Listee Features — August 18, 2022


First earning a bachelor’s degree in Bible and Christian education, magna cum laude, from Northeastern Bible College, Debbie L. Bacon, EdD, subsequently obtained a master’s degree, with distinction, from Arcadia University. She began her career in 2006 as a behavior support consultant for children before holding that same role with a residential community from 2010 to 2014. In 2014, she established D. L. Bacon Consulting LLC, where she provides seminars and training on mental health and mental illness to various organizations. Four years later, Dr. Bacon additionally joined Applied Counseling & Consulting Services, LLC, where she works with teams and individuals to assess and address their behavioral health needs. Attributing much of her success to her passion for helping people

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Sunnie Skiles


Starting out as an art major at Santa Barbara City College, Sunnie Skiles, MD, FAAP, eventually transitioned to environmental studies before joining the University of California Santa Barbara. During this time, she held various jobs and was encouraged by an adviser to apply to medical school because of her exceptional grades and the fact that she already had work experience. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in physiology, pathology and related sciences in 1982, she completed her Doctor of Medicine at the School of Medicine of the University of California Davis in 1987, where her first two years were didactic and the second two years were hands-on at the UC Davis Medical Center. Dr. Skiles concluded her formal studies with

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Doreen Bolger


An accomplished artist, Doreen Bolger, PhD, completed a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, at Bucknell University in 1971, followed by a master’s degree at the University of Delaware in 1973. That same year, she began her career as a field representative for the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts before joining the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a research associate in the department of American paintings and sculpture in 1976. Remaining with the Met, she served as an assistant curator from 1978 to 1982 and as an associate curator of American paintings and sculpture from 1982 to 1988. During this period, Dr. Bolger achieved her Doctor of Philosophy from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in

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At the beginning of her career, Shelly L. Allen spent many years working in education as a teacher and the principal of a local elementary school. Following a breast cancer diagnosis, she moved to her husband’s hometown in Wyoming, where she pursued certifications in CPR, as a health care leader and instrument specialist, and as a registered central service technician through Purdue University. Starting out in the wellness department at Memorial Hospital of Converse County, Ms. Allen became the director of the central sterile department in 2006, a position she holds to this day. Holding considerable expertise in infection prevention, today, Ms. Allen oversees all the sterilization for surgical equipment at Memorial Hospital. In addition to sterilization, her department is

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Benita Hamilton


Graduating third in her class from Glades Central Community High School, Benita D. Hamilton first thought of pursuing a career in health care. Completing coursework at Palm Beach State College, she began her career as an office cleaner for the Janice Haberberger Cleaning Company before spending time with the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida. From 1982 to 1987, she held the role of medical secretary with the Hospice of Palm Beach County. While working as a newspaper carrier with the Palm Beach Post, she got to know a co-worker who was a postmaster with their local post office, and Ms. Hamilton was immediately interested in pursuing a similar career. Thus began her tenure as a clerk with the United States

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Austin Gray


Austin Iris Gray got her start in the field of health care as a customer service specialist with Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and Cambia Health Solutions in 2008, after earning an Associate of Applied Science in language and literature from Pierce College in 2006 and completing coursework in history at Pacific Lutheran University from 2006 and 2007. In 2011, she became a third-party liability investigator for Regence BlueCross BlueShield and rose to the role of business system analyst in 2013 while studying toward her bachelor’s degree at Western Governors University. Ms. Gray achieved the position of senior business system analyst in 2015 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in information technology project management in 2016. Ms. Gray served

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Barbara Agnell


Barbara Virginia Agnell was inspired to a career in social work early on due to her experiences taking care of her disabled younger brother. Furthermore, her mother did considerable volunteer work with children at orphanages, and a young Ms. Agnell was horrified to learn about the situations that some of those children were coming from. Developing early experience as an instructional assistant in the San Juan Unified School District from 1977 to 1980, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in social welfare from California State University, Sacramento, in 1982 and joined the Eskaton-American River Manor as a counselor from 1982 to 1986. During this time, Ms. Agnell also served as a mental health worker for California Health Care Consultants from

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