Listee Features — July 2017


Well-known throughout her community for her passion and drive, Mary Ann Wise Wiggins has dedicated her life to helping others. She started her journey as a teacher at U.S. Army Schools in Nuremberg, Germany, from 1964 to 1966, and as a teacher within the Mineral Wells Independent School District from 1967 to 1970. During that time, Ms. Wise Wiggins supplemented her career with a position as a bookkeeper with the Wise Department Store and found she really enjoyed it. She proceeded to transition more into the business world, serving as the owner and manager of Mary Ann’s Furniture and Hardware from 1977 to 1997 and opening a tax preparation business in 1992. In 1994, Ms. Wise Wiggins returned to her

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The moment Charlotte McGowan stepped into her anthropology courses at San Diego State University, she knew she was hooked. After earning a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts with honors in 1967 and 1969, respectively, she pursued her passion in the field as a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan in 1996 and in Peru in 1982. During her distinguished career, Ms. McGowan held the positions of teaching assistant and director of the physical anthropology laboratory at San Diego State University, where she was a professor of anthropology from 1967 to 1969. She also served as professor of anthropology at San Diego Evening College from 1969 to 1971, at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., from 1971 to 1999, and

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Dedicated and hard working, Mildred Clementina Sawyer spent her long career with the real estate and insurance sectors of the business industry. She started as a clerk for the Prudential Insurance Company in Brockton, Mass., from 1947 to 1957, and became a clerk for Clark Brothers in Olean, N.Y., in 1957. Then, between 1958 and 1987, she worked as a typist in both Rhode Island and New Jersey. In 1984, Ms. Sawyer also joined the Massachusetts Indemnity Life Insurance Company in Cranston, R.I., as an insurance sales agent, and JLC and Home Realty in Chepachet and North Scituate, R.I., as a real estate sales agent. She remained with the former until 1989 and the latter until 1997. She also garnered

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Over the years, Barbara C. Croyle has built a strong reputation for excellence in the fields of health management and law. She started on track with a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in sociology from the College of William and Mary in 1971, at which time she became certified in corporate tax and securities law by the Institute of Paralegal Training. In 1975, she earned a JD from the University of Colorado, and then received certification in program management development from Colorado Women’s College in 1980. Ms. Croyle went on to earn an MBA from the University of Denver in 1983 and a master’s in gerontology from St. Joseph University in Pennsylvania in 2012. Skilled in facility administration and management,

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After several decades as a professional in the area of human resources, Linda H. Brooke retired from her last role as vice president of human resources for the National Audubon Society in 2007. The organization was created to “conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the Earth’s biological diversity.” This is a cause Ms. Brooke feels strongly about, so she was thrilled to be able to use her expertise to make a difference. ​ Prior to that position, Ms. Brooke worked primarily in the financial service sector in New York City. Her positions included vice president of human resources (HR) for Sunkyong America, vice president of HR for

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Linda Hathaway Bunza has worn many hats throughout her long and illustrious career, including editor, writer, composer, educator, and researcher, to name a few. Currently the director of the Columbia Research Institute of Arts and Humanities, where she has been since 1998, she is known for her passion, ability, and drive. Ms. Hathaway Bunza loves the fact that the position allows her to utilize her extensive background, as she is always looking for ways to share her talents with others. ​ Over the course of her professional journey, Ms. Hathaway Bunza has authored the likes of, “Air” and “Where Art Reveals Itself in Symbols, Words are Hard to Find,” in 2001, and has composed pieces like “Chinese Whispers” in 2010,

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Although Ellary Blair left a 30-year landscape career to open her own pottery business in 2002, one thing has remained the same: her hands are still in the mud. Now thriving as the owner of Ellie Pots Inc. (formerly Blair Pottery), Ms. Blair is responsible for the creation of artistic vases, bowls, tiles, plates, and bottles using crystalline and raku pottery. This includes designing, firing, cleaning, and glazing pieces. One of her favorite things about the job is experimenting. She likes to have multiple glazes on her pottery, so that when she opens her kiln, she sees a variety of color and knows what to reproduce and what not to. Ms. Blair is driven by her desire for perfection; if

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Considered a pioneer in women’s studies, Florence Denmark-Wesner is a psychologist who has conducted extensive research in the field. Her tireless efforts are noted for bringing light to women’s achievements, and for supporting women of all ages. She continues to use her expertise to advocate for women’s empowerment to this day. Most recently, she released the third edition of the “Handbook of Psychology of Women,” co-edited with Michele Paludi, PhD, in 2017. The book covers topics like women’s issues and theories. ​​ Dr. Denmark-Wesner’s journey began with a prestigious education that included numerous degrees.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and psychology, a Master of Arts, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1952, 1954, and 1958,

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After spending decades sharing her love for the language arts with others, Florence Weinberg decided to step down and focus on her own writing. Since then, she’s penned the likes of “Dolet” in 2015, “Anselm: A Metamorphosis” in 2013, and “Unruhe im Paradies,” in 2012. Dr. Weinberg is also known for producing works like “Sonora Wind” in 2009, “Sonora Moonlight” in 2008, and “Seven Cities of Mud” that same year. Her novels range in genres, from fantasy to historical romance to mystery, and nine out of the 10 she’s written since her retirement were printed by Twilight Times Books. ​ Over the years, Dr. Weinberg’s books have earned much acclaim. “Dolet” won the NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in 2016,

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