Listee Features — December 2017


M. Carolyn Baum is the Elias Michael Director of the Program in Occupational Therapy and professor of occupational therapy, neurology, and social work at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. She is internationally recognized as an influential leader in the profession of occupational therapy. Dr. Baum conducts research to understand the factors and effectiveness of interventions to support the daily occupations of older adults as they seek to live as independently as possible. She serves as a mentor to early and mid-career scientists and teaches the next generation of researchers, educators, and clinicians. Earlier in her career, Dr. Baum worked at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, where she started a cardiac rehabilitation program.

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Following in her aunt’s footsteps, J. Nan Davis has dedicated her career to advancing the field of health care. She started as a staff nurse and a charge nurse of orthopedics at New Hanover Memorial Hospital in 1978, and rapidly progressed from there. By 1980, she was a public health nurse I, II, and III at the New Hanover County Department of Health, and by 1983, she was an emergency room staff nurse, relief charge nurse and instructor of CPR at New Hanover Memorial Hospital. Ms. Davis then became a nurse coordinator of the Student Health and Wellness Center through Wilmington Health Associates at the University of North Carolina, and a project manager, clinical research associate, training specialist, and quality

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Initially interested in pursuing psychology, Christine Waisanen ultimately decided to follow her great-grandfather and cousins into law. There, she could still use her passion for psychology while achieving her goals of making the world a better place and seeking justice. She proceeded to obtain a Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Michigan in 1971 and a JD from the University of Denver in 1975. She was admitted to the bar of Colorado in 1975 and the D.C. bar in 1978. ​ Degrees in hand, Ms. Waisanen set out into the workforce. She spent 1969 to 1979 as a labor relations attorney for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and 1979 to 1987 as a government relations specialist for

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Renowned as an artist, Mary Jo Viola has exhibited her work all over the country. Notably, she participated in the New Rochelle Art Association’s 94th Open Juried Exhibition at the New Rochelle Public Library in 2009, “Of Earth & Sky: An Exhibition of Works by Curt Belshe, Mary Jo Ben-Nun, Elizabeth Ann Murphy and Mary Jo Viola” at The Fitzgerald Gallery within the Warner Library in 2008, and “Faculty and Staff Exhibitions” at the Hall of Fame Gallery of Bronx Community College in 2008 and from 2004 to 2006 and 1998 to 1999. Dr. Viola was also part of shows like Noel Fine Art, the Landscape and Travel Photos section of the Polaroid Transfer Exhibition at the Omega Institute, “Night

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Although Stacey Valentine always knew she wanted a career in science, it wasn’t until her own experience as a pediatric patient that she decided to pursue medicine. She was inspired by the work of her pediatricians, and aspired to follow in their footsteps. Her professional journey began at the College of the Holy Cross, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in 1997, and continued at the Robert Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, where she earned a doctorate in 2003. She also completed a fellowship and residency at Boston Children’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. ​ Dr. Valentine is currently using her expertise in her role as an assistant professor in pediatrics at the University of

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“Music gives us a language that cuts across the disciplines, helps us to see connections and brings a more coherent meaning to our world.” This quotation by Ernest Boyer, the president of the Carnegie Foundation, represents exactly what Gail S. Phillips hopes to pass on to her students. Combining her love of children with her passion for music, she has been a band and orchestra teacher in the Music Exploratory program in the Central Valley School District since 2017. There, she sets a high standard for her students while also allowing them to learn and grow in a fun environment. Her goal is to help kids realize the connective power of music. ​ Prior to her current position, Ms. Phillips

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Living by the motto, “it’s not about basking in the sun, but dancing in the rain,” Lana VanAuker believes that everyone should have the opportunity to be the best they can be, no matter how old they are. She became a recreational therapist at Trumbell Memorial Hospital with that in mind, and is currently working in the psychiatric unit with those suffering from depression and anxiety. There, she leads groups in activities like stress dancing and exercise yoga, and sits on the treatment team for patients. Ms. VanAuker’s goal is to reduce the effects of these conditions, and she feels validated by the letters she receives from people thanking her for being a part of their improvement. She has held

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Passionate about helping others, Judith Katcher has enjoyed a long career in education, management consulting, and executive speech coaching. She is currently the president and executive coach of Katcher & Associates, the executive speech coaching company she opened in 1989 to help business leaders effectively present their messages to audiences. The business is located in White Plains, N.Y. She was previously an executive coach for Women in Finance on the Way Up from 2007 to 2012. On the academic side of the spectrum, Ms. Katcher was an associate professor of communication and English for the University of New Hampshire, Hunter College, and Pace University, all from 1972 to 1983. She prepared for her career by earning a Master of Arts

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Skilled in mathematics, Patricia Creel Baltzley is celebrating more than four decades of excellence in the field. She has been an adjunct professor at Montana State University and board chair for Gardiner Public Schools since 2013, and an independent consultant in mathematics education since 2012. Prior to her current positions, Ms. Baltzley was the director of Pre-K-12 mathematics, a grades 6-12 mathematics supervisor, and a K-12 mathematics specialist for Baltimore County Public Schools, and a mathematics program developer for the Center for Social Organization of Schools at John Hopkins University. Additionally, she garnered experience as a mathematics teacher for the board of education at Carroll County Public Schools and Notre Dame Preparatory School and an accountant trainee for MBNA Limited,

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At the beginning of her professional journey, Dr. Margaret Josephine Cox was dedicated to studying foreign languages. During her time as an undergraduate, however, she met some physics majors and thought their field was fascinating. She switched majors, and, by 1961, held a Bachelor of Science in experimental physics from the University of London. Dr. Cox proceeded to earn a PhD in atomic physics at the University of London in 1966, which she considers to be one of the biggest milestones of her career. While working toward her graduate degree, she measured the absorption of residents’ radiation, a component needed to be able to create lasers. The second milestone Dr. Cox reached happened around 1969, when she traveled to America

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