Listee Features — August 2017


A nurse and a nurse educator, Dr. Diann Martin set out to attend a symposium in Ecuador in 2016 that ultimately changed the face of her career. It inspired her to create service learning programs in developing companies, and led to the development of new programs within her Conscious Nurse Academy, which is a four-month program designed to transform the lives of nurses both personally and professionally. The newest branch of the company is RoadScholars/RN International, through which she will provide clinical supervision to students looking to gain clinical experiences in third-world countries like Ecuador, Cuba, and the Philippines. Dr. Martin is proud of her ability to customize the programs to allow participants to study the local health care system

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Known by her peers as a trailblazer and as the mother of family reunions, Dr. Ione D. Vargus places a large emphasis on the importance of extended families. She began her professional work with families in 1954, and in 1986, she became deeply interested in the subject of African-American family reunions. Up until that point, Dr. Vargus had thought the extended family was dying out because people were moving apart and relocating, but she soon discovered that African-American families were using reunions to keep the family connected. She visited hundreds of such reunions coast to coast, and learned the traditions and strategies families used to come together year after year. Dr. Vargus found that, “reunions help support a person’s identity,

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Teacher, writer, editor: for more than 40 years, Pamela Higdon has embodied the spirit of her titles. She loves sharing knowledge, whether it’s in print or in a classroom, and is dedicated to making a positive impact on her fields. For Ms. Higdon, life is about helping others in whatever way she can. ​ One of the earliest experiences in Ms. Higdon’s career saw her in Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia, where she spent eight years working with students as an elementary school teacher, district language arts committee member, after-school computer instructor, and science coordinator for the elementary school. Upon returning to the United States in 1987, she transitioned from academia to pursue her other passion, writing. She spent three years,

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Determined to thrive in the medical field, Patricia Barber worked hard to make her dreams a reality. Her journey began in 1974 at the University of Minnesota, where she served as a staff nurse until she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1975. She proceeded to become certified as a registered nurse in Colorado, Illinois and Minnesota, and in 1978, she became certified as a nurse practitioner through the University of Illinois. Ms. Barber also became the transplant coordinator for the institution that year. She stayed until 1990, when she transferred to join Denver Presbyterian, which became Denver Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in 1993. Her tenure with the hospital lasted until 1999 in a variety of

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Committed to her dream of being an educator, Deborah Denslow Partenheimer has spent more than 40 years pursuing the field. The first step she took toward fulfilling her dream was attending Gwynedd Mercy College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in 1971. The degree propelled her to become a teacher within the Willingboro Board of Education in New Jersey that year, and the rest was history. Ms. Partenheimer quickly realized she had found a home there, and remained with the district as primary school educator until her retirement in 2012. During her tenure with the school, she decided to further her own education, and proceeded to obtain a Master of Arts from Marygrove College in 2000 and a master’s

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Fueled by her desire to help others, Dr. Marilyn A. Ray has enjoyed a long career in nursing and education. She started out by earning a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Colorado, and a diploma from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Hamilton, Ontario. She obtained a Master of Arts in cultural anthropology from McMaster University in Hamilton, and went on to earn a PhD in transcultural nursing from the University of Utah. Furthermore, she received an honorary degree from Nevada State College. She is a certified transcultural nurse and registered nurse in the state of Florida. ​ Dr. Ray presently holds the position of professor emerita at

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Passionate and dedicated, Mary Dykstra Lynch is celebrating more than four decades of excellence at Dalhousie University. Her tenure with the school started in 1970, when she graduated with a Master of Library Science and began working as a head cataloger for the Dalhousie University Library. She quickly realized she had found a home with the institution, and her talent and hardworking nature made her an invaluable addition to their staff. Dr. Dykstra Lynch was continually selected for promotions, and she rose from assistant professor at the School of Library Service to associate professor of the School of Library and Information Studies. From 1986 to 1995, she served as the director of the School of Library and Information Studies, and

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Born in Cairo, Egypt, Suzan Salwa Saba Habachy has thrived as she worked to reach her goal of helping those in the developing world reach economic sustainability. She credits her success to her education; after attending American University in Cairo from 1951 to 1952, she came to the United States and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College in 1954. She furthered her academic knowledge in 1956, when she earned a Master of Arts from Harvard University. ​​ Degrees in hand, Ms. Habachy proceeded to serve as a teaching fellow at Ohio University from 1957 to 1958 and an economist at Mobil Oil Co. in New York City from 1959 to 1964. Her unique background and firsthand understanding

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Dr. Maria J. Falco has had a long and distinguished career as a political scientist and academic administrator. She began her journey by earning a Bachelor of Arts from Immaculata College in 1954, a Master of Arts from Fordham University in 1958, and a PhD in political science from Bryn Mawr College in 1963. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Florence in Italy from 1954 to 1955, and a postdoctoral research fellow at Yale University from 1965 to 1966. Additionally, she attended the student management program at Carnegie-Mellon University in 1993. ​ During her career, Dr. Falco has served in numerous prestigious positions. She is presently holds the distinguished title of professor emerita at DePauw University, where

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A chartered professional accountant and certified general accountant, Ann Patterson has more than 35 years of experience in the field of financial management. She is particularly proud of her designations, as they were the culmination of years of hard work and propelled her to new heights in her career. On the road to excellence, she also earned Bachelor of Arts in commerce and economics from the University of Toronto Scarborough, with honors, in 1979. Throughout her professional journey, Ms. Patterson has held several important positions in her field. She was an accountant for the Association of Adult and Continuing Education School Board Administrators and a staff accountant at the Kohai Education Centre from 2013 to 2014, the accounting manager at

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