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Listee Features — July 2017

E. PATRICIA HERRON

For more than five decades, The Honorable E. Patricia Herron built a strong reputation as a judge in the courts of California. She started out by earning a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College in 1949, a Master of Arts from Catholic University of America in 1956, and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1964. While in school, she accepted opportunities to share what she was learning with others, and completed stints as an assistant dean at Catholic University of America and Wells College, instructor at East High School in Auburn, N.Y., and instructor of psychology and history at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Calif. In 1965, Judge Herron was admitted to the State Bar of

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BERTHA GENNA KONDRAK

Passionate and driven, Bertha Kondrak has known she wanted to be a therapist since high school. She pursued her dream, earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Texas in Austin in 1971 and a Master of Science in social work in 1984. In 1985, she became certified as a licensed clinical social worker, and in 1989, she opened her own private practice. There, Ms. Kondrak provides direct services, including interventions focused on interpersonal interactions, intrapsychic dynamics, and life management issues. This consists of assessment, diagnosis, treatment (including psychotherapy and counseling), client-centered advocacy, consultation, evaluation, and prevention of mental illness, emotional, or behavioral disturbances. Ms. Kondrak believes in empowerment, helping her clients understand that they can make

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DEBRA BARTZ

Throughout her career, Debra Bartz has consistently balanced her dual positions as a holistic life coach and pilot with persistence and tenacity. As the owner of Learn Conquer Soar Coaching, the holistic integrative nutrition and coaching company she created in 2010 to promote health and wellness, Ms. Bartz encourages her clients to lead transformational healthy lives. Further, as she has taken to the skies as a pilot since 1982, most recently as the captain of an Airbus 320 for United Airlines, she has paved the way for other female pilots and continues to mentor aspiring women pilots to excel in the field of aviation. ​ Ms. Bartz began her career by earning a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Air

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CYNTHIA A. MEHARY

Encouraged by her father, Cynthia A. Mehary has wanted to pursue a career in education since she was a child. She achieved her goals, and she has become known for going above and beyond for her students to not only to help them grow academically, but also personally. ​ During her distinguished career, Ms. Mehary served as a lecturer at the Bryant and Stratton Business Institute in Williamsville, N.Y., in 1986, a business and computer teacher for the Buffalo Board of Education from 1986 to 2008, an adjunct professor at Buffalo State College from 1989 to 1992, and a teacher for the Niagara Falls City School District. She held a part-time position as teacher at Erie Community College from 1978

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ARLENE MAZAK

Fueled by her passion for helping others, the Rev. Dr. Arlene Mazak parlays more than three decades of professional excellence into her career in personal training, life and career coaching, and interfaith spiritual direction. She is currently the owner of Mazak Global Management, a professional training and coaching company that provides transnational management training, leadership coaching, and consulting services for organizational development and transformation. The firm specializes in developing a global mindset, unleashing human potential, developing gender intelligence, emotional intelligence, social intelligence, spiritual intelligence, and managerial psychosynthesis. She is also the owner of Innercall: Personal and Transpersonal Development, which has offered transpersonal psychotherapy as well as life coaching, career coaching, recovery coaching, transition coaching, dreamwork, and interfaith spiritual direction. During her illustrious

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SUZANNE DICKSON

Best known for her reading/language arts program, “Sing, Spell, Read and Write,” Suzanne Dickson has led a long, illustrious career as a primary school educator. She believes strongly in teaching basic skills through song, which is why she developed the program. It is designed for students in preschool through second grade, and includes phonetic full-color storybooks that cover 36 steps to provide immediate, rewarding reinforcement for decoding phonetic skills. Two workbooks include grammar and creative writing as well as letter recognition, phonics practice, reading, comprehension, and spelling. “Sing, Spell, Read and Write” uses phonics songs, interactive charts, and games to teach the alphabetic principle, phonemic awareness, sound/letter correspondence, short vowel sounds, and blending  in a fun and meaningful way. The songs

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LEONORA P. WHILDIN

Initially, Leonora P. Whildin began her distinguished career during World War II at the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, a program where cadet nurses took the place of nurses who joined the military, at Boston City Hospital from 1943 to 1946. Seeing her natural ability, surgeons recruited her in the department of neurology, where she became assistant head nurse and a scrub nurse for the next two years. In 1948, the U.S. Army wanted people to go overseas to help with dependent children and she signed on and worked as a civilian nurse at the army hospital in Bremerhaven, Germany. ​ Ms. Whildin continued her career when she returned to the United States as a public health nurse at the Brooklyn

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LINDA DAVEY-TOTT

A business-savvy entrepreneur, Linda Davey-Tott owned a highly successful spice and herb business that started from her kitchen and blossomed onto the shelves of retailers across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. She is now extending her business skills as an independent consultant for Arbonne, an international company that has developed world-class products in skin care, bath and body care, sun care, makeup, and nutrition. The products are naturally inspired and scientifically tested, and integrate the most beneficial botanical ingredients from nature. Arbonne crafts its products with integrity and innovation and strives to be as eco-friendly as possible. ​ Ms. Davey-Tott handles marketing, sales, and training in her role as an independent consultant, and thus is able

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FRAN E. KAISER

Specializing in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, Fran E. Kaiser has led a distinguished career in medicine for 43 years. She is noted for her research in hormonal changes with aging, studies of therapy of erectile dysfunction, testosterone, estrogen and frailty, osteoporosis, and women’s health and sexuality. Dr. Kaiser is also known for using her vast knowledge and experience to contribute articles to professional journals like “Geriatric Review Syllabus,” and to serve as an ad-hoc reviewer for “The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society,” and “Endocrinology.” Further, she lent her expertise to the editorial boards of the “Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism” and “International Medicine Bulletin.” ​ Originally, Dr. Kaiser began her career at Beth Israel Medical Center in New

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MARIA DESOUSA

Noted for her long and distinguished career as an immunologist and educator, Maria DeSousa has dedicated her life to the service of others. She began her career as a research fellow at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London from 1964 to 1966, and continued as a research assistant at the Gulbenkian Science Institute in Oeiras, Portugal from 1966 to 1967. She then became a lecturer at Glasgow University in Scotland from 1967 to 1976, and was an associate member of the Sloan Kettering Institute in New York City from 1976 to 1984. Her subsequent positions include associate professor at Cornell University Graduate School, where she has been since 1984, and visiting associate professor at Harvard University Medical School, where

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