Listee Features — October 4, 2018


Inspired by her father, a music teacher and the first black man to be hired by Perth Amboy Public Schools, Joyce Suzanne Richardson-Melech has dedicated herself to building her own legacy in the field. She started as a musical teacher in the Perth Amboy Board of Education, and quickly added the positions of assistant band director, musical play director, and gifted and talented music teacher to her repertoire. Dr. Richardson-Melech then took her talents to the Anthony V. Ceres Elementary School, where she served as a musical play and chorus director, and to the Dr. Herbert N. Richardson 21st Century Elementary School, where she served as a music teacher. Although she retired in 2014, she couldn’t stay away long. Dr.

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Determined to make a positive difference in the world, Lisa Dunkle set her sights on the world of medicine. She particularly wanted to help kids with problems no one knew how to solve. In pursuit of her goals, Dr. Dunkle obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College in 1968 and an MD from Johns Hopkins University in 1972. She also earned diplomas from the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Pediatrics, the American Board of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases, and the Pediatrics Infectious Disease Society. Degrees in hand, Dr. Dunkle set out to make her mark on the field. She started by garnering experience in roles like intern, resident in pediatrics, and fellow of infectious diseases

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A real people person, Diane Genova has found law to be the perfect field for her. She loves being able to work with such a diverse group of clients and colleagues, and appreciates the intellectual challenge law poses. Further, she likes being able to see tangible results from her work. One of her specialties is building high-functioning teams. Ms. Genova always takes the time to learn each person individually and to help those struggling. She considers herself part player, part coach, part cheerleader, and is proud of her role in training, developing, and mentoring a whole generation of young lawyers. Ms. Genova’s first position in the field was associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, followed by vice president, assistant

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Knowledgeable and helpful, Mary K. Spore-Alhadef is a cherished part of the Redwood City Public Library community. She joined the institution as an audio-visual librarian in 1978, and transferred to become a general reference and local history and archives librarian in 2006. She continues to serve in the latter role to this day. Ms. Spore-Alhadef’s responsibilities include cataloguing and running programs. Ms. Spore-Alhadef prepared for her endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Science from Boston College in 1965 and a Master of Library Science from Peabody College in 1966. She then garnered hands-on experience as the assistant director of libraries at Boston College, a librarian at the Weston College School of Theology and St. Patrick’s Seminary, and a reference librarian

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To Jeannette “Jan” Selby Johnson, life is all about helping others achieve more than they could on their own. Early in her career, she felt that the best way to do that was through education. Her first professional position was student personnel assistant at Ohio State University, followed by home economist at the Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, instructor of home economics at Ohio University, substitute teacher at Athens City Schools, adult instructor of family life education at Tri-County Vocational School, and teacher of home economics at Trimble Middle School, among many others. Later on, Ms. Johnson decided that nursing would be a better way to achieve her goals. She proceeded to become a community health nurse coordinator of the

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Seeing a lack of justice in society, particularly for people who are different, Susan B. Parker knew she had to do something to set things right. She researched and considered a variety of options, and ultimately decided to focus on psychology and social work. Ms. Parker knew almost immediately that she had found what she was meant to do. She accepted her first position in the field, psychiatric social worker at Orange County Mental Health, in 1974, and the rest is history. Ms. Parker quickly garnered a reputation for excellence, which propelled her to roles like executive director of the Grafton County Planning Council and the New Hampshire Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, commissioner of the Department of Mental Health in

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As a child, Denise M. Korniewicz always enjoyed playing doctor and nurse. She decided in junior high school that she wanted to pursue the field professionally, so she enlisted in the military to help her complete her academic training. Dr. Korniewicz proceeded to serve as a captain in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in Vietnam from 1973 to 1977 and to obtain a Bachelor of Science from Madonna University in 1974 and a Master of Science in nursing from Texas Woman’s University in 1977. She furthered her education with a PhD in nursing from Catholic University of America, a postdoctoral fellowship in infectious disease control and prevention at Johns Hopkins University, a certificate from the Southern Council on Colleges and

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