Volunteering in the office, Minnie M. Cassell has served as the coordinator of the Cure d’Ars Catholic Church since 2010. As its ministries grow, the church, a multi-ethnic community of Catholic Christians rooted in African American spirituality, continues to be a beacon of hope, a sign of the healing and reconciling presence of Christ to all. In addition to this professional role, Ms. Cassell contributes much of her time to her local community. Having served as choir counsel chair and member on the board of directors of the Spirituals Project Choir for over two decades, she was active with the Denver Hospice in 2007 and the Denver Place from 2010 to 2011. She has also participated with the Metropolitan Organizations
From the time Phyllis Whitcomb Packard was young, she dreamed of a career in the arts. She worked hard to make that dream a reality, and eventually became a fiber arts instructor at the University of South Dakota. With her foot in the door, Ms. Packard wasted no time in proving her aptitude in the field. She quickly advanced to positions in the Art Department at Yankton College and Worthington Community College, art consultant with the South Dakota Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, originator and manager of prison industry Tapestry Weaving of Black Sheep Weavers, and executive director of the Vermillion Area Arts Council. She has also participated in more than 75 invitational shows thus far.
Tenacious and passionate, Deirdre Anne Shanahan Harvey has become an invaluable member of the New York City Transit team. She joined the group as a construction manager in 1991 and quickly realized she had found her niche. Over the years, her responsibilities have come to include overseeing and influencing projects and guiding staff members, who appreciate her conflict resolution skills and her willingness to be open and communicative. She is currently working on a flood mitigation project in Coney Island, New York. Ms. Harvey considers the highlight of her career to be participating in the development of a ventilation plant. They finished two months ahead of time, which was fortunate because there was a smoke condition in the subway. The