Listee Features — Administration


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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Felicia Parker


Recognized for her prowess in education and administration, Felicia O. Parker has excelled in her career endeavors starting with her honorable military service. From 1993 to 2002, she served in the United States Army, having been the only female private enlisted at the time. Notably, she was responsible for aiding in the passage of a law through the United States Congress, which stipulates that all active members of the military must complete a financial course every six years. She recounts this act of legislation as one of the greatest accomplishments of her career. Toward the end of her military service, Ms. Parker went on to earn an associate degree from Kansas City Kansas Community College in Kansas City, Kansas, in

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Kona-Facia Freeman-Nepay


Kona-Facia Freeman-Nepay, EdD, got her first experience with language education in 10th grade while studying at the Ricks Institute, an elite private school in Libya. She had a teacher from Cameroon come in to teach them French, ultimately leading her to continue her French education at a school in Cote d’Ivoire before moving to France and achieving a bachelor’s degree in language sciences and a master’s degree in teaching French as a foreign language from the University of Franche-Comté. Dr. Freeman-Nepay also holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and public administration from the University of Liberia. Subsequently coming to the United States, Dr. Freeman-Nepay began her career in 1992 with the Prince George’s Public School System in Maryland, where

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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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Ruth Ibañez


An advocate of early childhood development, Ruth C. Ibanez can only look back at her childhood of broken toys. Curiosity trumps the pleasure of play, and wide-eyed “ohs!” of discovery build a stock of knowledge from every broken part that specified functionality. Curiosity served her well in the evolution of the SmartBOP. Curious about the events at the Gulf of Mexico, she delved into and dissected every news article describing the catastrophic Deep Water Horizon oil spill. Appreciating that volumes of pressure are best managed rather than controlled, she designed a blowout preventer that is chambers based to use as bleeders to vent to containers or loading ships, should volumes of pressure spike unexpectedly, and prevent erosion and worst explosion.

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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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Shannon Minor


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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