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Listee Features — September 20, 2021

Liz Ryan

LIZ RYAN

Attributing much of her success to hard work and optimism, Liz Ryan began her professional life as a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley following her graduation from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology in 1981. She subsequently switched paths and completed training with the Directors Guild of America with the intent of becoming a producer. Specializing in large film projects, Ms. Ryan now excels as a producer and director with Ryanworks Inc., an entertainment and film production company. With considerable skill in all aspects of the filmmaking process, from writing to post-production, Ms. Ryan’s day-to-day tasks encompass overseeing market research for productions, communications and program management, budgets and finances, and scheduling, casting and crew. Over the course

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Frances Murillo

FRANCES A. MURILLO

Born in Mexico with the name Francisca Alicia Santos Rosas, Frances A. Murillo immigrated to the United States with her family as a child, where her father changed all of their names to sound more American. She started her career doing field work with her parents in the summers and working as a waitress at a variety of restaurants, including Nut Tree, Coffee Tree, Black Oak and the restaurant of the local golf course, during the school year. Always enjoying her time working at restaurants, when one of her employers wanted to sell his business, she and her then husband put together the necessary funds and bought the restaurant. Murillo’s Mexican Food opened for business in Vacaville, California, in 1971.

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TONJA SMITH

Holding considerable expertise in financial reporting and performance standards; project, records, facilities and risk management; policy and procedures; process improvement and staffing support; strategic consulting and revenue cycles; and transportation services, Tonja Smith, MBA, was inspired to pursue a career in health care by her cousin, who has autism and intermittent explosive disorder. Earning a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Morris Brown College and a Master of Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University, she embarked on her career as a business office manager with Emory Healthcare in 2004. She then became the business manager for DeKalb Surgical Associates and the DeKalb Medical Center from 2006 to 2007 and the senior financial analyst

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DONNA M. ROGERS

Knowing that she wanted to be a nurse from a young age, Donna M. Rogers, BSN, RN, earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing and was certified as a registered nurse at Southern Mass University, now the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, in 1981. She attributes much of her success to the excellent education she received there and to the teachers who helped her along the way. Following her graduation, she joined St. Luke’s  Hospital, where she has spent the last 41 years growing and developing along with her field. She has been additionally certified in advanced cardiac life support and basic life support. Ms. Rogers’ primary positions at Southcoast Health have been as a resource nurse and a critical care

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