Listee Features — September 2019


An expert in marketable securities, Kipp Franklin Stone, CFA, CFP, became involved in her profession because in the second grade, she wanted to do better than her father in investments and she was more of an expert on the subject than most people. She began her professional career as a freelance journalist with various Michigan and Ohio based newspapers from 1968 to 1971 while also serving as a public relations representative at Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) in Munich from 1969 to 1971. Upon returning to the United States, she worked as an accountant executive at Dean Witter Reynolds in Los Angeles from 1975 to 1977, a trust representative at First Interstate Bank from 1978 to 1979, a trust administrator at

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Maureen Massie-Bales


Wanting to teach from a young age, Maureen T. Massie-Bales knew as soon as she started kindergarten that that was what she wanted to do. She began her professional career as a first-grade teacher within the North St. Francois County School District in Bonne Terre, Missouri, in 1977, remaining in this position for a decade before becoming a fourth-grade teacher within the Lindbergh School District in St. Louis from 1987 to 1989. She then instructed teaching methods at Central Methodist College of Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Missouri, from 1991 to 2001, while also teaching kindergarten through third grade and fifth grade within the Farmington School District from 1998 to 2001. Following this, she taught gifted education within the

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Brenda Bowens


Adept in orthopedics, robotics and general surgery, Brenda L. Bowens, BSN, RN, CNOR, RNFA, was always interested in nursing and health care, so she decided to pursue that as her career. It was either that or teaching and she was not interested in teaching, and there weren’t many other career choices for women back then so she chose nursing. Ms. Bowens began her career as a staff nurse in the operating room at Battle Creek Health Systems in Michigan in 1974, remaining in this role for 13 years before transferring to the cardiac surgery recovery unit (CSRU) and clinical specialties unit (CSU) at Borgess Medical Center, now known as Ascension Borgess Hospital, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, from 1987 to 1992. She

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Accruing 25 years of professional experience to her credit, Susan Nelis Moylan directed the Business and Industry Center at Elgin Community College in Illinois from 1979 until her retirement in 2004. In addition to this tenure, she has served on the Gail Borden Library Board, as well as served the Gail Borden Library Foundation and the Pads of Elgin. At Ms. Moylan’s direction, the college bought a set of 12 laptops back in the 80s, and could take those computers out to a company and set them up in a boardroom to train people, which was innovative at the time. They also worked with communities and developed a program on zoning at least twice a year, where she taught them

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Slavica Esnault-Pelterie


While she was living in Paris, Slavica Esnault-Pelterie met Evan Galebright, who was the U.S. ambassador in that city. He told her that he was looking for someone for American Express Bank, and that she was the perfect candidate for private banking because of the degrees she earned. She pursued a formal education at the University of Belgrade in Serbia, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature in 1973. She then matriculated at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where she attained a Master of Arts in economics, political science and law, with honors, in 1975. Ms. Esnault-Pelterie would like to continue to work in in private banking, and she has since opened new markets in Dubai, United Arab

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Sharon Sherwood


Growing up in Colorado, Sharon D. Sherwood has always loved the outdoors and wanted to work outdoors. However, at that time, a woman’s profession was destined to be either a teacher, librarian or nurse. She has had many highlights throughout her career, but to realize her dream of becoming a park forester and being able to make it come true was a major highlight. Ms. Sherwood began her professional career as an instructor at Griffin Business College in Bellevue, Washington, in 1987, remaining in this position before becoming an accountant at Mended Hearts #143 in Redmond, Washington, from 1987 to 1989 and marketing intern at the American Red Cross in Seattle in 1989. During this time, she was the site

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Working to support her four children, Virginia “Ginger” C. Opoczenski Whittington’s father immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1910 in order to avoid serving in the Russian Czar’s Army. Ironically, he became a citizen by volunteering as a member of the American Army Artillery and saw action in World War I. Her mother’s parents also immigrated from Poland in about 1900, before their marriage and her birth as the oldest child of nine in 1903 in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. Ms. Whittington was interested in teaching Spanish, which was her major, and it fit in with her children’s schedule with having summers off. Once she got into it, she learned to be an effective teacher and she could understand how

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Donna White


Shifting from teaching speech and drama to speech, musical theater and stagecraft, Donna Hayes White began her professional career as a teacher at various high schools and a junior high school in Pennsylvania in 1961, remaining in this position for 11 years before transferring to teach in Hillsborough County, Florida, from 1972 to 1974. She then taught at Gibbs High School in Pinellas County, Florida, from 1974 until her retirement in 2005. In addition to this tenure, Ms. White sponsored the International Thespian Society from 1974 to 2005 and was president of the Pinellas Association for Theatre Education for several terms, as well as the Treasure Island Historical Society from 2005 to 2017. During this time, she served on the

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Josephine Ritz


Having two out of three sisters who were already nurses, Josephine Mitchell Ritz, RN, was advised not to go into nursing by her father because of how hard they worked, and her mother wanted her to become an educator. She wanted to please her parents, but also choose a fitting health care career for herself. She then sought advice from the personnel at the local hospital and they suggested if she becomes a nurse first, they would fund a degree to become a teacher. Ms. Ritz then followed through and not only became a nurse, but a teacher as well. Ms. Ritz began her professional career as the director of the Allentown Hospital School of Nursing in Pennsylvania before moving

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Valerie Schneider


An expert in persuasion, much of the work of Valerie L. Schneider, PhD, was always related primarily to teaching or learning. She chose communication as her teaching field because it conveys concepts and skills crucial to success in most professions and relational situations. She began her professional career as the director of forensics and drama and a teacher of English and history at Montello High School in Wisconsin in 1963, remaining in these roles for a year before joining the University of Florida in Gainesville as a speech instructor from 1966 to 1968 and assistant professor of speech from 1969 to 1970. Dr. Schneider then transferred to Edinboro University in Pennsylvania from 1970 to 1971, and served East Tennessee State

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