Listee Features — January 7, 2022

Betty Volk


Dedicated to helping others, Betty Volk began her career in 1960 as the owner of Mobile Lunch Complite Services, which she ran until 1996. During this time, she became involved with what would eventually become the Volunteers for Veterans Foundation. Originating as a car show in support of veterans at the Loma Linda VA in 1990, Ms. Volk helped the group form a self-supporting organization, so that they did not solely have to rely on car shows for funding. Notably, she was also active with the local Veterans Affairs office from 1990 to 2009. In 2009, the Volunteers for Veterans Foundation was officially formed with Ms. Volk as the financial coordinator and her husband, Larry Volk, as chairman. Today, the

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Amy Cassell


Fascinated with architecture and design from an early age, Amy Cassell was already building model houses and drawing floor plans by the time she reached elementary school. She embarked on her studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture, cum laude, in 1998. Furthermore, she has achieved NCIDQ certification from the National Council for Interior Design Qualification and LEED AP certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Starting out with Suzanne Lovell Inc. and becoming a partner in 1998, Ms. Cassell cultivated considerable expertise in residential architecture and interiors and remained with the firm until 2010 before joining Pierre-Yves Rochon as the design director for the Chicago office from 2010 to 2014.

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A member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Toni Goodin-Whitegrass was greatly impacted by the experiences of her mother and grandmother, who both hailed from the White Earth Reservation. In particular, stories of her mother’s time at a residential school compelled her to make the conscious decision early on to pursue a career in Native American law in order to make a difference in her community. Joining the University of California Los Angeles, she first earned a Bachelor of Science in political science before obtained her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1990. During this time, she found further motivation for a career in law working as a paralegal and legal secretary for two large law firms in Los Angeles and interning with

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Linda L. Clark was inspired to a career in health care after she experienced considerable difficulties finding a good long-term care home for her grandmother. Earning a Bachelor of Science in management from Indiana Wesleyan University, in addition to coursework at Indiana State University, she achieved certification as a certified dementia practitioner, a licensed health facility administrator, a predictive index analyzer and in multi facility management. She began her career in 2008 as an instructor for health care administrator and residential care facility courses for the state of Indiana, a position she remains active in to this day, and also taught a structured self-development course for the state as well. From 2009 to 2012, she was the regional director of

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Renée Roth


Renée Marie Roth’s professional endeavors began when she was still in high school and had a part-time job at a mail processing company. Upon graduation, she was offered a managerial position, but she declined in favor of pursuing further education. Joining Grand Valley State University, she completed a Bachelor of Science in health professions with a minor in psychology while working for Louis Padnos Iron & Metal Co., where she garnered first-hand experience in policies, procedures and hiring. She achieved her degree in 2008 and began work with a small company, where she was responsible for running the office. Ms. Roth owned and operated her own company for a time as well. With considerable experience in leadership, office management, problem

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Having always had a passion for law, Alison Y. Ashe-Card, Esq., began her studies at Spelman College, where she graduated, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1989. Going on to earn a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Washington College of Law at American University in 1992, she was licensed to practice law by the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar and embarked on her career as a staff attorney for Legal Aid Chicago that same year. Remaining with Legal Aid Chicago until 1997, she spent 1998 as a part-time instructor at Forsyth Technical Community College. From 1999 to 2001, Ms. Ashe-Card served as an adjunct professor at Winston-Salem State University and was admitted

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Nicole Pingleton


Attributing much of her success to the support of the people she works with, as well as being a problem solver, Nicole J. Pingleton holds considerable expertise in line management and resourcing. She began her studies at the University of Kansas in 1997, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in health information management in 2001. During this time, she supported her education by working as a lifeguard and swim instructor with the Jayhawk Club; the head lifeguard for the Robinson Natatorium at the University of Kansas; and, briefly, as a law clerk for Butt, Thornton & Baehr PC. Subsequently completing an internship at the University of New Mexico Hospital in 2001, she served as an underwriter for CNA Insurance

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Ms. Franks holds a longstanding love for real estate that developed from an interest in the process of purchasing property and the feeling that everyone deserves a place to live. After earning her high school diploma, she obtained her realtor’s license and embarked on her career in the real estate industry, specifically in the field of appraisal management. Since 1998, Ms. Franks has excelled as the owner, president and chief operations officer of ACT Appraisal, Inc., a full-service real estate appraisal management company that operates nationally and handles everything throughout the appraisal process, from beginning to end. A major part of Ms. Franks’ duties with ACT Appraisal is overseeing their network of approximately 20,000 licensed appraisers operating throughout the United

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ShaYanna Mungo


Holding considerable expertise in relationship development, Dr. ShaYanna Mungo first embarked on her professional journey in sixth grade, when she was trained as a peer mediator at Kennedy Middle School. In high school, she completed two medical internships and developed significant interest in neuroscience and psychology, particularly in how people operate with one another. Additionally, over the course of her early education she moved around between eight different schools and was exposed to a variety of different interpersonal relationship types. Joining North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 2000, becoming the first person in her family to graduate from college. From there, Dr. Mungo obtained a Master of Business Administration in

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Holding considerable expertise in managing difficult situations, coordination and finances, Kristen Meiswinkel has excelled in the construction industry, specializing in drywall, ceilings and plaster, for over two decades. Holding a Series 6 license, also known as the investment company and variable contracts products limited representative license, she began her career as a customer information analyst with Franklin Templeton Investments in 1991. She remained with Franklin Templeton until 1996, at which point she joined the RFJ Meiswinkel Company, a family-owned business started by her grandparents. At the company’s inception, Ms. Meiswinkel’s grandmother was responsible for the finances and donated all of their profits to support their local church. When her mother stepped into that role, she took charge of growing and

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