Listee Features — October 2017


Writer, poet, educator, artist, activist, and soldier: Kenyette Adrine-Robinson has worn many hats over the course of her prestigious career. She joined the Women’s Army Corps in 1969 when she was just 18 years old, and served them until 1971. She returned to the Army in 1981 as the public information specialist for morale support activities in Wiesbaden and, in 1983, progressed to be the writer and editor of the public information office in Mainz, both in the Federal Republic of Germany. From there, she became a teacher intern in the Positive Education Program in Cleveland, Ohio, and a member of the residential team and a case management therapist at the Murtis H. Taylor Multi Services Center. In 1986, Ms.

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A craft beer enthusiast with passion for living life to the fullest, Karen Hertz was thrilled when Holidaily Brewing Company first opened its doors in 2015. The business was the culmination of years of hard work and a lot of blood, sweat and tears, and fulfilled a dream she had long held. The idea for the brewery initially came after Ms. Hertz beat cancer (twice) and was required to go on a gluten-free diet. She was frustrated by the lack of quality gluten-free beer options and, after a lot of research, decided to create her own. ​ Now, the Holidaily Brewing Company is one of only five breweries in the country to produce only gluten-free beer, is the only one

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As a United States’ Diplomat in the field of civil nuclear energy and nonproliferation, Janet Marie Gorn is a Senior Foreign Affairs Officer in the U.S. Department of State. She has traveled to 37 countries in every region of the world, where she actively represents the U.S. Government, including as the U.S. Representative and Head of Delegation, in bilateral and multilateral fora, international conferences and meetings, and on international task forces, for such organizations as the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development UN/CSD, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); and the OECD/Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). A recognized expert, Ms. Gorn frequently gives presentations at domestic and international conferences and symposia, is a

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Drawing on her expertise in art, Nelda S. Lee has been thriving as a self-employed art appraiser since 1967. She initially began pursuing her passions at Texas Woman’s University and Tarleton State University, and ultimately earned a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts from the University of North Texas in 1963. She then spent five years working at Ector High School as the head of the art department before settling into her private business. Ms. Lee enhanced her knowledge by completing postgraduate studies at Texas Tech University and San Miguel de Allende Art Institute in Mexico, and coursework at The University of Southern California. She became a certified personal property appraiser through the American Society of Appraisers in 1972. ​

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The guiding principles of Ada Puryear Burnette’s life have been to lead with integrity and to consistently provide effective and efficient service. She was exposed to strong role models, including her successful parents, for as long as she can remember, and from them garnered an inquisitive nature and a desire to always do the right thing. Later on in life, she has striven to be that same kind of role model to her peers, colleagues, and everyone else she encounters. Dr. Burnette is currently utilizing her assets at Valdosta State University, where she works as an associate professor and as the coordinator of off-campus programs, and at Florida A&M University. She is proud that, after more than six decades of

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Passionate about literature, Lucinda D. Conger has always felt at home in the library. That’s why, when it came time to choose a career, she felt library science would be the perfect fit. Ms. Conger proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard College in 1963 and a Master of Library Science at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 1964. The degrees propelled her immediately into her first job as a reference librarian with the University of California, Davis, where she stayed for a year. In 1965, Ms. Conger transferred to the Library of Congress as a cataloger, and in 1966, she was promoted to the role of reference librarian with

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Facing many challenge early in life, Hilda Hellums Baker turned to God to help her get through. She was inspired by her journey, and sought to use her story to help others. Thus, in 1996, she founded Cross Roads Retreat and Conference Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people get away from the city and remove distractions so they can reconnect with God. Although the original mission was to focus on teenagers and youth groups, they now cater to more adult groups. ​ As the founder and chairman of the board, Ms. Baker is responsible for overseeing all operations. She specializes in giving people direction and guidance, and maintaining and improving the intended culture of the camp. Located

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Trained in multiple fields, Lakshmi Pulakat has acquired a unique set of skills that has allowed her to take an interdisciplinary approach throughout her professional journey. Her background lies in biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, physiology, and medicine, which she feels helps the way she thinks. Dr. Pulakat enjoys developing novel approaches to cardiovascular diseases, and has played a key part in changing the attitude toward female participation in research or clinical trials. She is currently parlaying her knowledge into her roles as a professor of medicine, nutrition, and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri, which she’s held since 2009. ​ Dr. Pulakat prepared for her endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Science in chemistry at SNGS College at the

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Known amongst her peers for her expertise in fashion, retail and merchandising, Antoinette Piesche is thriving as the owner of La Bella Moda, LLC. She first opened the store in 2011 in Clinton, Mass., after realizing that there was a lack of plus-size women’s clothing in the fashion industry. Desiring to fill the niche, Ms. Piesche has made it her mission to create pieces for women of all sizes. Some of her responsibilities at the boutique have come to include managing all operations and designing clothes. She is proud to have earned a reputation for being attentive to detail and committed to her customers. ​ Over the years, Ms. Piesche has presented her work to both fashion shows and magazines

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Always looking to help others, Roberta Gibson Pevear embarked on a long career of community service. She was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1979 to 1988, and was instrumental in the development of an evacuation plan for the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant in New Hampshire, which she considers a professional highlight. While in the government, Ms. Pevear served as the Clerk of the Environment and Agricultural Committee. She also has experience as the Commissioner of the Rockingham Planning Commission and the New Hampshire Planning Commission, as well as the Chairman of Rockingham County Home and a Civil Defense Director for Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. Outside of her government service, Ms. Pevear was also very

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