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Peggy Edwards

PEGGY P. EDWARDS

With many years of professional experience in bilingual education and immigration services, Peggy P. Edwards serves as the founder and the president of the Publishing Club of Laguna Woods, which was established in 2013. Over the years, she has authored a number of books regarding English and Spanish education, including “Alfabeto Crossover Alphabet” and “Lalalandia.” Additionally, through the aforementioned publishing company, she has released five editions of “Village Stories,” an anthology of stories, memoirs and poems written by members of the Village Publishing Club. As a child, Ms. Edwards taught English to a friend, which inspired her love of teaching and, as such, the entirety of her career. Prior to her tenure with the Publishing Club of Laguna Woods, Ms.

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Judith Wightman

JUDITH A. WIGHTMAN

Supported by more than five decades of professional experience, Judith A. Wightman has been designated as the historian of the Town of Avoca, a village located in upstate New York, since 2010. Involved in the crafts business from 1993 to 2005, she previously found success at the Avoca Insurance Agency from 1971 to 1992. Ms. Wightman began her career as a secretary between 1965 and 1970, and a town clerk from 1970 until 1971. Ms. Wightman became involved in her profession because people from the town felt the previous historian was not doing his job well. She was further encouraged by several others to apply for the position and later accepted the entry position as an assistant to the historian.

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EMILY ROLFE GROSHOLZ

A dedicated professional, Emily Rolfe Grosholz, PhD, has been the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy, African American Studies and English at the Pennsylvania State University since 2017. Specializing in philosophy, she has published books on early modern philosophy, the history and philosophy of mathematics and science, philosophical rhetoric, African American philosophy and feminist philosophy. She is also a poet and literary critic affiliated with English and African American studies, and as a philosopher of science, she is a member of the Center for Fundamental Theory/Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos at the Pennsylvania State University, where she has taught since 1979. Dr. Grosholz has been an associate at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh

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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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Jean Hook

JEAN E. HOOK

An acclaimed industry professional with many years of experience to her credit, Jean E. Hook serves as a writer and an editor for the Boeing Company. During the previous two decades, she honed her professional expertise as a teacher of programming languages. Over the years, Ms. Hook also worked as a member of the Atlas Launch Team at Lockheed Martin, where she was one of 250 people worldwide and among only eight women selected to serve. Requested by Boeing to work on a proposal in Huntington Beach, California, which remains a highlight of her career, Ms. Hook subsequently collaborated with colleagues to learn aspects of the field of which she was not previously familiar in order to finish the proposal.

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EMMA N. JACKSON WISDOM

A publisher at Post Oak Publications, Emma N. Jackson Wisdom has been writing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the last eight years. She began her professional career as a program coordinator at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1980, later moving up the ranks from assistant to president between 1980 and 1984, executive assistant between 1984 and 1986, and executive director between 1986 and 1989. Serving as the features editor at Metropolitan Times Newspaper for one year, she then became an instructional aide at Tennessee State University from 1990 to 1993. Later on, Ms. Wisdom instructed at the Nashville Urban League from 1997 to 1999 and wrote for the Nashville Pride Newspaper from 1996 to 2003. In addition to this

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SHEILA RABB WEIDENFELD

With over 50 years of professional experience, Sheila Rabb Weidenfeld has created, produced and hosted a number of programs ranging from talk shows to game shows, as well as variety and home shopping shows. Among the many shows she has been involved with include “That Show with Joan Rivers,” “On the Record,” “Panorama” and “The New Yorkers.” First celebrated for her accomplishments with an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1972, Ms. Weidenfeld later received awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Media from the American Association of University Women in 1973 and 1974. Subsequently, she was presented with a Silver Screen Award for her work on “A Campaign to Remember” for the U.S. Holocaust

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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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Judith-Rae Ross

JUDITH-RAE ROSS

Having accrued more than 40 years of expertise in the field of historiography, the Hon. Judith-Rae Ross, PhD, has garnered a laudable reputation as a historian, educator and writer. She attended Michigan State University, graduating in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts in history and was proud to have succeeded as a woman in academia during a time when cultural expectations for women were limited. Dr. Ross earned a Master of Arts at Loyola University in 1971 and completed a PhD in history at the University of Illinois in 1978. From 1979 until 1980, Dr. Ross served as an instructor at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois. She continued her career as a visiting professor at the University of

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Delores Dudley

DELORES DUDLEY

Delores Dudley truly saw her profession as a calling. With a strong desire to help others and the community in the pursuit of knowledge, she graduated from Norfolk State University in Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1971. While completing postgraduate coursework at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville between 1981 and 1984, she began her career as an English teacher with Cradock High School in Portsmouth, Virginia, in 1982. After earning a Master of Arts in communications from Norfolk State University, Ms. Dudley joined Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth as an English and public speaking teacher in 1992. Furthermore, she progressed to an English teacher with the aforementioned institution from 1994 until her retirement in

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