Listee Features — February 5, 2020

Mona Lisa Saloy


Since 1991, Mona Lisa Saloy, PhD, has been a professor at Dillard University, as well as the Conrad N. Hilton endowed professor and coordinator of English since 2014. Prior to these appointments, she was a visiting associate professor of American ethnic studies from 2005 to 2007, a research assistant at Louisiana State University from 1986 to 1991, an instructor in the Upward Bound program at the University of California Berkeley in 1985, and a National Endowment for the Arts poet in residence and director of the writing program for the San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society from 1983 to 1985. Additionally, Dr. Saloy was an instructor of writing at San Francisco State University from 1983 to 1985, at

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Aisha Wynn


An accomplished media producer with more than a decade of experience to her credit, Aisha Corpas Wynn has excelled as the executive producer of A Wynn Wynn Production, LLC since 2015. An accredited media company that provides innovative content, they service the entertainment landscape in regards to storytelling, production, brand development, event logistics and multi-platform strategic planning. Since founding the company, Ms. Wynn has obtained a range of impressive clientele and partnerships, including Lionsgate, eOne, 44 Blue Productions and CBS Studios. A Wynn Wynn Production is also renowned as the company behind HBO’s “After the Thrones” program. In 2017, Ms. Wynn flourished as the digital producer for Disney ABC Television Group, a producer for Scripps Networks Interactive and a senior

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Inspired by her brother, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Katherine Schlaerth, MD, pursued a career in medicine with an initial concentration in pediatrics. Subsequently, she flourished in family medicine before shifting her focus toward geriatrics. Today, Dr. Schlaerth excels in private practice with Pomona Valley Health Centers. In the past, Dr. Schlaerth held several positions in the health care profession. Upon completing a residency and an internship in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, she served as a fellow of infectious disease with the USC Medical Center from 1970 to 1973. Soon thereafter, she worked with the aforementioned hospital in several capacities including as an attending physician and a preceptor for the USC Multi-Family Practice Residency Program.

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Dalene Kersey-Patterson came from very humble beginnings. She became a mother at age 16, later having three children in diapers by age 19. Although she tried attending college, she soon discovered that didn’t want to be a scholar, but instead a member of law enforcement. She served as a corrections deputy for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office from 1997 to 2007, further deciding to obtain a real estate license in hopes of finding an occupation more suitable for raising children with. Inspired to better families and communities, as well as live a balanced life caring for her mind, body and soul, Ms. Kersey-Patterson serves as a franchise owner of Phenix Salon Suites Franchising. The aforementioned salon provides luxury suites for

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Alice Eckardt


Alice L. Eckardt became involved profession upon learning the many horrors associated with the reign of Hitler and the Holocaust. As a college student witnessing those atrocities, she was immediately inspired to pursue providing education in Jewish studies. At the start of her career, Ms. Eckardt began her teaching career as a lecturer in the religious studies department of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1972, as an assistant professor from 1976 to 1985, as a full professor from 1985 to 1987 and as professor emerita upon retirement. She served additionally as the co-founder and co-director of the university’s Jewish studies program from 1976 to 1985. In preparation for her career, Ms. Eckardt pursued a formal education at Oberlin College,

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Lisa Allen-Urrea


The president of Allen-Urrea Commercial Brokerage in Albuquerque, New Mexico, since 2018, Lisa Allen-Urrea is extensively knowledgeable in the commercial real estate industry. Her main area of expertise lies in investment sales, land acquisition, tenant representation and retail development. Prior to becoming the owner of her own company, Ms. Allen-Urrea found success as the senior vice president of Sedberry & Associates in Albuquerque from 2003 to 2018. During her time with Sedberry & Associates, she was mentored by its president, John B. Sedberry, and the president of Strategic Asset Management, James K. Trump, both business leaders entrusted her with invaluable real estate acumen serving as a catalyst for her success. Inspired by her grandfather, Joseph A. Goeke Sr., who owned

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Carol Hilleary


Now retired, Carol Ann Schepers Hilleary taught and held administrative positions within the Baltimore County Public School System between 1966 and 2001. After working inside the classroom as an education teacher for just over a decade, she was promoted to assistant principal and later principal at Riderwood Elementary School in 1992, where she remained until her retirement. During her distinguished career, Ms. Hilleary was active in her community as a member of the Baltimore County Public School-based Management Team. Moving to Southwest Florida at the conclusion of her teaching career, Ms. Hilleary became the executive director of marketing and call centers for Sylvan Learning Centers from 2002 to 2010. She simultaneously flourished as a realtor for BMI International between 2006

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