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Listee Features — April 2022

MARQUITA M. BOOKER

Earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science and criminal justice from the University of South Carolina, Marquita M. Booker, Esq., went on to earn a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the College of Law at Florida A&M University, a Master of Public Administration from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Laws from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. Certified by both the Florida Bar and the State Bar of Texas, she was inspired by her passion to eradicate discrimination and began her career as a lead equal opportunity compliance specialist in the Office of Equal Opportunity of the Palm Beach County Board of Commissions in 2002. She went on to serve as an employment and education discrimination attorney in

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SUSANA RIOS

Having excelled in the field of construction for more than 25 years, Susana Rios was first inspired to her career during her studies at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She achieved her first position through a work study program with the university’s planning and construction department, which was in charge of all the construction projects on campus. As a student worker, Ms. Rios was part of the university engineering staff and eventually achieved the role of design manager before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in industrial technology, with minor in business, in 1999. From there, Ms. Rios joined Kiewit Offshore Services Ltd, where she spent two years working in the fabrication yard. Going on to serve as a maintenance manager for

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De'Borah Smith

DE’BORAH D. SMITH

Holding considerable expertise in leadership and motivation, De’Borah D. Smith is an accomplished life coach, speaker, and ordained minister, and attributes much of her success to her consistency and honesty. She has made a name for herself through her ability to be nurturing to youth and young adults while maintaining clear boundaries that help her clients get to the heart of their problems. In 2020, she founded Build Your Best Life, where she works with young men and boys aged 15-25, helping them to establish their lives by providing coaching and counseling using basic principles to help them to overcome obstacles. In her position with a financial services organization, she assists young men regarding everything from bill payment to transitioning

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Margaret Chase Hager

Motivated throughout her career by her care for others, Margaret Chase Hager began the first part of her career in 1963 as an assistant registrar and assistant curator for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts following the completion of her Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College. After spending some time traveling through Asia and completing graduate studies in Asian art in Tokyo, she returned to the United States and entered the field of international banking in 1965 as the assistant to the director of the International Monetary Fund. She then joined the international division of the First National City Bank, now Citibank, in 1970, where she ran the Saudi Arabian desk in New York until she took a break from

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Monica Cantrell

MONICA D. CANTRELL

Monica Cantrell has dedicated most of her adult life to education. She is currently the executive director of the Hitchcock ISD Education Foundation. It is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support education enrichment opportunities for students and teachers. The foundation also contributes to and promotes the Promises Program, which allows all Hitchcock graduates to attend college tuition free for two years. Hitchcock is the smallest and most diverse school district in Galveston County, Texas, with a high poverty and student homelessness rate. Mrs. Cantrell has been involved in helping the students of this small town since 1981, when she moved to Texas and married the love of her life, Steven Cantrell. They have two sons, Kristopher and Shane,

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LINDA GAIL MORGAN

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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PEG PITTMAN MUNKE

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 M. 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

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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