Beverly McDonald-Miller

BEVERLY MCDONALD-MILLER

Accruing 27 years of professional experience to her credit, Beverly McDonald-Miller, RN, GNP-C, APRN, became involved in her profession because she always knew that she wanted to be a nurse since she was a child. She began her career as a staff nurse at Veterans Affairs Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1981, remaining in this position for four years before moving up the ranks to numerous other roles including clinical specialist from 1986 to 1988, clinical specialist in staff development from 1988 to 1989, patient health education coordinator from 1988 to 1995 and geriatric nurse practitioner from 1995 to 2008. In addition to this tenure, Ms. McDonald-Miller has presented her research at the International Nursing Conference. Prior to the start

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Gwyn Picerne

GWYN R. PICERNE

Encouraged by her mother, Gwyn R. Picerne really wanted to effect change in the eyes of an adoptive family. She wanted to focus on children 12 and older. It is the most unwanted group in the world to adopt, and she wanted to change that. Ms. Picerne began her professional career as the owner of Ultimate Swimwear in 1995, where she remained for a decade before co-founding and serving as president of another company, Embraced by Grace, in 2006. Since then, she has been the owner of P&P Hospitality and Sterling Trade Services, as well as the chief executive officer of Diversitas Enterprises LLC. The company helps and trains athletes not to lose money. Prior to the start of her

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Iulia Taranu

IULIA A. TARANU

An expert in many areas of law including employment and labor law, commercial and business litigation, complex commercial litigation and national insurance coverage, Iulia A. Taranu, JD, recalls doing an internship at a law firm during her senior year at Arizona State University. Prior to the experience, she never considered going into law before. She originally had aspirations to work for the FBI, which is why she choose criminology as an undergraduate. Once she got to the stage to apply, she realized that was not the path she wished to continue to pursue. Ms. Taranu knew that she did not have many options with a degree in criminology, so she decided she would seek higher education. The firm that she

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JUDITH E. HICKS

Specializing in administration telehealth, Judith E. Hicks, RN, became involved in nursing because of an aunt who was a nurse and had gone to a baccalaureate program. She was really impressed with her and was her favorite person growing up. Once Ms. Hicks got into nursing, she was doing bedside nursing and found a number of HUD nurses who really made a difference in terms of what kind of care was given at bedside. She was attracted to the leadership role and pursued that almost immediately, and ever since, she has loved working with staff. Ms. Hicks began her professional career as a staff nurse at Mercy Hospital in Chicago in 1969, remaining in this position for one year before

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JUDITH E. DAY

A second-generation Irish immigrant, the family of Judith E. Day, PhD, valued education, which prompted her to pursue a career in education as a teacher. It is her belief that education is the most important thing in the world. She had encouragement not only from her mother, but from her kindergarten teacher who would take the time and sit with her one-on-one reading so she could always be ahead. Her second-grade teacher also helped her know the importance of education. Dr. Day began her career as a special education teacher in Hampton, New Hampshire, in 1978, remaining in this position for a decade before teaching reading and working in student support services at the University of New Hampshire. Years later,

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Cynthia Blodgett-Griffin

CYNTHIA BLODGETT-GRIFFIN

Learning firsthand the advantages and drawbacks of distance delivery in the early years of online delivery, Cynthia Blodgett-Griffin, PhD, became involved in distance education when her graduate assistantship included the first distance delivery of teacher training via satellite. Since then, she has served as an online adjunct professor and online course materials editor for the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada, for the past 14 years. Dr. Blodgett-Griffin chose online distance education because the students are a different sort, motivated and purpose-driven, and trying to balance full lives with graduate school. Their lives include a dream of attaining a graduate degree and moving on to achievements that are currently out of reach. The opportunity to be

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Patricia Smith

PATRICIA J. SMITH

Growing up in a very small Swiss/German-speaking Mennonite community in Kansas, Patricia J. Smith, PhD, was always interested in things abroad that she did not have access to. She was a debater in high school, and her school had one of the best debate teams in the state. Debate was one of the things that triggered her interest in foreign things. Since 2009, Dr. Smith has been the sole photographer of her own business, Patricia Smith Photography, in Seattle. Many of the photographs in her galleries come from Ocean Shores, Washington, a small beach community with six miles of beach on northwest Washington’s Pacific coast. A passionate traveler and student of cultures and places, she has lived and worked in

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KAREN I. MARGULIES-GREEN

The daughter of a philosopher and feminist mother, Karen I. Margulies-Green focuses her career on women’s issues and achievements. She served as a private practice psychotherapist at Green Associates in Washington, DC, beginning in 1968, which she maintained for over 50 years until July 2019, and has also worked as a private practice clinical psychologist in Washington since 1972. During this time, Ms. Margulies-Green served as an English teacher at the Maryland School of Art and Design in Wheaton in 1980. Pursuing a role as a psychology consultant, she consulted for Providence Hospital from 1981 to 1982, New Ventures, Inc., in Bowie, Maryland, in 1984, Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, in 1985, Behavioral Factors, Inc., from 1986 to 1989 and

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Joan Tatum

JOAN J. TATUM

Passionate about her students’ success, Joan J. Tatum’s philosophy was that if you feel that you want to teach, then the subject matter was not as important than being able to teach. Beginning her career in dance and education, she felt it did not matter whether it was a ballet arabesque or a technology computer program; she had a passion for sharing whatever her knowledge was with others, and teaching was the logical way to do that. Her mother did not have much formal education, but was passionate about its importance so education was where she felt she belonged. Ms. Tatum started her professional life as a substitute teacher within the Sarasota Public School District in Florida in 1966, remaining

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Mary Morgan

MARY D. MORGAN

Specializing in collection development, Mary D. Morgan became involved in her profession from her mother, who inspired her to go into teaching. She was always attracted to the library because of her high school mentor, Idele Wilson. When she moved to Kentucky, there were no school library positions available so she went into the classroom. After she retired from education, she went into social work. Overseeing a team of nine inmates, Ms. Morgan currently serves as a librarian at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in La Grange, Kentucky, since 2000. She began her professional career in the same position within Ascension Parish Schools in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, in 1966, remaining in this role for two years before transferring to Jefferson County Schools

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