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Listee Features — October 2021

Alison Carter

LINDA ALISON D. CARTER

Receiving her early training and mentorship from the Harvard professor who developed the early concept of management systems, Linda Alison D. Carter, also known professionally as Alison Carter, is an accomplished grant writer, playwright, artist, energy healer and activist. She first embarked on her professional journey as a management systems analyst with the Hartford Insurance Company in 1968, where her boss encouraged her to break the glass ceiling, leading to her becoming a key figure in designing the system to implement new no-fault insurance laws nationwide. Moving into environmental work, she spent the next two years with Buchart Horn Consulting Engineers, where she was the administrative assistant to the chief of environmental services and administrator for a federal grant to

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Diane Miller

DIANE MARIE MILLER

Inspired to a career in medicine at the age of 9 after watching the Bing Crosby movie “Little Boy Lost,” which features a nun taking care of a young boy, Diane Marie Miller, RN, BSN, began working in a hospital at just 13 years old. Her very first responsibilities included sorting x-rays and pushing a candy cart around for all the patients and patrons. While in high school, she obtained certification as a nurse’s aide at that same hospital and, in 1966, earned a diploma as a registered nurse from the St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing. Subsequently, Ms. Miller embarked on her career proper as a staff nurse at St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, before

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CECILIA FAVELA

Holding considerable expertise in buying and selling, short sales, foreclosures, investing, and working with first time home buyers, Cecilia Favela has excelled as a real estate broker with Realty of Chicago in Berwyn, Illinois, since 2017. While her primary responsibilities involve locating properties for clients and setting up appointments for visits, she has made a name for herself for her emphasis on educating her clients on the entire home buying process so that they know what to expect and don’t get overwhelmed. Having initially considered becoming a teacher, she developed the mindset — both from her early interest in teaching and childhood experiences babysitting — that education should be fun, and, in that vein, she uses education as a tool

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CORNELIA HOKU HALINIAK

Inspired by her father, who was a coach for over 50 years, and a local athletic director she knew in grade school, Cornelia Hoku Haliniak has herself become an expert in the field, cultivating particular skill in building relationships and navigating difficult undertakings. She embarked on her studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications, before achieving her Master of Arts in education from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Beginning her career as a classroom assistant, Ms. Haliniak was encouraged by her school principal to apply for an athletic position, which kickstarted the rest of her career. She later obtained certification in volleyball officiating and coaching and is a certified

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Mariann Braten-Hall

MARIANN BRATEN-HALL

Feeling that she had a calling to work with children and students, Dr. Mariann Braten-Hall has committed herself to making a difference and helping her students develop their strengths. She embarked on her studies at Oral Roberts University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education in 2000. The following year, she began her career as a special education and elementary teacher with the Ponca City Public Schools in Oklahoma. Over the course of this tenure, she continued her own education as well, joining Northwestern Oklahoma State University and graduating with a Master of Education in educational leadership in 2012. Dr. Braten-Hall left the Ponca City Public Schools in 2015 to accept the position of assistant professor of

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Jennifer Santiago

JENNIFER R. SANTIAGO

Jennifer R. Santiago, MD, has excelled as a board-certified physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology since 2003. Raised in New Jersey by a family with a strong tradition of careers in medicine, Dr. Santiago was inspired to follow the example of her mother and grand-aunt, both women’s health care providers, and could never imagine doing anything else. Her passion for women’s health care was reinforced by the experiences of her peers, and she has dedicated her career to ensuring that high-quality and compassionate gynecological and obstetric medicine is available to all. Dr. Santiago earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology at Bryn Mawr College in 1995 and was awarded her Doctor of Medicine in 1999 by the Robert Wood Johnson

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Jennifer Nelson

JENNIFER LYNN NELSON

Jennifer Lynn Nelson is an entrepreneur and certified notary signing agent who has spent the last four years as the owner of Oasis Notary. She developed an interest in the field during the process of buying a home in rural Southern California with her husband. After being presented with a 75-page contract requiring legal authorization on every page, Ms. Nelson realized that there were no approved notary agents in the region, and saw an opportunity to build her business and meet a community need. She began Oasis Notary as a home-based mobile notary service, meeting her clients at their homes or businesses to provide verification services and expanded to a physical office after Ms. Nelson’s friend, a real estate agent,

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Nadine Wynn

NADINE LEE WYNN

Prior to entering the field of real estate, Nadine Lee Wynn had a career as a nurse that lasted more than 20 years, having earned a nursing diploma from the Orange Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Excelsior College. She left a position as a nursing instructor at a local college to pursue her real estate license at the Mingle School of Real Estate in Charlotte, North Carolina. While she had always dreamed of being a realtor, as that had been father’s profession, she attributes much of her success to what she learned about caring for others in a complete and holistic way as a nurse. This, combined with her natural attributes and

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Robin Sexton

ROBIN BOREN-COLEMAN SEXTON

Robin Boren-Coleman Sexton, Esq., has over 25 years’ experience in the legal and finance industry. She currently serves as Vice President and Senior Estate Advisory Specialist at Wells Fargo Bank, NA. Attributing much of her success to her passion for her work and her desire to help others, Ms. Sexton studied at the American University in Washington, D.C., where she volunteered with her sorority, Delta Gamma, to assist philanthropies for the blind; spent a semester abroad at the American University of Paris in 1989; made the Dean’s List; and ultimately obtained a Bachelor of Arts in international studies in 1991. She earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 1995, where she was honored by

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Alice Michaelian

ALICE MICHAELIAN

Attributing much of her success to hard work and the large amount of reading she did, Alice Michaelian always knew that she wanted to be a psychologist. Moving out on her own at the age of 18, she completed a bachelor’s degree at Queens College, thus beginning her career as a teacher, a period of her life which she enjoyed immensely. She taught math and science for grades 4-7 at Croydon Country Day School in Jamaica Estates in Queens, New York, before joining Public School 86 in District 28 in Queens as a teacher for grades 1-6. In 1971, she was named Teacher of the Year for District 28. Promoted as a teacher and supervisor for the N.Y.C. Lab School,

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