Listee Features — Religion


Holding considerable expertise in emotional and spiritual support, mental health, trauma and crisis, the Rev. Dr. Patricia Ann Moody Ray has excelled as a mental health chaplain at the Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage since 2010. In this role, she provides support for patients, families and friends in the emergency room, surgery department, mental health unit and more. She is also involved in psychological evaluations, facilitates meetings for teenagers and adults at the Crisis Recovery Center and conducts flag ceremonies for the families of organ donors. Notably, she is one of the few chaplains who provide telehealth services. Prior to entering the field of health care, the Rev. Dr. Ray spent more than 35 years as a services representative

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Gale Mitchell Hinson, MSW, began her career as a paraprofessional before studying social work at Farmingdale State College and earning a Bachelor of Social Work from Molloy College. She joined Nassau University Medical Center in 1973 and also spent time working at a local VA hospital, where she was inspired by her supervisor to earn her master’s degree and become a social worker. Matriculating at Adelphi University, she graduated with a Master of Social Work in 1986 and was certified as a social worker in New York in 1988. Ms. Hinson has also been certified as a criminal justice specialist as well. Remaining with the Nassau University Medical Center as a clinical social worker until 2002, Ms. Hinson held the

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Driven by her passion, Herlena O. Washington began her professional path with the United States Navy in 1981, rising to the position of lieutenant commander by the time she retired in 2007. Having served as a hospital administrator for most of her time in the Navy, she concluded that tenure with the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, from 2003 to 2007. Her current career began in 2002, when she became the president of Christ Sanctuary Ministry. Following the completion to two associate degrees and a Bachelor of Arts, Ms. Washington earned a Master of Science in management from Troy University, a doctoral degree in ministerial education and evangelism from Truth Baptist Bible College, and certification as a licensed clinical pastoral

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Donna Polk Stenson


Mrs. Polk-Stenson facilitates projects to meet many of the people’s needs, such as to aide low-income single parents and the elderly, statewide and overseas. MWOI Global has served families needing assistance from Genesis Women’s Shelter, Pakistan Grace Church, Brenda Ellis Children’s Home, HECLIFE and The Salvation Army, as well as families from Tanzania, children from Nigeria, and individuals who have been turned out of their homes. Over the past 25 years, the organization, under her leadership, has provided food, clothes, shoes, household goods, furniture, toiletries, and school and medical supplies, along with vitamins. Mrs. Polk-Stenson created MWOI Global Widow’s Basket in the United States, and now serves as the international director for the Widow’s Basket in the country of Pakistan, providing

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Toya Vickers


With a deep, passionate desire to help others and make a difference, Toya Raylonn Vickers has been writing since she was 7 years old, keeping a journal and using writing as a way to formulate her thoughts and understand her feelings. Initially intending to pursue a career in social work, she first earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Ohio State University in 1999 followed by a master’s degree in social work from Howard University in 2003. A few months shy of the completion of her master’s, Ms. Vickers was in a serious car accident, which dramatically altered the path of her career. Ms. Vickers began writing her first novel, “Dimes, Profiles and Wives,” as she was convalescing following

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An accomplished educator and entrepreneur, Sue Brock Dolinger holds considerable expertise in childcare and early childhood education. First earning a bachelor’s degree in education from Fairmont State University in 1974, she didn’t start her work in childcare until after she began babysitting for a friend of hers. Finding that she enjoyed the work, she also helped her friend look for daycare services when the child was older and was shocked at how poorly some of them were operated. Ms. Dolinger decided then and there that she could do better and, when her own children were old enough, she went to her pastor to ask about starting a daycare for the church. Feeling that working in childcare was her calling, Ms.

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Yvette Grinnell


Yvette D. Grinnel is a certified master life coach, relationship workshop facilitator and ordained minister. Furthermore, between 1991 and 1996, she completed coursework in criminal justice and political science at Delaware Technical Community College and Seminole State College of Florida. In the early days of her career, she worked in banking, finance, human services and real estate, spending time as the vice president of the Framework Maintenance Corporation and serving seven years as a realtor. In 2006, following a major car accident, Ms. Grinnel found herself with a new perspective on life and decided to change paths. Following her marriage in 2009, she established a prayer group for wives in her community. Realizing the need for a space where they

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Having known that she wanted to be a teacher from a young age, Shirley A. Tkachuk taught for nearly 30 years before earning a master’s degree in administration and attaining the role of principal within the Archdiocese of Chicago. She is very grateful to her late husband for persuading her to return to school to pursue a master’s degree. Now celebrating 45 years in her field, she works as the parish school principal for the SS. Cyril & Methodius School. Ms. Tkachuk holds considerable expertise in instructional peace and instructional leadership and, in her role with SS. Cyril & Methodius, she is responsible for the entire staff. Her duties include finding substitutes for sick teachers, working with the lunch and

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Barbara Palmer


Driven to help children and their families, as well as to help people find employment, Barbara A. Palmer has cultivated significant expertise in nonprofit management, leadership development, organization structure and grant writing. She embarked on her career as the head teller for the U.S. Department of Defense at the Pentagon from 1983 to 1986 before earning her Bachelor of Arts in bank finance from the American Institute of Banking in 1989. Subsequently, she served as the international accounts supervisor for Aircargo Communities, Inc. from 1989 to 1998. During this time, she obtained certification in small business management in 1996. In 1998, Ms. Palmer joined the YWCA of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County as the director of programs, a position she

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Barbara Lang


Barbara Wilson Lang celebrates more than four decades as a community spiritual leader, teacher, and the chief executive officer of West Street Baptist Church. Ms. Lang attended Jarvis Christian College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and psychology in 1972, and began her work in religious services shortly after. She was named chief executive officer of West Street Baptist Church in 1978, assuming responsibility for the church’s business operations and financial record-keeping, but her commitment to building and strengthening community ties has been a lifelong calling. In addition to her work for West Street Baptist Church, Ms. Lang dedicated 44 years to her role as the senior residential administrator of Clausen House, a community for adults with developmental disabilities.

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