Holding considerable expertise in sales, Nanette Crawford Rota began her career as a regional sales manager for Filter Queen, an air filter company, in 1990. During this period, she obtained a degree in business administration and management from Piedmont Community College in 1995 and was later certified as a pesticide applicator and by AIB International. In 2003, she joined the Terminix International Company Limited Partnership as a salesperson, rising to become the area sales manager in just six months. She went on to become a branch manager in 2009 and, in 2013, she helped to establish the commercial division of Terminix, where she has excelled as a commercial sales inspector ever since. In 2018, Ms. Rota was promoted to the

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Following an early career as a database programmer and web developer, Sherri Ann Mecum turned her attention toward the mental health field following her own personal experiences with mental health and drug addiction in her family. After earning a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Anna Maria College in 2007, she became a licensed mental health counselor in 2010 and, since 2014, has been the owner and executive director of the New Beginnings Wellness Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. New Beginnings provides mental health and substance abuse services for high-risk adults, adolescents, children and families, ranging from therapeutic monitoring to medication management. Ms. Mecum is proud to have built up an organization that provides quality mental health and substance abuse services

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Lunese Lane


Inspired by her mother and sisters, all of whom are involved in the health field in some way, Lunese T. Lane knew from an early age that she wanted to pursue a career in health care. She embarked on her studies at the University of Florida, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in women’s studies and health professions in 2007. Not long after, she joined the UF Health Shands Hospital, an affiliated hospital of the University of Florida Health Science Center. Spending 13 years as an executive assistant and project manager, she also furthered her education during this time and achieved a Master of Arts in health administration from the University of Phoenix in 2013. In 2021, Ms. Lane

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Active in the nonprofit field for more than 35 years, Sharon L. Chambers-Gordon first earned a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University in 1995, which was followed by a second bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington in 1997. She concluded her formal studies at the University of Alabama, graduating with a master’s degree in communication and organizational development in 2001. The following year, she joined the University of Puget Sound as the director of fellowships and scholarships and the staff liaison for Courageous Conversation, positions she held until 2016. Since 2016, Ms. Chambers-Gordon has been affiliated with Windermere Professional Partners as a real estate broker. Working with Windemere Abode Lakewood, she has crafted her own solo practice at With

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Harboring a fascination with jewelry since she was a young child, Linda Kozloff-Turner first earned a bachelor’s degree in jewelry and industrial product design from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 1985. Joining the University of Colorado Boulder, she taught photography as a part-time graduate instructor while studying toward her Master of Fine Arts in photography, which she earned in 1992. In 2002, she established Christine Marguerite Designs, where she remains active as the owner and designer. In addition to designing custom jewelry, Ms. Kozloff-Turner’s duties include managing all aspects of production, manufacturing and material sourcing, with an emphasis on utilizing local talent and only using ethically sourced supplies. Holding considerable expertise in design, Ms. Kozloff-Turner has continued to

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McKenzie Cooke


Growing up in the dance world, where hair and makeup styling are ever present, McKenzie Cooke completed the cosmetology program at the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative and became licensed cosmetologist in 2012, the same year she graduated from high school. Grateful to the opportunities presented to her by attending a vocational school, she has established herself as an independent freelancer for bridal parties and other special events. As a freelance hair and makeup artist, she offers custom styles that help to make special events unique and memorable. Ms. Cooke has also had the good fortunate to have developed an incredible support network of fellow event artisans. To further her skills, Ms. Cooke joined the College of Business at Western

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Meleeka Clary


An accomplished actress and psychologist, Dr. Meleeka Clary has excelled as a clinical psychologist with HMWP Psychology Counseling, LLC since 2020. She previously served as a counselor for a variety of organizations, including two homeless shelters. Drawn to a career in psychology after dealing with some personal struggles that lead her to seek mental health care for herself, she now specializes in working with developmentally disabled individuals and teaching communication skills. Her ultimate goal is to help these individuals feel more comfortable expressing themselves. When she isn’t working directly with patients, Dr. Clary often collaborates with her fellow professionals about the mental health needs of practitioners in the field and serves as a volunteer advocate for the Dr. Solomon Carter

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Initially intending to achieve a medical degree, Rebecca R. Anderson was inspired to a career in medical technology during her undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota. First earning a Bachelor of Science in chemistry in 2000, she went on to complete additional coursework for a Bachelor of Science in clinical laboratory science and medical technology in 2001. Having always been a person who was drawn to puzzles, she enjoys the ability clinical lab work gives her to do hands on work diagnosing patients. She began her career as a medical technologist with Allina Health in 2001 and later achieved certification as a specialist in blood banking technology. Between 2007 to 2014, Ms. Anderson worked with the Memorial Blood Centers,

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Phyllis Shipley


With a longstanding interest in the arts, Phyllis Shipley embarked on a career as a painter while employed as a purchaser at the Eastman Chemical Company. Alongside a friend, she opened the Friends Gallery in 1989, which they ran together until they decided to go their separate ways. Continuing to pursue her passion for art, she began attending workshops and art retreats and realized that she wanted to make art her only career. In 1992, Ms. Shipley took early retirement from Eastman Chemical and launched her career as an independent artist with her own private gallery and studio, the Phyllis Shipley Fine Art Gallery, though which she has produced a number of art shows and taken her art all around

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