Kathleen Hodge

KATHLEEN A. HODGE

Specializing in principle reports and distributed medical software, Kathleen A. Hodge became interested in automation due to her love for mathematics. Since 2012, she has been a reporting analyst for Compulink Health Solutions, previously serving the company as an electronic data interchange supervisor from 2008 to 2012. The company provides specialty-specific medical software that incorporates what clients need to run their practices smoothly. Prior to this role, Ms. Hodge began her career as the executive director of the Feminist Women’s Health Center of Orange County in 1981, remaining in this role for two years before becoming a network administrator for Pacific West from 1986 to 1993. She then worked as a programmer and support technician for Santiago in Newport Beach,

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June Crow

JUNE CROW

June Crow has served as the chief financial officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Delta (BGCMSD) since 2014, previously serving the organization as the director of finance and the 21st Century Community Learning Center program from 2005 to 2014. In her current role, she is responsible for the financial management of the organization. Her area of expertise and length of service positions her to see the holistic picture of the club’s mission “to enable all young people of the Mississippi Delta, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens” and the activities required to bring this mission to fruition. She diligently maintains her unique prospective and ensures the

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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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EULA DEWITT

Rev. Dr. Eula DeWitt, EA, PhD, DD, is proud to have served the IRS faithfully for more than three decades. The bureau allowed her to combine her passion for corporate America with her God-given gift for education, which thrilled her. She strongly believes that people are the greatest thing ever created; she always enjoys being of service to others. Dr. DeWitt started out as a field agent in 1981, the same year she graduated from the City University of New York with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and economics, and she remained in the position for the duration of her time there. Over the years, she also served as part of the organization’s Public Speakers Bureau and as an

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Ruth Brennan

RUTH A. BRENNAN

Not wanting to stay in education for the entire duration of her career, Ruth A. Brennan most recently served as an arts columnist for the Rapid City Journal for one decade, previously serving the journal as an arts-staff writer from 1968 to 1983. She began her career teaching at Edison Junior High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1954, remaining in this position for one year before becoming a registrar/veterans adviser at the University of Colorado Denver extension from 1955 to 1956. In addition to this tenure, Ms. Brennan served on the board of the South Dakota Arts Council from 1988 to 2011, for which she secured funding and programming, and as an arts consultant in planning, building and

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Lillian Ackerman

LILLIAN ACKERMAN

Focusing her practice on plateau Indian culture, Dr. Lillian Ackerman was raised in an Armenian community and was always interested in how Americans lived. Having friends already involved in the field, she switched to anthropology after reading books that explained questions she had about the differences between the two cultures. To date, her main contributions to the industry are her studies on gender equality on the plateau and clans of extended families. Dr. Ackerman has served Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, as a researcher in anthropology since 1982 and adjunct professor since 2001, previously serving as an instructor in anthropology from 1963 to 1965. She began her professional career as a Russian translator at the Arctic Institute of North

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Debra Meneely

DEBRA K. MENEELY

Skilled in pediatric nursing case management, specifically the areas of complex discharge planning and community resources, Debra K. Meneely, BHSE, RN, CPN, has provided opportunities to support, educate and care for large number of children and adults from all socioeconomic levels and in multiple arenas. She served as a staff nurse III, coordinator of the pediatric mock code program, and womens and children’s services case manager at Wishard Memorial Hospital, now Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, in Indianapolis, as well as a pediatric clinical manager for Interim Health Care. She was also a pediatric case manager for the Community Health Network, a financial coordinator for the Clarion/IU Health Solid Organ Transplant Center, LPN instructor for J. Everett Light Career Center.

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Ellen Averill

ELLEN C. AVERILL

Abreast in the field of biological sciences, Ellen C. Averill, EdS, is a humanitarian who has maintained a lifelong goal to help other people. Working in laboratories throughout her career, she began her career as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, in 1966, remaining in this position for two years before becoming a science teacher within Decatur City Schools from 1971 to 1972. She then transferred to Kendrick High School in Columbus, Georgia, from 1980 until her retirement in 2004, also serving as department chair. In addition to this tenure, Ms. Averill was a research assistant on the Wassau Island Caretta research project with the Savannah Science Museum in 1985 and participated in the

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Joy Dyer-Raffler

JOY A. DYER-RAFFLER

An expert in special education and competitive tennis player for a decade, competing in singles, mixed doubles and girls team, Joy A. Dyer-Raffler was aware of what her father was doing growing up and saw that he really enjoyed his career very much. She feels she was influenced in that way. Her family is very much into education, and her brother graduated from college when he was just 19. He was a huge influence and a very good example of many things. Ms. Dyer-Raffler most recently worked as a teacher of exceptional education within the Tucson Unified School District from 2003 to 2005. She first joined the district as an art educator in 1970, remaining in this role for five

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LAURIE ZALESKI

Growing up with many animals in her house, Laurie Zaleski’s mother rented a home for 28 years while working for an animal control service. After her mother’s passing, she founded Funny Farm Rescue in her honor, serving as its CEO since 2000. The longest-running animal rescue in the northeastern U.S., the animal sanctuary has created a home for unwanted farm animals, domesticated animals and animals with created a home for unwanted farm animals, domesticated animals and animals with special needs to live out their natural lives. Another part of their mission is to prevent the cruelty to animals by increasing the awareness of animal abuse through education. Their knowledge, expertise and facilities make them truly unique in southern New Jersey

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