Listee Features — May 10, 2022

Janice Elliott


Inspired to become a nurse by her grandfather, who called her his “little nurse” starting when she was a child, Janice F. Elliott began her studies with a Bachelor of Applied Science in home economics and child development at Kansas State University in 1974. This was followed by an associate degree in nursing at Barton Community College in 1985, graduate level coursework in counselling at Fort Hays State University and Wichita State University, and certification as an end-of-life nursing education instructor. She began her career as a registered nurse with the St. Joseph Medical Center in 1985, where she worked in the physical medicine and rehab unit before coming the role of director of nursing for their retirement wing. Ms.

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Jeanne Enstad


With a work ethic inspired by her childhood growing up on a farm, where there was always work to be done, Jeanne L. Enstad earned an associate degree in elementary education and teaching from Bowling Green State University Firelands, followed by completing early childhood and teaching coursework at the Ohio State University. From 1995 to 2015, she was a preschool teacher and program and center director for the Ohio State University Extension and the 4-H youth development and program director for the Ford Motor Company. Additionally, Ms. Enstad established One Journey in 2006, where she excels as an author, motivational speaker and life coach, and she also spent time as the fundraising manager for the Ohio State Office of Volunteerism.

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DeShea Simon


Upon earning a bachelor’s degree in business, DeShea Simon, PhD, went on to earn a Master of Arts in information technology, a doctorate in religious education and a doctorate in information technology. Throughout her professional career she has cultivated significant expertise in technology and education. She began her career as a technology trainer in the public school system and, for the past 10 years, she has excelled as a professor at Hampton University. Dr. Simon has garnered a reputation as an innovative educator adopting “service-learning” and the “flipped classroom” for her nontraditional methods of teaching and learning. More recently, she has also served as a governance officer, providing direction and technical oversight for a state designated community action program. At

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Donna Polk Stenson


Prophetess Donna Polk-Stenson, who has stated that the title “prophetess” was spiritually bestowed upon her by God, lives an exemplary life through her many roles as a profound woman of God, servant to God’s people, mother, wife, leader, and so much more. Mrs. Polk-Stenson has boldly accepted and pursued her calling to a global purpose. She is currently the founder and chief executive officer of the international nonprofit ministry Men & Women of Integrity Synchronized Global Gathering Organization, also known as MWOI Global. This dynamic ministry has blossomed to 32 different countries and has blessed nine different churches, six in Pakistan, one in Nigeria and two in Tanzania, to serve under the guidance of Mrs. Polk-Stenson as their overseer. Mrs.

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Rochelle Noone


After earning a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Memphis, Rochelle Noone began her career as a recruiter. As she began working with various human resources leaders and professionals, she realized that she wanted to be able to help people with their professional development. This goal was further cemented through an incident that occurred early on in her work as a human resources specialist, where two people, one white and the other Black, were hired for the same job, but with a vast pay disparity. Assuming it was a mistake, Ms. Noone approached her then boss, but that was not the case, and she vowed that she would become a leader in the profession to ensure that

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Barbara Petree


Drawn to a career in nursing at a very young age, Barbara J. Petree was greatly inspired by her grandmother, Irene Mclaughlin, who was a Red Cross nurse during World War II. She embarked on her career in 1956 after earning a nursing diploma from the Children’s Hospital School of Nursing in San Francisco, California, and being certified as a registered nurse in the state of California. Serving as a staff nurse for the Children’s Hospital from 1956 to 1961, Ms. Petree joined the Stanford University Medical Center as a staff nurse in 1961, rising to become head nurse in 1972. That same year, she also started work as a nurse educator for an outreach program run by Stanford University

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Anju Gupta


Born and raised in India, Anju Gupta, PhD, feels very fortunate to have been able to complete her early education at an excellent university, as colleges and universities in India are highly competitive. She began her formal education with a Bachelor of Science at Banaras Hindu University followed by a Master of Science in life sciences. Qualifying for a scholarship/fellowship from the United States government for her doctoral studies, she joined The Ohio State University and graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in genetics and statistics in 2001. From there, Dr. Gupta embarked on her career with the Monsanto Company, now Bayer AG, serving as the statistical genetics lead from 2005 to 2009 and the analytics and process lead from

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Sara Sutter


First earning a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from John Carroll University in 1996, Sara Sutter began her career that same year as a management consultant for the utilities department of PwC, rising to the position of principal management consultant before she left the company in 2002. From there, she joined SAP, where she excelled as a public services consulting manager, utilities practice manager and the director of public services and health care between 2008 and 2016. During this time, Ms. Sutter additionally obtained certification in SAP’s utilities solution and achieved a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. In 2016, Ms. Sutter joined Utegration, an IT service management company, as the director of consulting. She then rose

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Jenny Thorson


Completing the vast majority of her education in China, Jenny Thorson earned a degree in public relations before coming to the United States and embarking on her career as a realtor with RE/MAX in 2003. During her tenure with RE/MAX, she cultivated significant expertise in both residential and commercial real estate and received several awards for her excellence, including the 100 Club Award, the Platinum Club Award, the Chairman’s Club Award and induction in the RE/MAX Hall of Fame. Today, Ms. Thorson is a realtor with Realty One Group Homelink, a full-service residential real estate firm based in Diamond Bar, California. With nearly 20 years of experience in the field, Ms. Thorson’s day to day duties include liaising with clients,

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Logan Smith


Raised in San Rock, Alabama, by parents Kyle and Rhonda Smith, who have been staunch supporters of her education, Logan Ann-Marie Smith, PharmD, moved to Jacksonville to study at Jacksonville State University, where she was drawn to the pharmaceutical field by the diversity of career options it offered. She began her career as a pharmacy technician at CVS Pharmacy in 2012, a position she held until 2015, when she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry and achieved certification in immunization from the APhA Foundation. From there, Dr. Smith relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee, where she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the School of Pharmacy at South College in 2018. Licensed by the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy

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