Listee Features — January 2022

Amanda Spielman


Attributing much of her success to her desire to help people who are sick or hurt, Amanda Spielman began her studies with a Bachelor of Science in business from Louisiana State University in 1997. During this time, she was in a car accident that resulted in severe injuries and a significant hospital stay. While the nurses who cared for her did their best, they did not have much experience with traumatic wound care, which led to some of Ms. Spielman’s injuries becoming infected. This experience led her to have a new appreciation for how important it is that patients be treated by the right care team. After earning a Master of Business Administration from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School

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Nancy Graham


Inspired to her career in the funeral industry by her family’s legacy in the field, Nancy Butz Graham obtained a diploma from Anderson High School in 1965. Following this, she went on to achieve an associate degree from the Gulf Park College for Women and completed additional coursework at Ball State University. She began her career by spending five years as an administrative supervisor with Anderson Medical Laboratories Inc. before taking over the Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Home and Crematory as owner and secretary-treasurer. The Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Home was founded by Ms. Graham’s grandfather in 1929 and was run by her parents until their retirement. Ms. Graham spent 45 years with the Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Home and Crematory, during which time she was

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Monet Johnson


Inspired to her career out of a desire to create something that would last for generations to come, Monet E. Johnson began her studies with paralegal coursework in 1992. Throughout the years she has been continually motivated by the part she has played to create and support structures that benefit her community and, in 2010, she achieved the position of vice president of marketing for SME Industries, Inc. In this position, she is responsible for all public relations and communications, both internally and externally; collaborating with various departments; and providing support for government and political affairs. Furthermore, she also joined Southwest Steel, CoreBrace and Southwest Architectural Metals as the vice president of marketing in 2010, where she oversees operations, web

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Pela Terry


Born in Chicago, Pela S. Terry, EdD, was drawn to a career as a health and human services professional by her inner-city upbringing, which saw her witness to gang activity, health care disparities, and the impacts of racial segregation and marginalization. To support her passion to help others, she entered nonprofit work shortly after completing her first undergraduate degree. Later in life, she enrolled in studies at The College of New Rochelle where she earned a Master of Public Administration in human services, with emphasis on policy and social justice, and graduated with honors in 2014. For her excellence, Dr. Terry was presented with the Catherine Haage Award and graduate honors during her graduate studies at The College of New

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Julie Taylor


First earning a bachelor’s degree in social science and Native American studies, Julie G. Taylor began her career as an intern with the National Indian Child Welfare Association. From there, she held positions in various local schools doing prevention and education and working with children with mental health issues and parents with behavioral challenges. These experiences furthered her desire to work more directly with her community and she obtained a Master of Social Work from Portland State University in 2011. Ms. Taylor subsequently joined the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, where she remained until 2014. In 2014, Ms. Taylor achieved the position of director of the Department of Children and Family Services with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla

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Holding considerable expertise in strategic planning, creative marketing, and social media and digital marketing, Megan A. Miller attributes much of her success to her internal drive along with her ability to see opportunities as they arise and setting goals for herself. She began her endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Science in marketing with a minor in voice performance from Palm Beach Atlantic University before joining Enactus, an organization for business students, at the University of St. Thomas as a business advisory board member from 2010 to 2012. During this time, she also served as an office and events coordinator for Future Productions and The College Agency from 2011 to 2012. Between 2012 and 2015, Ms. Miller spent time as

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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 as a partner with Suzanne Lovell Inc. 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. In

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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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