Listee Features — January 5, 2021

Kathy Rider


Obtaining considerable expertise in mental health services for adults, couples, families, and adolescents, Kathy T. Rider, LCSW, BCD, CGP, FAGPA, became involved in her profession at the University of Texas. Serving as a dorm counselor during her undergraduate years, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1967 before going on to receive a Master of Science in social work in 1969. She is a licensed clinical social worker in Texas and is board certified in clinical social work nationally, a certified group psychotherapist, and a fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Ms. Rider began her career as a psychiatric social worker on the adult mental health staff at Integral Care from 1969 to 1977, and later held a position

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Encouraged by her mother, Bertha Casey, to pursue a career that she loved, Jane Lynne Patton was drawn to the field of art education from an early age. First graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Point Loma Nazarene University in California, she served as a high school art teacher in San Diego, California, for a number of years and obtained Master of Arts from San Diego State University in 1975. Following this she moved to Texas, and was notably honored for excellence in art education with a feature in the limited first edition print of “Notable Women of Texas (1984-1985).” She retired in 2005, having served as an associate professor of art education at Texas Christian University since 2001.

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With an early interest in teaching, Karen S. Haller earned a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Missouri in 1956, having been a member of the university organization Mortar Board in 1955. She has also been very interested in the outdoors from a young age and involved herself with the Sophie M. Sachs Butterfly House early on as well. Thus armed with an expertise in butterflies, botany and nature study, she began her career as an elementary school teacher in the Ladue School District following her graduation in 1956. Over the course of her career, Ms. Haller also spent time in a number of additional roles, including as a hearing test technician for the Special School District

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LeslieBeth Wish


First embarking on her studies with a Bachelor of Arts in history and English from Carnegie Mellon University in 1970 and a Master of Arts in English from Ohio University in 1971, LeslieBeth “LB” Wish, EdD, was driven to further her education in the field of social services out of a desire to help others. Joining Bryn Mawr College, she obtained a Master of Arts in social service and management in 1976 before completing three years of post-degree training in multigenerational family theory and therapy at Georgetown University. Dr. Wish began her career as the director of social work and families at the Linwood School in 1980, before joining the New England Institute of Family Relations from 1981 to 1994,

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Kita Griffin


Holding considerable expertise in nail art and fashion designing, Kita Griffin has found success as a nail designer with Kita’s Designs LLC since 2014. She is also a clothing designer for W.I.D.A. LLC, where she works with leather and other genuine materials to craft relevant and modern garments. She has made a name for herself in the field of nail design for only using sculpting forms, instead of stencils, molds or tips and her artwork is always hand-painted. Furthermore, she is mobile and will travel to you instead of operating out of a single storefront. This allows her to provide unique and personal experiences for her clients. Attributing her success to her perseverance, her skills in customer service, and the

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