Listee Features — March 25, 2022

Kimberly Kaczmarek


Kimberly Callihan Kaczmarek, MS, knew that she wanted to be a special education teacher by the time she was 12 years old. She recalls being particularly inspired upon witnessing her community gather to support her best friend’s brother, who was born with developmental disabilities. Earning a diploma from Briarcliff High School, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in education at Syracuse University before achieving a Master of Science in special education from Fordham University in 1986. When she achieved her first teaching position in special education, she was very pleased to have her friend’s brother in her class. Five years into her career, Ms. Kaczmarek joined Sleepy Hollow High School as a special education teacher, where she would stay for

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Sammie E. Pierson earned an associate degree in work administration from the Georgia Medical Institute and spent 10 years in education and 20 years as a certified nursing assistant before establishing Squeaky Clean Cleaning With A Smile LLC in 2017. Currently serving as the chief executive officer of Squeaky Clean Cleaning, she founded her business out of a desire to be her own boss and to create a family business that could be passed on to her children. Not having any experience in owning a business when she first started, she is entirely self-taught when it comes to business management and notes that she is still learning every single day. Today, Ms. Pierson holds significant expertise in commercial and residential

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Jeannette Wyatt


Attributing much of her success to her tenacity and her desire to excel, Jeannette Wyatt first earned a Bachelor of Arts in communication, magna cum laude, from the University of California Los Angeles in 1991. Then joining the University of Southern California, she completed a Master of Arts in communications from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 1994. She began her career in 1993 in the accounts payable department of Internal & External Communications, a company founded by Alexandra Rand, who became Ms. Wyatt’s most influential and inspiring mentor. Quickly rising to become the director of marketing and business, she was responsible for the company’s presence at trade shows and other events, offering program demos and doing public

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Anna Smulowitz Schutz


Anna Smulowitz Schutz was born in a displaced persons camp in Plattling, Germany, to Holocaust survivors Sam and Helen Smulowitz. They immigrated to the United States in 1948, where Ms. Smulowtiz Schutz began her schooling. Completing coursework at Lesley University and the University of Cincinnati, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kentucky followed by a master’s degree from Brandeis University. In 1969, Ms. Smulowitz Schutz attended a museum exhibit about the art and poetry of the children at the Theresienstadt concentration camp. One note in particular caught her attention: “If you should find this, tell someone what happened to us. We want to go home, please remember us.” Ms. Smulowitz Schutz finished writing

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