Sharon Lee Radashaw, BME, MM, is a lifelong educator and entertainer specializing in vocal music and musical theater, acting, and dance. Precociously talented, she began tap dancing at the age of four and continued to develop her performance skills with the support of her family. She earned a Bachelor of Music in music education at Eastern Michigan University in 1959 and a Master of Music at Michigan State University in 1962, and holds teaching credentials in both California and Michigan. Dedicated to perfecting her craft, Ms. Radashaw continued to pursue postgraduate coursework at the University of California and the University of San Diego until the late 1990s. She began teaching music in Mason Public Schools and Waverly Schools near Lansing,
Karen Hastie Williams, JD, was a retired attorney and partner of Crowell & Moring, LLP, where her practice focused on legislative regulation, public and corporate contract law, and strategic diversity counseling for corporations. Best-known as a distinguished voice in public contract law, Ms. Williams was a former chair of the American Bar Association’s section on public contract law and was an in-demand speaker and consultant for much of her career. She began her career studying at the Universite de Neuchatel before earning a Bachelor of Arts at Bates College in 1966. Ms. Williams went on to complete a Master of Arts from the Fletcher School at Tufts University the following year, and studied law at the Catholic University of America,
Building on her decades of diverse expertise in education as well as the visual and performing arts, Dr. Mary Ann Cashman-McGuire maintains a private practice in educational consulting while continuing to teach art, history and opera at Anne Arundel Community College, where she has been a member of faculty since 2000. A talented pianist and painter whose skills were encouraged by her childhood boarding school education, she graduated from Loyola University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts in speech and drama. She pursued postgraduate study in drama, finding it to be a perfect middle point between her interests in music and visual arts, earning a Master of Arts in drama in 1962 at the Catholic University of America. Dr.
Naturally creative, detail-oriented, and a strong communicator, Meghan Marilyn Kennedy found her passion for interior design after accepting a student job managing the fabric library at the University of Bridgeport. During her sophomore year, she was given the chance to work with an architect who was making the transition to interior design, seeing herself reflected in the process, and in 2019, Ms. Kennedy graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a Bachelor of Science in interior design, magna cum laude. She began her career working with a kitchen and bath designer who she recalls “taught her a lot about the business,” becoming an expert in AutoCAD, DraftSight, designing with Adobe CC applications, and even hand-drafting floor plans and interior sketches
A gifted teacher, singer, and multi-instrumentalist with a lifelong passion for keyboard instruments, Joyce Marie Priess is now retired, having concluded her career as a piano and theory teacher for Friends University. Born and raised in rural Saint John, Kansas, she began playing the piano as a young child and added the organ shortly after. She soon recognized her talent for music and her love for all aspects of performance and theory, and spent most of her free time practicing the piano as a teen. Ms. Priess sought to turn her enthusiasm into a career, and she attended Bethany College to study music with the aid of a Presser scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Music in applied piano in 1955,
Elizabeth Celeste Moneyhun Gaines has dedicated her career to serving others and promoting wellness as an independent clinical pastoral psychotherapist based out of the Indianapolis area. She celebrates more than 30 years of practice with a specialty in marriage and family therapy, though her practice has also provided her the opportunity to support numerous individual patients as they navigate a broad range of situational and mental health challenges. Born and raised in San Francisco, Ms. Gaines’ calling to mental healthcare began as a sophomore in high school. Ms. Gaines remembers being “fascinated with people” and felt a vocation to therapy even then. A good listener with strong communication skills, she loved helping classmates solve their interpersonal problems and began to
Diana Hahnemann Bowar is a senior mortgage advisor at Flagstar, where she uses her expertise to empower clients and help them navigate each step of the home financing process. With more than two decades of experience in financial services with an emphasis on lending and financial planning, Ms. Bowar is dedicated to helping redefine what a mortgage can look like. Her motto is “building clients for life,” and her work involves starting each loan from referral and going past closing to include client education and support in planning for the future. An alumnus of the University of Washington, Ms. Bowar completed a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science before beginning her career. While she has found success in the
Karen Balske Tobin is a retired teacher and resource specialist proudly serving as the American Legion Post 147 District 14 historian since 2014. Raised in a military family in Illinois, she learned the value of service and commitment from her Marine Corps veteran grandfather and became a National Honor Society scholar by the time she was in high school. Ms. Tobin attended Illinois State University, graduating in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in history before enlisting in the United States Army. She rose to the rank of first lieutenant, directing a mission before being selected to attend the United States Women’s Army Corps School at Fort McClellan to complete further officer training coursework. She served on active duty in