Listee Features — June 22, 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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Anita Zucker


Anita G. Zucker earned a Bachelor of Arts in education from the University of Florida in 1972 followed by a Master of Education in educational administration and supervision from the University of North Florida in 1978. She began her career as an elementary educator, excelling in that role for 10 years before her husband, Jerry Zucker, founded The InterTech Group, Inc. where he served as the company’s chief executive officer for many years. One of the largest private companies in the United States, The InterTech Group and its affiliates operate in a diverse array of industries and are substantial investors in several public companies in addition to those they own. Starting off as the director of community relations for The

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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, trained by 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

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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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