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Listee Features — November 2018

KATE AMEND

Renowned amongst her peers, Kate Amend has thrived as a film editor in Los Angeles since 1982. Her first feature was “Metamorphosis: Man Into Woman,” during which she had the opportunity to work with the great Johanna Demetrakas, a filmmaker. The experience taught her a lot, and propelled her to projects like “Legends,” “Asylum,” “Skinheads, USA,” “Spread the Word,” and “Arrested Development: In The House.” Ms. Amend put her heart and soul into every film she worked on and, soon enough, word of her excellence began to spread. She became highly sought-after, and was called upon to participate in a wide variety of editing endeavors. Some of these include “Tobacco Blues,” “Some Nudity Required,” “Pandemic: Facing AIDS,” “Crazy Wisdom,” “Birth

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SUSAN WAGGONER

Driven by scientific curiosity, Susan Waggoner dedicated her career to electronics engineering, particularly energy and power in batteries. She started as an engineering technician at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Indiana in 1978, and was promoted to electronics engineer of test and measurement equipment four years later. Ms. Waggoner rose again within the company in 1991, this time to electronics engineer of energy and power. She remained in the role until her retirement. One of the highlights of Ms. Waggoner’s journey was obtaining patents for methods and systems of detecting leakage of energy storage structure liquids. She was thrilled to make a difference in her field. To further spread her reach, Ms. Waggoner served as a steering committee member

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LUCILLE LANG DAY

Passionate and creative, Lucille Lang Day is renowned as a poet, writer, and scientist. She put her heart and soul into her career; each of the three professions was a childhood dream, and seeing them all come to fruition was extremely rewarding. Dr. Day became hooked on writing and poetry at the age of 6, when she penned her first poem. Reading Emily Dickinson’s poem, “Success,” cemented her desire to be part of that world. Then, a few years later, Dr. Day read a biography of Marie Curie and thought that scientific research sounded like an extremely worthwhile way to spend her life. These experiences paved the way for a fruitful and exciting professional journey. Dr. Day started out by

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JULIANNA ELISE BRAUND-ALLEN

Born in Alaska, Julianna Elise Braund-Allen always loved taking trips to the “lower 48” states when she was younger because she was amazed by the amount of libraries they had. Libraries, to her, are about education, knowledge, transmissions, and freedom. She also loves both literature and helping others, so a career in library science seemed only natural. Goal in mind, Ms. Braund-Allen got to work. She earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, in 1977 and a Master of Library Science, summa cum laude, from Louisiana State University in 1986. She then obtained her first job in the field, reference librarian at the Anchorage Municipal Library, and the rest was history. Ms. Braund-Allen’s devotion

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AMY DRYMAN

For over a decade, Dr. Amy Dryman has been recognized for achievements in her career in research and development. Through her professional efforts, she seeks to increase knowledge of relevant factors affecting the health of people. ​ After receiving a Doctor of Science in 1987, Dr. Dryman was employed as a Research Associate at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health (now Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health). She received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1981. As an epidemiologic researcher, Dr. Dryman sought to contribute to an improved understanding of risk factors for mental disorders. Her first-author research papers have been included in professional publications. She also has presented research at professional meetings, such as

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KYRIAKI A. KARIDOYANES FITZGERALD

Recognized as a pioneer in theology and psychology, Kyriaki A. Karidoyanes FitzGerald has dedicated herself to advancing the fields. She is considered one of the first female theologians in the U.S., and one of her main goals is to pave the way for more women to succeed in the industry. She also wants to make a difference in the lives of others and help them through various hardships. To achieve her goals, Dr. FitzGerald is currently serving as a psychologist and pastoral counselor in her Massachusetts-based private practice, as the co-founder and executive director of Saint Catherine’s Vision, Inc., and as an adjunct professor of theology at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Her relationships with the organizations

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SEVERINE NEFF

In Severine Neff’s eyes, her entire career has been a dream come true. She always felt drawn to music and academia, and being able to combine the two made her feel alive. Dr. Neff particularly loved helping others find the same passion she harbored. Her first professional position was assistant professor at Bates College in Maine, followed by assistant professor at the University of Hawaii and at Barnard College in New York. She then became an associate professor at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory and was promoted to professor at the institution two years later. Although Dr. Neff enjoyed her time there, she eventually decided to leave to join the music department at the University of North Carolina. She quickly found she

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MARY ANN LERCH

A business valuation expert, Mary Ann Lerch loves analyzing data. Numbers and charts speak to her, and she finds the constant quest for knowledge to be exciting and enlightening. Ms. Lerch is currently lending her skills to her professional community on a consulting basis, which she’s done since 2005. She also contributes what she’s learned to professional journals, webinars, and presentations. Some of the highlights of her career include being the first woman to publish in the Business Evaluation Review and being one of the first women to get an ASA with the American Society of Appraisers. Ms. Lerch didn’t start out with the goal of pursuing a career in math and business, however. It wasn’t until she took a

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MARGARET “PEGGY” KENDIG LEE

Inspired by her mother, a pianist, Margaret “Peggy” Kendig Lee knew from a young age that she wanted to pursue music professionally. She particularly wanted to help others discover their own connection to the art, so she set out to become a music teacher. The first stop on her journey was the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in music and a Master of Education in 1964 and 1965, respectively. Ms. Lee then obtained a Master of Arts in musicology from the University of Georgia in 1977 and became certified by the Georgia Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association. She also studied under a number of great pianists, including Walter Houtzing. Ms. Lee’s

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ELIZABETH “LIZ” RYAN

Enthusiastic, optimistic, and determined, Elizabeth “Liz” Ryan continues to thrive in her career as a director and producer. She grew up in an environment centered around television and movies, and it bothered her that none of those productions reflected true life experiences. She decided to get involved to change that; she wanted to show others the challenges people face on a daily basis and change who society viewed as heroes. Ms. Ryan proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University in 1981, which propelled her to her first position in the field: trainee with the Directors Guild of America. She worked her way to the top, making connections and building her portfolio, and she never looked back. Today,

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