Listee Features — March 2, 2021

Patricia Madson


Attributing her success to her desire to work, Patricia A. Madson embarked on her career immediately following her graduate from high school. Joining a Public Office starting in California, she worked with the Kedena Air Base Library in Okinawa, Japan, and the Air Force administration at Kedena Air Force Base through Voice of America Okinawa. She then returned to the United States and took a position with Voice of America in Washington, D.C. Following these positions, she found herself desiring a change of career and she was encourage by her then boss’ assistant to seek a job in Capitol Hill. She achieved her first position for then Rep. Paul Findley, and rose to become a journal clerk for the U.S.

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Laila El Gammal


Laila El Gammal was inspired to pursue a career in the textile industry by her father, the late Mohamed Hussein El Gammal, a former leading figure in the spinning and weaving industry in Egypt. He was the managing director of the four largest companies in the field, the chairman of the Damietta Spinning and Weaving Company, and was the first to introduce polyester and viscose to the Egyptian market. After getting her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1963, Mrs. El Gammal earned a Master of Science in chemical engineering and dyeing from Alexandria University in Egypt in 1968. Mrs. El Gammal then began her career at the National Spinning and Weaving Company, where she spent a year working on

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Having always had a great love of children, Carrie Foxx Ware, MEd, felt a strong desire to ensure that young African American children had good role models and teachers in their lives. Additionally inspired by her older sister, Portia Louise, who was also a teacher, Ms. Ware first earned a Bachelor of Science from Daniel Payne College and was certified as an elementary teacher in 1969. Starting work immediately as an elementary teacher with the Birmingham City Schools, she work in this capacity over 25 years until 1995. During this time, she continued her academic efforts and achieved a Master of Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1979. After retiring as a teacher with the Birmingham City

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Marilyn Immoos


First studying at the New England Conservatory and California State University, Marilyn Sue Immoos, PhD, concluded her early education at Mozarteum University Salzburg in Austria, and embarked on her career as a concert singer in Vienna in 1974. Fascinated with the human voice and the effects of music on human emotion, she decided to involve herself in psychology and joined the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center as a part-time assistant psychologist and trainer and the Fischhof Institute of Managerial Psychology as a part-time managerial psychologist in 1979. This work overlapped with her time as a mezzo-soprano with the City Theater in Luzen, Switzerland, from 1981 to 1984. In 1986, Dr. Immoos worked as a music therapist at the Psychiatric University Clinic in

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Embarking on her career with the United States Air Force, Dr. Marilyn K. Nelson spent six years on active duty, serving as a cryptologic linguist during Operations Just Cause and Enduring Iraqi Freedom as she raised a child and put herself through college. She left the Air Force as a combat veteran and earned a Bachelor of Arts in international economics, with honors, from Smith College in 1961. She later earned a Bachelor of Science in education and psychology, a Master of Arts in philosophy of the human mind from the University of Oxford, a Master of Business Administration from the Jack Welch Management Institute, a Doctor of Philosophy in organizational leadership from Johnson & Wales University and a Doctor

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Rose Brault


Holding considerable expertise in primary care nursing, Dr. Rose Brault began her career as a nurse at Boston City Hospital in 1964 and earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Boston College in 1966. She initially wanted to be a physician, but at the time she was attending college it was very difficult for women to get into medical school, so she changed her trajectory to nursing. She worked as a nurse at the Boston Floating Hospital from 1967 to 1968 and as a nursing instructor at Whidden Memorial Hospital from 1968 to 1971. She then joined University Hospital in Boston as a nursing instructor in 1971, becoming the staffing coordinator in 1972 and the medical clinical coordinator in

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Nancy Hotchkiss


Attributing much of her success to her dedication, honesty, patience and the care she has for others, Nancy Hotchkiss holds considerable expertise in residential real estate in the south and west side suburbs of Chicago. She first came to the field of real estate after attending college, when she began looking for a local, flexible job that would allow her to raise her children. In addition, she was inspired by the fact that her father and brothers also worked in real estate, although in different areas of the field. Standing out for her intimate knowledge of the area she serves, due to it being the area she grew up in, Ms. Hotchkiss has excelled as a realtor and broker with

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Attributing much of her success to hard work and being considerate of others, Jacqueline Fakler holds considerable expertise in property management and maintenance supervising. She began her career following the receipt of her high school diploma, and went on to spend many years working for businesses that provided no benefits to their employees. This led to her wanting to work for herself and she eventually became the manager of a mobile home park from 1994 to 2011. Following this position, Ms. Fakler, alongside her husband, purchased her own company and became owner of RJR Maintenance & Management in 2011. Starting with just three units, the company has now grown to service and manage roughly 2,000 units and has 48 employees.

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Born in Dallas, Texas, Melanie Moore Biggs, PhD, became interested in the field of medicine after a family member was hospitalized when she was 15. She later found her niche in psychology after attending family therapy sessions, volunteering at a suicide and crisis center and spending a summer working at a private psychiatric hospital. Earning a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, she is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in depression, anxiety and chronic co-morbid medical conditions. Over the course of her education, she was motivated and inspired by her maternal grandmother, who was an x-ray technician; her mother, Dorothy H. Moore; her sister, Melinda L. Moore; and her husband, David W. Biggs. She is

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Patricia Folmsbee


Now retired, Patricia Hurley Folmsbee had an exemplary career as a teacher and education consultant. From 1970 until her retirement in 1996, she served as a reading and language arts consultant for the East Windsor Board of Education in Connecticut and also spent time as an English as a second language coordinator with the board from 1990 to 1996 and the lead teacher for reading and language arts from 1995 to 1996. Earlier in her career, she was a teacher with the Chicopee Public Schools from 1964 to 1969 and 1960 to 1962, and a teacher for the Department of Defense Dependents School in Toul-Rosieres, France, from 1962 to 1964. Alongside her primary career responsibilities, Ms. Folmsbee has contributed her

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