Listee Features — Administration


Michelle S. Stuart, MBA, has excelled as the firm administrator for Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers since 2015. In this role, she manages a wide range of duties including maintenance, office management, information technology, accounting, marketing, human resources and more. She also assists all of the partners working within the firm with tasks ranging from the distribution of settlement funds to setting up the electronic aspects needed for trials. With a great love of learning, she strives to learn something new every day and has cemented her expertise in accounting and marketing with two bachelor’s degree and a Master of Business Administration from Western Governors University between 2017 and 2019, during which time she was named to the dean’s list and

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Sommer Kleweno-Walley


After earning her high school diploma from St. John Endicott High School, Sommer Kleweno-Walley embarked on her studies at Washington State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in speech and hearing sciences in 1995, followed by a Master of Arts in speech and hearing sciences in 1997. That same year, she joined Harborview Medical Center as a speech-language pathologist, a role she held until 2017. Drawn to work in leadership in addition to her health care role, she pursued a master’s degree in health administration at the University of Washington, graduating in 2009. In 2013, she began working with administrator patient care services at Harborview Medical Center and became the senior associate administrator for surgical, emergent and integrated

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Mindy Samples embarked on her professional path by earning a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Pensacola Christian College in Brent, Florida, in 2003. Going on to join Foundation Academy from 2006 to 2014, she spent a year as a teacher with a nonprofit in Fort Worth, Texas, from 2014 to 2015 before deciding that she wanted to be more involved in education leadership. Having attained lifetime certification as a director in Texas, she achieved the position of director of the Early Education Center with the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth in 2015, a position she continues to excel in to this day. Attributing much of her success to her passion for helping children succeed and grow, Ms.

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Not initially intending to pursue a career in health care, Shannon M. Minor, MBA, was surrounded by the field growing up, as her grandmother was a nurse with Kaiser Permanente for over 40 years and her mother was sick for a period when Ms. Minor was in high school. She began her career with the Fresno Housing Authority as an office assistant in 1998, rising to become the housing program coordinator from 2001 to 2006 and the community development coordinator from 2006 to 2008. Realizing that she wanted to switch career paths, Ms. Minor entered the field of health care as a staff assistant with Kaiser Permanente in 2008. Concurrently, Ms. Minor joined National American University, where she earned an

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Amanda Spielman


Attributing much of her success to her passion for making a difference in the lives of others, Amanda Spielman began her studies with a Bachelor of Science in business from Louisiana State University in 1997. During this time, she was in a car accident that resulted in severe injuries and a significant hospital stay. This experience led her to have a new appreciation for those that dedicate their time and energy to illness or injury, as well as the importance of high quality patient care. After earning a Master of Business Administration from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University in 1999, she began her career in the technology industry before moving into a role as

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Deborah Messer Gonzalez is a teacher and educational administrator currently serving as the superintendent of the Slater School District, a position she has held since 2016. A proud graduate of Slater High School, Ms. Gonzalez was raised and educated in the district that she would later return to teach in. For much of her life, she anticipated building a career in business administration, and completed a bachelor’s degree in business management at Missouri Valley College in 1984. She credits her husband of 36 years, Bob, with providing her the initial inspiration to consider a career in education. A teacher himself, Bob was hired by the Slater School District in the 1980s, bringing Ms. Gonzalez back into contact with the student

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Samone Stroman


Samone Lynn Stroman is an educator and school administrator celebrating nearly 15 years in her current role as the parent and labor relations coordinator for Brooklyn Public Schools PS328, the Phyllis Wheatley School. A graduate of Kingsborough Community College, Ms. Stroman holds an associate’s degree and later continued her education at Cornell University, where she completed a certificate in labor relations. Passionate about engaging families in schools, she is dedicated to helping create space for parents, guardians, and the community to have a stake in the educational process. She first joined the New York City Department of Education in 1996 as a paraprofessional, providing instructional support and student services at the school level before transitioning into teaching. Ms. Stroman spent

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Abigail Crawford


Abigail Nowlin Crawford is a retired educator, consultant, and the founder of ANC Focus Consulting Services, where she provides clients with customized coaching in professional development, teacher training and in-classroom solutions. Her passion for education was inspired by her mother, who placed a high value on schooling and encouraged a young Ms. Crawford to do the same. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Francis Marion University and continued her education at Georgia State University, earning a Master of Science in education in 1991. Throughout her teaching career, Ms. Crawford developed an interest in school leadership, and she returned to school in the late 1990s, completing an educational specialist degree in administration and supervision at Lincoln Memorial University

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Beverly J. Coover is a lifelong business leader, manager, and a retired administrative officer of the University of Kansas School of Medicine’s department of family and community medicine. Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Ms. Coover grew up on a farm and was introduced to the value of hard work and ingenuity at a young age. Naturally outgoing, people-oriented, and always looking for a challenge, she attributes much of her success to the values she learned from her upbringing. She started to excel even in high school, becoming lead editor of the school yearbook, and was voted junior class president out of a class of 109 students. After graduating high school, Ms. Coover worked full-time at the local Dairy Queen,

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Linda Sye


With decades of administrative experience to her credit, Linda G. Sye’s penchant for business became apparent during her secondary education. Following her departure from high school, she completed coursework at the Harvard Business School and the Patricia Stevens Career College and Finishing School in Chicago. Despite her limited formal education, Ms. Sye garnered a laudable reputation for her work ethic, which has propelled her through the upper echelons of the United States government for more than three decades. Throughout the course of her career, Ms. Sye excelled as the director of the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission until 1991. She subsequently served as the director of administration for the U.S. Department of Energy. In this capacity, Ms. Sye managed the daily

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