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Listee Features — May 4, 2022

Janis Carreras

JANIS ISABEL CARRERAS

After receiving her diploma from Unity Reed High School, where she had excelled as a cheerleader, Janis Isabel Carreras spent a year studying at the John Casablancas Modeling & Career Center, from which she graduated in 2005. Realizing that, while she loved modeling and acting, her place was in health care, helping people, she began her career in dermatology as a front desk associate at the age of 19. After some time in the field, she decided that she wanted to do more hands-on work with patients and joined Northern Virginia Community College in 2008 to complete coursework in nursing. Since then, she has been certified as a medical and surgical assistant by the Metropolitan Institute of Health & Technology

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Griselda Basile

GRISELDA BASILE

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Griselda Basile was drawn to her career by her family’s business. Grateful for the opportunities presented to her by attending a bilingual school as a child, she sought an education in England following high school, where she studied English teaching and translation. Returning to Argentina to study law, she instead pivoted to business management and earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and strategy from the International Business Management Institute. Ms. Basile began her career as a tax preparer with EY in Argentina, where she worked from 2013 to 2015. Concluding her studies with the Harvard Business School, Ms. Basile completed their online course in negotiation mastery and joined Saint Thomas Sur LLC as a

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Tanja Dorn

TANJA DORN

First earning a diploma in piano from the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, Tanja Dorn went on to achieve a master’s degree in music from the Free University of Berlin. Cultivating her expertise as a music executive and officer manager, she spent the early days of her career as the artistic director of Klavierhaus and as an associate manager at Columbia Artists Management Inc. She became the senior vice president and the director of artist management for IMG Artists in 2007, positions she held until 2015. In 2016, she founded Dorn Music, where she continues to excel as the owner, chief executive officer and president. In her day to day work, Ms. Dorn finds and manages new talent, produces

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Sondra Wilson

SONDRA “MICHELLE” WILSON

Attributing much of her success, as both an educator and a realtor, to treating others the way she wants to be treated, Sondra “Michelle” Wilson was inspired to a career in education by Doyle Ball, her fifth grade mathematics teacher, as well as by a mathematics professor she had in college. Following the completion of her Bachelor of Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, she began a 12-year career as a middle school mathematics teacher in her home state of Louisiana. Focusing on teaching the way she wanted her sons to be taught, she furthered her skills with a Master of Education from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2010. Above everything, Ms. Wilson notes that the most gratifying part of

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Nancy Reynolds

NANCY REYNOLDS

Inspired early on by her love of ballet, Nancy Reynolds began training as a ballet dancer at the School of American Ballet in 1951. In 1957, she was invited to join the New York City Ballet, where she danced for five years while continuing to train at the School of American Ballet, The Juilliard School and the Martha Graham School. From there, she studied briefly at Sorbonne University in Paris in 1962 before achieving a Bachelor of Art in art history at Columbia University in 1965 and entering the field of publishing as an editor with Praeger Publishing from 1965 to 1971. While she was no longer dancing herself, Ms. Reynolds still found herself drawn to the field of dance

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Joyce Grossman

JOYCE R. GROSSMAN

Joyce R. Grossman knew from a young age that she was going to be a doctor and spent many early childhood days playing doctor in her backyard by helping injured grasshoppers. After earning a Bachelor of Science from Brooklyn College and a Master of Science in microbiology and chemistry from Indiana University Bloomington, she joined Weill Cornell Medicine at Cornell University, where she obtained a Master of Science in genetics in 1980, and SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, ultimately achieving her Doctor of Medicine in 1986. After completing residencies in internal medicine and pediatrics at Kings County Hospital Center, Dr. Grossman began her career as an adjunct professor for the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn in 1994, a position

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OCASSA “CASSIE” THOMPSON

Ocassa “Cassie” Thompson began her professional journey by earning a Bachelor of Science in history, with a minor in education, from Good Counsel College in White Plains, New York, in 1969. She went on to complete graduate coursework and then began her career with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Throughout her 33-year career with the CIA, she made a considerable impact as both a minority and a woman, and she is forever grateful to the colleagues and friends she worked with over the course of her career. Some of those colleagues and friends even became godparents to her children. Making a name for herself for her excellent management skills, Ms. Thompson is particularly proud of achieving the rank of Senior

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Marie Stephens

MARIE STEPHENS

Greatly influenced by her mother, Dorine, Marie Stephens first earned a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education from East Central University in 1993 and went on to serve as an elementary school teacher in Oklahoma, Alaska and Kansas between 1994 and 2011. While in Alaska, she spent four years as a teacher, coach, lifeguard, reading specialist and after-school program director for the local Inupiat Inuit community. During her tenure in education, she cultivated significant expertise in marketing and business through her work as manager and owner of Vested Ventures Ltd, a subsidiary of Vested LLC, in North Carolina from 2005 to 2007 and as the business manager for Cedars Lodge in Ketchikan, Alaska, during the fishing season of 2006.

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Sandra Childs

SANDRA HOLBROOK CHILDS

Not initially sure what sort of career she wanted, Sandra Holbrook Childs was ultimately driven to pursue home economics out of a love of the field that was inspired by her grandmother teaching her how to sew. First earning a Bachelor of Arts in vocational home economics from Georgia College & State University, she then joined the University of Georgia, where she obtained a Master of Arts in home economics in 1975 and a Master of Arts in teaching children with developmental disabilities in 1987. Attributing much of her success to her parents, James C. Holbrook and Edna Holbrook, who encouraged and supported her throughout her education, Ms. Childs finds no greater joy than watching children learn, something that kept

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Darlene Brown

DARLENE D. BROWN

First earning a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 1984, Darlene D. Brown began her career as a lunchroom playground aid in 1982 and rose through the various ranks of teaching from there. Teaching in the City of Burlington Public School District from 1982 to 2004, she spent many years as a teacher with the Elias Boudinot Elementary School, where she was recognized for her achievements by being presented with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and named Teacher of the Year. In 2004, she became the vice principal of the Captain James Lawrence Elementary School, a position she held until the was promoted to the position of principal in 2020. During this

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