient coordinator, and alcohol rehabilitation nurse. Ms. Johnson then decided to step out on her own, using everything she learned to open a private practice. There, she focused on working with recovering alcoholics and their families. One of the things that enabled her to last for 14 years in this capacity was the fact that she
Inspired by her sister, who had Down syndrome, Sue Ellen Maltby has dedicated her life to psychology and special education. She started her professional journey as a psychology technician and psychologist at Central State Hospital in Georgia, and as a psychologist at the Georgia War Veterans Home. She then advanced to become a mental retardation specialist at the Albany Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center in Georgia, the director of the residential program at the Colin Anderson Center in West Virginia, and a special education teacher in the West Virginia Department of Education. Now, Ms. Maltby is parlaying her decades of experience into her role as the lead teacher in the West Virginia Department of Education, which she has held since 1991.
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
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.
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
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),
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