Listee Features — October 20, 2020

Marilyn Christensen


With over 20 years of pre-kindergarten experience to her credit, Marilyn A. Christensen has cultivated significant expertise working with English language learners, inner city students, and early childhood intervention special education students. In her work with the Houston Independent School District, where she has excelled as an educator and teacher since 1992, she coordinates instruction for students receiving in-classroom support, student inclusion in both regular and self-contained classrooms, and on-site therapy. Alongside her work with the Houston Independent School District, she also spent time on the staff of the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council as a counselor, program director and assistant camp director from 1997 to 2001 and was a long-term substitute teacher for the fifth grade and behavior

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Lila Samuel


Drawing upon more than 25 years of professional expertise, Lila Molaison Samuel, Esq. has practiced almost exclusively in the area of family law. She has represented clients in all areas of divorce and incidental matters thereto, including but not limited to, child custody and visitation, spousal support, Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act jurisdictional issues, adoptions and community property partitions. Before embarking on her legal journey, Ms. Samuel earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from Louisiana State University in 1969. Immediately after graduation, Ms. Samuel took a first job which was with the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services then called the Department of Public Welfare. Within three months, she was the intake supervisor

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Donna Gray


Donna L. Gray has been a successful small business owner in Snyder, Texas, for more than 55 years, currently serving as the president of Texas Red Products LLC & Pit Sealant since 2020. Over the course of her career, she has owned five different companies, beginning in 1963 as the owner and operator of Donna’s Beauty Shop. She later owned and managed La Charme’ Health Spa from 1968 to 1975 and Snyder Bookstore and Giftshop from 1978 to 1990, and was a part-owner and secretary of Ice Melt Products LLC in 1992, as well as a part-owner and treasurer of Desert Brine, Inc., from 2005 to 2020. In years prior, Ms. Gray excelled as an assistant postmaster for the U.S.

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Elaine Cole


As the daughter of a teacher and a preacher, Elaine M. Cole knew that she would live a life of service to her community. She wanted to pursue a career that allowed her to travel, meet other people and understand different cultures. She received a Bachelor of Science in business administration and human resource management from Robert Morris University in 2003, and a Master of Science in executive leadership from Champlain College in 2017. In her career, she spent 17 years as a travel agent and supervisor with U.S. Airways from 1990 to 2002, and eventually decided to join the Social Security Administration in Pennsylvania. Ms. Cole became a public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration and has been

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Lani Click


After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University, Lani Click, also known at Yale as Lani London, was admitted to the Yale School of Drama as the sole woman playwright in the class of 1973. After receiving her Master of Fine Arts, she created an original survey, which was later transformed into an article called “The Playwriting Student: A Threatened Species,” published by the Yale Alumni Magazine. Lani worked as a playwright for many years and taught on the faculties of the University of Connecticut, Hampshire College and the Community College of Baltimore County. While in Massachusetts, Lani became the first playwright in residence of a church in the United States, at the Second Congregational Church

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