Listee Features — April 2022

Betsy Bear Hoff


Betsy Bear Hoff grew up surrounded by the workings of the Alloy Products Corporation, a family-run company that has specialized in the fabrication of stainless steel and other alloys since 1929. Today, they produce stainless tanks and pressure vessels, which are utilized in a variety of fields such as the pharmaceutical, hygienic, chemical, industrial, commercial and private sectors. They offer a variety of standard designs as well as custom requests. Frequently visiting the company with her father as a child, Ms. Bear Hoff knew from an early age that she wanted to work there herself one day. She joined the Alloy Products Corporation in 1989 and has continued to grow and cultivate her expertise in customer service ever since. Attributing

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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. 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 was encouraged by her adviser to look into getting a master’s degree in guidance counseling, as she was only 30 credits away from a master’s. Completing her formal studies with a Master of Education in guidance and counseling from Villanova University in 1967, Ms. Gillen considers the completion of her degrees

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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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