Listee Features — Writing

Alison Carter


Receiving her early training and mentorship from the Harvard professor who developed the early concept of management systems, Linda Alison D. Carter, also known professionally as Alison Carter, is an accomplished grant writer, playwright, artist, energy healer and activist. She first embarked on her professional journey as a management systems analyst with the Hartford Insurance Company in 1968, where her boss encouraged her to break the glass ceiling, leading to her becoming a key figure in designing the system to implement new no-fault insurance laws nationwide. Moving into environmental work, she spent the next two years with Buchart Horn Consulting Engineers, where she was the administrative assistant to the chief of environmental services and administrator for a federal grant to

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Barbara Green


Holding considerable expertise in writing of all sorts, both technical and creative, Barbara Green specializes in writing, designing and producing corporate communications, technical documentation, training manuals, and creative texts, such as novels, newspaper and magazine articles, and essays. After studying at St. John of the Cross from 1961 to 1964, she graduated with a diploma from Lyons Township High School in 1968 and earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Drake University in 1972. She subsequently earned a Master of Arts in journalism at Southern Illinois University in 1975. Attributing much of her success to her mentor, Norbert Blai, Ms. Green began her career as an instructor at the College of DuPage in 1980, teaching various types of writing

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Bihong Margaret Sha


An accomplished art director, producer and screenwriter from China, Bihong Margaret Sha has traveled extensively through Asia, Europe and the United States and strives to create a platform for international artists around the world through her work as chair of the Hollywood International Women Arts Alliance. Currently, she and her team are organizing an international film festival with a focus on women artists for this coming November alongside the regular artists’ workshops they run. Looking toward the future, she hopes to build up a school within the Hollywood International Women Arts Alliance. She is also the founder and co-chair of the Montgomery International Film Festival and has served as the director, producer and chair of Shafilm since 1995. Ms. Sha

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Lucy Kirk


Attributing much of her success to perseverance, Lucy Kirk was inspired to a career in international service out of her love of education and travel. First earning a Bachelor of Arts in American studies from Wellesley College in Massachusetts in 1962, she subsequently joined the American University of International Service in Washington, D.C., where she obtained a Master of Arts in international relations. She embarked on her career with the Library of Congress and initially considered joining the Peace Corps before a friend suggested that she apply for a position with the Central Intelligence Agency. Ms. Kirk achieved her first position with the CIA in 1967 and worked as an operations case officer until 1989. Serving as the chief of

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Patricia Hamilton Shook, PhD, MA, BA, is a writer and clinical psychologist with more than three decades of expertise working with and on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. She has spent much of her career as a psychologist for the Department of Developmental Services, where she administers programming and assesses applications for services and court proceedings for appeals. Her work with the Department of Developmental Services extends to working directly with clients to administer IQ tests and other clinical evaluations as well as provide cognitive behavioral therapy sessions and create treatment plans. Dr. Shook’s initial interest in psychology was driven by her teenage experiences with clinical depression, inspiring her drive to understand the human brain

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Pamela Mankoff is an instructional designer, manager, and technical writer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency with more than 15 years of expertise in disaster and emergency medical preparedness and leadership development. Since 2016, she has overseen mandatory training completion for FEMA employees and contractors, including ensuring employee engagement, editing department newsletters and other communiques, and participating in working groups for FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security to create and assess training curricula. She credits her career to her upbringing and background as much as her tenacity and sense of humor. Raised in a large family by parents who often struggled to put all of their children through school, Ms. Mankoff was inspired by the hard work and consistency

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Susan Furlong


Susan Leigh Furlong, MA, is a historical romance writer and retired educator with nearly four decades of excellence in elementary education and a lifetime of dedication to literature. A creative and headstrong child, Ms. Furlong wanted to become a teacher for as long as she could remember. Her family moved across the country several times during her childhood, and she settled in Ohio to attend college at Wittenberg University. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in teaching and elementary education in 1969, she continued her studies at the University of Dayton, completing a Master of Arts in education specializing in instruction for gifted and talented students in 1977. Ms. Furlong spent her teaching career at Broadway Elementary School with

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Pamela Harrison


Pamela A. Harrison is an award-winning poet and educator with a catalog of work stretching back more than five decades. Much of Ms. Harrison’s work is autobiographical or inspired by her personal and family history, and she began writing at an early age. She started experimenting with poetry following her mother’s suicide attempt, and continued to find her voice in poetry as a teen, building on the strong literary education she received beginning in seventh grade. Exposed to a broad range of books, from paperback mysteries to Shakespeare, Ms. Harrison developed a strong belief in the power of writing as an avenue to share experiences, values, and “help us learn to be human and learn what is important.” Ms. Harrison

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Frances Lee


Inspired to a writing career from an early age, Frances Helen Lee began publishing her written works in her school’s publications when she was in sixth grade. Following high school, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Queens College and embarked on her career as an editorial assistant at the Christian Herald Family Bookshelf in 1957, where she worked reading manuscripts and writing reports and critiques on them. During this time, she joined New York University and earned a Master of Arts in journalism in 1962. From 1964 to 1966, Ms. Lee worked with Gordon & Breach Science Publishers Inc., which was followed by time with the American Electric Power Company, Inc., where she worked on the AEP Operating Ideas

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Having always had a great love of children, Carrie Foxx Ware, MEd, felt a strong desire to ensure that young African American children had good role models and teachers in their lives. Additionally inspired by her older sister, Portia Louise, who was also a teacher, Ms. Ware first earned a Bachelor of Science from Daniel Payne College and was certified as an elementary teacher in 1969. Starting work immediately as an elementary teacher with the Birmingham City Schools, she work in this capacity over 25 years until 1995. During this time, she continued her academic efforts and achieved a Master of Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1979. After retiring as a teacher with the Birmingham City

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