Listee Features — February 2021

Kathleen Blazar


Holding considerable expertise in library science and health science, Kathleen Casteel Blazar, MSLS, was inspired to her career by her aunt, who was a nursing administrator, as well as by her own inquisitive mind and desire to help others. She embarked on her studies at The Pennsylvania State University, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in French, with distinction and honors, in 1972. She then joined Case Western Reserve University, where she received a stipend from the National Institutes of Health to train as a health science librarian. Achieving her Master of Science in library science in 1973, Ms. Blazar has also received certification from the Academy of Health Information Professionals of the Medical Library Association and advanced training in

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Tarrian Alexander


Drawn to a career in medicine out of a desire to help others, Tarrian D. Alexander is a certified community health worker and also holds certification in CPR and first aid from the American Heart Association. She began her career as a health unit coordinator at Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1994, a position she held until 2000. During this time, she attained an Associate of Applied Science in liberal arts and science from Mountain View College in 1998. In 2000, Ms. Alexander joined Texas Oncology with the U.S. Oncology Network as a receptionist and level three scheduler. Earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in management from Northwood University in 2001, she then became a medical service secretary with Texas Oncology

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Maureen Cribbs


First earning a Bachelor of Arts from DePauw University in 1949, Maureen Hubbard Cribbs is an accomplished artist, who specializes in media, drawing, woodcuts and printmaking. Also certified as a secondary school teacher, she served as an art teacher for Chicago Heights School District 163 in Park Forest, Illinois, from 1960 to 1978, during which time she furthered her studies with coursework at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1971 to 1972 and a Master of Arts from Governors State University in 1973. After spending a year as a humanities instructor in Rich Township High School District 227 from 1978 to 1979, she returned to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for further coursework from

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Marylyn Calabrese


Excelling as a private practice writing consultant since 1991, Marylyn E. Jones Calabrese, PhD, specializes in helping people write important documents. Over the years, she has worked with students applying to college, graduate school, medical school and law school; business executives who need writing coaching; and others who just needed official statements written. She is currently in the process of writing a memoir that will explore why she chose her career. Prior to her present work, she was the chair of the English department at Conestoga Senior High School from 1982 to 1991, where she began her career as a teacher, workshop leader and consultant in 1967. Alongside her primary responsibilities, Dr. Calabrese has been a regular contributor or articles

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Greatly inspired by her father, who was a doctor, and her mother, who was a nurse, Mary Love Stringfield Sloan knew early on that she wanted a career in health care. She embarked on her studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she investigated several programs in the medical and home economics departments before settling on hospital interior design after hearing a professional speak at a student design rally. Earning a Bachelor of Science in 1973, she began her career as a staff designer at Omnia Design Inc. in Charlotte, North Carolina, later that same year, which was the premier hospital design company for the Southeast at the time. While in this position, she proffered her expertise as

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Nancy Jensen


Having wanted to play the piano since age 6, Nancy Daggett Jensen was thrilled when she received a piano for her 10th birthday. She began teaching just four years later at age 14, when a neighborhood kid expressed interest in learning to play. Embarking on her formal studies at San Jose State University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1964 and a Master of Arts in 1967, establishing herself as a private piano teacher in Los Altos, California, later that same year. Over the years, she continued to further her knowledge of the field, completing postgraduate coursework at the Aspen Music Festival and School and studying under several prolific pianists. She was notably certified as a master teacher in

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Skilled in writing thanks to her parents, who were both writers, Carol Gene Dawson was also exposed to politics at an early age, which caught her fascination. In 1959, after earning a Bachelor of Arts from Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross, she began her career as a staff assistant to Sen. Kenneth B. Keating in Washington, D.C. That same year, she was also involved with Americans for Constitutional Action as an executive assistant and the Youth for Nixon Lodge as an executive secretary. Becoming a legislative assistant to Rep. Donald C. Bruce in 1961, she later served as the deputy director for public information for the Goldwater for President Campaign and the Republican National Committee from 1963 to 1964.

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Emma Buck


A retired elementary school educator, Emma Lou Buck first became interested in education in high school, when she would volunteer to read stories to children. This interest was cemented during her time working at the Cincinnati YWCA Summer Camp during her undergraduate education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, from which she earned a Bachelor of Science in arts and sciences in 1958. She continued her studies with a Bachelor of Science in education from Kent State University in 1969 and became certified as an elementary school teacher in the state of Ohio. Beginning her career as an elementary teacher in the Ashtabula Area City Schools in 1969, Ms. Buck spent nearly three decades with the school district. During this

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Valeria Mravyan


With considerable expertise in the mediums of tapestry, water colors, acrylics and oil painting, Valeria Mravyan has excelled as a freelance artist in Ontario since 1990. Her work has been displayed at a variety of galleries as well as published through professional publishing companies, and prints of her original paintings and abstract landscapes are available for sale online. Furthermore, she is incredibly proud to have been able to show her work on Broadway and that several of her paintings have been housed in permanent museum collections. Involved in the arts from an early age, Ms. Mravyan is incredibly grateful to her parents for their support in her endeavors. She embarked on her formal education at the Moscow State Stroganov Academy

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