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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-Toole 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-Toole 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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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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Marsha Wright

MARSHA J. WRIGHT

Surrounded by music her whole life, Marsha J. Wright never considered another path. She honed her skills in high school, where she sang in a barbershop quartet and played in the band, and then at college, where she earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in music education from Fort Wayne Bible College and Ball State University, respectively. Ms. Wright hoped to combine her talents with her dedication to her church, so she also became a licensed ministerial through The Missionary Church. The first stop on Ms. Wright’s professional journey was Fort Wayne Community Schools, where she served as a junior high music teacher from 1970 to 1976. She became the minister of music at the

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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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