Listee Features — April 7, 2022


Earning a Bachelor of Science in accounting, with a minor in computer science, from Florida State University in 1974, Linda Gail Morgan has spent her entire career in production, traveling across the globe to work on various live and televised events, from festivals to parades to concerts and more. She has notably had the opportunity to be the production manager for multiple Olympic opening and closing ceremonies and sporting event half-time shows, including the Super Bowl. Between 1997 and 2003, she held several roles with The Walt Disney Company, including producer and production manager for Walt Disney World Entertainment. Ms. Morgan has also contributed her skills to Anheuser-Busch and Busch Creative Services, World of Coca Cola, and Northwest Florida State

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A. Christina Giannini

A. Christina Giannini

Hailing from a highly artistic family, A. Christina Giannini was greatly inspired by her uncle, the famous composer Vittorio Giannini, who had a tremendous influence on her life. While she initially thought to become a sculptor, she fell deeply in love with theater and costume design during her time studying at the Buxton School in New Jersey. One of her earliest projects during this period was sewing flamingos for an “Alice in Wonderland” play. Subsequently, she joined Douglass College, a part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1959. Ms. Giannini went on to pursue postgraduate coursework at the Birmingham School of Art in England from 1959 to 1960 and completed

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Inspired to a career in social work out of a desire to affect positive change, Peg Pittman Munke got her start in the civil rights movement prior to becoming a licensed social worker. First completing coursework at Hollins University, she obtained a master’s degree in library science from the University of Texas at Austin and master’s degrees in education and social work at Our Lady of the Lake University before returning to the University of Texas at Austin for a Doctor of Philosophy in social work. She also holds an advanced forensic social work certificate and a certificate from the National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy. Feeling very blessed for the opportunities she was given, Dr. Munke began her career as

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Shannon Minor


Not initially intending to pursue a career in health care, Shannon M. Minor, MBA, was surrounded by the field growing up, as her grandmother was a nurse with Kaiser Permanente for over 40 years and her mother was sick for a period when Ms. Minor was in high school. She began her career with the Fresno Housing Authority as an office assistant in 1998, rising to become the housing program coordinator from 2001 to 2006 and the community development coordinator from 2006 to 2008. Realizing that she wanted to switch career paths, Ms. Minor entered the field of health care as a staff assistant with Kaiser Permanente in 2008. Concurrently, Ms. Minor joined National American University, where she earned an

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Vonna David


Earning an Associate of Arts from Normandale Community College in 1991, Vonna David spent the first 17 years of her professional life in the airline industry, working with Northwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Inc. and Republic Airlines between 1983 and 2000. After meeting a man from San Francisco who was active in the local real estate scene, she was inspired to make a career switch and her first position in the field was as his assistant. Gaining experience, she eventually achieved her own real estate license and certification as a notary public. From 2017 to 2018, she served as real estate agent for RE/MAX Advantage Plus before becoming a licensed realtor with the Realty Group from 2018 to 2019. Today,

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Betsy Bear Hoff


Attributing much of her success to her dedication to her job and her company, Ms. Bear Hoff furthered her skills through graduate level studies at Cardinal Stritch University, where she earned a Master of Business Administration in 2006 followed by a master’s degree in business management in 2008. Driven by the desire to do her family proud and keep the company going as her predecessors did, she achieved the position of company president in 2018, becoming the fourth generation of her family to helm the Alloy Products Corporation, following her father, grandfather and great-grandfather. She recalls visiting her grandfather in his office when he was president of the company and telling him that one day, she would be sitting in

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Michelle Turnbull


Inspired by her mother, who established her own school in 1968, Michelle D. Turnbull, MEd, earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology and elementary education from Hampton University in 1999 and began her career at her mother’s school, the Melrose Community School. She taught grades K-8 at the Melrose Community School from 1994 to 2008 and took over as the director in 2004 following her mother’s passing. The school closed in 2008, due to the Great Recession, which led to Ms. Turnbull joining Teach for America, a national organization that seeks to provide all children with equal opportunities for education. She spent 2008 to 2009 as a substitute teacher before becoming a special education teacher from 2009 to 2011. During

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Patricia Gillen


Born in Baltimore, Patricia Thompson Gillen attended the St. Jane Frances Preschool and Notre Dame Preparatory School before achieving her high school diploma from Villa Maria Academy in Santiago, Chile, in 1960. During her high school years, she learned French at Notre Dame Prep and Spanish at Villa Maria Academy. From there, she joined Immaculata University in Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology and elementary education in 1965. Needing 24 additional credits to work as a teacher in the state of Pennsylvania, she decided to go the extra mile and take a further six credits on top of that to achieve a master’s degree and was encouraged by her adviser to look into guidance counseling. Completing

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Keli Roberts


Born in Australia, Keli Roberts first earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Clayfield College in 1978 and began her career working in weight loss programs. During her early career, she was introduced to Lynne Brick when she came to Australia to put on a workshop at the club where Ms. Roberts was working. Greatly inspired by this experience, she moved to the United States in 1990 and promptly earned certification as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor through the American Council on Exercise, where she became a master trainer in 1991. In 1992, she founded Keli’s Real Fitness Inc., where she continues to excel as the owner and chief executive officer. In addition to this

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Inspired to a career in education out of a desire to reach and connect with others, Joyce M. Fortune began her studies at Rhode Island College and Providence College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1973.  From there, she joined the New England Christian Academy, where she taught middle and high school students for 28 years until her retirement. During this time, she was perpetually motivated by getting to know each of her students and doing her utmost to help them succeed. She considers learning from her mistakes to have been the key her professional growth and success in the field, and always emphasized to her students that while your actions will have consequences, your mistakes do not define

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