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Listee Features — November 2018

ELIZABETH H. DUDLEY

Seeking the opportunity to apply her technical skills in a professional environment, Elizabeth H. Dudley joined AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1959 and never looked back. She worked hard to prove herself and rose to the top based on the merit of her own work. Over the years, she was called upon to serve as a manager, security for the industrial research and scientific development company, applications systems coordinator of management information, systems and senior systems analyst, and systems programmer. Ms. Dudley also dealt with personnel at the company; she set up a database with personnel records, filed claims on equal opportunity, and managed the badge systems. Although she found her work there very rewarding, she ultimately retired in 1989. Her

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CHARLOTTE A. YOUNGBERG

Growing up, Charlotte A. Youngberg loved school. It was a place of knowledge and growth, and she knew she wanted to be part of that community for as long as she was able. Dr. Youngberg set her sights on helping children, particularly those with special needs, gain from reading and writing, and over the next four decades, she consistently stepped up to the challenge. She started as an elementary teacher at Des Moines Individual School District and Glenview Public Schools, and advanced to positions like elementary teacher and psychological educational diagnostician at Schaumburg District Schools, supervisor of learning disabilities and behavior disorders at Springfield Public Schools, psycho-educational diagnostician at Barrington School District 220, educational strategist at Area Education Agency 7,

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Judith Marlane

JUDITH MARLANE

Very self-driven, Judith Marlane has always wanted to excel. She attended the High School of Performing Arts as a dance major, and threw herself into her studies. Dr. Marlane would leave the house very early so she had time to practice before school, learn from masters of the craft like Robert Joffrey during the day, and take extra classes at Carnegie Hall of Lessons at night. All of her dance, theater, and music training combined into an exciting and fruitful career in the performing arts. One of Dr. Marlane’s first professional position was producer, writer, and broadcaster for Channel 13, WNET, in New York. Her aptitude quickly caught the attention of her peers, propelling her to roles like president of

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MARGARET CONNELL SZASZ

Interested in history for most of her life, Margaret Connell Szasz is thrilled to have contributed to the advancement of the field. Her expertise in comparative indigenous history, Native American history, and Celtic & Native American history have made her stand out amongst her peers and have made her an invaluable part of the University of New Mexico and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Dr. Szasz has served the former as a history professor since 1994 and the latter as a regents professor of history and a research fellow since 2003. She attributes her longevity and ongoing success in these roles to her efforts to really listen to her students, as she believes this is the most important part of

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NAOMI KATE SHEPPARD

Encouraged by her mother to chose either nursing or teaching, Naomi Kate Sheppard decided the former offered her the best opportunity for growth and success. She started out by earning a diploma from the Scott & White Hospital School of Nursing in 1955, after which she furthered her education with an Associate of Arts from Temple Junior College, a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and biology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin. She also obtained certification in psychiatric nursing from the American Nursing Association. Degrees in hand, Ms. Sheppard set out to make her mark on the field. Her first professional position was staff nurse at

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PATSY FAYE MULLINS

Among the first in Kentucky to be part of the special education school, Patsy Faye Mullins dedicated her career to working with students who needed extra help. She started her journey at Cumberland University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1962. The degree led her to her first professional position, elementary teacher at the Kenton County Board Education. Then, in 1964, Ms. Mullins completed postgraduate coursework at the University of Kentucky and transitioned into the role of kindergarten-fifth grade special education teacher at the district. She knew almost immediately that she had made the right decision; she loved the work. Ms. Mullins maintained her title even as she transitioned to the Laurel County Board Education in 1970.

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SHERRY LIPIEC

From the time she was a little kid, Sherry Lipiec has loved art and education. Her father was a teacher, and he inspired her and her brothers to be studious and well-behaved. One of her favorite subjects in school was art; she won her first art award in kindergarten, and continued on from there. When it came time to choose a career, Ms. Lipiec decided to pick something that incorporated both of her passions: art education. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in the subject from Western Michigan University in 1967, and she never looked back. Ms. Lipiec’s first position in her field was seventh-ninth grade art teacher at Kelly Junior High in Michigan. She then moved through roles like

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CHAROLETTE J. WAGNER

When Charolette J. Wagner was in school, she had a number of teachers who inspired her to pursue the field. She loved learning, and was determined to help others find that passion. Ms. Wagner shot to the top very quickly; some of her earliest positions include superintendent of the Etowah School District, and superintendent and coordinator of federal programs and gifted and talented programs at Manila Public Schools. She also served as the assistant to the dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas,  Fayetteville. Eventually, however, Ms. Wagner decided that she could spread her reach more as a legislator. She was a member of District 77 in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2007

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NATALIE JEANETTE SKEET

Raised in a household that stressed the importance of education, Natalie Jeanette Skeet dreamed of entering the field herself. She wanted to help young people achieve their goals, and academia seemed the best way to do it. Ms. Skeet worked hard to make it in the field; she went wherever she felt her skills would be most able to make a difference and gave every position her all. Her first job was in the classroom, where she worked with young children, and then she became a counselor, a drug prevention specialist, and a presenter at workshops on youth and youth leadership. Today, Ms. Skeet continues her quest to better the world. She has been a member of the advisory board

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Carol Sapin Gold

CAROL SAPIN GOLD

A business professional with expertise in communications, Carol Sapin Gold strives to live by her motto, “the secret of success without hard work is still a secret.” She is currently the president of an eponymous consultancy, which she opened in 1971, and a volunteer with the California Bar Association. Her role with the latter includes sitting on a three-person panel and listening to both the plaintiff and the respondent as they discuss domestic, commercial, and/or civil issues. Ms. Gold is also mentoring a master class full of individuals who want to learn how to write and speak more effectively and how to better engage their audiences. She finds her work in these capacities to be extremely rewarding, as it has

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