Listee Features — December 16, 2021

Parvaneh Tavakol


Parvaneh Tavakol is the owner of ICS Restoration, a custom furniture and upholstery restoration contractor serving clients throughout the San Ramon Valley area. Based in Suisun, California, ICS Restoration offers a range of build and repair services including custom furniture fabrication, reupholstery, and antique furniture care and restoration. Since the company’s establishment in 2015, Ms. Tavakol has worked alongside clients and her team to help design and build custom sofas, chairs, and more, and carefully refurbish preloved and vintage pieces to their original condition. She is responsible for overseeing the company’s growth and financial success, including managing client records, marketing and all financial functions. Ms. Tavakol was born and raised in Iran and developed her passion for antiques from her

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Jacqueline Holland is a speech-language pathologist who has dedicated the last 15 years of her career to working with young children with communication and language processing disorders. From a young age, Ms. Holland’s parents instilled in her a sense of the value of education, and she knew that she would eventually pursue a career working with children. Her interest in speech pathology as a discipline was inspired by her sister, Tracy, who has special needs and worked with a variety of educational and occupational specialists as a young child. An outstanding student, Ms. Holland received an academic scholarship to attend Texas Christian University, where she made the dean’s list and was nominated to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She

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Regan Choi, PhD, is a second-generation acupuncturist and traditional Chinese medicine practitioner working in private practice. Inspired by her mother’s acupuncture practice, Dr. Choi developed an interest in the opportunities afforded by holistic and complementary medicine to address chronic health issues that remained unresolved by treatments from Western medicine. Her practice specializes in pediatric acupuncture and acupressure with an emphasis on helping patients manage symptoms of ADHD, learning disabilities and autism spectrum diagnoses. Dr. Choi is passionate about offering acupuncture to juvenile patients, and loves working directly with children and youth, describing appointments as “more like playtime” than a treatment. In addition to traditional acupuncture treatments, she is highly trained in non-needle therapies and other noninvasive techniques best suited for

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Ashlea Boyle


Ashlea A. Boyle is the director of the Parks and Recreation Department for the city of Kerrville, Texas, where she has managed more than 26 parks facilities and a staff of 50 full-time employees since 2017. As the director of parks and recreation, she oversees the development, maintenance and operation of all recreational facilities owned by the city, serving more than 25,000 residents with access to its outdoor and sports spaces. Responsible for administering an annual budget of over $4 million, she works with employees, residents, and other stakeholders to develop programming, budgets, and long-range plans that will best serve the community for years to come. In addition to her administrative and leadership duties, Ms. Boyle remains active in the

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Dedra M. Forbes is a behavior intervention specialist with Birch Family Services, where she has provided clients and patients a range of mental health and behavioral analysis services since 2019. Since childhood, Ms. Forbes felt called to help others as a medical professional. Initially, she had dreamed of becoming a pediatrician, but discovered her fear of blood when a school baseball game sent her to the hospital for stitches. Realizing that she could “never stand to see blood on a child” if she could not handle seeing her own injuries, Ms. Forbes sought out another specialty that would allow her to work with children and youths. Until her early 20s, Ms. Forbes had never considered studying psychology. Her first exposure

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Minga Cullen


Minga M. Cullen is a retired educator and reading specialist who dedicated more than four decades of her career to promoting literacy and accessible education to students of all ages. Since the age of three, her life goal was to become a teacher, and she took inspiration and support from her grandmother’s own career in education. Ms. Cullen attended Fairleigh Dickinson University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1972, and began her career teaching at the elementary level. After eight years as a classroom teacher, she took a break from working to care for her two children, but quickly found herself missing the challenges and fast pace of the school environment. Ms. Cullen returned to work as an

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Suzi Karr


Inspired to her career by her parents, who were both involved in real estate, Suzi Karr was also encouraged to enter the field by her two sons. At the time, she was a single mother and wanted a career that would allow her to provide for her family. Embarking on her career with real estate broker Lee Bekemeyer, who she remains friends with to this day, she worked in that role for four years before seeking her own broker license. She went on to graduate from the Lumbleau Real Estate School in Torrance, California, where she took some of the best real estate courses she ever had — noting that they taught about real estate as a whole rather than

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Holding a considerable passion for education, Beth A. Parrish knew from an early age that she wanted to be a teacher. As a child she volunteered with her local church’s vacation Bible school and, in high school, she acted as a tutor to her fellow students. She began her education at Indiana University Kokomo, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education in 1994, before going on to achieve a degree in early childhood education from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Ms. Parrish is certified to teach pre-kindergarten to sixth grade and has been endorsed and licensed to teach grades 6-8 as well. Today Ms. Parrish’s specialty lies in early childhood education, and she has put in

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Having excelled in the field of real estate for 29 years, Kerri Gemma earned a Bachelor of Arts in general social science from Providence College in Rhode Island in 1991 and is a graduate of the Realtors Institute. She is licensed in Rhode Island and Massachusetts and holds further certification as an accredited buyer’s representative, seller representative specialist and real estate team specialist. Beyond her educational efforts, she has also been grateful to the support and guidance of the mentors she has had in the real estate field. In 1992, she began her career as a realtor with Global Real Estate, where she worked until 2008. Subsequently, Ms. Gemma joined RE/MAX Properties as a realtor with the Gem Team in

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Getting her start in the restaurant industry while in high school, Shannon Lin Card began waiting tables at the age of 14, a job she continued at several different restaurants as she worked her way toward a degree in education. Discovering that she found more enjoyment in planning than she did teaching, she began her career working with a landscaping company before making her return to the restaurant industry at Calloways Restaurant Pub in 1999. Promoted to banquet director in 2000, she began working with clients who wanted to hold events in the restaurant as well as managing a variety of in-house events, including Calloways’ weekly car cruise and murder mystery dinner theater productions. Ms. Card held this position until

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