Kathryn Oplinger


Kathryn Simshauser Oplinger became involved in her professional because she was a student of chemistry and was considered for a scholarship to John Hopkins University. However, her husband-to-be was from the U.S. Naval Academy at the time of the Vietnam War. She decided to support her husband and education had to take a backseat. Ms. Oplinger comes from a family of inventors, who were all equals in arts and sciences. Her father only had a fifth-grade education, as he was German in World War I and wasn’t allowed to finish school. The family tradition that they have is never giving up and trying to contribute back for what they have been given in life. Since 2019, Ms. Oplinger has been

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Martha Gifford


The sole practitioner of the Law Office of Martha E. Gifford in New York since 2007, Martha E. Gifford is an esteemed attorney who focuses her practice on antitrust law and related representation before federal and state agencies. As an antitrust counselor with extensive experience in advising and assisting in structuring business decisions on pricing, distribution, promotions, mergers and joint ventures, her goal is to achieve the best possible commercial results while minimizing competition law risks. Ms. Gifford also boasts extensive expertise in book publishing, music rights, specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, health care products distribution, among other areas. She has provided representation before the antitrust division, the Federal Trade Commission and the state Attorneys General. Ms. Gifford’s career in antitrust law

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Now retired, Margaret E.C. Howland excelled professionally as a librarian for more than four decades. At the start of her career, she worked for Combustion Engineering Inc. in Windsor, Connecticut, as librarian from 1957 to 1961. She furthered her career as a law cataloguer with the Connecticut State Library in Hartford in 1961 and progressed to the role of librarian for the Factory Insurance Association in Hartford for one year. Ms. Howland then joined the Travelers Research Center, Inc., as librarian from 1962 to 1968. During Ms. Howland’s employment in Connecticut, she was an active member of the Connecticut Valley chapter of the Special Libraries Association, where she served as president for one year. Ms. Howland found success as director

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Sabrina Glimcher


Drawing on years of expertise in banking, mergers and acquisitions, and aircraft finance, Sabrina P.R. Glimcher serves as an associate general counsel of Global Jet Capital, for which she will soon affiliate in the role of the chief commercial counsel in 2020. Additionally, she excels with the aviation company as its senior counsel, having maintained activity in this position since 2016. She liaises with cross-functional teams to document and close complex corporate aircraft financing transactions on the East Coast of the United States, as well as Canada, Europe and the Middle East. She also assists in corporate governance, general financing and legal entity management matters. As a child, Ms. Glimcher traveled often, which piqued her interest in the aviation industry.

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Beth Thorp


A leading influencer in her field, Beth A. Thorp co-founded and serves as executive director of the Mitchell Thorp Foundation in memory of her son Mitchell, who passed away in 2008 of an undiagnosed illness, and they are now going on their 11th year. Prior to his passing, it was a very hard journey of taking him in and out of hospitals looking for answers, and people from all of the United States heard about their story. The community came out for them when they heard about their situation and did a walkathon for them, and they were able to raise $75,000 to help pay off a $100,000 medical bill. It truly changed her and her husband’s lives tremendously. When

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Jean Kono


Jean E. Kono became involved in her profession as a nurse because it was always something she wanted to do. It was always in the back of her mind on how she could help people. She was going through her mother’s scrapbook, and saw a paper she had previously written to her mother in her youth as to what she wanted to be. She was approximately in the fifth grade when she wrote it, and she wrote that she had wanted to be a nurse. In addition, Ms. Kono became involved in her profession because when she graduated, there was not much technology and as the years went on, it was developed to be able to take care of patients

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At the end of 2018, Mary A. Saylor retired after nearly half a century of excellence in the financial industry. She dedicated her career to running her own private practice as a tax professional in Royal Oak, Michigan, from 1972 until her retirement. Bringing her eldest son, Scott, into the practice in 2005, he received an enrolled agent status that same year and soon assumed responsibility over the financial area of the business. By the fifth year of his involvement, he purchased the business from Ms. Saylor, which he continued to grow and mature, while keeping her private practice in the family as she served clients and gradually turned over the remainder of the business to her son. Ms. Saylor’s

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Fern DoVale


Drawing upon 15 years of practical experience in engineering, Fern L. DoVale, PE, most recently served as an engineering manager at Integrated Engineering Software, Inc., in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, from 1992 until her retirement in 1993. Prior to this illustrious appointment, she held a position as the engineering manager at NPS Technologies Group, Inc., in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, from 1989 to 1992, where she also served as a project manager in Secaucus, New Jersey, between 1988 and 1989. Likewise, she is a past project engineer, lead engineer, senior engineer and engineer at Nuclear Power Services, Inc., in Secaucus, serving in these roles between 1980 and 1988. Ms. DoVale commenced her career in 1978 as an associate engineer at

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Amanda Ackerman


Formerly a stay-at-home mom, Amanda J. Ackerman’s father, Monty Rainey, opened up RPM Storage Management LLC, of which she is now a co-owner and chief financial officer since 2014. His background includes working as a district manager for one of the nation’s largest REITs, where his district was among the top five in the company in year over year revenue growth for four years in a row out of 28 districts. He then worked as a district manager for a large self-storage management company, where he also had the number one district in year over year revenue growth. They started with only five properties, and now have 23 that they manage. Ms. Ackerman handles all of the human relations and

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Sue Neufeld-Ellis


Working with people in areas of anxiety, depression, trauma and addiction, Sue Neufeld-Ellis has been an active worker in the fields of counseling, nursing, addiction and psychotherapy since 1981, as well as a meditation teacher for 20 years. She is also known for owning the first eating disorder clinic in the world in 1982. An international speaker and teacher, expert on mindfulness and interventionist, Ms. Neufeld-Ellis has served as a faculty trainer in a mindfulness-based program for the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) and part-time faculty member in sex addiction, partners and stress management at Bellevue Community College in Washington. The recipient of various certifications related to her field, Ms. Neufeld-Ellis is a registered nurse as well

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