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Listee Features — March 2021

Faith Bird

FAITH MONICA BIRD

Faith Monica Bird, EdD, LMHC, CAP, is an educator, writer, and behavioral health practitioner focusing on evaluating and treating substance use disorder and their causes. She holds a Bachelor of Education in educational administration from the University of the West Indies and continued her education at Nova Southeastern University, earning a Master of Science in mental health counseling in 1999 and an EdD in 2003. Naturally charismatic and supportive, Dr. Bird was drawn to fields that gave her an opportunity to help others grow and transitioned into behavioral health as a way to empower clients to change behaviors that no longer served them. After completing a diploma in teacher education through Church Teachers’ College in 1969, Dr. Bird began a

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MARLEENA ANN DEBROUGH

Holding considerable expertise in physical therapy, Rev. Marleena Ann Debrough was inspired to her profession during her early educational years when she was exposed to physical therapy at the hospital she worked at in 1989. Initially unfamiliar with the field, she did some research and found it perfectly suited to her love of helping people. Spending nine years working as a physical therapist assistant, she earned a Master of Physical Therapy at Old Dominion University in 2000 and has worked as a physical therapist for the past 22 years. In her current work, she excels in both general and geriatric care, serving a wide range of individuals and providing home therapy services. Additionally, Rev. Debrough attained a master’s degree in

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Valinda Miller-Valcich

VALINDA A. MILLER-VALCICH

Holding considerable expertise in finance and landscape design, Valinda A. Miller-Valcich was inspired to her career out of her great love of plants and being outdoors. First studying interior design at the George Washington University’s Mount Vernon campus in 1985, she completed a Bachelor of Science in architecture at the New York Institute of Technology in 1987. Marrying her husband, Mitchell “Mickey” Valcich, in 1988, she began work at her husband’s companies almost immediately, and has since made a name for herself in the fields of waste management and lawn care. Ms. Miller-Valcich has excelled as a landscape designer and the vice president of Mickey’s Lawnscapes Inc. since 1988 and as the chief operating officer of Mickey’s Carting Corp., their

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Carol Stormer

CAROL A. STORMER

Carol A. Stormer, OTR, NBCOT, celebrates over 35 years of experience in occupational therapy and has been noted for her achievements, leadership qualities, credentials, and successes accrued in the field. Her extensive background spans positions in skilled nursing facilities, private rehab facilities and area hospitals. Accepting her latest role in April 2022 with Adaptive Rehab, Ms. Stormer is continuing to grow as a director while providing occupational therapy services. She oversees occupational, physical and speech therapies, providing care to persons in the Columbia Gorge, a canyon of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Providing care to residents of both Oregon and Washington is an honor and a privilege. To support her career growth, Ms. Stormer

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Linda Myers

LINDA KAY MYERS

Holding considerable expertise in pediatric rheumatology, Dr. Linda Kay Myers was inspired to a career in medicine by her father, who was an internist. She first obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and pre-med, magna cum laude, at Furman University in 1975, before joining the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and earning a Doctor of Medicine in 1978. Licensed to practice medicine in Tennessee in 1979, she completed a pediatrics residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University in St. Louis from 1979 to 1982. She concluded her formal studies with a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric rheumatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center from 1982 to 1985, and was licensed to practice medicine in Texas

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Frances Terrell

FRANCES COLBERT TERRELL

Holding considerable expertise in management and organization, Frances Colbert Terrell was inspired to her career by her mother, who worked in federal government. Initially thinking to become a teacher, she first earned a diploma from Parker-Gray High School before pursuing higher education at Hampton University. After graduation she realized that she wanted to work in business administration, which was where her expertise lay, and she joined the United States House of Representatives in Capitol Hill, Washington, as a congressional staff assistant in 1976. Spending over two decades with the House of Representatives, Ms. Terrell worked with a number of United State representatives between 1976 and her retirement in 1999. These included Rep. Jeff Brooks, Rep. Keron Mitchell and Rep. John

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Susan Losh

SUSAN CAROL LOSH

Holding considerable expertise in survey research, Susan Carol Losh attributes much of her success to her stubbornness. Inspired to her career by a course she took during her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1968. She then continued her academic efforts at the University of Michigan with a Master of Arts in sociology in and a Doctor of Philosophy in sociology in 1973. Following these accomplishments, she joined Florida State University where she remained for the rest of her career. First working as an assistant professor of sociology at Florida State from 1973 to 1978, Dr. Losh became an associate professor of sociology in 1978 and an associate professor of

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Rosalie Robles

ROSALIE MIRANDA ROBLES

Knowing that she wanted to be a teacher since she was in kindergarten, Rosalie Miranda Robles was encouraged to enter the field by her maternal grandfather, who provided her with support throughout her education and early career. Following her graduation from high school, she joined California State University and worked as a playground supervisor for the Los Angeles City School District from 1961 until she earned her Bachelor of Arts in 1964. She began her career later that same year as an elementary teacher in the Montebello Unified School District, where she specialized in teaching kindergarten and first and second grade until her retirement in 2009. She additionally spent time as the school site representative, faculty club chair, and PTA

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Paula Vail

PAULA A. VAIL

Holding considerable expertise in restaurant management, interviewing for TV and radio, writing, and reiki training, Paula A. Vail has worked in a number of varying fields over the course of her career. After earning her Associate of Arts in accounting from Grays Harbor College in 1979, she became the manager and owner of Lorenzo’s Restaurant, roles she held until she sold the restaurant in 2007. Following this, she became inspired to learn reiki after someone suggested that it might be a way to help her dog, who was old and having trouble walking. She opened her own reiki practice, Wellness Inspired, in 2008, where she works as a reiki master, both practicing the art and training other professionals. Alongside her

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Frances Lee

FRANCES HELEN LEE

Inspired to a writing career from an early age, Frances Helen Lee began publishing her written works in her school’s publications when she was in sixth grade. Following high school, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Queens College and embarked on her career as an editorial assistant at the Christian Herald Family Bookshelf in 1957, where she worked reading manuscripts and writing reports and critiques on them. During this time, she joined New York University and earned a Master of Arts in journalism in 1962. From 1964 to 1966, Ms. Lee worked with Gordon & Breach Science Publishers Inc., which was followed by time with the American Electric Power Company, Inc., where she worked on the AEP Operating Ideas

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