Listee Features — Information Technology

Anna Mayo


Anna Yeung Mayo is a retired information technology developer and consultant for the California Department of Consumer Affairs, where she enjoyed nearly two decades of service before stepping down in 2021. Ms. Mayo’s interest in programming and information technology came through a chance encounter with a door-to-door salesperson, who told her that she would never become a programmer after initially pitching her a technology training course. Committed to proving them wrong and breaking through in a traditionally male-dominated field, Ms. Mayo decided to pursue her interest and education in information technology. Ms. Mayo began her career as a medic for the United States Air Force, where she served proudly for 20 years, including a special assignment during Operation Desert Storm

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Irene Sanchez


After 38 years of Federal Government service, Irene Sanchez retired in 2018, from the Department of Treasury, Bureau of Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Upon retiring, Ms. Sanchez received the Albert Gallatin Award for exemplary service. She also received a commendation from the offices of each of the United States Presidents which she served. Ms. Sanchez began her career with the Federal Government while still in high school. As a student aide, she initially performed a variety of clerical jobs, but because she possessed a strong knowledge of computers, she was asked to teach staff members how to use personal computers to automate administrative tasks. Before long, Ms. Sanchez became a key player in the workforce, and upon turning 18 years

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Upon earning a bachelor’s degree in business, DeShea Simon, PhD, went on to earn a Master of Arts in information technology, a doctorate in religious education and a doctorate in information technology. Throughout her professional career she has cultivated significant expertise in technology and education. She began her career as a technology trainer in the public school system and, for the past 10 years, she has excelled as a professor at Hampton University. Dr. Simon has garnered a reputation as an innovative educator adopting “service-learning” and the “flipped classroom” for her nontraditional methods of teaching and learning. More recently, she has also served as a governance officer, providing direction and technical oversight for a state designated community action program. At

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Anju Gupta


Born and raised in India, Anju Gupta, PhD, feels very fortunate to have been able to complete her early education at an excellent university, as colleges and universities in India are highly competitive. She began her formal education with a Bachelor of Science at Banaras Hindu University followed by a Master of Science in life sciences. Qualifying for a scholarship/fellowship from the United States government for her doctoral studies, she joined The Ohio State University and graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in genetics and statistics in 2001. From there, Dr. Gupta embarked on her career with the Monsanto Company, now Bayer AG, serving as the statistical genetics lead from 2005 to 2009 and the analytics and process lead from

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Excelling in the sciences since she was in high school, Lois McCoy Floyd was a high school merit scholar and was recognized as the Most Outstanding Science Student in 1962. Furthermore, she won multiple awards from the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair during her high school years, placing second her first year and fourth the subsequent three. During her final year, she was further recognized for a project on DNA. Following her excellence in high school, she received a full scholarship to attend Colorado State University, where graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1967. After her undergraduate studies, Ms. Floyd received a National Science Foundation scholarship grant and spent a year in graduate school, pursuing further studies.

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Joe-Anne McCormick


Attributing much of her success to her father for encouraging her to do anything she wanted, Joe-Anne Charlesetta McCormick was inspired to pursue a career in nursing by her desire to help others. Attending Cass Technical High School, where they had career focused curriculum, she was originally enrolled in performing arts and earned credits to join SAG-AFTRA after acting in commercials and sit coms. Soon after, she realized her passion for helping people and changed to a health and human services curriculum following her sophomore year. In her senior year, she added a minor in computer technology. Once graduated, she moved to California and enrolled in the Institute of Medical Studies in Santa Monica, where she studied and received her

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Catherine Minarik


Catherine E. Minarik celebrates a career in quality management and data processing for major manufacturers spanning nearly four decades of innovation. A talented student, Ms. Minarik was both analytical and creative from a young age, and developed an interest in food science and cooking by the time she had entered high school. Aware of the developments happening in nutrition and the manufacturing industry as a result of changing technologies, Ms. Minarik was inspired to explore the opportunities that would be available to her through a career in the field. She attended Washburn University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in home economics, and continued her education at Kansas State University, where she was awarded a Master of Science in food science.

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Karen A. Pollock celebrates more than 35 years as an information technology and computer specialist for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Methodical, meticulous, and passionate about technology and problem-solving, Ms. Pollock began her journey at Elmhurst College, graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in information systems. Shortly after graduation, she was hired by National Data Corporation, where she briefly worked as a formatter before joining the Department of Veterans Affairs as an information technology specialist in 1985. Ms. Pollock continued her education at North Central College, where she was awarded a Master of Science in information systems in 1993. She has continued to learn and refine her abilities throughout her career, and remains with the Department of Veterans

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Amanda K. Parker is a database administrator and data analytics expert who has spent more than 15 years as Eastern Virginia Medical School’s graduate medical education and information systems specialist. Since 2004, she has specialized in maintaining the school’s residency management software and databases, becoming the primary user, trainer, and administrator for the entire program. Ms. Parker’s career began when she pursued administrative office work after completing some college coursework. Unsure of her desired path, she was hired by Eastern Virginia Medical School and placed in the Graduate Medical Education Office as a temporary worker. After only a month in the office, Ms. Parker was hired as a permanent staff member and promoted to her current role. She excelled at

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Embarking on her career with the United States Air Force, Dr. Marilyn K. Nelson spent six years on active duty, serving as a cryptologic linguist during Operations Just Cause and Enduring Iraqi Freedom as she raised a child and put herself through college. She left the Air Force as a combat veteran and earned a Bachelor of Arts in international economics, with honors, from Smith College in 1961. She later earned a Bachelor of Science in education and psychology, a Master of Arts in philosophy of the human mind from the University of Oxford, a Master of Business Administration from the Jack Welch Management Institute, a Doctor of Philosophy in organizational leadership from Johnson & Wales University and a Doctor

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