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Listee Features — June 13, 2017

ELIZABETH LEE SKLADAL

Reflecting back on more than 40 years of professional excellence, Elizabeth Lee Skladal is proud to have found a path that allowed her to fully utilize, balance and enjoy both of her two passions, music and education. She started her journey following her husband, George, around the world for his work, with stints in Camp Zama, Japan, Fort Lee, Va., and Fort Richardson, Ala. During this tumultuous time, Ms. Skladal found music to be a constant and a comfort, and she thus became a choir director at the Main Chapel of each of the three locations. In 1970, she and her husband moved again, this time to Anchorage, Ala., where they fell in love with the community. They decided to

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ELLA D. GORDON

Growing up, Ella D. Gordon felt no doubt that she was meant to be a nurse. Her dad took a job as a nursing assistant after serving in World War II, and he fell in love with the idea of nursing as a career for his daughter as well. She loved helping others, and it seemed like the perfect fit. Ms. Gordon started the journey toward her goal in 1968, when she earned a diploma from Grady Memorial Hospital and became the evenings pediatric charge nurse there. She continued her education at Georgia State University from 1969 to 1975, during which she held a variety of related positions, including pediatrics staff nurse at Grady Memorial Hospital, charge nurse at a

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CARON MCCRACKEN

Backed by decades of professional excellence, Caron McCracken has earned her reputation as an expert management and information technology consultant. She started her career as a teacher at high schools and junior high schools around Michigan between 1973 and 1975, upon which she took on the roles of instructor at Mott Community College and planning and research specialist at the Flint Fire Department. Ms. McCracken proceeded to become the campus coordinator and programmer for Systems & Computer Technology Corp., now known as SunGard Data Systems, Inc., in 1981. She realized then that she had found her niche, and advanced rapidly through the company, serving as the academy specialist of computing systems from 1982 to 1983, the manager of academy computing systems

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JANE WILLIAMS FLEMING

A lifelong learner with a passion for working with others, Jane Williams Fleming thrived as a teacher. She started her journey by earning a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1951, after which she immediately joined the staff of the San Diego Unified School District. Ms. Fleming proceeded to serve the Costa Mesa School District from 1955 until 1956, and the Long Beach Unified School District from 1956 until her retirement in 1987. She returned to teaching part time between 1990 and 1992, after two years of absence left her missing the field. ​ Throughout the years, Ms. Fleming made a strong effort to remain connected with her peers and to continuously further her understanding

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Mindy Schrager

MINDY R. SCHRAGER

When Mindy R. Schrager first started her journey through the business world, she never anticipated how far it would take her. She entered the field because it enabled her to utilize her passion for puzzles and patterns, but after years of leadership experience with giants such as Motorola, Fidelity Investments and IBM, she began to refine her focus. Ms. Schrager found that she particularly enjoyed the human side of business, especially working with people and companies to foster positive changes within themselves, and wanted to explore related opportunities. She came to believe that the best use of her unique combination of knowledge, skills and background experiences was as a transformational facilitator and coach, and thus Systems of Change, LLC, was

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MURIEL RUTH NELSON HINKLE

​Passionate and hardworking, Muriel Ruth Nelson Hinkle dedicated more than three decades of service to the defense of the United States. She started in the field in 1970, when she served Analysis & Technology, Inc., as an illustrator of naval warfare predictions and computer stimulated naval engagements. After three years, she jumped to the top of the corporate ladder by co-founding Sonalysts, Inc., where she has been ever since, with her husband, David. During her time with the company, Ms. Hinkle has served as the company’s president and chief executive officer, and, when she retired in 2001, she was granted the distinguished titles of president emerita and CEO emerita.  She is proud of the business’s growth; originally an approximately 15-person

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NANCY WHITE

Armed with tenacity and a willingness to take risks, Nancy White is celebrating nearly five decades of professional excellence. Originally a professional artist in Houston from 1970 to 1977, Dr. White eventually came to see the role art could play in healing. She used her talents to serve as an art therapist at the Galveston County Hospital in Texas City between 1976 and 1977, and fell in love with helping others. In 1978, she opened her own private psychotherapy practice in Houston, and has been there ever since. The natural progression of professions thrilled Dr. White, who is a strong believer in the importance of following your passions, no matter where they take you. ​ When Dr. White isn’t working

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NANCYJO RALPH

When NancyJo Ralph officially became an elementary music teacher in 1969, she knew it was the start of something great. She had wanted to be an educator for as long as she could remember, and that, coupled with her passion for singing and playing the piano, clarinet and saxophone, made the career path the perfect fit. Ms. Ralph served Lakeview School District for a year before transferring to Cambridge Springs High School in the Penncrest School District as a high school music teacher from 1970 to 2000. Then, in 2000, she returned to her elementary music roots within the same district, where she stayed for five years before retiring. ​ Although Ms. Ralph no longer serves the public education system,

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SUSAN PORTER ROSE

Renowned amongst her peers for her expertise in management and governmental affairs, Susan Porter Rose was granted the opportunity to serve in a number of high-profile positions over the course of her career. She started out as a staff assistant to Congressman Richard L. Roudebush in 1963, but left a year to become the assistant dean of George School in Bucks County, Penn. Ms. Rose served in that capacity from 1964 to 1966, after which she joined Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. Her success in these roles led her to be selected as the assistant director of correspondence to former First Lady Pat Nixon in 1971, and to be promoted to director of scheduling to the former first

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