Listee Features — September 2017


A psychiatric nurse practitioner, Linda Sillars is currently flourishing at the head of her private mental health practice in Auburn, N.Y. There, she practices psychotherapy management and psychiatric medical management and oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization. She also works with veterans suffering from PTSD and trauma and consults with nursing homes. To prepare for her career, she earned a master’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and became a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. ​ In addition to her practical work, Ms. Sillars also helps with support and recovery on the ACT team at Catholic Charities, where she oversees 65 chronically and mentally ill people with a team of case managers, therapists and nurses.

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Jean Maclean Snyder has much to be proud of. A well-respected lawyer with an expertise in litigation, intellectual property, and entertainment law, she has been a teaching team member of the Intensive Trial Practice Workshop at the University of Chicago since 2009. The workshop is led by clinical faculty with the support of seasoned, prominent litigators who volunteer their time to work with the students. During the two weeks of the workshop, students learn trial preparation, trial advocacy skills and strategy, direct and cross-examinations of witnesses, and delivering closing arguments through simulated trial exercises. ​ Additionally, Ms. Snyder has been a principal in the Law Office of Jean Maclean Snyder since 2004, and an independent adviser to the Midwest Coalition

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Fascinated by the law, Genevieve Krause LaRobardier knew that she wanted to be an attorney when she was in high school. She was motivated by the fact that there were not many women lawyers at that time. In pursuit of her passion, Ms. LaRobardier earned a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College, a Master of Arts in teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University, summa cum laude, and a JD from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She also completed the international law course at Columbia University Law School. Ms. LaRobardier is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Courts in New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. ​

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When Anne Russell Mayeaux was 15, she learned about the life of Socrates from her professor of ancient history, inspiring a long career in the fields of philosophy and education. She started out pursing her interests at St. Xavier University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1965. Dr. Mayeaux furthered her education in 1975, when she obtained a PhD from Emory University. She proceeded to become a postdoctoral fellow and adjunct faculty at the Candler School of Theology in Atlanta before officially embarking on her career. ​ Well-versed in theology and religious teachings, Dr. Mayeaux has held a variety of positions during her time as an educator. She has provided her knowledge to students at Hinds Community College

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As the daughter of the world-renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead and the linguist, social scientist, and anthropologist Gregory Bateson, it’s no wonder that Mary Bateson has spent her career as a cultural anthropologist and American writer. Inspired by her parents’ work, Dr. Bateson set off to follow in their footsteps, earning a Bachelor of Arts from Radcliffe College in 1960 and a PhD from Harvard University in 1963. Since 2002, Dr. Bateson has held the distinguished title of professor emerita at George Mason University, where previously she had been a professor of anthropology and English. Dr. Bateson has also held the positions of dean of faculty and professor of anthropology at Amherst College, and associate professor of anthropology at Northeastern University.

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Best known for watercolor painting, Leila Hentzen Smith was inspired to become an artist by growing up with her grandmother, who was friends with famous artists. She loved having the opportunity to speak with them and see their work, and she eventually decided to further her education in the subject and pursue the field professionally. Along the way, Ms. Hentzen Smith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Miami University in Ohio in 1955 and was a diplomate at the Famous Artists Schools in 1959. ​ One of Ms. Hentzen Smith’s preferred art methods is plein air painting, because she says that when she paints on location there is a huge difference in what she sees. She paints landscapes, flowers,

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Following in her father’s footsteps, Linda Miller worked as a police officer for 22 years, servicing her community and helping to protect and care for the well-being of others. She is particularly proud of her efforts to educate the next generation of law enforcement, which included explaining how she was treated as a female on the force and teaching the importance of treating one another with respect regardless of gender. During this time, she also pursued her interest in fitness and taught aerobics to fellow staff members. It was a natural progression, therefore, for Ms. Miller to turn to serving her community in a different way, through health and nutrition, upon retiring from the force. ​ Since that retirement, Ms.

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Bridgette L.  Gomillion-Williams, PhD, is a silicon chemist with more than 32 years of expertise in polymer science, chemistry, and engineering. Since 2017, she has been a senior silicon chemist with Quanex Building Products, where her work focuses on creating energy-efficient components for double-pane windows as well as components for residential kitchen and bath cabinets. A gifted student with a strong sense of natural curiosity, she earned a Bachelor of Science in polymer chemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1990 and began her career as a chemical engineer working at an extrusion plant operated by Shaw Industries.Dr. Gomillion-Williams remained with Shaw Industries until 1992, and opted to pursue doctoral study in polymer science at Clemson University’s School of

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Dr. Jeanne Salyer knew she wanted a career in nursing from the time she was five years old and played nurse with her grandfather. Now an expert in cardiovascular and pulmonary nursing, Dr. Salyer began her career at the University of Alabama with a diploma in nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Master of Science in medical-surgical nursing. She went on to earn a PhD in nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, Dr. Salyer completed postdoctoral training in outcomes research at the University of Minnesota. She attributes her success to the importance her family placed on getting a great education. ​ During her distinguished career, Dr. Salyer held numerous positions at the School of Nursing at

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Petra Seidler


Driven by her desire to help build stability through economic development, Dr. Petra Seidler has spent more than two decades trying to bring peace to countries during or after war or a natural disaster. Being a change management consultant, she is currently working as a team leader with COWI (Denmark) in Ukraine for the European Investment Bank (EIB) financed project, “Ukraine Municipal Infrastructure Programme.” Dr. Seidler provides independent finance and management, consulting services, executive management, utilities and infrastructure development, and public relations and media management. She is working in countries such as Afghanistan, Armenia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Egypt and Syria as a government-level project manager in donor-financed projects. ​ From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Seidler was the project director and

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