Listee Features — October 16, 2018


Driven by her entrepreneurial spirit, Nancy Placek Puffer has headed a number of business-related projects over the years. She started by buying a Christmas tree farm, the Swan Creek X-mas Tree Plantation, in 1976 because she wanted her sons to have a piece of the earth. Her mentor, a tree farmer from Michigan, taught her all about the business and about the trees pay for the land. This really paid off, as Mrs. Puffer still owns the company today. Mrs. Puffer has also served as the owner and manager of the Wheels of Fountain Hills Transportation Service in Arizona since 1988. Additionally, she has experience as the owner of a parking lot in Arizona, as the chief executive officer of

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Devoted to the future of the country, Margaret Jean McKee spent nearly five decades in the political arena. Her first real taste of the field came while she was in college, when her uncle volunteered her to work for Prescott Bush’s Senate campaign in Connecticut. The feeling of sitting in his headquarters with her fellow staffers was phenomenal; she felt like she was really making a difference, and knew it was what she was meant to be doing. Upon graduating Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1951, Ms. McKee immediately joined the Business and Professional Division of the New York Finance Committee of the Eisenhower for President Campaign as a staff assistant. She stayed there for a year

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From the time she was 3 or 4 years old, Rebecca L. Byrd was told that the sky was the limit. Her father in particular believed that she could be anything she wanted to be and encouraged her to push herself and work hard at whatever she chose. This was very empowering, especially to a young girl. Ms. Byrd considered her options, and fell in love with technology after touring the State Farms Data Center in Marshall, Michigan, in 1969. She was fascinated by the internal working of the main frame, and even though she was only 13, she felt like she had found her calling. Ms. Byrd was determined to live up to her potential. She prepared for her

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Imbued with compassion and a strong work ethic, Winborne Hamlin has dedicated her life to serving her community. She spent many years as an English teacher at Eastern High School in Maryland and at Lancaster Middle and High Schools in South Carolina, and as a teacher and director of the art program at the High Museum of Art in Georgia. Ms. Hamlin also held positions like board member of the St. Philip’s School and Community Center, the Junior League of Dallas, and the Highland Park Independent School District Foundation for Child Care in Texas, and troop leader of the Senior Girl Scouts in South Carolina. Other notable roles include docent of the Dallas Museum of Art, vestry and volunteer of

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Christina Maslach


Motivated by her desire to understand humanity, Christina Maslach has found great pleasure in researching and teaching social psychology. She is currently parlaying her passions into her role as a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, which she accepted in 2013. Previously, she served the institution as the chair of the academic senate, the vice provost for undergraduate education and instructional technology, a faculty assistant on the status of women, and a professor of psychology. One of the highlights of Dr. Maslach’s career was pioneering research on job burnout. She shared her findings through publications like “The Maslach Burnout Inventory, Fourth Edition,” “Burnout at Work,” “Banishing Burnout,” “Preventing Burnout and Building Engagement,” “The Truth About Burnout,”

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