Listee Features — June 2022


Drawn to the field of communications following her experiences in her high school debate classes, Jean E. Perry joined the University of Southern California, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication in 1974 and a Master of Arts in speech communication in 1975, also minoring in business and English. She began her career as an adjunct instructor in speech communication with Glendale Community College in 1975 and rose to the rank of full professor by 1991. During this time, Ms. Perry also contributed her skills to Rockwell Automation, Inc. as a public relations specialist and communication consultant and to Security Pacific National Bank as a communication consultant. In 1999, Ms. Perry was appointed as division chair of language

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First earning a Bachelor of Arts in education from the University of Florida in 1972, Anita G. Zucker furthered her studies with a Master of Education in administration and supervision from the University of North Florida in 1978. In 1982, she joined The InterTech Group, Inc., alongside her husband, Jerry Zucker, the company’s founder and chief executive officer. First working as the director of community relations, she developed considerable expertise in people management, networking and engagement. In 2006, Mr. Zucker acquired the Hudson’s Bay Company and when they moved to sell the company in 2008, Ms. Zucker took the helm as the governor of the company, overseeing the sale of the Hudson’s Bay Company to NRDC Equity Partners. Following her

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Dierdre Timmons


After graduating from the Annie Wright Schools, Dierdre Allen Timmons joined Smith College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English literature in 1990. She subsequently moved to Brussels with her then husband, who was attending a master’s program there, and began her career as a writer with The Bulletin, a local magazine. When she returned the United States, she joined a small local newspaper in Bellevue, Washington, as a news clerk before going on on to become a reporter with a different small paper. Continuing her studies, she achieved a journalism certificate from the University of Washington to support her career and eventually acquired an editor position at Microsoft, where she worked pulling news stories for Around

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Sandi Starrette


A certified gemologist through the Gemological Institute of America Inc., Sandi Starrette, MA, holds further certifications in diamond appraisal, colored stone identification and appraisal, and has completed apprenticeships in both gold and silversmithing. She began her career as a fiber artist and jeweler in 1967, excelling in a freelance capacity before becoming the owner of The Golden Scarab, a jewelry store, from 1975 to 1984. While she found great success in this traditionally male dominated field, she notes that it wasn’t without its struggles, recalling a particular time when a man came into her jewelry store for watch repair, but then refused to let her touch his watch because she was a woman. Despite experiences like this, Ms. Starrette persevered,

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Patricia D. Klingenstein was inspired early on by her parents, Harry and Sadie Davis, who taught her to give back as much as she could. Her father was a pediatrician who regularly donated his services to those in need and even bought medication for his patients during the Great Depression, and her mother established the Sadie & Harry Davis Foundation, which promotes children’s health in Maine through providing small grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000. Today, the Sadie & Harry Davis Foundation is part of Klingenstein Philanthropies, where Ms. Klingenstein has been active since her marriage to her late husband, John Klingenstein, in the 1950s. In addition to the Sadie & Harry Davis Foundation, Klingenstein Philanthropies also encompasses the Esther

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Sylvia Haydash


Initially considering a career as an English teacher, Sylvia Andersen Haydash ended up switching paths after she accompanied her husband on his first tour of duty in Thailand not long after the Vietnam War. Learning the local Thai and Lao languages, she decided to pursue coursework at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, where she achieved a certificate in Thai language proficiency in 1978. She then began her career as a refugee coordinator for the Thai-American Women’s Organization from 1978 to 1979. Returning to the United States in 1979, Ms. Haydash became the director of the refugee resettlement program for CARING, where she helped to resettle and acculturate over 700 individuals from the Indochina Peninsula. In 1983, Ms. Haydash

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Toni Boucher


Born in Italy to an impoverished family, the Honorable Toni Boucher immigrated to the United States at age 5 and became the first in her family to graduate high school and college and go on to pursue graduate studies. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in foreign languages from the University of South Dakota, which she quickly followed with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut. Over the years, she has also held several certifications through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. In 1997, Ms. Boucher began her extensive tenure in government as a state representative and the assistant minority leader for the 143rd Assembly District in Connecticut. Ms. Boucher served as a state representative until 2009, when

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Doris Jones-Pilcher


Drawn to the field of health care by her desire to help others, Doris Jane Jones-Pilcher, ARNP, first earned an associate degree in nursing from the Immanuel School of Nursing in 1960. During this time, she was greatly influenced by one of her instructors, who was the only nurse practitioner at the school at the time, as well as by then director Kathleen Shimming. She began work as a staff nurse for Immanuel Hospital in 1960, a role that she subsequently held with the Aurora Medical Center in Wisconsin and the Weiss Memorial Hospital in Illinois between 1962 and 1965. Joining the Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Ms. Jones-Pilcher rose to become head nurse in 1969, the crisis intervention coordinator and

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Holding considerable expertise in buying and selling, new homeowners, and investment properties, Michelle R. Walsh began her professional path with a bachelor’s degree in business from Marymount University in 1996. Drawing on her experience in business, she became a real estate broker with J.T. Fleming & Company in Wellesley, Massachusetts, in 2013, staying with the firm until 2019. Concurrently, she served as a real estate broker with Iron Gate Realty from 2016 to 2019. After briefly spending time as a real estate broker with Atlantic Properties of the Lowcountry in 2019, Ms. Walsh established the Charlestowne Realty Group later that same year, where she now excels as the owner and broker. Having gotten her start in commercial real estate and

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Olivia Ferrante


Olivia Ann Ferrante was drawn to her career as a teacher for the visually impaired as a result of her own disability, a visual impairment that was the result of her being born four months premature. While studying at Regis College, she took a summer job as an aide at the Perkins School for the Blind in the summers of 1968 and 1969, during which time she learned about the school’s program for a master’s degree in teaching blind students. Following the completion of her Bachelor of Arts in 1970, she joined Boston College, where she earned a Master of Education in 1971. From there, she served as the chair of the braille department of the National Braille Press for

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