Listee Features — October 14, 2019

Jeanne Plitt


Always having a strong love for reading, Jeanne Given Plitt is retired from her former position as director of the Alexandria Public Library in Virginia, which she maintained from 1970 to 1992. She previously served the library from reference librarian to assistant director between 1967 and 1970. She began her professional career as a library assistant in the Special Services Division of the U.S. Army in 1949, remaining in this role for two years before teaching at various secondary schools in Maryland and Virginia from 1951 to 1967. In addition to this tenure, Ms. Plitt chaired the librarian’s technical committee of the Council of Governments in Washington, DC, from 1971 to 1972 and from 1980 to 1981. Prior to the

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Martha Lepow


Dr. Martha Lipson Lepow began her educational journey with a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College in 1948. Inspired by her father Harry Aaron Lipson, a primary care doctor, she then continued her studies at Case Western Reserve University, graduating with an MD in 1952. Her pediatric residency was at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland from 1952 to 1953. While on medical leave, Dr. Lepow spent her time working on the Salk polio vaccine under the mentorship of Dr. Frederick C. Robbins before going onto her fellowship in pediatric infectious disease at Cleveland City Hospital in 1956. Dr. Lepow began her professional career in medicine and education as an assistant professor of pediatrics for Case Western Reserve University

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Lee Goscin


Supported by decades of practiced industry experience, Lee A. Pletts Goscin, MD, PhD, currently works as an endocrinologist in Largo, Florida. At the beginning of her career, she completed an internship for Mount Sinai Medical Center, a residency at the Natick Medical Center and a fellowship at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital. Over the years, Dr. Goscin has found much success in education with the University of Miami, as well as in endocrinology through the Palm Beach Diabetes and Endocrine Specialists. Dr. Goscin is the first of three children born to very smart parents, and her son is fifth-generation medical doctor on her father’s side. Her father got in to medical school after World War II, but there was

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Having built a career spanning five decades, Beth Fouse, PhD, is currently the president of Ark-La-Tex Shredding Company, Inc., since 2000. Now retired from teaching, she previously spent almost a decade of her career at the University of Texas at Tyler, where she held the positions of an instructor from 1990 to 1991, assistant professor from 1991 to 1996, educational consultant from 1995 to 2007 and associate professor from 1990 to 1999. Prior to her association there, Dr. Fouse lent her skills to the Region VII Education Service Center in Kilgore, Texas, as a special education director from 1985 to 1991. She held the same title within the Paris Independent School District in Texas from 1977 to 1985. Dr. Fouse

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Vicki Edwards


An expert in reading and teacher education, Vicki A. Edwards, EdD, was influenced to into her field by her upbringing. She originally thought she would be a nurse, but realized very quickly that she could not follow that path when she fainted at the sight of blood. Thus, she became a language arts teacher within Arlington Public Schools in 1972, remaining in this position for four years before transferring to the Glendale Elementary School District from 1977 to 1980. She then served the Deer Valley School District in Phoenix as a reading specialist from 1980 to 2004, principal from 1980 to 2004 and director of assessment from 2004 to 2010. Currently, she serves Arizona State University as student-teacher supervisor. Prior

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Yvonne Johnson


Backed by more than 40 years of professional experience in elementary education, Yvonne A. Johnson stumbled upon the profession, but has developed a fond love for teaching since she began in 1951. She graduated with a Bachelor of Education from Northern Illinois State Teachers College, now called Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb in 1951. That same year, Ms. Johnson began her first teaching job at Love Rural School in DeKalb County, where she remained until 1953. Following her departure, she commenced teaching at West Elementary School in Sycamore, Illinois. In 1960, Ms. Johnson attended school once more, studying education at Northern Illinois University, from which she attained a Master of Science. She was likewise bestowed with an honorary PhD from

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Gail Gross


A family and child development specialist, human behavior expert, author and lecturer, Gail Gross, PhD, EdD, MEd, has always loved children and has always been emphatic. As a young woman in high school, she knew that she was interested in education and psychology. She always followed the path that she knew she was interested in. There were three main areas of focus in her life – finding her passion, raising her family and doing service. Dr. Gross is in the service period now and she wants to keep her life very orientated towards that. As a family and child development and human behavior expert, Dr. Gross has appeared in numerous national print and television media outlets since 1975. Additionally, she

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Diane Vanderwalker


Having always had an interest in science, Diane Mary Vanderwalker, PhD, first earned a Bachelor of Science from Boston College in 1977. Joining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for her graduate studies, she found her niche in material sciences, particularly precipitation in materials with transmission electron microscopy, and obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in 1981. Following this accomplishment, she spent time at the University of Oxford as a NATO postdoctoral fellow from 1981 to 1982. Throughout these years, she was greatly inspired by the people she was working with and the professors she studied under. Embarking on her career as an assistant professor at Stony Brook University in 1983, Dr. Vanderwalker was motivated throughout her career by her desire to

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Judi Combs


When Judi Combs’ father passed away, she began spending more time with her mother. Her mother would attend art classes that she would drive her to, and she became very interested and began creating art of her own. A friend of hers encouraged her to begin selling her work. Prior to that, she had not done art to make a living or sold any of her pieces. She was a stay-at-home mother and her husband was “the bread-winner.” Ms. Combs somewhat fell into a business through the encouragement of her friends. Fudgico Marchant was her late friend, who originally encouraged her to begin selling her art and eventually became the spark that caused her to begin her business. She feels

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