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SUZANNE STROHL

Dr. Suzanne Strohl embarked on her professional journey by earning a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Marymount University in 1995. During this time, she interned with the United States Department of the Army and did early work as a general engineer with the night vision and electronic sensors laboratory at Fort Belvoir. Her specialty was in lasers and electro-optics, and she worked on various weapons systems, including tanks and missiles. In 1995, she became the division chief for instrumentation at the United States Army Test and Evaluation Command and achieved her Master of Science in systems engineering from the University of Virginia in 2002. From 2004 to 2005, Dr. Strohl worked as a general engineer and team chief for

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Melissa Helton

MELISSA G. HELTON

Distinguished for her years of experience in strategic planning and the gaming and hospitality industry, Melissa G. Helton has found vast success in a career spanning nearly 25 years. Since 2020, she has excelled as the president and general manager of FanDuel Sportsbook and Horse Racing in Collinsville, Illinois. Among her responsibilities in her role spanning finance and business operations, she oversees general operations, leads executive meetings, liaises with jockeys and administers to horses after races. Earlier in her professional journey, between 2018 and 2020, Ms. Helton served as senior vice president of finance for Del Lago Resort & Casino in Waterloo, New York. She has also been director of finance operations for Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville,

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MARGARET “MAGGIE” STEDT

Margaret “Maggie” Stedt is an entrepreneur, insurance expert, and the owner of Stedt Insurance Services, an independent insurance broker specializing in health care and life insurance policies. Established in 2004, Stedt Insurance Services is the culmination of more than four decades of industry expertise, offering consulting and sales to clients in need of specialized individual and business solutions. The company focuses on Medicare supplement and Medicare gap policies in addition to affordable, comprehensive health plans and offers a full suite of term life insurance and accident policies. Ms. Stedt is passionate about helping to demystify the insurance industry to her clients and empowering them to plan for their futures and reach their personal and professional goals by accessing the security

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HELEN MCLEOD

Helen McLeod is the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Genesee Polymers Corporation, a major manufacturer of industrial and consumer silicone products. A finance industry executive with three decades of corporate accounting and leadership experience, Ms. McLeod has focused her career on working with manufacturing and engineering entities. At Genesee Polymers Corporation, Ms. McLeod plays a fundamental role in managing everyday financial functions, as well as leading executive decision-making and growth processes that ensure the company’s ability to continue delivering high-quality and socially responsible products. Ms. McLeod began her professional journey as a student at the University of Michigan, where she completed a Bachelor of Science in economics and sociology in 1991. She immediately continued her education, enrolling

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Doretha Spells

DORETHA J. SPELLS

Doretha J. Spells first earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, cum laude, from South Carolina State University in 1976, followed by a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Tech University in 1980. First working for a local housing authority in 1976, she joined Hampton University in 1980 as a loan officer. From there, she rose to staff accountant for administration in 1981, senior staff accountant for financial accounting in 1984, payroll officer in 1986, senior staff accountant for FAS and grants in 1987 and associate comptroller for financial records in 1989. In 1992, Ms. Spells became the assistant vice president for financial records, which she followed with a period as comptroller and associate vice president of business affairs. Since 2001,

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BARBARA J. TAVROW

Inspired by a life dedicated to philanthropy and service, Barbara J. Tavrow has excelled as a consultant for nonprofit organizations seeking to strengthen their financial stability and implement major fundraising initiatives. Specializing in capital and endowment campaigns and major gifts, she has become highly regarded for her skill and expertise in the discipline. To set the groundwork for her three-decade-long career, she matriculated at the University of California Berkeley, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1968 and later a Master of Arts in secondary education and teaching. Driven by her entrepreneurial spirit, Ms. Tavrow co-founded Tavrow|Lund Consulting LLC in 2003, remaining until 2015. During this period, she also developed her expertise in facilitating capital and endowment

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CHRIS EVERETT

Chris Everett is a financial planner, author, and the president and founder of Everett Wealth Solutions, an independent financial management firm offering clients a broad range of services for planning their futures. A strategic and creative professional with an incisive communication style and a passion for helping others, Ms. Everett came to the financial services industry through a nontraditional route. She studied at the University of Illinois and initially began her career in advertising. Early in her career, she balanced working full-time at a large advertising firm while also fronting a successful rock band. After several years, she placed her music career on hold to focus on raising her children and excelling in advertising, and she soon rose to become

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MELANIE A. BOYD

Melanie A. Boyd currently offers her expertise to Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida, having accrued nearly three decades of professional success in academia. Since 2008, she has excelled as a professor of business and technology, teaching various classes such as Intro to Management and Leadership, Intro to Entrepreneurship, Small Business Accounting, Microcomputer Applications, Human Relations, Business Law, Introduction to Office Management, Principles of Management, Business Communications and Intro to Data Processing. Ms. Boyd began serving as the chair of business and technology in 2012. In addition to teaching and overseeing all the programs within the department, she is responsible for supervising all 13 full-time educators and five support personnel members. Equally important, Ms. Boyd must remain abreast

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Tonia Taylor

TONIA F. TAYLOR

Having accrued more than 25 years of knowledge in banking regulations and auditing, Tonia F. Taylor is highly regarded among her colleagues and industry professionals as a leader in compliance management. Since 2018, she has excelled as the senior vice president and director of compliance for QCR Holdings Inc., a banking company that provides commercial and consumer banking and trust and asset management services for the Quad City and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, communities. In this capacity, she focuses her efforts on leading a team of seven who help banks to be compliant with regulations. Notably, Ms. Taylor is an expert in all areas of banking regulatory compliance, laws and regulations for financial institutions, internal auditing, and financial fraud monitoring. Ms.

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