Listee Features — December 4, 2020

Janna Newton


A retired elementary school teacher, Janna Sue Newton was inspired to be a teacher by her aunt, who taught first grade for 40 years in a small rural school district. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Arkansas Tech University in 1965 and immediately began teaching at the Fort Smith School District, where she remained until her retirement in 2005. Over the years, she taught first, second, third and fifth grade; provided her expertise in curriculum development on state and local levels; and served on the elementary council of the Arkansas Department of Education from 1993 to 1999.  She is also member of Childhood Education International, where she spent time on the board of directors in 1965 and was active

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Excelling in the field of health care administration for over 30 years, Elena J. Russo retired from her full-time salaried position with NYC Health + Hospitals in 2018. She subsequently founded and opened her own consulting firm, EJ Russo, Inc. in New York City, where she serves as the chief executive officer. Her specialty is regulatory work in the health care industry, and she has worked with hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities with a 100% approval track record for her regulatory applications. She greatly enjoys the freedom that consulting work provides, as it allows her to set her own hours and organize her work day in a way that is best for her. Prior to founding her own firm,

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Certified as a motivational coach, hypnotherapist, and professional assistant, Maureen Ann Graves began her career as a volunteer co-facilitator with the Siouxland Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in 1976 before becoming a counselor in 1979. To further her skills, she attended a yearlong program at the Gestalt Institute of Iowa, from which she graduated in 1980. In 1981, she co-founded the New Hope Alcohol and Addiction Center, where she worked as a counselor until 1998. During this period, she also spent time as a consultant for the St. Luke Hospital’s addiction center and opened her own private practice. In 1997, Ms. Graves began work as a Reiki practitioner and is presently active as a self-esteem and spirituality consultant. Greatly

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Nancy Boyer


Inspired to be a teacher by her aunt, who taught American history and government, Nancy G. Boyer, PhD, retired as an English as a second language (ESL) instructor at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California, in 2020. First joining the college in 1991, she also spent over two decades as chair of her department. She previously taught ESL at Pasadena City College from 1990 to 1991, Kuwait University from 1984 to 1990, Arkansas State University from 1983 to 1984 and Brigham Young University from 1979 to 1983. Earlier in her career, she was an ESL instructor with Church College of Western Samoa and the Briam Institute of the American Cultural Center in Madrid. Embarking on her studies with a

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Tammy-Lyn Yapp


Initially considering becoming a doctor, Tammy-Lyn Yapp was inspired to the field of medical technology by a professor during her undergraduate studies at Marquette University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in clinical laboratory sciences. She went on to earn a Master of Science in clinical laboratory sciences from the Chicago Medical School at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Over the years, she has also received certification in immunodiagnostics and clinical flow cytometry from Michigan State University and completed graduate coursework at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is also certified in good laboratory practice, as a medical technologist through the American Society for Clinical Pathology and licensed as a clinical laboratory supervisor by the Florida

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Starting out in dance classes when she was just 3 years old, Carolyn Vance-DeVour attended Brooklyn College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in modern dance and secondary education. She also spent time at the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center, where she studied under such notable figures as Michael Peters, the choreographer for Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” music video; Ben Vereen, who appeared in such Broadway productions as “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Pippin”; Arthur Mitchell, the first African-American dancer with the New York City Ballet; and Bernice Johnson, for whom the center was named. After touring as a dancer for a time, she began her work in education, joining the New York City Department of Education and serving as

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Diana Collison-Jones


With over three decades of professional experience to her credit, Diana J. Collison-Jones holds considerable expertise in in-patient and emergency room care. Now retired from nursing, she is still certified — as a nurse and in podiatry — and remains active as the owner of Woodland Haven, an adult assisting living facility, a role she has held since 1990. The facility notably includes an adult foster care, which houses those who have no one to care for them, such as homeless individuals and people who have been rejected from other facilities. From 1988 to 2003, she worked as a staff nurse with the United Public Health Service at Red Lake Hospital in Minnesota, having begun her career as the director

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Donna Bainbridge

Donna B. Bernhardt Bainbridge

Holding considerable expertise in physical therapy, orthopedics and fitness, Donna B. Bernhardt Bainbridge, PT, EdD, was inspired to her career after hearing someone give a presentation about the field while in high school as well as by her experiences taking care of her grandfather. First earning a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from Boston University in 1967, she began her career as a staff physical therapist at Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Riverside Hospital, South Bay Physical Therapy and New Port Hospital between 1967 and 1973. In 1973, she became a supervisor in the physical therapy department at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center as well as an instructor at Simmons College, roles she held until 1980. After obtaining a Master

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