Listee Features — Health Care


Encouraged to enter the medical field by her father, Ibtihaj Awadelkariem, MLS, first earned a bachelor’s degree in medical technology in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1989. She subsequently began her career, working with numerous hospital and research laboratories before founding Clinical Diagnostic Laboratories in Virginia, where she has excelled as the chief executive officer for the past 20 years. During this time, she furthered her studies at California State University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in biological science in 2003 and has been additionally certified by the American Association of Bioanalysts. Her decades of experience in the field have resulted in considerable expertise in hematology, microbiology and chemistry. Attributing much of her success to her hard work and determination, Ms.

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Pamela Kelly


Holding considerable expertise in infection control and procedural nursing, Pamela M. Kelly attributes much of her success to her decades of hard work and her innate passion for what she does. Since 2020, she has excelled as a school nurse with Saint Viator High School. Initially coming on as a consultant for the COVID-19 pandemic, she transitioned into the role of full-time nurse, becoming the school’s first dedicated school nurse. Her day-to-day duties include immunizations, vision and dental care, and general health care for faculty, staff and students. Prior to this, she served as the digital communications director for the athletic board of the St. James School from 2019 to 2020, a substitute school nurse for Township High School District

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Debbie Sheme


Driven by her long-standing love of dancing, Debbie W. Sheme was also inspired by her passion for alternative holistic approaches to wellness through physical fitness and proper nutrition. She discovered her love of dance at just 4 years old while taking classes at the Carousel Performing Arts Center and, by the time she was 8, had her first solo ballet performance at Immaculata University. Her studies continued with the Brandywine Ballet Company, the Joffrey Ballet, the Philadelphia Ballet and the Harrisburg Ballet Theater, during which time she was not only a professional ballet and modern dancer, but taught and choreographed dance for all ages and levels across Pennsylvania, Delaware and Florida. She then took courses in Pilates and modern dance

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Having always enjoyed connecting with people and helping others, Taryn L. Amberson, RN, knew that she wanted to be a nurse from an early age. First earning a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Grand Canyon University in 2013, she embarked on her career as an emergency nurse that same year. She went on to obtain a Master of Science in nursing from Grand Canyon University in 2019, during which time she was also employed as a nurse with Scripps Health in San Diego. In 2020, following a move to Hawaii with her husband, a diver in the U.S. Navy, she joined the Pali Momi Medical Center as an emergency nurse, where her duties include triage and assessing and checking

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Diane Miller


Inspired to a career in medicine at the age of 9 after watching the Bing Crosby movie “Little Boy Lost,” which features a nun taking care of a young boy, Diane Marie Miller, RN, BSN, began working in a hospital at just 13 years old. Her very first responsibilities included sorting x-rays and pushing a candy cart around for all the patients and patrons. While in high school, she obtained certification as a nurse’s aide at that same hospital and, in 1966, earned a diploma as a registered nurse from the St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing. Subsequently, Ms. Miller embarked on her career proper as a staff nurse at St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, before

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Jennifer Santiago


Jennifer R. Santiago, MD, has excelled as a board-certified physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology since 2003. Raised in New Jersey by a family with a strong tradition of careers in medicine, Dr. Santiago was inspired to follow the example of her mother and grand-aunt, both women’s health care providers, and could never imagine doing anything else. Her passion for women’s health care was reinforced by the experiences of her peers, and she has dedicated her career to ensuring that high-quality and compassionate gynecological and obstetric medicine is available to all. Dr. Santiago earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology at Bryn Mawr College in 1995 and was awarded her Doctor of Medicine in 1999 by the Robert Wood Johnson

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Knowing that she wanted to enter the medical field by the time she was 5 years old, Margaret Rigsby Hall came to a career in nuclear medicine entirely by accident when she visited her friend, Bree, in the euro intensive care department at Vanderbilt University. Subsequently, she earned an associate degree in nuclear medicine from Vanderbilt and then joined Middle Tennessee State University, where she completed her bachelor’s degree. Ms. Hall embarked on her career with Coliseum Medical Centers two days after she graduated and remained with the medical center for 28 years until it became part of Piedmont Healthcare in 2021. Attributing much of her success to her love of her profession and her patients, Ms. Hall concluded her

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First earning a diploma in nursing in 1961, following three years of study in a hospital 10 miles from her home, Dr. Patricia Anne Duick went on to join the University of Pennsylvania, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in organizational dynamics. During this time, she began her career and worked full time to support her education. She taught nursing at a series of local community colleges, notably starting practical nursing programs at several of them. Accepting a position at Temple University, she taught teaching strategies, philosophy of education, and sociology of education there for 15 years and spent time as the ombudsman for the College of Education. Over the course of her tenure

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Deciding she wanted to pursue a career in health care while still in high school, Natalie A. Solomon-Brimage joined the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Africana studies and a Bachelor of Science in psychology in 1999. She then completed graduate coursework at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health before returning to the University of Pittsburgh and achieving Master of Public Health in behavioral and community health sciences in 2006. Beginning her career as a research analyst with Health Systems Research in 2000, she worked her way through her graduate studies as a graduate student researcher before becoming a public health fellow at the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health in

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Kay Trotter


Holding considerable expertise in child and adolescent therapy, equine-assisted mental health care, play therapy and parenting, counselor supervision, and business consulting, Kay Trotter, PhD, attributes much of her success to being self-driven in addition to being continually inspired to learn. It was this drive to learn that led to her attending college at the age of 35, while she served as president of K. Graphics, which she founded in 1989. Earning a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in sociology, cum laude, from Texas Woman’s University in 2000, she was inspired to focus her further education on child and adolescent health care following work with teenagers at a youth ministry. Matriculating at the University of North Texas, she

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