Listee Features — January 27, 2022

Lynette Jattan-Cunningham


A pediatrician with over 30 years of professional experience, Lynette S. Jattan-Cunningham, MD, FAAP, first developed her natural ability to nurture and care for children as the second child of nine, who was consistently tasked with watching her younger siblings. Initially considering becoming a teacher, she was greatly impacted by her experience falling ill from tetanus when she was 17. Becoming so sick that she needed to relearn how to walk, she gained a new appreciation for good health care, which led to her determination to do her best as a pediatrician. Enrolling at Concordia University in Montreal to study medical sciences, because those were the courses of study that were open at the time, she graduated with Bachelor of

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Kasidy Lowe


Holding considerable expertise in residential real estate, Kasidy B. Lowe began her studies with a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in criminology and mental health from Middle Tennessee State University in 2013. From there, she pursued various real estate certifications and is currently certified in residential construction, ePro, new construction and as a new home specialist. She has also been certified as a seller representative specialist and accredited buyer’s representative through the National Association of Realtors. In 2021, Ms. Lowe achieved her real estate broker’s license. Embarking on her career as an assistant manager with Hibbett Sports while still in school, Ms. Lowe worked in that role from 2010 to 2015 before briefly spending time as a

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Yvette Grinnell


Yvette D. Grinnel is a certified master life coach, relationship workshop facilitator and ordained minister. Furthermore, between 1991 and 1996, she completed coursework in criminal justice and political science at Delaware Technical Community College and Seminole State College of Florida. In the early days of her career, she worked in banking, finance, human services and real estate, spending time as the vice president of the Framework Maintenance Corporation and serving seven years as a realtor. In 2006, following a major car accident, Ms. Grinnel found herself with a new perspective on life and decided to change paths. Following her marriage in 2009, she established a prayer group for wives in her community. Realizing the need for a space where they

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Having known that she wanted to be a teacher from a young age, Shirley A. Tkachuk taught for nearly 30 years before earning a master’s degree in administration and attaining the role of principal within the Archdiocese of Chicago. She is very grateful to her late husband for persuading her to return to school to pursue a master’s degree. Now celebrating 45 years in her field, she works as the parish school principal for the SS. Cyril & Methodius School. Ms. Tkachuk holds considerable expertise in instructional peace and instructional leadership and, in her role with SS. Cyril & Methodius, she is responsible for the entire staff. Her duties include finding substitutes for sick teachers, working with the lunch and

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Ellen Killebrew


Inspired to a career in medicine after the care she received when she was sick with gastritis at 13, Ellen Jane Killebrew, MD, has now cultivated considerable expertise in the field of electrocardiography. She first earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Bucknell University in 1959 before achieving her Doctor of Medicine from the New Jersey College of Medicine, now the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, in 1965. Subsequently, she completed an internship and residency at the University of Colorado between 1965 and 1968 and a cardiology fellowship at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco from 1968 to 1970. Dr. Killebrew began her career as the director of coronary care for the Permanente Medical Group

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Shanna Y. Niehaus is a recent graduate of Hawai’i Pacific University. She achieved a Master of Public Administration in 2020, having previously earned a bachelor’s degree in diplomacy and military studies. Driven to pursue an education to break her family’s cycle of addiction and poverty, she is incredibly proud to be the first person in her family to graduate from college and continues to strive to build a better life for herself, her family and others who do not have the same opportunities she has. Presently, Ms. Niehaus is involved in a compassionate city research project, which seeks to make cities more compassionate and easier to navigate for individuals with disabilities. Inspired to this work by her son, Kai, who

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Julianne Polito


Attributing much of her success to her drive to focus on current needs, Julianne Polito, EdD, first earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and began her career working as a consultant, manager and chef in Pittsburgh. Not feeling wholly satisfied in her work, she took a road trip, during which she explored a variety of historic places and reflected on what sort of career she might find fulfilling. Ultimately, Dr. Polito realized that what she had found most rewarding was the work she had done with children in halfway houses during her undergraduate studies and decided to turn her career toward education. Joining the Bank Street College of Education in New York City, Dr. Polito

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