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LEA T. 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

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

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

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

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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DEBBIE L. BACON

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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ShaYanna Mungo

SHAYANNA MUNGO

Holding considerable expertise in relationship development, Dr. ShaYanna Mungo first embarked on her professional journey in sixth grade, when she was trained as a peer mediator at Kennedy Middle School. In high school, she completed two medical internships and developed significant interest in neuroscience and psychology, particularly in how people operate with one another. Additionally, over the course of her early education she moved around between eight different schools and was exposed to a variety of different interpersonal relationship types. Joining North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 2000, becoming the first person in her family to graduate from college. From there, Dr. Mungo obtained a Master of Business Administration in

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Linda Nguyen-Yattaw

LINDA NGUYEN-YATTAW

Linda Nguyen-Yattaw is an entrepreneur and writer with several decades of expertise building and running businesses across industries. Born and raised in Vietnam, she completed an Associate of Arts in 1969 before immigrating to the United States, where she started her first business. Ms. Nguyen-Yattaw grew up in what she describes as “uncertain social and political circumstances,” an experience that shaped her goals and helped her develop the deep sense of compassion and empathy for others that has come to define her throughout her life and career. For more than 15 years, Ms. Nguyen-Yattaw ran Linda Nguyen-Yattaw Family Child Care, a childcare center catering to parents and families in the Anaheim, California, area. Naturally outgoing and patient, she felt called

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Laura Lofaro

LAURA J. LOFARO

Laura J. Lofaro is the founder and chief executive officer of Sterling Resources International LLC, an international management consulting firm specializing in executive recruitment and compensation since 1988. Before beginning her career in business and finance, Ms. Lofaro attended the College of New Rochelle, graduating cum laude with both a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art history and a Bachelor of Arts in political science. Her philosophy is that life affords many opportunities to learn from experience and from other people and that “people are like the most interesting book and that getting to know them opens your eyes to new things.” Ms. Lofaro completed one year of doctoral coursework before becoming an associate of Hawkes, Randolph, & Associates in

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