Listee Features — May 18, 2020

Tina Bennett-Kastor


Highly accomplished in her respective field, Tina L. Bennett-Kastor, PhD, is now retired from a tenured position at Wichita State University after 38 years on campus. Acquired in 1978 as an assistant professor, she later made full professor between 1998 and 2016. Teaching various courses such as the history of English, she also taught dialectology, language and culture, Irish American literature, the Bible as literature and more. Some of Dr. Bennett-Kastor’s other noteworthy roles at the university included serving as the director of the Master of Arts in liberal studies program and as the interim writing program director. Leveraging her expertise, Dr. Bennett-Kastor spent time abroad as a visiting scholar at the Linguistics Institute of Ireland in Dublin in 1995,

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Mary Platt


Mary F. Platt, Esq., has served as of counsel at Fineman, Krekstein & Harris, PC since 2014. During her career, she has represented corporate clients in a variety of matters involving contract claims, shareholder and partner disputes, attorney malpractice claims, toxic tort claims, product liability claims, antitrust claims, intellectual property, insurance coverage, trade secrets and restrictive covenants. She has extensive experience working on individual cases, as well as class actions pending before state and federal trial and appellate courts, and has represented individuals and companies across many industries, including pharmaceutical, software, chemical, oil and gas, and real estate. Ms. Platt also has experience serving as a mediator. As a judge pro tem in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Commerce

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Betty Brown


The first woman in her family to finish her education, Betty J. Brown was inspired to pursue a career in education after being mentored by her two aunts. She excelled during her own studies, earning 150 units above her degree requirements. She graduated from California State University, Chico, with a Bachelor of Education. She then spent her fulfilling career as a teacher in the Gridley and Richfield Elementary Districts in California. In addition to her primary appointments, Ms. Brown also served on the board of directors of the School Site Council, and was a member of the County Language Arts Committee and the Learning Council. As an active member of her community, Ms. Brown also volunteered extensively with local organizations

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Kathi Williams


With many years of practiced industry experience to her credit, Kathi L. Williams currently serves as an operating engineer for the International Union of Operating Engineers. In this capacity, she operates heavy equipment, supervises pipeline installment, and provides heavy highway and bridge construction services. Dedicated to her community, she contributes to those in need through the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the American Veterans, and Moose and Eagle. Additionally, Ms. Williams proudly volunteers with many veterans’ organizations in her area. Prior to embarking upon her professional path, Ms. Williams wanted to pursue a career in the military, and eventually work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. In 1981, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in marine biology

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Staci Turner


Becoming involved in mortgage and banking gradually, Staci J. Turner has been an operations analyst II with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. since 2015. She began her career with the company as a manager, also serving as a senior underwriter from 2008 to 2012. She then moved up the ranks to quality analyst and senior underwriter for loan quality review from 2012 to 2014, and associate of risk quality from 2014 to 2015. Prior to the start of her professional career, Ms. Turner pursued a formal education at Capital University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 2003. She then received a Master of Science in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Dayton in 2010. A volunteer

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With over 55 years of experience in her field, Mary Varney Rorty, PhD, is best known her for role in helping others teaching ethical uncertainty. She currently serves as a clinical associate professor, specializing in Aristotle’s philosophy and the new genesis. She has previously worked at the University of Virginia, the State University of New York at Buffalo, Ryder College, Douglass College, San Francisco State University and the University of California Santa Cruz. Additionally, she received a fellowship from the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. Dr. Rorty obtained her Master of Arts in clinical ethics from the University of Virginia in 1994 and attended Johns Hopkins University in 1970, where she received a PhD. She obtained an undergraduate degree from

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Joining the environmental industry in 1971 at a time when it was just beginning, Pamela S. Hall was excited to get involved in solving the emerging issues the field was facing at Normandeau Associates, a brand new organization founded in 1970 and headquartered in Bedford, New Hampshire. in 1970, she served in the capacity of program manager, marine laboratory director, and programs and operations manager before being appointed to then to president and chief executive officer in 1988. In 2000, she was elected to the board of directors and became board chair in 2015. Today, she continues to serve as chair and corporate officer. A science-based consulting firm, Normandeau Associates notably serves both the profit and nonprofit sectors. Anticipating that

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Margie Handley


Margie L. Handley is recognized in her local area of Willits, California, as a pillar of the community where she was born and raised. An immensely successful businesswoman, she has operated a thriving asphalt and aggregate business company and spent several years in real estate development before becoming president of Harrah Industries, which was established by her father Robert “Bob” Harrah in the 1940s. Ms. Handley also served as vice president of Microphor, Inc., for just under a decade and as president of Hot Rocks, Inc. Ms. Handley continues carrying on her father’s legacy as president of the board of directors for the Frank R. Howard Foundation. The organization, which supports Howard Hospital and its mission to provide high quality

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Jacquelyn Cattaneo


Initially planning on becoming a musician, Jacquelyn K. Cattaneo has worked as a portrait artist, teacher of portraiture and southwestern landscapes in Gallup, New Mexico, since 1972. She was also an exchange artist for the Soviet women’s committee of the USSR Women Artists and an artists’ delegate in Prague, Vienna and Budapest, Hungary, among numerous other cities. Ms. Cattaneo previously served on the formation committee of the Multi-Modal/Multi-Cultural Center for Gallup, and coordinated the Octavia Fellin Performing Arts Wing dedication at the Gallup Public Library and the art project renovation at the Works Progress Administration of McKinley County, New Mexico. Prior to the start of her professional career, Ms. Cattaneo pursued a formal education, completing coursework at Texas Woman’s University

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