Listee Features — Writing


Celebrating four decades of service in education, research and writing, Diane 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 also

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Nancy L. Schatken


The daughter of a World War II surgeon, 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 professional 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 her curiosity to the drive she has used to progress throughout her career. 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 St. James, Barbados, locations

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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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Passionate about medical administration, Mary Patricia Garrahan-Masters dedicated more than two decades to the field before retiring. She started her journey as a geriatrics caseworker at the Schuylkill County Office of Senior Services, after which she advanced to become the social services director at the Dowden Nursing Home and the director of admissions for the St. Francis County House. Ms. Garrahan-Masters then obtained roles like teacher at Delaware County Community College in Pennsylvania and medical social worker for both the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The latter two are part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Although Ms. Garrahan-Masters retired in 1990, she continued to lend her services to her

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A practiced art critic for many years, Anne R. Fabbri began her professional career as an art lecturer at Villanova University in Pennsylvania in 1971, remaining in this role for two years before transferring to Drexel University in Philadelphia from 1974 to 1976. She then began critiquing art for The Drummer from 1976 and 1979, whom she also served as an art editor, and for The Bulletin from 1978 to 1980. Following this, she directed the Alfred O. Deshong Museum of Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, from 1980 to 1982, the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, New Jersey, from 1982 to 1991 and the Paley Design Center of Philadelphia University, now merged with Thomas Jefferson University, from 1991 to 2001. Continuing

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Helen Fioratti


Particularly interested in French and Italian furniture of the 18th century and Renaissance furniture, Helen Costantino Fioratti was inspired by her mother Ruth, who was the first female fine arts dealer of antiques in the United States. Because of this, she was bought up with antiques all around her. Ms. Fioratti had her first solo show when she was six or seven years old with a clay sculpture exhibit in the lobby of Hunter College Elementary School. Today, she serves as the president of noted art gallery, L’Antiquaire and the Connoisseur, Inc., in New York since 1988. She has also done interior design for the Royal Family of Kuwait, decorating multiple homes for them during the invasion of their country.

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Since 1951, Marjorie A. Flory has dedicated her life to her passion for writing and editing. She was inspired to enter the field by her father, who was a journalist. She followed in his literary footsteps, and has given more than 30 years of service to Reader’s Digest of Pleasantville, New York. During her tenure there, she held titles like researcher, associate editor and senior editor. Prior to that, she was a library assistant at the French Embassy Cultural Services in New York. Additionally, Ms. Flory contributed her services to the New York Road Runners Club as an interpreter and as a volunteer tutor at Volunteer Services for Children. Most recently, she was an editor at Fourth Write Press in

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Kathrine Switzer


When Kathrine Virginia Switzer was 12 years old, her father recommended she run a mile every day to help her make the field hockey team. She found that running gave her strength, stamina and empowerment, so she continued it through high school. Dr. Switzer upped it to three miles a day in college, and eventually, she and one of her field hockey teammates were noticed by the men’s track coach. He asked the pair to join the team, despite the fact that they were women, and this solidified her desire to run competitively. Later on in Dr. Switzer’s collegiate running career, she met Arnie Briggs, a well-known New York marathoner with 15 Boston Marathons under his belt. He was retired

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Alyce Nielson


Beginning her career as a lecturer, Alyce Mae Nielson had always enjoyed sharing and helping others. In addition to lecturing, she served as a trainee, group leader, and center manager for several Weight Watchers locations in the New York metropolitan area from 1979 to 1997, including those in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. She kick-started her career as the school lunch manager at Brooklyn Public School #61 in 1963, remaining in this position for one year before becoming a clerk in the Stock and Bond Dividend Department of First National City Bank in New York from 1966 to 1969. In her most recent role, Ms. Nielson made a point to keep her centers well-supplied and was excited by the opportunity

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Lee Grue


When Lee Meitzen Grue was young, she developed a profound connection to literature, particularly poetry. She fell in love with books like “The Golden Treasury” by Louis Undermyer, which was unique for its time because it featured female poets, and decided she wanted to contribute to the field herself. She proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of New Orleans in 1963 and a Master of Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College in 1982. She also became a certified cosmetologist in the state of Louisiana. Seeking to share her passion and knowledge with others, Ms. Grue founded the New Orleans Poetry Forum in 1972. The group brought in all types of writers, including a lot

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