Listee Features — June 3, 2020

Chris Pequet


Chris Pequet is renowned as a real estate broker serving clients in the Western suburbs of Chicago, an area she and her family have called home for more than 40 years. She pursued an education at Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in communications and advertising in 1976. After a friend suggested that she pursue a real estate license due to her background in marketing and advertising, Ms. Pequet realized her talent for the field and began working part-time as a realtor at Prudential Real Estate in 1979. When her son began kindergarten, Ms. Pequet transitioned to selling for Prudential Real Estate in a full-time capacity and remained with the brokerage until 2001. In 2001, she co-founded Premier

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Susie Whitney


Susie K. Whitney is renowned as a shipping and freight expert and the entrepreneur behind SMJ Freight Solutions, LLC. She completed coursework at the North Dakota State College of Science from 1974 to 1976 and entered the shipping industry at a young age. Ms. Whitney credits her father, a long-haul trucker, with sparking her interest in the field. Prior to establishing SMJ Freight Solutions in 2008, Ms. Whitney worked for companies including Colfax Farmers Elevator, Prime Wood Transportation and Direct Transport. She was additionally active with Saint Francis Hospital in the personal office, which included working with payroll, employee records, quarterly reports, insurance and more, before accepting a position with Midnight Express as a broker agent in 1996. Ms. Whitney

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Martha Walsh-McGehee


With more than 35 years of professional experience, Martha Walsh-McGehee was the president of the Island Conservation Effort from 1988 to 2004. In addition to her primary role, she was the board chair of the Tortoise Preserve, a research associate with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and a trustee of the Rare Center for Tropical Bird Conservation from 1987 to 1991. Earlier in her career, Ms. Walsh-McGehee was a flight attendant with Trans World Airlines from 1967 to 1978. Beginning her studies by completing coursework at the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1966, Ms. Walsh-McGehee completed further coursework at Baker University in Baker City, Kansas, from 1966 to 1967 and at Marymount Manhattan College in New York

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After working in Texas as a registered nurse for many years, Dr. Bellany Brisbon was called by the Lord to give glory to Him through music. In 2014, she became a pastor for the Hear Jesus Network, a ministry that puts the word of the Lord first through a variety of networking and community events, Bible studies and church services, among others. In addition to her work with the Hear Jesus Network, Dr. Brisbon channels her love of God into her work as a speaker with Glory 98.5, where she began in 2016. Before being called upon by God, Dr. Brisbon earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and became an associate registered nurse through Francis Marion University in 1996

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Gertrude Kerns


It was Dr. Gertrude Y. Kerns’ fascination for the human mind that led her to practice in the field of psychology for an astounding 50 years. During high school, it occurred to her that the next leg of her educational journey would not only allow her to study the mind, but also prepare her for a career dedicated to helping others. As a result, Dr. Kerns embarked on extensive academic training, earning a Bachelor of Arts from Olivet College in 1953 and a Master of Arts from Wayne State University in 1958. Her academia culminated with the receipt of a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1979. Dr. Kerns has showcased her talents through her private, self-titled business in

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Alice Olson


Alice J. Olson, LMHC, LCAC, NCAC II, is renowned as a licensed professional counselor specializing in behavioral support for addictions and for hard of hearing patients. She initially pursued an education at Indiana University, graduating with a Bachelor of Education in 1972. She subsequently earned a Master of Arts in special education at Ball State University in 1978. Nationally certified as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor and a clinical addictions counselor, Ms. Olson concluded her academic efforts with a Master of Arts in counseling and guidance at Governors State University in 2001. In 1975, Ms. Olson began her career as an adult education teacher at Portage Adult Education. She later worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for deaf and

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Shirley A. Schrank is renowned as a retired nurse and visual artist with a career spanning more than 50 years. She began her career in nursing as part of a federal nurse training program instituted after World War II, earning a degree in nursing at the University of Rochester in 1954. Ms. Schrank concluded her academic efforts at the University of Rochester, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1960 and a Master of Science in nursing education in 1961. From 1954 to 1956, Ms. Schrank worked as a staff nurse in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester, where she was subsequently active as a team leader of the Department of Medicine from 1956 to 1960.

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