Listee Features — April 3, 2019

Kathleen Slobin


A genuine seeker of knowledge, Kathleen Overin Slobin has incorporated a wide variety of interests into her career. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Pomona College during the turbulent 1960s, she felt called to become a painter. Her mother was a practicing artist. As she grew older, however, her focus shifted to sociology and public administration.  Today, Dr. Slobin holds numerous degrees across those fields. She is presently leading a seminar for family caregivers at California Pacific Medical Center. Additionally, she has been a storyteller at the Asian Art Museum since 2010, a docent at the California Academy of Sciences since 2009, and a professor emeritus at North Dakota State University since 2007. Dr. Slobin has

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Frances Kinne


A leading expert in the field, Dr. Kinne has been recognized as chancellor emerita of Jacksonville University since 1994, having been chancellor of the university beginning in 1989. Prior to obtaining this role, she was the president of the university from 1979 to 1989, making her the first female president of a Florida university. During her tenure, she established the Colleges of Fine Arts, Arts and Sciences, and Business, as well as the Nursing School, and Graduate, Aviation, and Executive MBA Programs. Moreover, she founded and served as dean of the College of Fine Arts from 1961 to 1979, making her the first female dean of a College of Fine Arts in the International Council of Fine Arts Deans. Previously,

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Nancy Lu Walters


Backed by expertise in medical technology and education, Nancy Lu Walters is thriving as the medical assistant coordinator at Cincinnati Technical College (now Cincinnati State Technical and Community College). She joined the school in 1970 as the head of the Allied Health Department and obtained her current position in 1976. Over the years, Ms. Walters has experienced much success in her efforts to design labs and set up new procedures. She has also been instrumental in mentoring the next generation. To prepare for her endeavors, Ms. Walters earned a Bachelor of Arts from Lindenwood College and became a certified medical assistant and a certified MT (ASCP). She then garnered hands-on experience as a medical technologist at Saint Joseph Hospital and

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An expert in information technology and management, Jan Soltis Tuttle White continues to make strides in her field. She is currently parlaying decades of knowledge into her role as the medical systems manager at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, which she’s held since 1990. Prior to this, Ms. White garnered experience in roles like marketing development manager for banking and investment groups, artificial intelligence market development manager, multiprocessing programs manager, and VAX product marketing manager at the Digital Equipment Corporation, and assistant to the director of information processing services at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also served as a systems engineer at IBM Corporation and at Harvard University and as the program manager of “Robots and Beyond: The Age

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Skilled at solving problems, Linda R. Gay thrived in human resources for more than two decades. She started her journey as an assistant manager of affirmative action at the Raytheon Company in 1974, and quickly garnered a reputation for her fairness and her willingness to listen to her peers. This led Ms. Gay to advance to roles like senior human resources representative of Wang Laboratories, Incorporated, recruiter of the Zayre Corporation, and director of human resources for Cablevision. Over the years, her responsibilities came to include managing safety, wages, training, hiring, benefits, uniforms, and event planning, and representing both employees and companies. She retired in 1996. Ms. Gay credits much of her success to the female managers she worked with,

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When Donna Kelly Eastman was 3 years old, her mother noticed her ability to sing and identify notes. Although no one in the family was in the music industry, they encouraged her to develop her talents and supported her as she sought to find her place. Ms. Eastman’s journey first brought her to the University of Colorado, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1967. She later furthered her knowledge with a Master of Music from the University of Maryland in 1973 and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland in 1992. While Ms. Eastman was honing her skills in school, she was also making a name for herself in her professional community. She

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Backed by a lifelong love for working with numbers and a passion for investing, Faith McClung Kline O’Brien has thrived as the president of Hearthstone Enterprises, Inc. She has been with the company since 1996, and she really values the relationship she has built with her employees. Their support has given her security and the freedom to be herself. Ms. O’Brien also likes the fact that her work is challenging, as that means that every day brings something new to keep her on her toes. Prior to this endeavor, Ms. O’Brien garnered experience in a variety of other positions. Some of these include director of trusts and investments at Hillsdale College, director of trust and investment services and corporate assistant

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