Listee Features — September 2017


Fueled by a longstanding desire to be a doctor, Estherina Shems worked hard to make her dreams a reality. The first step of her journey was to earn a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from Lynchburg College in 1954 and an MD from Women’s Medical College in 1958. Then, degrees in hand, she set out to make her mark on the world of child psychiatry and became known for her passion for excellence and commitment to her patients. ​ After 45 years of service, Dr. Shems officially retired from her field in 2002. Her final role was that of an early intervention consultant for the Community Council for Mental Health/Mental Retardation, Inc., in Philadelphia, which she started in 1981. The

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Leaving behind a legacy of excellence in teaching, research and service to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB), Louise Moser has retired after 25 years. She started her career by earning a PhD in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1970, but she converted to computer networking in 1987. She began teaching programs, and joined the staff at the UCSB in 1989. Ms. Moser was proud to witness and partake in the quick growth of the computer major; it expanded from zero to 1,300 students in just two years. She now holds the distinguished title of professor emerita. ​ Some of Ms. Moser’s positions prior to joining the UCSB include

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On top of her diversified international experience, Isabelle Mathieu strongly believes that having the right attitude has made all of the difference in her successful career as a financial director. She is committed to being a reliable, valuable asset to the teams she works with, and to making sure that all of the goals of a project are met. To ensure she is always at her best, she regularly goes back to school and develops her knowledge. Ms. Mathieu attended the ESSEC Business School in France in 1979, and earned a master’s degree in international economics in 1981 and a specialization for executives in business management strategy in 1994. She proceeded to obtain an executive master of advanced studies in

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For more than 40 years, MaryLou Swift has thrived as an art dealer. Although she initially went to medical school for two years, Ms. Swift ultimately decided to pursue her passion for business and art. She proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Art from Sarah Lawrence College in 1964, and completed postgraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University Business School, and the New York Institute of Finance, all between 1964 and 1969. Further, she is a registered stockbroker at the New York Stock Exchange and the National Association of Securities Dealers, and she was the recipient of an undergraduate fellowship from the American Museum of Natural History. ​ Since 1970, Ms. Swift has worked as a private

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On a mission to give back to the people of her community, Angela Washington has worked hard to become an expert in nonprofit administration, equine therapy, entertainment, and art and sports law. She believed that accruing knowledge in those areas would play into her skill set while helping her achieve her goals, and she was right. Although Ms. Washington started out as a corporate lawyer, she is currently focusing her practice on more community-minded endeavors. ​​ Over the years, Ms. Washington has seen a growing need for services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and custody issues. She decided to transform her practice from tax-centric into a barefoot community firm with the support of family, friends, churches, and kind

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Looking for a profession that offered her a creative opportunity to help others, Patricia Moursalian found occupational therapy to be the perfect fit. She loves having the opportunity to rehabilitate patients by maximizing their independence with daily activities; she finds the most rewarding part of her field to be seeing patients succeed and recover, especially when they do things they didn’t think they could do. Ms. Moursalian is separated from her peers by her empathetic nature, which makes her determined to find lasting solutions; she never gives up on those she treats. ​ For more than a decade, Ms. Moursalian has dedicated those passions to her work at the Providence Benedictine Nursing Center in Mount Angel, OR. The center, which

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After more than 30 years in banking, Teresa Chavez is proud of her growth through the industry. When she first started at Union Bank in Los Angeles in 1960, she saw a lot of men receive promotions, but not women. She was determined, however, to become a success. Through hard work and dedication, she rose through the ranks and ended up being greatly appreciated both by staff and managers. Ms. Chavez not only collaborated with colleagues, increasing and strengthening her knowledge of the banking system, but also trained them, becoming a valuable resource. In 1979, she was promoted to operations officer, a milestone she was particularly proud of. From then until her retirement in 1994, she was responsible for customizing

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Linda Menard Post has had a long and distinguished career as a legislator and educator. Inspired by the leadership experience she gained as a member of the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) School Board for 12 years, she was elected in 2009 to represent District G of the Alaska State Senate. She was quite proud to be able to represent the fabulous state of Alaska and give back to her community. Notably, her first husband was also a senator, and they were the first husband and wife team to be elected. ​ In addition to her legislative work, Ms. Menard Post served as the owner of the Mrs. Alaska Franchise, which represents women who have honored the state, and as the owner and

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Inspired by her father, a well-known researcher in pharmacology, Dr. Annette Beyer-Mears decided that she, too, wanted to pursue a career in health care. Although the two diverged in terms of field of specialty when Dr. Beyer-Mears opted to study physiology and ophthalmology, she followed in his footsteps in terms of her deep devotion to her patients and community. She retired from her field after more than five decades of professional excellence. ​ Dr. Beyer-Mears started her professional journey by earning a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in 1963, at which time she was selected to be a National Institutes of Health Fellow at Cornell University Medical School. After a brief stint as an instructor of physiology at Springside

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Noted for her aptitude for business, Ann Meagher Williams excelled during more than five decades in the field.  Her longest position was director of community affairs at Cape Cod Hospital, where she stayed from 1977 until 1995. There, she was responsible for helping to maintain a positive image of the hospital and making people more comfortable with seeking medical treatment when they needed it. She was also involved with planning fundraising events for expanding a children’s ward. Over the course of her career, Ms. Williams held a variety of other positions as well. She started her professional journey as a radioisotope biologist for the Air Force Cambridge Research Center from 1952 until 1955 and as an assistant manager for Roxbury

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