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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Michelle Monique Marshall is the founder and chief executive officer of Neowe Research and Development, a medical device developer established in 2018. Ms. Marshall has spent more than 15 years in the healthcare industry specializing in wound care, and she brings her experience and an uncompromising dedication to quality to her work in device manufacturing. Neowe Research and Development’s premier product is the Ouipan, a smart bedpan designed to use blockchain technology and Internet of Things infrastructure to deliver accurate real-time data to clinicians and care teams. Ms. Marshall was inspired to begin developing the Ouipan after filling in for a nurse at a long-term care facility. While working with another provider to change a 90-year-old patient’s wound dressings, she

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Tamika Holmes


Tamika D. Holmes is the founder and executive director of the Community Care Development Network, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2014 to offer participants support and outreach in several key areas. The organization focuses on assisting families with essentials, including rent and utilities assistance, food, and clothing and providing educational outreach and mentoring opportunities for participants at all life stages. The Community Care Development Network also partners with other local groups on community-level projects affecting safety and quality of life, including school supply drives. Inspired by Ms. Holmes’ experiences as a teenage parent and former high school dropout, the organization was founded in a small classroom in response to her desire to help others in the community experiencing challenges

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Barbara Hawes


Since her first job in an emergency room, Barbara Hawes, PhD, DRCC, has been interested in working with mental health disorders. She first earned a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in philosophy and psychology from Roanoke College in 1977 before completing coursework in deaf education from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Subsequently joining Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Hawes worked as a mental health crisis counselor and clinical instructor at the university hospital while pursuing her master’s degree in counseling psychology. From 1993 to 1998, Dr. Hawes served as a senior counselor for Vesta, Inc., where she helped to develop the first community crisis beds in their area of Maryland. Rising to become the

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Ruth Ibañez


Ruth C. Ibañez has been fascinated with science and how technology functions from an early age. As a child, she was always excited to get new toys so she could take them apart and figure out how they worked. While her mother saw this as her being destructive, to her, it was a learning process, one that greatly benefited her and led to her pursuing coursework in biology at the Adventist University of the Philippines, formerly Philippine Union College, in 1973. She is also an alumna of the university’s award-winning Ambassadors Chorale Arts Society and has garnered expertise writing and composing music. After graduating with an associate degree, Ms. Ibañez completed coursework in hotel administration at the Philippine Institute of

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Makeba Wright


At a young age, Makeba L. Wright witnessed a drug bust in her neighborhood and became fascinated with how law enforcement operated. She began her career as a patrol officer with the Dougherty County Police Department in 2004, rising to become a lieutenant in the drug unit by 2007. Subsequently, she joined the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport as a safety officer from 2007 to 2010 before serving for more than a decade as an investigator with the Dougherty County District Attorney’s Office from 2010 to 2022. During this time, Ms. Wright completed a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Albany State University in 2008, which was followed by a Master of Science in forensic psychology from the Chicago School of

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Marta Recasens


Coming to the United States in 1956, Marta A. Recasens, MD, completed her early education in her home country of Argentina. The first person in her family to attend university, she studied at the University of Salvador in Buenos Aires, where she earned a Doctor of Medicine.  During that time, she co-authored the article “Potassium and Veratrine-Stimulated 1-[(3)H]Cysteine Sulfinate and 1-[(3)H]Glutamate Release From Rat Brain Slices,” which was published in Neurochemistry International in 1984. Dr. Recasens then joined the School of Medicine at Loma Linda University in California, where she earned an additional Doctor of Medicine in 1991. In 1991, Dr. Recasens was an intern with Emory University in Georgia before joining Memorial Health University Medical Center for an internal

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Dely Go


Dely Po Go, DNP, RN, LNHA, was inspired to a career in nursing out of a desire to care for her own family, particularly her parents and children. Born in the Philippines to father Tuana Go and mother Paquita Honda, she completed her early education at Silliman University in Dumaguete, Philippines, ultimately becoming licensed as a registered nurse and in nursing home administration and achieving a Master of Science in nursing. After she and her husband moved to the United States with their children, Harry and Hadele, Dr. Go sought to further her studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University, from which she earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice, summa cum laude, in 2012. Committed to nursing education and service, Dr. Go

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