Listee Features — Consulting

Teresa Hardy


Teresa Ann Hardy is a strategic planning and business consulting expert with more than 20 years of expertise in her field. Currently, she is the owner of Hardy, Graham, & Associates LLC and a program project manager at The Collaborative Firm, where she specializes in helping businesses manage, transform, and streamline their information technology programs. She is responsible for managing 15 contracts with clients across industries to ensure that projects are fully realized to a high degree and that clients, staff, and employees are able to meet organizational goals. Since the beginning of her career, Ms. Hardy felt called to help her fellow professionals develop through program training and to support others in finding their own versions of success. She

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First earning a Bachelor of Arts in international relations, cum laude, at the University of Pennsylvania in 1977, Lesley Mallow Wendell began her career as an assistant account executive with Benton & Bowles. Following a year in that role, she joined the University of Vermont, where she spent the next four years as the director of the student jobs program and working with the cooperative education program. In 1982, she became the director of career services with Widener University, a role she held until 1993. During this time, Ms. Wendell continued her studies at Widener University, achieving a Master of Science in business with a focus on human resources and career development, summa cum laude, in 1987. Ms. Wendell joined

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Dreisa Jordan Sherrill began her career in the field of education. First earning a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry and commerce from Catawba College, she went on to achieve a Master of Arts in educational leadership and administration from Appalachian State University and completed doctoral-level coursework in educational leadership and cultural foundations at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Her tenure in education lasted from 1986 to 2014, when she retired as a school administrator with the Iredell-Statesville School District. Concurrent with this work in education, Ms. Sherrill contributed her skills as a volunteer for beauty pageants, and once she retired, she decided to make this her full-time career. In 2015, Ms. Sherrill joined The Foxy Lady, where she served as

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Lea Rutherford


Lea T. Rutherford has always been driven by a desire to help others. While attending Spelman College, she volunteered in the neonatal intensive care unit at a local hospital, though she ultimately opted for a career in education instead of health care. She graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in natural sciences and was certified in lifetime teaching by Teach for America in 1996. In 1997, she was licensed as a science educator by the Texas Education Agency. Embarking on her career as a teacher in her local school district, she was recognized early on for her excellence and was elected to be chair of her department. She also represented both her district and her region for science

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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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Joy Stephens


Andrea Joy Stephens is an equity expert and the owner and chief consultant for New Heights Academic & Leadership Consulting, an independent firm offering diversity, equity, and inclusion training and workshops to clients in K-12 and higher education, corporations, community organizations, and the nonprofit sector. Ms. Stephens holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Spelman College and a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, graduating magna cum laude in 1996. She earned her Master of Business Administration from Webster University in 2010 and has pursued extensive continuing education throughout her career, becoming board-certified in coaching by the Center for Credentialing & Education and the Institute for Life Coach Training. In 2021, Ms. Stephens

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Edith Dorsey


Edith D. Dorsey, PhD, earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. After working several years as a registered nurse, Dr. Dorsey quickly realized that she could contribute more to others and the world by continuing her education and acquiring business experience to complement her clinical expertise. Dr. Dorsey received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Doctor of Philosophy in business administration, specializing in leadership and organizational development, from North Central University. Her leadership research was described as “ground-breaking.” She received high scholastic recognition from two international honor societies during her doctoral program and completed advanced leadership studies at Wharton and Harvard. Dr. Dorsey is a certified project management professional

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Maya D. Hennessey is an independent consultant and behavioral health expert who has dedicated her career to policy and intervention work, serving women with substance use disorders and other complex behavioral needs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral health, business and management, and theology from Northeastern Illinois University and began consulting in 1975. Between 1992 and 2004, Ms. Hennessey was a women’s addiction treatment specialist for the Illinois Department of Substance Abuse Services, where she focused on working with pregnant and parenting women who used drugs. Inter-agency outreach and collaboration were a significant component of her role with the Illinois Department of Substance Abuse Services, and she piloted a program in conjunction with the federal government and state departments

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First earning a bachelor’s degree in Bible and Christian education, magna cum laude, from Northeastern Bible College, Debbie L. Bacon, EdD, subsequently obtained a master’s degree, with distinction, from Arcadia University. She began her career in 2006 as a behavior support consultant for children before holding that same role with a residential community from 2010 to 2014. In 2014, she established D. L. Bacon Consulting LLC, where she provides seminars and training on mental health and mental illness to various organizations. Four years later, Dr. Bacon additionally joined Applied Counseling & Consulting Services, LLC, where she works with teams and individuals to assess and address their behavioral health needs. Attributing much of her success to her passion for helping people

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