Listee Features — November 2022


Having accrued more than five decades of expertise, Mary F. Beland, MT (ASCP) has built herself an honorable career in information technology for the health care system. Ms. Beland was initially inspired to join the field of information technology by a nuclear physicist with whom she worked. The nuclear physicist’s work pertained to computerizing the chemistry analyzer she was running manually, which sparked her curiosity about computerization and information technology within the medical and scientific sectors. Subsequently, Ms. Beland realized this line of work was an excellent fit for her skill sets and interests, leading her to focus her studies on medical technology and engineering. To prepare for her career, Ms. Beland matriculated at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts,

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Backed by more than three decades in her field, Dr. Phyllis Jane Reeder, PhD, RN, has influenced multiple generations of students through her dedication to community health. From watching her aunt excel as a nurse, she wished to emulate her and sought a career in nursing in her own right. In 1960, she obtained a diploma from South Chicago Community Hospital and commenced her career as an intensive care unit and critical care unit staff nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, Illinois, holding the position from 1961 to 1975. Subsequently, Dr. Reeder earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Olivet Nazarene University in 1975. Moving into the next stage of her professional work, Dr. Reeder accepted an opportunity

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BeEtta Stoney


BeEtta Stoney, PhD, has dedicated more than 30 years to teaching others and improving the field of education as an administrator and associate professor at Kansas State University. Since 2021, she has been the school’s interim chief diversity and inclusion officer, overseeing institutional measures toward providing equity and access for all. Her interest in inclusive education was born from her experiences in high school sports. A competitive track and field athlete, Dr. Stoney was asked to help coach a visually impaired physical education classmate in hurdling. Despite her initial reservations about the challenge, the other student was eventually able to clear a hurdle, and she recognized that she found a great deal of satisfaction in helping others achieve their full

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Jessica Johnsen is a child development expert and the chief executive officer of Yellow Brick Road Early Childhood Development Center, a chain of childcare facilities with locations in Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa. Ms. Johnsen stepped into the role in 2019 with more than 15 years of experience in early childhood education and business development. She was drawn to her field while studying marketing and management at Colorado State University after learning that less than 10% of children in the United States receive age-appropriate, high-quality childcare and remained in school to pursue an additional four-year program in child development, graduating in 2009. She remained with Colorado State University after graduation and pursued her passion for education by becoming a preschool teacher

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Angelene McCoy Vinson, BS, has excelled as the owner, chief executive officer and operations manager for AA&G Group Homes, LLC since she joined the company in 2005. Through AA&G Group Homes, Ms. Vinson and her team provide care to intellectually disabled individuals who require either additional support throughout the day or 24-hour care. While she works primarily from home these days, she continues to ensure that everything is running smoothly as she and her team provide support services to group homes, which are active 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and work one-on-one with intellectually disabled individuals to help them learn money management skills and how to be careful buyers. In 2019, Ms. Vinson brought AA&G Group Homes

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A respected professional in the psychological and counseling space, Candace Tompkins, MA, LMHC, has proven her skills as the director of psychological services for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Since 2019, she has focused her efforts on helping to prepare people with intellectual disabilities and aid them in attaining success in their respective communities. Likewise, she works on a multidisciplinary team to meet the needs of the residents of the facility and bring awareness to society. Ms. Tompkins specializes in working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness in an inpatient or residential setting and seeks to bring about a greater awareness of mental illness and work against the negative stigma surrounding mental health issues. She pursued her

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Debra Jo Totton-Soper is an information specialist and independent consultant who has found success in her field for more than three decades. Throughout her career, Ms. Totton-Soper excelled in a broad range of administrative roles while working for several offices of the United States government, including the United States military. She is a proud veteran of the United States Navy and served for one year during the Vietnam War as a communications technician administrator. Following her discharge, Ms. Totton-Soper remained with the United States Navy for the next seven years, managing naval avionics. Her responsibilities in avionics required an in-depth knowledge of aircraft technologies and electronics and built on the skills she had developed while enlisted as well as her

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Elizabeth Osta


With a fulfilling career spanning three decades, Elizabeth Osta is a distinguished educator and award-winning author of several books and essays. At the start of her career journey, she received a Bachelor of Science in speech correction from Nazareth College in 1967, followed by a Master of Science from the State University of New York. Ms. Osta then served a long and successful tenure as a staff training specialist for the Rochester City School District between 1977 and 2001. In 2001, she became director of Better Communication Services, a role in which she continues to excel. Ms. Osta’s writing career commenced with the publication of her first book, “Jeremiah’s Hunger” in 2011. The story takes place during the Great Hunger

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A seasoned business professional, Velma M. McMillian, CFO, boasts expertise in sales, marketing and entrepreneurship. Matriculating at Capella University, she holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from 2016 and a Master of Business Administration with a minor in marketing from 2018. To add to her skills, she holds a claims adjuster license in 12 states, a property and casualty license in 35 states and a managing general license in the state of Texas. Within her work in the business world, Ms. McMillian has found success as the chief financial officer for the Quantum Alliance General Agency. Since 2019, she has focused her efforts on processing payroll for the company, conducting monthly budget reconciliation and uploading files that

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Martha Garrett-Shaver


Martha D. Garrett-Shaver, MD, is a family practice physician currently seeing patients at the South Arkansas Family Care Center, a part of South Arkansas Physician Services. While her practice is focused on preventive medicine and routine care for patients of all ages, Dr. Garrett-Shaver also offers treatment for acute and chronic conditions and has additional training in obstetrics and gynecology. As a part of South Arkansas Physician Services, she coordinates care with other providers and specialists to give each patient the comprehensive support and treatment that they need to live their best lives. Her work at the practice includes record keeping and patient charting, as well as making rounds and seeing patients one-on-one to diagnose and treat a variety of

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