Religion | Education | Law
Coming from a family of well-respected lawyers, Margaret Maie Wheltle felt it was only natural to follow in their footsteps. Her parents ensured that honesty and integrity were ingrained in her character, and taught her to have a strong work ethic. Their lessons paid off, as she was the only girl from her class to graduate from law school. Later on in her journey, she became the first woman in the school of theology to graduate from the seminary. Her professional designations include a Master of Sacred Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary and University, a JD from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Arts from Mount St. Agnes College. She completed postgraduate work at the Catholic University of America between 1967 and 1969 and at Loyola Evening College (now Loyola University Maryland) between 1960 and 1961, and became admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1969.
Ms. Wheltle started her career as part of her family’s law firm, Harley Wheltle Victor & Rosser, where they did a great deal of estate work. After five years, however, she decided to go in a different direction. In 1964, she joined Mount St. Agnes College as a television production coordinator, the director of development, and the assistant to the president at Mount St. Agnes College, and in 1971, she joined the St. Agnes Roman Catholic Congregation, Inc., now the St. Agnes Catholic Church and St. William of York Catholic Church, as the coordinator of religious education. During this time, she also served as a lecturer at St. Martin’s Home for the Aged, and instructor and director of the Theology Department and the Business Law Department at the Harmony Hill School. Ms. Wheltle proceeded to obtain positions as a trustee, lecturer in theology, and chair of the Religion Department at Mount de Sales Academy. She retired in 1986.
BUSINESS | RELIGION
Not afraid to follow her heart and make a change, Therese A. Boisvert is proud to have had two professions that allowed her to utilize her strengths to make a difference. Her journey began at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in pre-law studies and political science with a minor in sociology in 1982 and a Master of Science in education and library sciences in 1985. She then joined St. Francis Medical Center as an assistant medical librarian and Gundersen Lutheran as an occupational health department specialist. More than 26 years later, Ms. Boisvert proudly left corporate America in favor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse because it felt like a good fit. She had always volunteered her time to help others, and the administrative assistant to the vicar role allowed her to use her accrued skills to do that professionally. Her responsibilities included working with permanent deacons, assisting the vicar of clergy with priests, and assisting the vicar general and vicar of clergy with their day-to-day communications.
Now, Ms. Boisvert has returned to health care as a credentialing compliance coordinator for Logistics Health Incorporated. The position entails maintaining records for physicians, physician assistants, dentists, nurses, and anyone else who provides services for military veterans. She also helps make sure that they have malpractice insurance, licensing, background checks, and training that are in order and up to date.
Business | Religion
Armed with deep faith and true grit, Emily Harkins Filer has thrived in more than six decades in business administration and religion. She started out at The John Hopkins Hospital, first as a registrar from 1955 to 1957 and then as the secretary of the Hearing and Speech Center from 1957 to 1958. She proceeded to advance to positions like president of Distaff Wives, vice president of the board of directors of The Planning Council in Tidewater, Va., president of the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, founder, coordinator, and executive director of Lee’s Friends, and director of development for YWCA South Hampton Roads. In 2006, Ms. Harkins Filer decided to move into the religious end of the spectrum, becoming an associate chaplain and clinical pastoral education resident for Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, a PRN chaplain for Bon Secours Maryview & DePaul Hospitals, and an associate chaplain at Sentara Bayside Hospital. She also held titles like chair of the practice council for the Sentara Chaplaincy Department and member of the clinical pastoral education professional advisory group at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. She is currently lending her services to the Lee Harkins Endowment Committee as a secretary.
Ms. Harkins Filer prepared for her career by earning a degree from Villa Julie Medical Secretary School in 1955 and certification as a volunteer administrator in 1985. She became a CPE Level I through Sentara Healthcare in 2003 and a CPE Level II through Sentara Healthcare in 2009, as well as a Sentara advanced care planning facilitator in 2014. She was granted an honorary LHD from Providence Bible College and Theological Seminary in 2010.
