Listee Features — April 14, 2020

Jo Ann Soule


Determined to provide for her family, Jo Ann Soule relocated from Iowa to Las Vegas with her 13-year-old daughter. She worked hard throughout her career in community development. Notably, Ms. Soule excelled as a senior management analyst for the Clark County Department of Finance. In the aforementioned position, Ms. Soule has assisted in the renovation, building and funding of community buildings in her area. She has worked closely with builders and architects to develop a valuable community center in an outlying area. Additionally, she was responsible for reviewing payroll and ensuring that local government workers were being paid fairly for their work in accordance with the Davis-Bacon Act. Prior to this, Ms. Soule pursued a formal education at the University

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A leader in her field, Alka Manaktala has excelled as the vice president of the Insurance Office of America since 2015. Servicing and handling an almost $2 million book of business in revenue, she takes care of over 80 large clients with commercial insurance needs, which includes, but is not limited to,  property, liability, workers’ compensation, EPLI, directors and officers, and more. Prior to beginning her career, she pursued an education at Delhi University, where she earned a Master of Arts in 1981. Civically engaged as well, Ms. Manaktala contributes to homeless shelters and Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In light of her exceptional undertakings, Ms. Manaktala was honored as the Top Producer by Insurance Business America from 2017 to

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Meri Goyette


With the intent to bolster her community’s impact and reputation as a whole, Meri R. Goyette ventured into the arts after receiving a degree from Lasell Junior College in 1946. For years, she has been a dedicated art patron, striving to highlight and uplift the arts and artists. She also co-founded the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium, where sculptures are donated to the city of Nashua, New Hampshire, for public display, and is a founding member of the international Women’s Review Board. For her professional achievements, Ms. Goyette has been recognized throughout her career. To wit, she has been named Citizen of the Year, Remarkable Woman and Woman of the Year. She received awards as the Best Humanitarian from the Greater

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Betty Carrington


Retiring in 1998 after nine years on the staff of Harlem Hospital Center in New York, Betty Watts Carrington, EdD, FACNM, has had a rewarding career as a nurse and midwife research associate. Working in the field for close to 30 years, she also found success in academia as the director of the graduate program in nurse-midwifery at Columbia University School of Nursing in New York and as associate professor of nurse-midwifery at State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn, New York, between 1979 and 1991. Earlier in her career, Dr. Carrington excelled as a director of the nurse-midwifery service for the Maternity Infant Care Project and Brookdale Hospital affiliation in Brooklyn between 1972 and 1979. Pursuing

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Tracee Duthie-McNeely


Inspired by the show “Matlock” at the young age of 4, Tracee Duthie pursued a career in law, which has culminated in her current role as an attorney with Van Law Firm in Las Vegas. Since 2018, she has specialized in general civil litigation, insurance defense litigation, additional insured litigation, construction defect litigation, personal injury law, slip and fall cases, medical malpractice, product liability and HOA super priority liens. In addition to delivering a successful brief to the Nevada Supreme Court, Ms. Duthie has tried cases before district and justice courts, as well as bench trials. Throughout her career, she has successfully settled multi-million dollar cases, and advocated in the defense and plaintiff arenas. Prior to joining Van Law Firm,

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Now retired after more than three decades in education, Dorothy A. Taylor Smalbein concluded her career in 2000 as a guidance counselor at Pine Trail Elementary School on behalf of the Volusia County School Board in Ormond Beach, Florida. Originally hired in 1966 as a substitute teacher, she was later appointed to the role of a guidance counselor in 1978, a capacity in which she remained throughout the rest of her tenure. An instrumental figure within the district, Ms. Smalbein founded the Terrific Kid Program for elementary school students and was responsible for organizing an annual school-wide program, in which students would meet with area doctors, lawyers and members of public service to gain insight into their careers. As an

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