Listee Features — August 4, 2021

Andrea Colby


Andrea Loshin Colby, Esq. is a patent and intellectual property attorney with more than 35 years of expertise working on behalf of major firms and international corporations. Since 2016, she has been a professional coach and the principal of Pro Se, LLC. Initially hoping to work in environmental law, Ms. Colby earned a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, graduating cum laude in 1977. With few job opportunities in the specialty, she refocused her aspirations to patent law, reasoning that she would still be able to help artists and content creators by specializing in intellectual property. She was awarded her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1980 by the Albany Law School of Union University after a

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Carline Bengtsson


Carline A. Bengtsson is a chef, philanthropist, cookbook author, and the founder of Dine4Dinners, a company providing clients with a unique private gourmet dining experience that helps support charities working to combat food insecurity. An accomplished chef and the author of “Carline’s Fork and Cork: Simply Delish!” Ms. Bengtsson was inspired to launch Dine4Dinners in early 2020 after what she describes as an emotional “recognize point” that drove her to combine her passion for food and her extensive culinary training with her calling to help provide nutrition to those in need. She is proud to note that Dine4Dinners experiences, where Ms. Bengtsson visits a client’s home to cook a five-course meal with a portion of proceeds benefiting a food charity

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Since 2008, Carolyn H. Giolito has been the president and chief executive officer of Capital-International Communications, a Washington, D.C.-based firm specializing in strategic development and federal government liaisons. Building on more than 30 years of experience working with the federal government, Ms. Giolito uses her expertise to connect private-sector clients with state and local officials to facilitate large-scale projects. She holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and biology from the University of Montevallo and served the United States Army between 1951 and 1953 before joining Procter & Gamble as a histochemical technician conducting animal experiments. A lifelong animal lover, Ms. Giolito detested having to perform animal testing, and jumped at the opportunity to enter public service after Alabama congressman

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Veronica Smith-Creer


Mayor Veronica Smith-Creer has proudly served the city and people of El Dorado, Arkansas, in her office since 2019. Born and raised in El Dorado as the third of five siblings in a close-knit family, Ms. Smith-Creer credits much of her personality and her drive to succeed to her childhood and deep roots in the area. After graduating from El Dorado High School in 1988, she attended South Arkansas Community College with aspirations to become a teacher, earning an associate degree in education in 1993. She began her career working as a substitute teacher for the area school district and at a local funeral home before exiting the field of education due to a distaste for the politics and bureaucracy

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Linda Nguyen-Yattaw


Linda Nguyen-Yattaw is an entrepreneur and writer with several decades of expertise building and running businesses across industries. Born and raised in Vietnam, she completed an Associate of Arts in 1969 before immigrating to the United States, where she started her first business. Ms. Nguyen-Yattaw grew up in what she describes as “uncertain social and political circumstances,” an experience that shaped her goals and helped her develop the deep sense of compassion and empathy for others that has come to define her throughout her life and career. For more than 15 years, Ms. Nguyen-Yattaw ran Linda Nguyen-Yattaw Family Child Care, a childcare center catering to parents and families in the Anaheim, California, area. Naturally outgoing and patient, she felt called

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Iris Engstrand


Iris Engstrand is an esteemed historian known for her work in defining and exploring the history of Spanish exploration and colonization of California and the American Southwest during the 1700s. She is the author of 21 books on Spain, California, and the American West, and has been extensively published, with dozens of book chapters, papers, and articles, including the Bolton Award-winning “Of Fish and Men: Spanish Marine Science during the Late Eighteenth Century” in 2000. Dr. Engstrand is considered an authority on many of the cultural and technological innovations of the period, and her books, including “San Diego: California’s Cornerstone” and “Spanish Scientists in the New World: The Eighteenth-Century Expeditions,” are widely regarded as groundbreaking cross-disciplinary analyses of a unique

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