Listee Features — May 2018


Passionate about literature and poetry, Ursula M. Chirico-Elkins is thrilled to have spent her career surrounded by what she loves. She started her professional journey as a library assistant at Princeton University and at the David Sarnoff Research Center, and was promoted to senior library assistant of the latter in 1983. Ms. Chirico-Elkins then became the principal assistant at Rider University from 1987 to 1989 and again from 1990 to 1993, and a librarian at the St. Francis Medical Center from 1993 to 1996. She really appreciated the opportunity to aid library patrons seeking vital information in their field of occupation. ​ Over the years, Ms. Chirico-Elkins decided to contribute her own work to the field. She authored “Falling Snow,”

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Marilynn Smiley


Motivated by her tremendous love of music, Marilynn J. Smiley has dedicated more than 60 years to advancing the field. She started as a public school music teacher in Indiana in 1954 and joined the staff of the Music Department at the State University of New York at Oswego in 1961. Over the years, she served the institution as a distinguished teaching professor and as a department chair, and was responsible for music history and literature courses for all eras and at all levels. Dr. Smiley’s area of expertise ranged from ancient Greek to current music history and literature, which made her an invaluable resource for students. One of her favorite parts of the job was presenting subjects to students

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Recognized as a leader in her field, Fran P. Mainella attributes her ongoing success to the three C’s: courage, connections, and communications. She has spent more than four decades as a certified parks and recreation professional, steadily working her way up the chain. She jumped at every opportunity she came across and, over the years, built a vast network of colleagues and peers. Ms. Mainella’s journey culminated with her appointment as the 16th director of the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2001. She was the first woman to hold this position, and was nominated by then-President Bush. Previous employers include the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Recreation and Park Association, the Tallahassee

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Celebrating more than five decades of professional excellence, Patricia E. Muir continues to thrive as a professional association administrator. She is currently lending her knowledge to her peers as a consultant and as a reading educator on the Social Justice Committee of the St. Andrews Church. In the past, Ms. Muir has garnered experience as a reading tutor at Fairview Elementary School, an office manager at the Federal Documents Clearing House, an assistant at the Independent Telephone Pioneer Association, and a traffic manager at the American Storage Company. She has also held numerous positions with the American Library Association; between 1977 and 1998, she served as the staff liaison of the Government Documents Round Table, the Armed Forces Library Round

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The pharmacist manager and owner of Biocare Pharmacy since 2008, Annie Truong is proud of her place in the industry. She and her husband, Chau Hong Phan, opened the independent company with the intention of serving the Vietnamese community regarding “specialty compounding medication formulations that are not readily available in the market.” Now, after a decade in business, they also offer consulting, medical prescriptions, beauty care supplies, food, and over-the-counter products. Ms. Truong attributes her ongoing success to the relationships she has built with her clientele and employees. She loves being able to use her passions to help others. ​ As a testament to her hard work and dedication, Ms. Truong was honored as Pharmacist of the Year by the Trademark Women of Distinction Honors

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Although Diane Elaine Pirlot didn’t initially want to be a teacher, she is thrilled that her path led her to education. She started out working at her family’s Michigan resort, Welker’s Lodge, Inc., and loved having the opportunity to meet all kinds of people. When Ms. Pirlot’s granddaughter was diagnosed with dyslexia, however, she saw that the teachers didn’t understand how to handle it and knew she had to do something to help. Now, Ms. Pirlot is thriving as a special education teacher and elementary teacher at the OUSD Ivey Ranch. Her main responsibility is to work with severely handicapped children and enable them to participate more in the world. ​ One of the highlights of Ms. Pirlot’s career was

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Always striving to be the best she can be, Arleen Evans O’Reilly has dedicated her career to ensuring that people have the tools needed to succeed at life. She abhors knowing that others are being taken advantage of, personally or professionally, and decided at a young age that she had to do something about it. She proceeded to obtain a Bachelor of Science in social work from California State College (now the California University of Pennsylvania) and a Master of Science in human services and gerontology from Capella University, and to become certified as a social worker. ​ Over the years, Ms. Evans O’Reilly has become familiar with several different aspects of the field. She started as a medical social

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Combining her love for music and traveling, Kathy Henkel is currently thriving as the owner and composer of Sign of the Silver Birch Music and has retired as an educational consultant with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She mostly writes instrumental and chamber music, and decided to self-publish so that she could take her music out to the people personally. Over the years, her music has been performed at festivals in Gubbio, Italy, Montevarchi, Italy, and Fairbanks, Alaska, as well as at premieres in England, Austria, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. Ms. Henkel attributes her success thus far to never giving up. Her company only consists of three people, but they all go above and beyond to keep everything running

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Hoping to make the world a better place, Magda Van Hoyweghen has dedicated her life to general surgery. She began her journey by earning a diploma from Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Presentatie in Belgium in 1953 and an MD from Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 1966, and by completing surgical residencies in New York City between 1966 and 1970 and between 1967 and 1971. She then participated in a fellowship with the John L. Madden Surgical Society. These were big achievements because there weren’t too many female surgeons at this time. She was moved by her ability to help others, and in 1972, she decided to go where her skills were needed most: Africa. ​ During Dr. Van Hoyweghen’s 25-year stay, she worked

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Hardworking and dedicated, Deborah Callender is thriving as a physical scientist with the Naval Oceanographic Office at the Stennis Space Center. More specifically, she is a project data manager, surveyor, and geospatial analyst, managing sub-bottom profile studies for marine seafloor geology. Ms. Callender is also an executive leadership program trainee for the U.S. Navy Senior Executive Service and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt trainee. She is known for her editing, organizational, and communication skills. Some of Ms. Callender’s other positions include GIS project manager at the Naval Oceanographic Office, which entails acquiring data and integration of seafloor geology, physical oceanography, meteorology, bathymetry, and fisheries, and project manager for the Global Marine Environmental Library. Her main responsibility with the latter

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