Listee Features — Information Technology


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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Emily Gallup


An expert in the field of scientific information processing, Emily Bradford Gallup first earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and physics at the University of Maryland and a Master of Public Administration in information science from American University, where she cultivated her personal interest in the field by taking all the technical classes that were available to her. She then began her career doing scientific and technical aerospace reports for NASA and worked with Documentation Inc. from 1963 to 1965. She then became a technical document analyst with the David Taylor Model Basin in Carderock, Maryland, from 1965 to 1968 and an operations research analyst for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1968. From 1968 to 1973, Ms.

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Holding considerable expertise in cryptography, information security, hardware and software engineering, and product development, De Ann Pope has excelled as an engineer for over four decades. Over the years, she has regularly provided group facilitations, moderation and training in cyber security and project management related areas. Since 2003, she has found success as the chief scientist and senior program manager of L-3 Communications, now L3 Harris Technologies, where she designs large global computer systems and networks and writes patents for government entities. Prior to her current position, Ms. Pope was the technical director and systems architect for ManTech International Corporation from 2002 to 2004, the director of the information assurance practice of Pragmatics Inc. in 2002, the executive vice president

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With more than 40 years of professional experience, Bernice M. Narvaez has been a principal systems engineer with the Raytheon Company since 2017, having formerly been the IT program manager and principal systems engineer from 2015 to 2017. Prior to obtaining these roles, she was the lead systems engineer for software development with Praxis Engineering Technologies LLC from 2009 to 2015 and she previously held a number of positions with the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), including senior business process consultant from 2004 to 2006 and business process reengineering specialist from 2000 to 2004. From 1994 to 1997 and again from 1999 to 2000, Ms. Narvaez was a senior consultant with Comsys Information Technology Services, Inc., and, from 1997 to

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Dana Hummel


Dana Darwin Mallett Hummel is a retired research librarian and information technology specialist who had a diverse career with the military, U.S. Embassies and Washington D.C. think tanks. She assisted her husband who was the U.S. Embassy military attaché in several Hispanic countries. She was a member and distinguished president of the Fairfax County Public Library Board. Four large libraries were built under her leadership. She was active politically and served as a delegate to a Virginia state convention. She was a leading fund raiser for two U.S. universities. She taught Spanish at high schools and English as a second language. In her retirement, over a 14-year period she was a board member and ten-year president of her condominium association.

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