Listee Features — May 25, 2022

Amany Abouelkhir


Fluent in American Sign Language, English and Arabic, Amany Abouelkhir was born premature and deaf and spent much of her childhood undergoing various surgeries and therapies to help her both hear and speak. She was one of the first individuals to receive a bone-anchored hearing aid at just 3 or 4 years old. Entering the public school system at 7 after extensive speech therapy, she excelled at her schoolwork despite the fact that her learning ability had been delayed and that she had several teachers doubt that she would be able to complete her education and graduate. Following high school, Ms. Abouelkhir began her career in advocacy in 2014 as an office assistant with Beth Israel Medical Center and an

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Judith Murray


Earning a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Northern Michigan University in 1977, Judith M. Murray, BSN, RN, began her career in the neurology unit at Ascension Borgess Hospital that same year. Subsequently, she worked in the medical intensive care unit at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital from 1978 to 1980. Furthering her skills, she has sought additional certifications over the years, including in peripherally inserted central catheter, chemotherapy, advanced and basic cardiac life support, and as a first aid trainer and certified institutional review board professional. In 1980, Ms. Murray joined Munson Medical Center, where she has excelled in a variety of roles ever since. From 1980 to 1983, Ms. Murray held positions in cardiac care, the cardiac

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Brandie Reece


Born in a small town in Montana, Brandie J. Reece hails from a family of educators and knew from an early age that she wanted to be involved in education. She began her studies at Montana State University Northern, where she achieved a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in 1998. Also certified as a reading specialist and in a variety of subjects, she subsequently earning a Master of Education in educational counseling, summa cum laude, from Azusa Pacific University in 2005. Ms. Reece continued to excel as an elementary educator, school guidance counselor, verbal judo instructor and adjunct professor until her health caused her to take medical leave after two years in the role of senior counselor. When Ms. Reece

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Holding considerable expertise in sales, Nanette Crawford Rota began her career as a regional sales manager for Filter Queen, an air filter company, in 1990. During this period, she obtained a degree in business administration and management from Piedmont Community College in 1995 and was later certified as a pesticide applicator and by AIB International. In 2003, she joined the Terminix International Company Limited Partnership as a salesperson, rising to become the area sales manager in just six months. She went on to become a branch manager in 2009 and, in 2013, she helped to establish the commercial division of Terminix, where she has excelled as a commercial sales inspector ever since. In 2018, Ms. Rota was promoted to the

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Following an early career as a database programmer and web developer, Sherri Ann Mecum turned her attention toward the mental health field following her own personal experiences with mental health and drug addiction in her family. After earning a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Anna Maria College in 2007, she became a licensed mental health counselor in 2010 and, since 2014, has been the owner and executive director of the New Beginnings Wellness Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. New Beginnings provides mental health and substance abuse services for high-risk adults, adolescents, children and families, ranging from therapeutic monitoring to medication management. Ms. Mecum is proud to have built up an organization that provides quality mental health and substance abuse services

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Lunese Lane


Inspired by her mother and sisters, all of whom are involved in the health field in some way, Lunese T. Lane knew from an early age that she wanted to pursue a career in health care. She embarked on her studies at the University of Florida, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in women’s studies and health professions in 2007. Not long after, she joined the UF Health Shands Hospital, an affiliated hospital of the University of Florida Health Science Center. Spending 13 years as an executive assistant and project manager, she also furthered her education during this time and achieved a Master of Arts in health administration from the University of Phoenix in 2013. In 2021, Ms. Lane

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Sharon Chambers-Gordon


Active in the nonprofit field for more than 35 years, Sharon L. Chambers-Gordon attended George Mason University in 1995 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington in 1997. She concluded her formal studies at the University of Alabama, graduating with a master’s degree in communication and organizational development in 2000. She worked at the University of Alabama as the director for the GEARUP program for 2 years, and in 2002 she joined the University of Puget Sound as the director of fellowships and scholarships and the staff liaison for Courageous Conversations, positions she held until 2016. Since 2016, Ms. Chambers-Gordon has been affiliated with Windermere Real Estate as a real estate broker. Currently working with Windemere Abode Lakewood,

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Linda Kozloff-Turner


Fascinated with jewelry since she was a young child, Linda Kozloff-Turner first earned a bachelor’s degree in jewelry and industrial product design from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 1985. Attending the University of Colorado Boulder, she taught fine art photography as a part-time graduate instructor while studying toward her Master of Fine Arts in photography, which she earned in 1992. In 2002, she established Christine Marguerite Designs, where she remains active as the owner and lead designer. In addition to designing custom jewelry, Ms. Kozloff-Turner manages all aspects of production, including manufacturing and material sourcing, with an emphasis on utilizing local talent and only using ethically sourced supplies. Ms. Kozloff-Turner, as an expert, has continued to further her

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McKenzie Cooke


Growing up in the dance world, where hair and makeup styling are ever present, McKenzie Cooke completed the cosmetology program at the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative and became licensed cosmetologist in 2012, the same year she graduated from high school. Grateful to the opportunities presented to her by attending a vocational school, she has established herself as an independent freelancer for bridal parties and other special events. As a freelance hair and makeup artist, she offers custom styles that help to make special events unique and memorable. Ms. Cooke has also had the good fortunate to have developed an incredible support network of fellow event artisans. To further her skills, Ms. Cooke joined the College of Business at Western

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