Listee Features — Religion

VIOLET IMHOF MEEK

As a child, Violet Imhof Meek dreamed of becoming a scientist. She was constantly curious about how things worked, and thought the field presented a great opportunity to learn. Ms. Meek worked hard to achieve her goal, earning a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from St. Olaf College in 1960 and a Master of Science from the University of Illinois in 1962. She was encouraged by a professor to turn her focus to chemistry, so she obtained a PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1964. Degrees in hand, Dr. Meek set out to advance her industry. She started out as an instructor of chemistry at Mount Holyoke College, but she left to join Ohio Wesleyan University

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JANICE JONES SCHLIEKER

Skilled at math for as long as she can remember, Janice Schlieker is a natural at accounting. She has been taking care of the books from her first job as a cashier at a movie theater while she was in high school, and is currently parlaying her expertise into her roles as an accountant at Timberline Church, an office manager at Energy Solutions, Blessing Ranch, and Poudre Aviation, a bookkeeper at Jim & Dave’s Appliance, and a consultant at Longaberger Basket Co. Her day-to-day responsibilities include overseeing every financial aspect of the various organizations, ensuring everything runs smoothly from a monetary standpoint, and handling reconciliations. Ms. Schlieker’s passion outside of numbers is religion. One of the highlights of her journey

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KYRIAKI A. KARIDOYANES FITZGERALD

Recognized as a pioneer in theology and psychology, Kyriaki A. Karidoyanes FitzGerald has dedicated herself to advancing the fields. She is considered one of the first female theologians in the U.S., and one of her main goals is to pave the way for more women to succeed in the industry. She also wants to make a difference in the lives of others and help them through various hardships. To achieve her goals, Dr. FitzGerald is currently serving as a psychologist and pastoral counselor in her Massachusetts-based private practice, as the co-founder and executive director of Saint Catherine’s Vision, Inc., and as an adjunct professor of theology at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Her relationships with the organizations

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PRUDENCE ANDERSON

A Christian science practitioner, Prudence Anderson has dedicated her career to helping others see the power of God in life. She has believed in her mission for as long as she can remember; she knew it was what she was meant to do. The first stop on her journey was Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1965. Ms. Anderson then used the knowledge she accrued to obtain positions like international negotiator at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington and member and speaker of the Association of Pupils of Herbert E. Rieke, CSB. To this day, she continues to make strides as a Christian science practitioner in Washington. Ms. Anderson loves inspiring

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WINBORNE HAMLIN

Imbued with compassion and a strong work ethic, Winborne Hamlin has dedicated her life to serving her community. She spent many years as an English teacher at Eastern High School in Maryland and at Lancaster Middle and High Schools in South Carolina, and as a teacher and director of the art program at the High Museum of Art in Georgia. Ms. Hamlin also held positions like board member of the St. Philip’s School and Community Center, the Junior League of Dallas, and the Highland Park Independent School District Foundation for Child Care in Texas, and troop leader of the Senior Girl Scouts in South Carolina. Other notable roles include docent of the Dallas Museum of Art, vestry and volunteer of

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EMILY ELIZABETH YOUNG

Motivated by her desire to help people discover answers to aid their suffering, Emily Elizabeth Young has dreamed of being a missionary since she was a little girl. She began to serve in new churches at the age of 17, and worked with international students from two college campuses. Then, at the age of 19, Dr. Young was called upon to represent her church on the Glorieta Baptist Assembly staff in New Mexico as a delegate from her state of Idaho. She loved her time there; she organized a library from a speaking tour in churches, served as the Women’s Missionary Union director and the Christian Education Training Union director, conducted interviews, edited the church newsletters, trained singers for their

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B. CONSUELA STEPHENS

Although B. Consuela Stephens didn’t always intend to pursue religion or law professionally, she is so glad she did. She strongly believes that a motivated spirit can do just about anything, so she set off to make the world a better place. On the religious end of the spectrum, Dr. Stephens served as a pastor at Chenaniah Missionary Church from 1986 to 2004 and as a consultant from 2004 to the present. On the legal end of the spectrum, she worked with DLA Piper under a prominent insurance and reinsurance attorney. She started with the firm as a secretary, and was fortunate to have a boss who saw her potential. He took her everywhere he went, allowing her to learn

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MARGARET MAIE WHELTLE

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

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THERESE A. BOISVERT

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

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EMILY HARKINS FILER

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

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