Listee Features — Environmental Services

Jane Mullowney


Jane Lee Mullowney is an accomplished author and artist who has additionally led an extensive career in environmental work. First earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Loyola Marymount University, she began her professional endeavors during her college years, selling her artwork and taking commissions to put herself through school. Following her graduation, she joined Westsail Parts Co. in Newport Beach, California, as the vice president of sales from 1974 to 1975. Ms. Mullowney entered the environmental field in 1976 as a marketing engineer for the Environmental Data Corporation, where she remained until 1978. From 1978 to 1984, Ms. Mullowney was the director of marketing for the Contraves Goerz Corp. During this time, she furthered her studies at the California

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Mary Blanchard


An accomplished federal executive, Mary Josie Cain Blanchard earned an Associate of Arts, with honors, from Stephens College in 1967 before attending the University of Texas at Austin, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in 1969 and 1971, respectively. In 1970, she embarked on her career as an instructor for the College of the Mainland and became the research director for the Prudhomme Corporation in 1971. In 1972, she joined the environmental planning division of the Texas General Land Office, where she remained until 1975 when she became the chief of permits and research for the surface mining reclamation division of the Railroad Commission of Texas. Ms. Blanchard began her work with the federal government

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Mildred Mary Wintz, EdD, is an educator and historian who has dedicated more than 50 years combining her deep knowledge of environmental science with her background in education and curriculum design. A self-described maverick who has led a multifaceted career, Dr. Wintz did not begin her career intending to become a teacher. She attended the University of Pennsylvania, briefly taking teacher education coursework before discovering her love for fine arts and architecture. She completed a Bachelor of Applied Arts in 1955 after several female-dominated programs were discontinued by school administration in favor of those with more male enrollees. For the rest of the decade, Dr. Wintz worked as a designer for John Reid Interiors and a trainer for the American

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With over four decades of professional experience to her credit, Mary C. DeVany holds considerable expertise in occupational and community health and safety and environmental services, with a special emphasis on chemical exposures and adverse health effects from chemical and physical stressors. Since 1986, she has made a name for herself as the president and an environmental health scientist with DeVany Industrial Consultants, where she does private and public sector technical consulting work. Her company was the first woman owned environmental health and safety consulting company in the United States. Earlier in her career, she cultivated her skills as the manager of safety training, environmental affairs, product safety, and liability in the electronics division of Union Carbide Corporation and as

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Leading a successful, diversified career for many years, Bernice M. Barris retired at the pinnacle of her career as a drilling company executive and president of ABC Drilling in 1987 after five years in her role, inheriting the business after her husband passed away. She formerly spent 25 years as secretary of Hupp Well and Pump in Cleveland. Now retired, Ms. Barris also worked simultaneously as a private practice nurse in Cleveland for many years. As a teenager, she was initially looking to become a nurse because, at the time, people were required to become a registered nurse in order to move up to a flight attendant position. Among her numerous civic and community activities, Ms. Barris most notably contributed

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Joining the environmental industry in 1971 at a time when it was just beginning, Pamela S. Hall was excited to get involved in solving the emerging issues the field was facing at Normandeau Associates, a brand new organization founded in 1970 and headquartered in Bedford, New Hampshire. in 1970, she served in the capacity of program manager, marine laboratory director, and programs and operations manager before being appointed to then to president and chief executive officer in 1988. In 2000, she was elected to the board of directors and became board chair in 2015. Today, she continues to serve as chair and corporate officer. A science-based consulting firm, Normandeau Associates notably serves both the profit and nonprofit sectors. Anticipating that

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Providing many years of service to DuPage County, Illinois, as an environmental research technician for the Public Works Department, for the last 15 years, Janet L. Williams has served as an environmental chairwoman for local schools in DuPage County. In addition to her career, she has been a leader of the Environmental Club of the Churchill Elementary School since 1993. Ms. Williams has also served as an assistant troop leader and troop leader for the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, as well as a youth leader and Sunday school teacher for the Community of Christ Church. Further associated with the Churchill Elementary School as co-coordinator of the annual Olympics Day, Ms. Williams became involved with the Girl

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Ann Croissant


Believing in a strong work ethic, moral compass, faith, individuality, perseverance and resourcefulness, Ann Bailey Croissant, PhD, became involved in teaching because her parents were also teachers. She grew up on a farm and that made her appreciate the outdoors more. She wanted to discover a cure for a major disease and planned on going to a large university for this. She was asked by her parents to either work in a grocery store, live at home and go to University of Northern Colorado, or go away to school without a car. During the process, she set high standards and figured that if she hurried up through this school, she could go onto graduate school even sooner. Dr. Croissant later

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Carolyn Merchant


Renowned for her work in environmental history, philosophy, the history of science, and ethics, Carolyn Merchant, PhD, wore many hats over the course of her career. She started out as an assistant professor and associate professor at the University of San Francisco, after which she joined the University of California Berkeley as an assistant professor. Dr. Merchant quickly realized she was where she was meant to be; she really connected with her students and peers. She spent the next 39 years there, and by the time she retired in 2018, she had advanced to the position of professor above scale. She also served the school as the chair of the Department of Conservation and Resource Studies and as the chancellor’s

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Inspired by the beauty of the California coast, Phyllis Faber dedicated much of her career to environmental advocacy. She moved to the state in 1970 and found the ecosystem to be remarkable; she knew it had to be protected. Ms. Faber proceeded to join a committee that later created the California Coastal Commission, of which she served as the commissioner for seven years. This led her to spend five years as a partner of Madrone Ecological Associates, 10 years as an instructor at College of Marin, and 17 years as the editor of Fremontia, the journal of the California Native Plant Society. Today, she continues her efforts as the publisher and director of the California Native Plant Society Press, as

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