Kim Martin, also known as Mary Ellen Marth, is a writer, entertainer, and band leader who has found acclaim recording and touring the United States and Canada since the 1960s. Born and raised on a farm in Minnesota, Ms. Martin discovered her musical gifts at a young age and some of her earliest memories are of practicing by singing to the birds and squirrels outside her bedroom. By the age of 5, she had been singing and taking tap dancing lessons for several years and had already developed a strong stage presence and a love for performing. She got her start not long after, when her mother took her to Minneapolis to audition for the backing band on “Slim Jim’s
Veronica Espinel is the chief executive officer and owner of Red Market Salon, a luxury salon offering clients a full suite of high-end hair, nail, and skincare services in one of Miami’s most exclusive shopping districts. Born in Ecuador, Ms. Espinel moved to the United States in the early 2010s to pursue her dreams of business ownership and decided to continue her education. She became a licensed skin care professional and entered the health and beauty industry as an operations manager for a local wellness center. Before becoming the owner of Red Market Salon in 2019, Ms. Espinel spent three years as the manager of an upscale spa, further developing her expertise in navigating the highly specific needs and challenges
Maureen Eris Vidal is an accomplished theater educator and actress celebrating 45 years of diverse performances in numerous stage and film productions. Ms. Vidal’s mother was a singer and she grew up around the entertainment industry, so it came as no surprise when she fell in love with theater after taking an acting class in junior high school. She continued to act throughout high school and decided to pursue a career in education based on the impact that her early theater classes had on her. Ms. Vidal graduated from the State University of New York College at Cortland with a Bachelor of Arts in 1976, and was granted her teacher’s license the same year. She began teaching for the New
Angela I. Schutz is a consultant and entrepreneur who has dedicated her life to guiding others to explore and find their employment potential. Since 2009, she has been the founder and managing director of Driven to Succeed Consulting LLC, where she has provided resume, career, and job interview coaching to thousands of clients. Ms. Schutz began her journey studying psychology. After earning an Associate of Arts from South Central Community College in 1992, she continued her education at Southern Connecticut State University, completing a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1994. Ms. Schutz was awarded a Master of Arts in community psychology by the University of New Haven in 1997, and chose to remain at the school in an administrative
Tiffany Negron is an entrepreneur, restaurateur, and the owner of award-winning Puerto Rican restaurant El Lechon de Negron. She began working in the restaurant industry at the age of 15, starting as a server, and fell in love with the work almost immediately. Hooked on the fast pace of business, the unique challenges customer service, developing recipes and cooking for a crowd, Ms. Negron stayed in the industry, making her way up to become a bartender and manager at several establishments while earning an associate’s degree in business administration at Union County College. By her final year as a bartender, Ms. Negron knew that she no longer wanted to work in someone else’s restaurant, and she left to open the
Jessica Grotberg is the owner and instructor of Orange Park Art Classes, an independent multimedia art studio and classroom for students aged 5 years to adult. Born in Germany to artist parents, Ms. Grotberg moved to New Mexico with her mother as a child, where she was awestruck by her mother’s new career as a high school art teacher. She remembers feeling a sense of magic in her mother’s classroom, and remembers her later transition to teaching art classes out of their home as a major influence on her own path. Constantly working and planning, Ms. Grotberg studied fashion design at New Mexico State University and launched another small business before relocating to Florida in the early 2010s. In 2012,
Pamela Rohdenburg is a special education teacher in Seminole County Schools, where she specializes in supporting students with autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, and other learning disabilities. Naturally compassionate, empathetic, and a strong communicator, Ms. Rohdenburg was drawn to education as a way to help others, and had fond memories of her own experiences as a student, winning numerous awards for her academic achievements. She began her teaching career as a tutor with Sylvan Learning before exploring the possibility of working in an educational or student support role as a behavioral assistant in a Massachusetts school. Ms. Rohdenburg’s interest in the field was reinforced after she was given the opportunity to observe an older cousin, a special education teacher, in the
Kaitlin A. Pruskowski, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM, is a board-certified clinical pharmacist at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research’s U.S. Army Burn Center. Since childhood, Dr. Pruskowski had dreamed of becoming a health care professional, and wanted to begin her career as soon as possible. A gifted student with a special aptitude for math, science and chemistry, she found her niche after taking a biostatistics course, and began focusing her studies on pharmaceutical research and pharmacy studies. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Dr. Pruskowski was a pharmacy intern with CVS, and she graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in pharmaceutical and health care studies.
Grace Emily Archer, MD, is a retired obstetrician and gynecologist celebrating four decades of specializing in family planning and women’s reproductive healthcare needs. With more than 30 physicians in Dr. Archer’s extended family, she knew that she wanted to become a doctor by the age of six. She considers her grandfather, a missionary and hospital manager who spent much of his career in Korea, to be her primary inspiration and one of her earliest examples of the possibilities that a career in medicine could offer. After completing an Associate of Arts at Amarillo College, Dr. Archer continued her education at the University of Texas, completing her Bachelor of Arts in 1978 after just three years of study. In 1982, Dr.
Karen A. Pollock celebrates more than 35 years as an information technology and computer specialist for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Methodical, meticulous, and passionate about technology and problem-solving, Ms. Pollock began her journey at Elmhurst College, graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in information systems. Shortly after graduation, she was hired by National Data Corporation, where she briefly worked as a formatter before joining the Department of Veterans Affairs as an information technology specialist in 1985. Ms. Pollock continued her education at North Central College, where she was awarded a Master of Science in information systems in 1993. She has continued to learn and refine her abilities throughout her career, and remains with the Department of Veterans