Listee Features — Writing

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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Mona Lisa Saloy

MONA LISA SALOY

Since 1991, Mona Lisa Saloy, PhD, has been a professor at Dillard University, as well as the Conrad N. Hilton endowed professor and coordinator of English since 2014. Prior to these appointments, she was a visiting associate professor of American ethnic studies from 2005 to 2007, a research assistant at Louisiana State University from 1986 to 1991, an instructor in the Upward Bound program at the University of California Berkeley in 1985, and a National Endowment for the Arts poet in residence and director of the writing program for the San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society from 1983 to 1985. Additionally, Dr. Saloy was an instructor of writing at San Francisco State University from 1983 to 1985, at

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Josephine Hendin

JOSEPHINE GATTUSO HENDIN

Josephine Gattuso Hendin, PhD, is a tenured professor at New York University (NYU), who has been teaching on campus since 1979. An expert in American literature, American modernism, and contemporary and postmodern literature, her areas of interest also include psychology and literature, ethnicity and literature, and creative writing. During her tenure at NYU, she served as the Tiro A. Segno professor of Italian American studies between 2001 and 2010, chaired the English department between 1995 and 1999, and was director of the expository writing program during 1983. Considering her chairman role to be one of her greatest accomplishments, Dr. Hendin was able to create a curriculum for students, which was an honor. Prior to joining the NYU faculty, she was

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Carol Booth

CAROL M. BOOTH

A talented writer of songs, novels and freelance features, Carol M. Booth has garnered a laudable reputation alongside many of the most notable luminaries in the fields of art and entertainment. Born in Tennessee, she came of age in Louisiana, and eventually relocated to Texas and then back to her beloved Louisiana. During the 1970s and through the mid-1980s, Ms. Booth served as a public relations coordinator for McDonald’s after maintaining activity in advertising management and marketing for Liberty Vindicator. Between 1985 and 1989 and ongoing, she owned and operated Carol Marie’s Music, for whom she wrote and published many of her songs. Upon returning to Louisiana, she continued her own music demo studio in her home, where she continued

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