Listee Features — Art

Anna Mayo


Anna Yeung Mayo is a retired information technology developer and consultant for the California Department of Consumer Affairs, where she enjoyed nearly two decades of service before stepping down in 2021. Ms. Mayo’s interest in programming and information technology came through a chance encounter with a door-to-door salesperson, who told her that she would never become a programmer after initially pitching her a technology training course. Committed to proving them wrong and breaking through in a traditionally male-dominated field, Ms. Mayo decided to pursue her interest and education in information technology. Ms. Mayo began her career as a medic for the United States Air Force, where she served proudly for 20 years, including a special assignment during Operation Desert Storm

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Doreen Bolger


An accomplished artist, Doreen Bolger, PhD, completed a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, at Bucknell University in 1971, followed by a master’s degree at the University of Delaware in 1973. That same year, she began her career as a field representative for the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts before joining the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a research associate in the department of American paintings and sculpture in 1976. Remaining with the Met, she served as an assistant curator from 1978 to 1982 and as an associate curator of American paintings and sculpture from 1982 to 1988. During this period, Dr. Bolger achieved her Doctor of Philosophy from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in

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Lynne Griffey


Having always been interested in art, Lynne Waters Griffey truly found her passion for art in high school. Subsequently, she earned a Bachelor of Art in art education and English and a Master of Education from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee, and is licensed in color therapy as well. She began her career as an educator in 1973 and has remained closely connected to the students she taught, particularly those from her 1976 graduating class. In 2007, after 34 years as an art educator, Ms. Griffey decided to retire to focus on her art full time with her private studio, Lynne Griffey Art, where she works creating paintings, portraits and prints, both independently and on commission. Among her various

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Entering military service right out of high school in 1979, Beth A. Lockhart spent over four decades working with the United States Department of Defense in various roles. Joining the Oklahoma National Guard, she was initially positioned by her higher-ups to do desk work. However, she was able to convince them to place her elsewhere through her aptitude for mechanics and spent her more than 20-year tenure with the Oklahoma National Guard as an aircraft mechanic for the airborne warning and control system. During this time, Ms. Lockhart was notably recognized as a Mechanic of the Month in the late 1980s. In 2000, Ms. Lockhart joined the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft avionic systems specialist at Tinker Air Force

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Dierdre Timmons


After graduating from the Annie Wright Schools, Dierdre Allen Timmons joined Smith College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English literature in 1990. She subsequently moved to Brussels with her then husband, who was attending a master’s program there, and began her career as a writer with The Bulletin, a local magazine. When she returned the United States, she joined a small local newspaper in Bellevue, Washington, as a news clerk before going on on to become a reporter with a different small paper. Continuing her studies, she achieved a journalism certificate from the University of Washington to support her career and eventually acquired an editor position at Microsoft, where she worked pulling news stories for Around

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Sandi Starrette


A certified gemologist through the Gemological Institute of America Inc., Sandi Starrette, MA, holds further certifications in diamond appraisal, colored stone identification and appraisal, and has completed apprenticeships in both gold and silversmithing. She began her career as a fiber artist and jeweler in 1967, excelling in a freelance capacity before becoming the owner of The Golden Scarab, a jewelry store, from 1975 to 1984. While she found great success in this traditionally male dominated field, she notes that it wasn’t without its struggles, recalling a particular time when a man came into her jewelry store for watch repair, but then refused to let her touch his watch because she was a woman. Despite experiences like this, Ms. Starrette persevered,

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Born in Berlin in 1951 to father Werner Ernst Strelau and mother Gerda Gertrud “Bargel” Strelau, Renate Strelau was encouraged and motivated by her parents’ emphasis on raising her and her brother equally—Klaus Strelau is now a continuing lecturer in the philosophy department of the University of California, Berkeley—during a time when male children were prioritized. Coming to the United States with her family in 1960, she began undergraduate study at UC Berkeley in 1969. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science at UC Berkeley in 1974. Ms. Strelau then began graduate studies at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., and achieved a certificate in Arabic language proficiency (written and oral)

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Linda Kozloff-Turner


Fascinated with jewelry since she was a young child, Linda Kozloff-Turner first earned a bachelor’s degree in jewelry and industrial product design from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 1985. Attending the University of Colorado Boulder, she taught fine art photography as a part-time graduate instructor while studying toward her Master of Fine Arts in photography, which she earned in 1992. In 2002, she established Christine Marguerite Designs, where she remains active as the owner and lead designer. In addition to designing custom jewelry, Ms. Kozloff-Turner manages all aspects of production, including manufacturing and material sourcing, with an emphasis on utilizing local talent and only using ethically sourced supplies. Ms. Kozloff-Turner, as an expert, has continued to further her

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Meleeka Clary


An accomplished actress and psychologist, Dr. Meleeka Clary has excelled as a clinical psychologist with HMWP Psychology Counseling, LLC since 2020. She previously served as a counselor for a variety of organizations, including two homeless shelters. Drawn to a career in psychology after dealing with some personal struggles that lead her to seek mental health care for herself, she now specializes in working with developmentally disabled individuals and teaching communication skills. Her ultimate goal is to help these individuals feel more comfortable expressing themselves. When she isn’t working directly with patients, Dr. Clary often collaborates with her fellow professionals about the mental health needs of practitioners in the field and serves as a volunteer advocate for the Dr. Solomon Carter

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Phyllis Shipley


With a longstanding interest in the arts, Phyllis Shipley embarked on a career as a painter while employed as a purchaser at the Eastman Chemical Company. Alongside a friend, she opened the Friends Gallery in 1989, which they ran together until they decided to go their separate ways. Continuing to pursue her passion for art, she began attending workshops and art retreats and realized that she wanted to make art her only career. In 1992, Ms. Shipley took early retirement from Eastman Chemical and launched her career as an independent artist with her own private gallery and studio, the Phyllis Shipley Fine Art Gallery, though which she has produced a number of art shows and taken her art all around

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