Listee Features — Religion

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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Patricia Singletary

PATRICIA A. SINGLETARY

Throughout her 40-year career, Rev. Dr. Patricia A. Singletary has demonstrated an aptitude for a variety of vocational areas. Her educational background is significant and much can be attributed to her receiving a divine call from God. She earned a Bachelor of Theology from the New World Bible Institute and Seminary in 1984, a Master of Religious Education from the New World Bible Institute and Seminary in 1986, an Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science from SUNY Empire State College in 1991, an Associate of Arts from Virginia University of Lynchburg in 1995 and completed training in investment banking at New York University in 1996. She also earned a Master of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1995,

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Gwyn Picerne

GWYN R. PICERNE

Encouraged by her mother, Gwyn R. Picerne really wanted to effect change in the eyes of an adoptive family. She wanted to focus on children 12 and older. It is the most unwanted group in the world to adopt, and she wanted to change that. Ms. Picerne began her professional career as the owner of Ultimate Swimwear in 1995, where she remained for a decade before co-founding and serving as president of another company, Embraced by Grace, in 2006. Since then, she has been the owner of P&P Hospitality and Sterling Trade Services, as well as the chief executive officer of Diversitas Enterprises LLC. The company helps and trains athletes not to lose money. Prior to the start of her

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Carolyn Owen-Towle

CAROLYN S. OWEN-TOWLE

With a well-known artist for a father, Rev. Dr. Carolyn S. Owen-Towle grew up in the art world. She was surrounded by beauty and those who created it much earlier than most children. In college, she studied art at Scripps College in Claremont, California, earning a Bachelor of Arts in art and art history in 1957. After getting married and becoming a mother, Rev. Dr. Owen-Towle found a new home inside of the church. She volunteered there for years and eventually decided to become a minister. As she was already married to a minister, the four-year program to become one came easily to her. Once she was officially ordained, she and her husband Thomas were called to their church in

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Lynn Wurth

LYNN R. WURTH

Using her leadership, organizational and people skills, Lynn R. Wurth became involved in her profession through her faith; she prayed for guidance, and was led in the right direction. She began her professional life as the president of Newman Auto Glass in Phoenix in 1958, remaining in this position for 18 years before becoming the Phoenix branch manager of National Auto Glass from 1976 to 1978. She then served the Data Corporation as an account representative from 1978 to 1981 and Computer Graphics as an account/sales representative from 1981 to 1985. Most recently, Ms. Wurth was the advertising and business manager for The Catholic Sun from 1985 to 2004. Prior to the start of her career, Ms. Wurth pursued a

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Minnie Cassell

MINNIE M. CASSELL

Volunteering in the office, Minnie M. Cassell has served as the coordinator of the Cure d’Ars Catholic Church since 2010. As its ministries grow, the church, a multi-ethnic community of Catholic Christians rooted in African American spirituality, continues to be a beacon of hope, a sign of the healing and reconciling presence of Christ to all. In addition to this professional role, Ms. Cassell contributes much of her time to her local community. Having served as choir counsel chair and member on the board of directors of the Spirituals Project Choir for over two decades, she was active with the Denver Hospice in 2007 and the Denver Place from 2010 to 2011. She has also participated with the Metropolitan Organizations

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Janet Lee

REV. JANET A. LEE

Loyal and trustworthy, Rev. Janet A. Lee has led an exemplary career in music education and religion. She started out as a music teacher at Berkley Public Schools and as an assistant in music at the Royal Oak First United Methodist Church in Michigan, and later advanced to become the minister of music and arts at Clawson United Methodist Church and the lifestyle and religion editor of the Hillsdale Daily News. Rev. Lee also used her talents to serve as a consultant in church music and arts. Since 2011, she has continued her efforts through her role as a church musician at the Jonesville United Methodist Church. She plays the piano, organ, and clarinet there. Rev. Lee considers the best

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