Listee Features — December 2021

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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Leading the industry as a recognized entrepreneur, Susan-Ellen Stoddard has maintained her full-service interior design firm in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, since 1998, providing her expertise to both residential and commercial clients throughout New England, New York, Florida and Chicago. In her capacity as the senior designer of her firm, Ms. Stoddard strives to create unique and functional spaces that reflect the needs of her clients, breathing new life into existing projects or designing new residential/commercial spaces. After earning her undergraduate degree from the New York School of Interior Design, Ms. Stoddard attained a Master of Arts in interior design from Chelsea University England. She also completed postgraduate coursework at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the University of Oxford in

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