Listee Features — November 2018


Inspired by very good professors and physical educators growing up, Becky Sisley was determined to make her mark on the field. She started her journey by earning a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in 1961 and teaching for a year at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland. Dr. Sisley then earned a Master of Science in physical education and a Doctor of Education from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, in 1964 and 1973, respectively, and garnered more hands-on experience as an instructor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She also became certified as a national official for basketball, softball, volleyball, and field hockey, and as a national rating official for the United States Track and Field

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Dr. Anne Montague Blythe has approached everything she’s done with open-heartedness, generosity of spirit, and joy. And hard work and determination. She credits her professional success to these attributes. A 7th generation South Carolinian, she is currently focusing her attention on documentaries of, “The History, Mystery, Magic of the Dark Corner, South Carolina,” a virtually unknown aspect of South Carolina’s history and culture. Her previous experience as curator of the Upcountry History Museum in Greenville, S.C., as well as educator in various public schools in South Carolina and several appointments abroad, have paved the way for these living history documentaries. One of the most memorable times of Dr. Blythe’s career was teaching in Hong Kong. Her students loved learning about

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Passionate about art for as long as she can remember, Mary French Sweet is proud of her continued contributions to the field. She has notably been an exhibitor in a group shows at the Albuquerque Museum and The Gallery Store since 2004, the Dartmouth Street Gallery since 2002, and the Weyrich Gallery since 1985. Ms. Sweet is also represented in the permanent collection, “Arts Thrive,” in the Albuquerque Museum, as well as in the permanent collections of the La Posada Hotel, the Carlsbad Art Museum, and the First National Bank of Albuquerque. Some other exhibitions include “The Spirits of Two Deserts” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, “East Meets West” at the Donkey Mill Art Center in

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Driven by expertise in computers and telecommunications, Sally A. Smith Shuler paved the way for women in her field. She worked hard and wasn’t afraid to assert herself to her peers and managers, which led her to become the first woman to ever complete general manager training at General Electric. This propelled her to the position of manager of federal systems at GE Information Services Co in Washington, DC, her first in the industry. Ms. Shuler quickly proved herself and began advancing up the ladder. Her next professional role was manager of marketing support at GE Information Services Co in Maryland, followed by director of business development and information technology groups at Electronic Data Systems, vice president of the Marketing

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Coming from a non-agricultural background, Temple Grandin was fascinated when her mother remarried and brought a ranch into the family. There were not many women in the cattle industry at the time, but she was determined to prove herself. She proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Franklin Pierce College in 1970, a Master of Science in animal science from Arizona State University in 1975, and a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois in 1989. Dr. Grandin’s first professional positions were livestock editor for Arizona Farmer Ranchman and equipment designer for Corral Industries. Her efforts in these capacities led her to step out as an independent consultant through Grandin Livestock Systems in Urbana, Illinois,

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In pursuit of her passions, Barbara L. Lobron dedicated much of her life to her career. She started as a reporter and writer for the Camden Courier-Post right out of college, and really fell in love with the industry. Ms. Lobron worked hard to solidify her place after that. Her efforts led to her advancement through roles like editorial assistant of Medical Insight Magazine, managing editor of Camera 35 Magazine, associate editor for U.S. Camera/Camera 35 Magazine Annual, account executive for Bozell & Jacobs, and freelance editor for Word Woman, as well as to her growing interest in photography. Ms. Lobron’s next positions, copy editor of Camera Arts Magazine, editorial coordinator of Popular Photography Magazine, and associate editor of Sony

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Fascinated by Egyptology ever since she was a child, Janet H. Johnson has devoted her life to advancing the field. She first became interested in the subject because of her parents; she loved reading the books they brought home on Egyptian history and archaeology. Looking to learn more, Dr. Johnson enrolled at the University of Chicago. It was there that she began exploring the potentials of a career in Egyptology. She built up an expertise in Egyptian grammar and language and the status and roles of women in ancient Egypt, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1967 and a PhD in 1972. Dr. Johnson proceeded to join her alma mater as an instructor in Egyptology. Over the years,

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After approximately 10 years of experience in the business world, Denise Jean Knecht decided to go another route. She had noticed that it was much harder for women to succeed in the workforce, and she wanted to do something to change that. Ms. Knecht felt the best way to go about that was to become a lawyer, which would enable her to fight on the front lines. She proceeded to earn a JD from Cleveland Marshall College of Law and to become admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1981. Ms. Knecht opened her private law practice, Denise J Knecht Co LPA, that same year, and she’s been there ever since. She was notably the first person to have her name

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Truly committed to bringing dignity, kindness, and concern to people, Barbara A. Berg has found social work to be the perfect profession. She started by building her knowledge at institutions like Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Social Work, respectively. Then, to strengthen what she learned, she accrued hands-on experience as a postgraduate intern in the NICU at the White Memorial Medical Center and at the West End Family Counseling Center. As Ms. Berg steadily developed expertise in communication, stress management, and relationships both at home and on the job, she also grew in acclaim amongst her peers. Her subsequent efforts in positions like

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Inspired by people’s ability to change and learn, Nena M. Nera has dedicated herself to health care and psychology. She is currently the president and chief executive officer of The “N” Company, through which she offers both one-on-one and group mentoring for healthcare practitioners and other professionals, workshop presentations, education, and public speaking. Ms. Nera founded the health policy consultancy in 2000 with the goal of expanding her reach, and she is thrilled with her ongoing success. She recently conducted a series on communication and spoke on leadership. One of Ms. Nera’s positions prior to this was senior health policy analyst for Health Canada. The job gave her an opportunity she now considers a professional highlight: working with HIV/AIDS patients

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