Listee Features — July 17, 2019

Elaine Damschen


A master of marketing and business operations and customer service, Elaine Damschen realized her professional potential after her electrician husband, Todd, required assistance on the business side of his electrical company, Mainstream Electric, Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing. Initially starting out as a schoolteacher, she found her involvement to be an organic process and the couple ultimately decided to diversify their business to accommodate heating & cooling and plumbing. Serving as the company’s president and co-owner since 2000, as well as a member on its board of directors, Ms. Damschen attributes her success to small, everyday incremental actions and decisions and her unwavering perseverance, even when she did not have the full energy to complete tasks. Prior to dedicating herself to

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Involved in her profession for nearly four decades, Dolores O. Morris, PhD, ABPP, has served as a private practice psychologist in New York since 1980 and supervisor for the interpersonal track of New York University (NYU)’s postdoctoral program in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis since 1992. In conjunction with this tenure, she chaired the university’s multicultural concerns committee from 2000 to 2005, served as a representative on the Council of Representatives for Division 39 and treasurer for the Women’s and Ethnic Minority Caucuses from 2006 to 2012, and was the national examination coordinator for the Specialty Board for Psychoanalysis from 2008 to 2015. In addition to these posts, Dr. Morris has also presented extensively in her field. Prior to the start of

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Active in her profession for nearly three decades, Janice L. Colmer Weston most recently served as the chief librarian of the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland from 1972 until her retirement in 1994. She began her professional career as a library clerk and education librarian at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1966, remaining in this position for one year before becoming a reference librarian at John Tyler Community College in Chester, Virginia, and branch librarian at Chester Library – Chesterfield County Public Library from 1969 to 1970. She then served as a librarian for U.S. Army General Equipment Test Activity at Fort Lee, Virginia, from 1970 to 1971 and reference

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Louann Zinsmeister


When deciding on a career path, Louann Brechbill Zinsmeister, PhD, RN, CNE, desired a profession that provided career opportunities and allowed her to serve others. The first time she stepped onto a clinical unit as a student nurse, she realized a career in nursing was a perfect fit for her. After receiving a diploma in nursing from the Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Dr. Zinsmeister worked as a staff nurse in both critical care and the operating room for several years. During her first years of working as a registered nurse, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of

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Loving history for as long as she can remember, Rosemary F. Carroll, PhD, JD, grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, where history was all around her. Going back to her mother and as far back as her grandparents, she recalled that they all also had a love for history. As a child, her and her parents would take trips to visit various historical places. She moved to Newport, Rhode Island, when she was 5 years old to a historical home built in the Gilded Age in 1743. She later moved back to Providence, which her grandfather always spoke about. Since 2001, Dr. Carroll has been recognized as a Henry and Margaret Haegg Distinguished Professor in History emerita at Coe College

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Always a community-oriented person, Elizabeth A. Williams, PhD, wanted to do things in the arenas she entered in. In her time, there was not much emphasis when it came to women in business or government. She currently serves as the chief executive officer of Ultimate Vacations Inc., a well-respected lodging wholesale service. Dr. Williams began her professional career as the manpower coordinator of federal programs for the U.S. government in San Francisco before serving as a patient service representative with the Health Care Service in Oakland, California. Consulting in insurance and real estate, she then served as president of Investments Unlimited in Oakland and EWJ & Associates Marketing Firm. Following this, she was the planning commissioner for the City of

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Patti Martin


Famed for its cozy, community-oriented atmosphere, Patti A. Martin serves as the sole proprietor of the Rolla Pub in a small, historic farming community in the Peace River district of northeastern British Columbia, Canada. It was first founded around 1912 as a way stop and steamer landing on the Peace River. Farms were established, as the prairie was open, and the soil was rich. A successful oil well was also drilled in 1922, establishing petroleum as an industry in the area. The late arrival of the Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway to the Peace District in 1930 hindered development. The town itself is roughly 20 kilometers north of Dawson Creek. The pub resides in a 90-year-old building and serves

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Jane Riddle


At 30 years old, Jane M. Riddle recalls her sister working with severely disabled students and talking with her about their learning disabilities. Her sister mentioned it to her because she knew she loved working with kids, and Ms. Riddle also had another sister and aunt who were teachers. Since then, the highlight of her career was the changes she helped to make in the special education department as the middle school process coordinator at Camdenton R-III Schools in Missouri, beginning this role in 1989. She was one of the first teachers to do a pilot program called “CLASS” within a class. Prior to the start of her professional career, Ms. Riddle pursued night school at the School of Education

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Marie Gill


Helping small minorities, women, veterans and disadvantaged businesses to develop and succeed in the market, Marie R. Gill believes there is a great need for help for small businesses. There is a great sense of joy she experiences when a small business receives a loan that will help them succeed. Since 1990, she has served as the president and chief executive officer of her own company, M. Gill & Associates, Inc., a specialty consulting firm that develops, administers and manages strategic growth and economic development initiatives for small and minority businesses, government agencies, corporations and educational institutions that operate in the local and global economies. M. Gill & Associates, Inc., also operates the MBDA Export Center. Prior to this post,

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Amity Buxton


The original executive director from 1991 to 2007, Amity P. Buxton, PhD, founded the Straight Spouse Network in in 1991, a worldwide organization that provides peer support and research-based information for persons whose husbands or wives reveal their identity of LGBTQ+ and, most often, leave their marriages. The network reaches out to this invisible group and helps them heal, while also educating the larger community about this issue and working with other organizations to change negative cultural attitudes toward the LGBT community. As in her previous work in public education, Dr. Buxton wanted to raise public awareness of deeper social issues, being underlying problems the organization addressed. Throughout her career, the highlight that stood out is the fact that the

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