Listee Features — Writing

SUSAN HEILMANN MILLER

Interested in newspaper journalism since high school, Susan Miller began by working for her community papers. Ultimately, she spent more than 40 years in the field. During this time, Dr. Miller made an international name for herself as being the first person to discover and document the gap in women’s readership of U.S. newspapers. The papers were losing female readers more rapidly than men, and this trend was discovered in many other countries as well. She became an international authority on increasing women’s readership, speaking widely and contributing numerous articles to professional journals. Dr. Miller earned a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University in 1966, a Master of Science from Columbia University in 1969, and a PhD from Stanford University

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T. KAY KISER

Education has always been a big part of T. Kay Kiser’s life. She comes from a family of teachers and scholars, and learned the importance of continuously pursuing knowledge at a young age. Her dream in high school was to use her resources to become a medical missionary to Africa, but life got in the way. Still interested in the sciences, however, Ms. Kiser decided to make the best of her situation and become an independent scholar. She was very good at analysis, particularly instrument analysis, and took pleasure in digging deep and discovering the truth about things. Over the years, Ms. Kiser garnered hands-on experience in positions like microbiologist for the South Carolina State Board of Health, teacher at

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CLARA MCLAUGHLIN

Determined to make a difference, Clara McLaughlin has made it her mission to give a voice to the voiceless. She started her communications journey in high school, where she created the first student newsletter and developed an interest in writing and media. After spending a few years in the Navy, Ms. McLaughlin joined the Howard University community as both an employee and a student. Her positions in the dean’s office and the public relations office paved the way for her success at the school. Notably, she was instrumental in initiating the journalism major and the National Black Communications Society at Howard University, and was recognized for outstanding work as the co-editor and editor-in-chief of the Bison Yearbook. Under Ms. McLaughlin’s

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MARGARET MUNNERLYN

Driven by her hunger for knowledge, Margaret Munnerlyn has always loved reading. She has a very analytical mind, and treasures the constant opportunity for discovery that books offer. That’s why writing seemed a natural profession for her; it would allow her to contribute to the world she grew up studying in a lasting and impactful way. Ms. Munnerlyn pursued her interests at The Lafayette Academy, where she earned a certificate in 1973, and at the Albert Merrill School, where she earned a certificate in 1977. She then jumped right into the field, focusing her work on the inspiration she gains from her surroundings. Over the years, Ms. Munnerlyn also worked as a director, translator, and researcher for a play about

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CONNIE GOODMAN-MILONE

With a background in social work, psychology, and health care, Connie Goodman-Milone has become a valued member of the medical writing community. She started as a freelance writer in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1987, and moved to New York City in 1989. She now lends her knowledge to freelance pieces in Miami, Fla., and to “The Bereavement Poetry Project,” which she has co-authored since 2016. Some of her other recent publications include “Healthy Stories,” “Vitas Vital Signs,” “The Grief Observer,” and “Today’s Caregiver.” She was a contributing writer for the Miami Herald from 2002 to 2017, and in 2017, she served as the director of community relations for the South Florida Writers Association. ​ Ms. Goodman-Milone prepared for her endeavors by

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PAMELA ANN DE VOE

Hoping to help people learn more about history and the world around them, Pamela Ann De Voe has dedicated herself to writing books. She loves being able to use her background in anthropology and Asian studies in her creative endeavors, like her young adult “Ming Dynasty Trilogy” and “Mei-hua Adventure Trilogy.” Most recently, in 2018, Dr. De Voe released “Deadly Relations: A Ming Dynasty,” a murder mystery set in ancient China. She believes historical fiction presents the unique opportunity to allow others to see the past through storytelling in a fun and inventive way. ​ Dr. De Voe ensures she keeps up with developments in her field by affiliating with a variety of organizations and institutions. She holds a spot

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BARBARA MUJICA

Fueled by her love for language and literature, Barbara Mujica spent more than five decades writing, teaching, and sharing her passion. She started as an instructor of French at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1963, but left after a year to become an associate editor of modern languages for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. In 1973, Dr. Mujica joined The City University of New York as an assistant professor of romance languages and as an instructor, and in 1974, she joined Georgetown University as a professor of Spanish. She initiated the Student Veterans Association at the latter school, and retired in 2017 happy to leave with the security that the program will be there for veterans. ​ When

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GENE K. GARRISON

In Gene K. Garrison’s eyes, one of the biggest thrills in life is getting published. She entered the literary field after moving to Cave Creek, Ariz., to work on the New Dick Van Dyke Show, finding a fascinating bar full of cowboys, and writing an article on it. She sent it to The Arizona Republic, the state’s largest newspaper, and they accepted it immediately. This experience really encouraged her writing, and led her to her next position at a magazine called Carefree Enterprise. Ms. Garrison loved that the job gave her the opportunity to interview and meet a wide variety of people. She produced feature articles for the magazine for 20 years, during which time she started freelancing articles and

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EMILY MITCHELL WALLACE

Well-rounded and passionate, Emily Mitchell Wallace has worn many hats over the course of her career: writer, editor, educator, and scholar. She started out as a history and literature tutor at the Curtis Institute of Music and as a teacher of literature at the Shipley School at Bryn Mawr College, and continued on to become an instructor and assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting assistant professor at Swarthmore College. Dr. Wallace returned to the Curtis Institute of Music as the chair of the English Department from 1976 to 1978 and from 1979 to 1983, taking a brief interlude in the middle to serve as a leader in the Interdisciplinary Seminar at Yale University. Since 2001, she

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ALISON WHITNEY

Always looking to be in touch with culture, Alison Whitney has dedicated her career to the creative arts. She grew up with a deep faith in God and a music school in her home, inspiring her to write scripture to music. These were eventually published as “Happy Little Scripture Songs.” Ms. Whitney has also written more than 2000 poems over the course of her journey, and spent 52 years on a self esteem series for women. Her publications include “Women and Esteem,” and “Valued and Loved.” ​ Ms. Whitney’s professional journey initially began at Campus Crusade for Christ, where she was a staff member from 1966 to 1978. During this time, from 1974 to 1976, she authored and taught “The

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