Listee Features — September 20, 2022

Doris Brevoort


Doris Brevoort, PhD, was first inspired to the fields of counseling and education after meeting Paulo Freire, an educator and the author of “Pedagogy of the Oppressed,” in 1971. Subsequently joining SUNY Empire State College, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in the sociology of childhood, folklore and the performing arts in education in 1974. She followed this with licensure in massage therapy and began her career as a massage therapist with New Seattle Massage in 1981, a position she held until 2018. During this time, she continued her studies and received her teacher certification from Evergreen State College, followed by a Master of Arts in education in school counseling and family counseling from the University of Washington in 1991

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Nirmaljit K. Rathee


Dr. Nirmaljit K. Rathee is a professor of education and director of graduate programs at Delaware State University, where she has been a member of faculty since 2009. During her time with Delaware State University, Dr. Rathee has helped grow graduate enrollment from fewer than 75 students to more than 300, with professional graduate-level offerings tailored to current educators, school administrators, and district-level professionals. Throughout her career, she has advised more than 50 students in completing their graduate or doctoral research, including overseeing an internationally recognized education scholar visiting from the University of Almeria. Dr. Rathee’s interest in a career in education was born from a desire to help strengthen communities and ensure that all students had access to quality

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Wilda Worth


Wilda Worth knew from an early age that she wanted a life that would allow her to have her own career, home and family. Not having any kind of support from her family, she was driven by her own determination to set goals for herself as she worked her way through school at Kinsman High School in Ohio. Going on to pursue a college education, she graduated from the East Texas State Teachers College, which today is part of Texas A&M University, with a Bachelor of Science in education and began her career as an elementary school teacher in the Texas public school system in 1951. Throughout her early years as a teacher, Ms. Worth continued her studies through summer

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Joy Stephens


Andrea Joy Stephens is an equity expert and the owner and chief consultant for New Heights Academic & Leadership Consulting, an independent firm offering diversity, equity, and inclusion training and workshops to clients in K-12 and higher education, corporations, community organizations, and the nonprofit sector. Ms. Stephens holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Spelman College and a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, graduating magna cum laude in 1996. She earned her Master of Business Administration from Webster University in 2010 and has pursued extensive continuing education throughout her career, becoming board-certified in coaching by the Center for Credentialing & Education and the Institute for Life Coach Training. In 2021, Ms. Stephens

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Jacqueline Bocachica-Velásquez


Dr. Jacqueline Bocachica-Velásquez is the owner and educational leader of JBG Leadership Development, LLC, a strategic planning and leadership development firm offering a range of school assessment and professional growth services for educators and administrators. A 35-year veteran of the New York City Department of Education, Dr. Bocachica-Velásquez has worked in the classroom, as a school-based administrator, and at the district level, and brings her broad expertise and deep knowledge of the educational system to her work in consulting. Her passion for education was inspired by her mother, a retired kindergarten teacher, and her first experience teaching was as a third grader, when she was allowed to tutor younger students in reading. Dr. Bocachica-Velásquez credits many of her teachers with

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Edith Dorsey


Edith D. Dorsey, PhD, earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. After working several years as a registered nurse, Dr. Dorsey quickly realized that she could contribute more to others and the world by continuing her education and acquiring business experience to complement her clinical expertise. Dr. Dorsey received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Doctor of Philosophy in business administration, specializing in leadership and organizational development, from North Central University. Her leadership research was described as “ground-breaking.” She received high scholastic recognition from two international honor societies during her doctoral program and completed advanced leadership studies at Wharton and Harvard. Dr. Dorsey is a certified project management professional

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Michelle Pribble


Serving with the United States Navy for roughly 20 years, Michelle Jo Pribble was certified as a hospital corpsman by the Naval School of Health Sciences in 1991 and began her career with the Naval Medical Center San Diego in 1996. Her role as a hospital corpsman allowed her to work in a wide range of fields, including emergency medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, patient relations, and more. In 2004, Ms. Pribble graduated from the Naval School of Health Sciences and obtained certification in nuclear medicine, becoming a nuclear medicine technologist with the Naval Medical Center. Ms. Pribble attributes much of her success to her time in the military and remains active with the Naval Medical Center to this day, serving as

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Gale Mitchell Hinson, MSW, began her career as a paraprofessional before studying social work at Farmingdale State College and earning a Bachelor of Social Work from Molloy College. She joined Nassau University Medical Center in 1973 and also spent time working at a local VA hospital, where she was inspired by her supervisor to earn her master’s degree and become a social worker. Matriculating at Adelphi University, she graduated with a Master of Social Work in 1986 and was certified as a social worker in New York in 1988. Ms. Hinson has also been certified as a criminal justice specialist as well. Remaining with the Nassau University Medical Center as a clinical social worker until 2002, Ms. Hinson held the

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Driven by a strong internal sense of what she wanted to do, Nancy Lee Bentley has spent more than 50 years as an organizer, consultant, speaker, author, coach and private chef. First earning a Bachelor of Science in food, nutrition and communication from Cornell University in 1968, she has been dedicated to supporting the food community from the start. One of her early endeavors saw her providing food to attendees and performers alike at the iconic Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969. Over the course of her career, she has worked with numerous organizations, pioneering organic food everywhere she went. She was a founding organizer and member of the Organic Trade Association, an organizing member for the Organic Farming

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Barbara Correll


Barbara S. Correll, MS, RDN, got her first experience in dietetics when visiting her aunt in the hospital as a child. She got to know the dietitian who would come and see her aunt and was eventually introduced to the hospital’s food service director as well. Between the two of them, Ms. Correll learned about the work of dietitians and the role of food in health. She found the field fascinating and ultimately decided to pursue it as a career. Joining Immaculata University, she took courses in premed and dietetics and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in medical nutrition therapy, with a minor in business administration, in 1972. During this time, Ms. Correll was introduced to a company called

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