Writing | Religion
Combining her love for literature with her love of God, Carol Ann Wehrheim is thriving as a writer and editor. She notably published 18 board books with Bible stories for toddlers, which were reviewed in the Philadelphia Enquirer, as well as books like “The Baptism of Your Child,” “Growing Together,” “Getting It Together,” “The Great Parade,” and “The Journey Ahead.” She is particularly proud of becoming the general editor of “Feasting on the Word Curriculum,” in 2010 and maintaining the position until 2017. Another highlight was having the Princeton Seminary Library ask for permission to put all of her papers in their archives. She attributes her success to her family, who taught her that she could do anything.
In addition to her novels, Ms. Wehrheim currently serves as a writer and editor in Princeton, N.J. Previously, she was the assistant director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at the McCormick Theological Seminary, an associate readability editor for the Common English Bible Editorial Team, the secretary for early childhood education at the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, and the director of the Woods Child Development Center. She also garnered experience as the director of Christian education at St. John’s United Church of Christ, the Hammond Street Congregational Church, and the Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, and as a teacher at Union 90 in Alton, Maine.
Facing many challenge early in life, Hilda Hellums Baker turned to God to help her get through. She was inspired by her journey, and sought to use her story to help others. Thus, in 1996, she founded Cross Roads Retreat and Conference Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people get away from the city and remove distractions so they can reconnect with God. Although the original mission was to focus on teenagers and youth groups, they now cater to more adult groups.
As the founder and chairman of the board, Ms. Baker is responsible for overseeing all operations. She specializes in giving people direction and guidance, and maintaining and improving the intended culture of the camp. Located in the remote Texas town of Caldwell, Cross Roads can accommodate up to 96 visitors and is, according to their webpage, “committed to providing a sacred place for learning, inspiration, and transformation.”
Raised in the United Methodist Church (UMC), Irene Elaine Ford has long felt a connection to the religious institution’s teachings and mission. She believed it was important to spread the word and to guide others in their faith, and thus she set out, never wavering in her devotion. To prepare for her endeavors, she completed coursework at Duke Divinity School, West Virginia Wesleyan College, and Northern Community College.
Just out of divinity school, Ms. Ford became pastor at Bristol Charge United Methodist Church in Bristol, W.Va., and served there for six years. She was also pastor at Christ-Owings Charge in Sinnston, W.Va., for five years. Additionally, Ms. Ford served as pastor of Graysville-Washington Lands United Methodist Church and Nessly Chapel of the United Methodist Church, and as parish coordinator of UMC in Bristol and in Shinnston.
EDUCATION | Religion | Civic Work
For more than four decades, Rosemary Kijowski has dedicated herself to caring for others. She feels blessed in her life, and thus endeavors to give back and share her love of life. She prepared for her journey by earning a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from The College of New Jersey in 1970 and 1976, respectively. She also became a certified teacher of music for grades K-12 in New Jersey and a fitness nutritionist in California.
The majority of Ms. Kijowski’s career was spent developing talent as the vocal and music director of the Edison Board of Education in New Jersey. During her tenure with the district, which lasted from 1970 to 2005, she coached 16 state champions. Although Ms. Kijowski was exceptionally proud of all of her students, she was the proudest when she was able to go with her son to the world finals. Other roles within the school system, particularly Woodrow Wilson Middle School, included talent show advisor and peer leadership advisor. Further, she was an assistant coach of Odyssey of the Mind in Edison, N.J., from 1984 to 1990.
Religion | EDUCATION
As an educator, religious leader, and author, Rev. Dr. Mary Louise Stanley Weinkauf, has stood out among her peers. She started her career as a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduate and instructor at the University of Tennessee from 1961 to 1966, and steadily progressed from there. From 1966 to 1969, she served as assistant professor of English at Adrian College, and from 1969 to 1989, she served as a professor and the head of the English department at Dakota Wesleyan University. Between 1989 and 1991, she was a part-time instructor at Columbia College.
In addition to her work in academia, Dr. Weinkauf was also heavily involved in religion. She was pastor of the Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Siloa Lutheran Church, and Ontonagon Faith, as well as the director of Lay School for Mission. Dr. Weinkauf also worked as a supply preacher for Northern Great Lakes Synod, and as a board member of the Lutheran Campus Ministry Committee for Wisconsin and Upper Michigan and the Fortune Lake Bible Camp.