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Linda Philabaun

LINDA PHILABAUN

For more than 40 years, Dr. Linda Philabaun led a successful career in theology and horse breeding. A graduate of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, she earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Consequently, she received a DMin in Palliative Care from the aforementioned university in 2007. Furthermore, she secured a certificate in clinical pastoral education from the Cancer Research of America and was ordained to the ministry at the Presbyterian Church USA. As part of her seminary training at the Cancer Research Center of America, she utilized the holistic approach on many of the patients. Dr. Philabaun witnessed miracles happen, and determined she had a passion for cancer care and research. Moreover, she completed a residency program

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Myrtle Veach

MYRTLE “MYRTE” R. VEACH

Having accrued three decades of inimitable experience as a religious educator and consultant, Myrtle “Myrte” R. Veach garnered a laudable reputation as a youth manager on behalf of Lifeway Christian Resources between 1977 and her retirement in 1994. In her earlier years, she found success with Memorial Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and First Baptist Church in Garland, Texas, as a youth education director. She was subsequently hired by the Baptist Sunday School Board in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1969, where she excelled as a youth consultant. Additionally, Ms. Veach maintained the Veach Youth Ministry in Brentwood, Tennessee, where she was both the president and a consultant between 1994 and 2000. During the course of her extensive career, Ms. Veach often

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Kathryn Ransom

KATHRYN A. RANSOM

With decades of experience to her credit, Kathryn A. Ransom has excelled as an author and educator, having published her first book, “Ransom Notes: Moments of Reflection, Courage, Engagement, Worship and Humor,” through WestBow Press in 2019 at the age of 83. Prior to this accomplishment, she flourished as an adjunct professor for multiple colleges and universities throughout Illinois. She was employed with Springfield School District Number 186 as a teacher, the director of the reading program, and later as the supervisor of the English and Reading Department for the district. For two years, Ms. Ransom worked as a consultant for a textbook publishing company as a reading consultant for schools around the United States. Following retirement from the school

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MARY J. AUERBACHER

Prior to embarking upon her professional path, Mary J. Auerbacher pursued an education at the University of Redlands in California, earning a Bachelor of Arts in biology in 1944. When she first began attending university, she had previously come from a congregational church in Los Angeles, where she sang in their choir. Following this accomplishment, she began her career as a first grade teacher at the Migratory Camp in Indio, California, between 1944 and 1945. Concluding her academic efforts at the University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Music in organ performance in 1947, Ms. Auerbacher subsequently founded the Valley Preparatory School in Redlands, California, in 1958, where she also worked as a music teacher from 1960 to 1976. One

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BELLANY BRISBON

After working in Texas as a registered nurse for many years, Dr. Bellany Brisbon was called by the Lord to give glory to Him through music. In 2014, she became a pastor for the Hear Jesus Network, a ministry that puts the word of the Lord first through a variety of networking and community events, Bible studies and church services, among others. In addition to her work with the Hear Jesus Network, Dr. Brisbon channels her love of God into her work as a speaker with Glory 98.5, where she began in 2016. Before being called upon by God, Dr. Brisbon earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and became an associate registered nurse through Francis Marion University in 1996

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Vida Buckley

VIDA BUCKLEY

A Christian, wife, mother and author, Vida Buckley has found success with such written works as “Broken Beyond Belief,” “I Feel Like Popcorn” and “That Ain’t Christian.” She writes self-help books from her very own life experience in order to help someone else move forward in their day-to-day life. Since 1997, she has also dedicated herself to her community as a minister. Apart from her religious and writing endeavors, Ms. Buckley has gained valuable expertise in contract coordination as a contract coordinator for AbbVie Inc., where she has held a number of positions including as a contract coordinator II and clinical project assistant. In her current role as a contract coordinator, Ms. Buckley manages all inbound requests for contract processing,

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BERNICE L. FRAZIER

Inspired by the example of her mother, Bernice L. Frazier was encouraged to pursue a career in community service, culminating in her current work as the president and chief executive officer of the Southern Christian Leadership Foundation, Inc. An experienced executive with considerable expertise in nonprofit organization management, philanthropy, policy analysis, volunteer management and more, she gained valuable expertise in the field as the vice president of L&B Enterprises between 1996 and 2011. Moreover, Ms. Frazier is certified as a grant writer. Before entering the nonprofit industry, Ms. Frazier worked as a manager of transportation for Dayton Public Schools, where she served between 1996 and 2000. Additionally, she excelled as a student advisor for Senegalese students attending universities in the

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Alice Eckardt

ALICE L. ECKARDT

Alice L. Eckardt became involved profession upon learning the many horrors associated with the reign of Hitler and the Holocaust. As a college student witnessing those atrocities, she was immediately inspired to pursue providing education in Jewish studies. At the start of her career, Ms. Eckardt began her teaching career as a lecturer in the religious studies department of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1972, as an assistant professor from 1976 to 1985, as a full professor from 1985 to 1987 and as professor emerita upon retirement. She served additionally as the co-founder and co-director of the university’s Jewish studies program from 1976 to 1985. In preparation for her career, Ms. Eckardt pursued a formal education at Oberlin College,

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Maryann Berry

MARYANN BERRY

After accepting the Lord as her savior, Rev. Maryann Berry began a career in ministry, culminating in her current roles as a pastor and the dean of the School of Biblical Studies at the John 3:16 Christian Center in Union Vale, New York, of which she has been affiliated since 1991. Additionally, she has been active as the host of the Becoming a Woman of God Women’s Conference since 2006 and the co-host of the Christian TV broadcast “Faith for Today” since 2009, as well as the co-host of another Christian radio broadcast from 2005 to 2009. Apart from her work in ministry, Rev. Berry works as the local director of New Life Diet Free Life, of which she is

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SANDRA COBB GRADY

Living a truly joyful life, Sandra Cobb Grady, ThD, was proudest of helping people get to places they did not think was possible when she taught them. Based in Fairfax, Virginia, she currently serves as the owner and an instructor at Grady Studies since 1975, and the founder and director of the Virginia Prayer Network since 1990 and the Master’s Keys since 2002, as well as a consultant for StarZone. She previously served as a schoolteacher and counselor in the States of California, Connecticut and Arkansas from 1965 to 1994. In addition to this tenure, Dr. Grady is an international speaker and biblical counselor since 1990, the prayer coordinator of Well Builders in Aledo, Texas, since 1991, and intercessional counselor,

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