Listee Features — April 2019


Early on in her life, Mary Christine Talmadge developed special relationships with her aunt and great-aunt, who were nurses. She, like them, always liked to take care of others, so she decided to follow in their footsteps. Her career choice was also spurred by the era she grew up in; at that time, women could be either teachers or nurses. Dr. Talmadge figured that if she pursued nursing, she would have the opportunity to do both. To help her achieve her goals, she obtained a diploma in registered nursing from the Crawford W. Long Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Dayton, and a Master of Public Health and a PhD from the

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Denise Montgomery


Passionate about books, Denise Lynne Montgomery dedicated more than three decades to advancing library science. She started her journey at Sweet Briar College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1975. Ms. Montgomery then furthered her knowledge by obtaining a Master of Science in Library Science from Florida State University in 1981 and by joining prominent organizations like the American Library Association and the Georgia Library Association. Degrees in hand, Ms. Montgomery set off to make her mark. Her first professional position was in the reader’s services library at St. Leo College, followed by associate professor and head of interlibrary loans at Valdosta State University. She really felt at home at the latter school; she remained there from 1984

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Born in Austria, Katherine Gyékenyési Gatto was inspired to pursue both language and education by her father, the headmaster of a school in Hungary. Even though he lost the position when he was forced to move to the U.S. in 1951 to escape the war, he never lost his faith in the academic system. He ensured all of his children were able to go to college, and offered Dr. Gatto sage advice when it came time for her to pick a major. This resulted in her switching from German to Spanish. She ended up obtaining a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from John Carroll University in 1967, as well as a Master of Arts and a PhD from Case

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Renowned for her ability to create innovative artistic opportunities, Shelley Joy has thrived as an artist and performer. As a fine artist, Ms. Joy focuses on creating oil paintings to sell and display in galleries around the world. She has notably been an exhibitor at Museo de San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Toyamaya Museum in Japan and the New Atrium Museum of the Louvre in France, among many others. On the performance side of the spectrum, Shelley Joy prefers to collaborate with accomplished musicians, singers and actors to create events where people can come and learn something. She specializes in theatrical art. Additionally, she has written songs and poetry, as

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Inspired by her aunt, Marion Thorpe Mark was determined to become a teacher. She started her journey at Boston College, where she became a diagnostician and teacher of the Donald D. Durrell Reading and Writing Clinic in 1951 and earned a Bachelor of Education in 1952. Upon obtaining a Master of Education from the institution in 1953, she advanced to become a teacher and director of remedial reading educational testing and diagnosis at Natick Public Schools and private tutor and home teacher in California. Dr. Mark then garnered experience in roles like reading instructor at McKinley Continuation High School, chair of the English Department at Ravenswood High School, honors English teacher in the San Mateo School District, reading specialist in

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Attracted to the idea of imparting knowledge, Maria Elvira Sumpter felt education was the perfect career for her. She worked hard to achieve her goal, first earning a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Woman’s University and then earning a Master of Arts from Texas A&M University. She also completed postgraduate coursework at Sul Ross State University and obtained certifications in history, Spanish, and principalship. These degrees propelled Ms. Sumpter to her first professional position as a high school teacher. She stayed in that role for 14 years before making the switch to administration. Her subsequent positions include secondary curriculum coordinator at Eagle Pass Independent School District, assistant principal, and principal. Ms. Sumpter also developed the Summer School Now! Program and

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Coming from a family long involved in the fashion industry, Gloria D’Angelo Ingrao felt a strong desire to keep the legacy alive. Her grandfather was the first to join the world of fashion, when a men’s coat he designed won a competition in Paris in the late 1800s. Her father then took up the trade, opening a suits and coats company, D’Angelo’s, in the early 1900s. Ms. Ingrao joined her father’s business as an administrator in 1975 and fell in love with the work. She had been brought up to be creative, so fashion was a perfect fit. She advanced to become the president of D’Angelo’s Originals Ltd. in 1978. Then, in 1981, Ms. Ingrao decided to branch out. She

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When Paulette Martin learned to type, a world of career opportunities opened to her. The skill was in high demand; she started out helping other people learn the keyboard, and after scoring well on a civil service test, she began to work as a secretary to the comptroller at Woodruff Hospital. Ms. Martin spent six years at the institution before leaving to join Ohio Bell as a district office personnel clerk. From there, she advanced to roles like secretary at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, secretary at Sinclair College, mortgage loan processor at Citfed Mortgage Corporation of America, and legal assistant to the Office of the General Counsel. Although Ms. Martin enjoyed her work, she wanted more. She learned how

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Growing up, Barbara Eloisa Mai was always told how approachable she was and how comfortable she made people. This inspired her to pursue psychology and nursing; she felt it was only natural to expand upon her affable nature for the benefit of others. Dr. Mai proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Georgetown University in 1978, a Master of Science in nursing from Catholic University of America in 1982, and a PhD in transpersonal psychology from the Dove Center at Howard University in 2006. She also became a certified Reiki master and obtained certifications in bio-energy, therapeutic touch, clinical hypnosis, and behavioral medicine. Since the start of her professional journey, Dr. Mai has worked hard to build

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