Listee Features — Writing

JANICE LYNN BENNETT

Motivated by creativity and a deep appreciation for aesthetics, Janice Lynn Bennett has dedicated her life to making beautiful things. She had always loved drawing, so she decided to channel her talent into a career as a graphic artist. She proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design with a minor in journalism from Northern Illinois University in 1973, and started as a graphic artist at Montgomery Ward in Illinois later that year. Ms. Bennett advanced rapidly; after giving birth to her son Scott in 1974, she became the assistant production manager and art director of Crow Publications in 1977, and the owner, graphic artist and typographer of several Colorado-based companies between 1980 and 1989. Around this time,

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Charlotte Iserbyt

CHARLOTTE THOMSON ISERBYT

Becoming involved in her profession because of her experience overseas, Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt started her career as an American Red Cross social worker at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam in 1953, but after two years she decided she wanted to change things around. Many of the men she met didn’t have a great education, and she wanted to do something to help. This inspired her to pursue education. Ms. Iserbyt served as the secretary to the ambassador of the U.S. Department of State in Pretoria, South Africa, from 1959 to 1960 and Brussels from 1961 to 1963, as well as in South Korea. She then co-founded the Guardians of Education for Maine in Camden in 1978, maintaining this role

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Connie Goodman-Milone

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 in 1987, and moved to New York in 1989. She now lends her knowledge to freelance pieces in Miami 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 earning a Bachelor of

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Felicia Muftic

FELICIA BOILLOT MUFTIC

Adroit in the areas of consumer and community relations, Felicia Boillot Muftic began writing as early as the age of four, but began in the public relations field around 1960 working in New York. When she moved to Denver, although she had already been involved in political affairs, her political involvement became even stronger. Ms. Muftic serves as a partner at Melem USA Import Distribution since 2004 and a political columnist at SkyHi Daily News since 2007. She began her career as the executive director of the Metro District Attorney’s Consumer Office in Denver in 1973, remaining in this position for six years before hosting her own talk show on KNUS in Denver from 1981 to 1983. She then was

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DIANE M. FALK

Celebrating four decades of service in education, research and writing, Diane M. Falk is a leader in her field. She is the daughter of Constance Moorehead, a renowned actress. She followed in the footsteps of her late father Lee Falk, who was, in addition to being a theater writer, producer and director, a popular culture creator, writer and illustrator of two newspaper adventure stories, “Mandrake the Magician” and “The Phantom.” Ms. Falk maintained her father’s legacy by contributing to several continuations of his stories, as well as his biography. She also attended her father’s alma mater, Columbia University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English and world literature, and an interdisciplinary Master of Library Science and Journalism. She

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Nancy L. Schatken

NANCY L. SCHATKEN

The daughter of a World War II surgeon father and nurse mother, Nancy L. Schatken admired her father and enjoyed the stories he shared about his work. While living in New York, she was hired to set up medical meetings for pharmaceutical companies to advertise their products to healthcare professionals in 10 cities across the United States. Ms. Schatken was responsible for organizational duties like hotel bookings, travel and venue location. She considers herself a curious person, and attributes the drive she has used to progress throughout her career to that curiosity. Since 1998, Ms. Schatken has served as owner and founder of Mostly Medical, Inc., in Hallandale, Florida, previously serving in the same roles at its New York and

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Zema Jordan

ZEMA L. JORDAN

Ever since she was young, Dr. Zema L. Jordan has loved English, writing, and language. She was driven to help others find that same passion, and found education to be the perfect way to do so. Her first position in the field was instructor of English at Liberty High School, followed by instructor of English and part-time guidance counselor at Wilson Junior High School and instructor of English at Southwestern High School. She then advanced to become the head of the English Department at Farwell Junior High School and the administrative unit head at Richard Middle School. Today, Dr. Jordan holds the positions of part-time English instructor at Wayne County Community College, administrative unit head at Von Steuben Middle School,

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Deborah Potts

DEBBIE REESE POTTS

A doyen in adolescent guidance and counseling, Debbie Reese Potts became involved in her profession because of her desire to give back. Her father served in World War II and was sent to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for classes, so education was always very important in her household. Both of her parents believed in giving back. From 2010 to 2016, Ms. Potts served as a mental health therapist at Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas. The largest nonprofit​ health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the country, Baylor Scott & White Health was born from the combination of Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare in 2013. Today, Baylor Scott & White

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NAOMI FARRELL

Distributing her skills among many fields, Naomi Farrell, RN, became involved in her profession because of her father, the Rev. Louis Farrell, who was very scholarly and inspired her a lot. He used to write poetry, and it was the background of her father who made her love learning and stay curious. Currently, she has served as a Middle East correspondent for the UN Observer and International Report since 1993 and a feature writer for the Jerusalem Post since 1995. Ms. Farrell began her career as a TV performer in Canada from 1959 to 1963 before becoming an administrator with Health Insurance Plan in New York for one year. She then served as a nurse and researcher at Cornell Medical

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Nancy Bogen

NANCY BOGEN

With her interest in digital imaging coming to her naturally, Nancy Bogen, PhD, most recently served as the artistic director of “The Lark Ascending” in New York from 1997 to 2008. Originally written as a poem by George Meredith, “The Lark Ascending” was later adapted into a famous musical piece by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Dr. Bogen began her professional career as an assistant professor of English at Richmond College, now known as College of Staten Island (CSI), in New York from 1967 to 1976. She then moved up the ranks to full professor from 1976 to 1997. Prior to the start of her professional career, Dr. Bogen pursued a formal education at New York University, earning a Bachelor

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