Listee Features — November 2, 2022

Marilynn Smiley


Inspired to a career in music education by her long-standing love of music, Marilynn J. Smiley, PhD, learned to play the piano at 7 years old and the flute at 12 years old. In 1954, she achieved a Bachelor of Science from Ball State University and began her career as a public school music teacher in Logansport, Indiana. Remaining in this role until 1961, she continued her studies throughout this period and earned a Master of Music from Northwestern University in 1958 and a certification from the Ecoles d’Art Americaines in France in 1959. In 1961, Dr. Smiley became a faculty member in the music department of the State University of New York at Oswego, where she would remain for

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Nadine Allen


First completing coursework at Mount St. Joseph University, Judge Nadine Lovelace Allen earned a bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University. However, she found herself dissatisfied with the first job she got out of college and ultimately decided to take a law school aptitude test, inspired to the field by a female judge she knew. She passed the exam and was immediately admitted to the Capital University Law School, where she graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence. This was also the beginning of her becoming politically active as she became increasingly aware of the disparities within the legal system during the early years of her career. Licensed to practice law by the Ohio State Bar in 1977, Judge Allen became

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Col. V. Vanessa Sifford-Griffith began her career the University of Cambridge where she earned a Master of Music in piano, a Doctor of Philosophy in chemistry and a doctorate in physics, achieving the latter two degrees at the same time in 1982. When she returned to the United States, she took a job driving a truck as she looked for a position that was better suited to her taste and skill level. She was subsequently introduced to fiber optics by a road crew she encountered on one of her hauls, and she achieved certification in fiber optics from The Light Brigade Inc. in 1983. After a decade in the field, Col. Sifford-Griffith became president of Snake Fiberoptic’s Ltd. International in

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