Listee Features — May 1, 2019

Jazmin Manlapaz


Motivated by a love for nursing, Jazmin Aprecio Manlapaz spent decades in the field before retiring in 2018. She started her career by earning a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines in 1967 and certification in medical surgical nursing. Ms. Manlapaz then brought her talents to South Baltimore General Hospital, where she served as an operating room nurse, and to the Anne Arundel Medical Center, where she served as an advanced staff nurse. She also joined organizations and committees like the Annual Orthopedic Seminar, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Maryland Ethnic Heritage Commission in an effort to help progress nursing. One of the highlights of Ms. Manlapaz was helping

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Respected for her detail-oriented nature and her ability to communicate with employees, Marjorie A. Nyquist Mero excelled in the utilities field. She started out as a clerk at the Southern California Gas Company, and grew into more advanced positions like engineer technician and job analyst at Power Co. and compensation supervisor at the Washington Water Power Co. (now the Avista Corporation). Ms. Mero knew she had found her niche when she joined Avista. She was promoted to compensation administrator after nine years in her previous position there, and to compensation manager two years after that. She retired from the organization as a human resources strategist in 1998. While she was with Avista, she also garnered experience with the Consumer Credit

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J. Sue Fletcher


Everything J. Sue Fletcher did throughout her career was to help others. She set her sights on nursing as a child because she wanted to have a meaningful impact on the world. With the support of her family, particularly her grandfather, who believed she could do whatever she set her mind to, Dr. Fletcher strove to make her mark on the field. Her first professional position was instructor at Modesto Junior College, followed by staff nurse at Scenic General Hospital and professor and chair of the Department of Physical Education and Health at California State University. Thanks to Dr. Fletcher’s efforts, the name of the department was later changed to be the Department of Kinesiology to match other universities. Although

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Growing up, Peggy W. Johnsen longed to become a teacher. She discovered home economics in college, and decided to combine her interests into one career. Her first professional position was instructor at the graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, followed by teacher at various secondary schools in Bigelow and Lake Village, Arkansas. Dr. Johnsen then became an educational coordinator at the Arkansas Department of Education, an industry training coordinator at the Arkansas Power & Light Co., the director of tech prep at Cuesta College, and an associate community education faculty member at Allen Hancock College, as well as a member of the operations planning division at Lockheed Missile & Space at the Vandenberg Air Force Base. She retired in

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