Listee Features — February 13, 2019


Although Sheila Robertson Smith didn’t intend to pursue hematology, she is thrilled with how her career ended up. Having received an associate’s degree, she transferred to the University of Miami, but she did not find herself thrilled with the program. Shortly after leaving there, while visiting a friend in North Carolina, she visited the Duke University Medical Center employment office. A position in a hematology laboratory was offered and she accepted, remaining there for six years. She then took a position at North Arundel Hospital, and then worked in the hematology department at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland, for almost 20 years. One of the highlights of Ms. Smith’s career occurred when she worked at the Anne Arundel

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When Linda Suzanne Mason was young, she loved participating in sports with her brother and the other boys in her neighborhood. She also really valued education, thanks to the influence of her parents. This made becoming a physical education teacher a natural choice; it combined both of her passions into one career. To help her achieve her goals, she earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Indiana University in 1968 and 1977, respectively, as well as certification as a physical education teacher for grades K-12 in the state of Indiana. Degrees in hand, Ms. Mason set out to make her mark on the field. Her first professional position was physical education teacher at Woodview Junior High

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Phyllis Adams


Inspired by the nurses who cared for her after a childhood medical procedure, Phyllis Adams has dedicated her life to the field. She told her parents she wanted to be a nurse right after the surgery, and they were completely supportive. From that moment on, her path was clear. Dr. Adams never wavered from the pursuit of her goal and, in 1969, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dillard University and a Doctorate of Higher Education from Texas Southern University. She got her first professional position, charge nurse at The Methodist Hospital, that same year. Ever since then, Dr. Adams has steadily grown within the industry. She moved through roles like faculty coordinator at the Columbus Technical

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When Louise Fay Despres was young, her mother began giving her French lessons and opened the door to a world of possibilities. Ms. Despres fell in love with the language almost instantaneously; she found it beautiful and compelling. She pursued the subject all through her childhood, from home to the classroom, and even then she wanted to know more. She proceeded to complete coursework at the American School of Music in Fontainebleau, France, and to earn a Bachelor of Arts in French from Connecticut College for Women (now Connecticut College), and a Master of Arts in French from Middlebury College in Paris, France. Another one of Ms. Despres’ passions was academia. Both her father and her aunt were teachers, and

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Hardworking and dedicated, Marie A. Langan is proud of her professional successes. Her path wasn’t easy; she struggled to make ends meet early in life, but she persevered. After attaining her GED, Ms. Langan enrolled in an environmental training course, came out third in her class, and was one of two selected to participate in fieldwork identifying polluted waters for the government. Ms. Langan excelled in the role and was promoted to code enforcer and housing code enforcer in Enfield, Connecticut, a few years later. She then transitioned housing specialist in the Judicial Department of the State of Connecticut in 1983. This move was especially notable because housing specialists usually need at least a bachelor’s degree. The quality of Ms.

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Born in the Philippines, Laura Balatbat Corpuz grew up with a deep appreciation for academia and the arts. She knew she wanted to contribute to the fields herself, so she obtained a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from National Teachers College in Manila, Philippines, in 1966. Ms. Corpuz spent the next three years as a teacher at Philippine Public School. She really liked her work, but she was looking for something more. When her friend suggested she move to the United States and find a job there, she decided to give it a shot. Ms. Corpuz proceeded to take U.S. history and library courses and completed tests to become a certified teacher in the state of Illinois. She also

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Renowned as an expert in Latin American politics and security issues, Margaret Daly Hayes can trace her interest in the field back to her study abroad program in Spain. She went during a time when the country was transitioning to a democratic government, and found the whole situation fascinating. Dr. Hayes proceeded to apply for and receive the National Defense Foreign Language Title VI fellowship, propelling her to a fulfilling career in political science. The first job Dr. Hayes obtained in the industry was senior associate in the Policy Science Division of CACI, Inc. She then transitioned to roles like associate director of the Center of Brazilian Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies, senior professional

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