Listee Features — June 14, 2017


Renee Danette Petrola is an author and teacher focusing on her writing career after 43 years with the Mount Sinai School District. Ms. Petrola’s lifelong passion for teaching was inspired by her mother Phyllis, who had dedicated her own career to elementary education, and reinforced by her experiences babysitting as a teenager. After recognizing her gift for working with children, and already convinced of the impact that a talented and enthusiastic teacher can have on a student’s life, Ms. Petrola followed her mother’s path into the field of education. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and teaching from Bethany College in 1970 and completed a master’s degree in liberal studies at Stony Brook University in 1974. As

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Driven by her passion for law, Marcia Wishengrad dedicated 53 years to the field before retiring. She started out by earning a Bachelor of Arts and a JD from Cornell University in 1957 and 1960, respectively, upon which she immediately joined the practice of Brady Devlin Grubbs Lawler & Reed. After two years, Ms. Wishengrad transferred to Irving Segel, Esq., and in 1963, she became an attorney for the Monroe County Family Court in Rochester, NY. That year, she also opened her own private practice, where she stayed until her retirement in 2013. During that time, she garnered additional experience as an attorney for the Monroe County Legal Aid Society, a senior urban renewal attorney for the City of Rochester,

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Renowned for her prowess as both a sculptor and an educator, Yefkin Megherian has spent her life pursuing her passions. Her professional endeavors began at Warwick Valley Central School, where she taught high school science from 1946 to 1947, and were followed by 18 years as a teacher for the New York City Board of Education. In 1986, Ms. Megherian elected to leave academia in favor of devoting her career to her love for sculpting, and it paid off. She continues to thrive in the field to this day, and has reached international acclaim. ​ Some of the highlights of Ms. Megherian’s career include completing a statue of Pope John Paul II, which is now part of the Vatican’s art

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Born in St. Louis in 1917, Carol McCarthy Duhme has dedicated her entire life to serving others. She got her start in 1939, when she earned a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and became a teacher at an elementary school for approximately five years. In 1959, Ms. Duhme joined the St. Louis Association of Congregational Church, and, except for a brief interlude from 1964 to 1966 when she served as a trustee at the First Congregational Church of St. Louis, she stayed there the rest of her career. During that time, between 1959 and 1995, she held the positions of moderator, member of the church council, member of the board of deaconesses, member of the board of deacons, and

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