Who's Who of Professional Women

Professional Women Honorees

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MAXINE GREENE

Maxine Greene – holding a Doctor of Public Health – has excelled as the respiratory manager at RML Specialty Hospital for more than 20 years.

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MITCHELENE BIGMAN

Mitchelene BigMan, an advocate for veterans and Native Americans, founded and is treasurer of the Native American Women Warriors Association.

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LEE SANDERS

Food and agriculture business advocate Lee Sanders founded the Sanders Strategy Group LLC and co-founded of the Society of Bakery Women.

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PENNY S. TEE

Vodcast host Penny S. Tee created PEACE with Penny for Israeli and Palestinian peace organizations working together on an improved future.

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ZANDRA BRIGHT

Entrenched in community engagement, Zandra Bright thrives as the founder of Operation Love Freeport, established in 2020 in Illinois.

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NANCY NYSTROM

Enjoying diverse career paths, Nancy Nystrom founded and has run Casa Hogar Los Angelitos Children’s Home since 1996.

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BARBARA ALLISON HANEY

A key figure in Alaskan politics, education, and reform, Barbara Allison Haney, PhD, has been an authority in her spheres for three decades.

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EMILY LEWIS

Ohio attorney Emily Lewis, a well-regarded and staunch advocate for women’s rights, has owned the Law Offices of Emily Lewis since 1992.

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MARY ELIZABETH KING

Civil rights champion Mary Elizabeth King, PhD, is director of the James Lawson Institute and a UN professor of peace and conflict studies.

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HEIDI P. HIRSCHFELD

Since 2013, Heidi P. Hirschfeld has been president of the board of directors of the Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled.

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Yahaira Soto

YAHAIRA SOTO

Driven by an innate need to help others, Yahaira Soto presently excels as the Hispanic liaison for the Cleveland Department of Aging.

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LINA YUK-SHUI FONG

In 2005, Lina Yuk-Shui Fong, PhD, founded Global Adoption, Counseling, Cultural Resources Inc., a Christian nonprofit organization.

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Gwendolyn Reese

GWENDOLYN D. REESE

Gwendolyn D. Reese is the president of both Peaten Reese Peaten Consulting and the African American Heritage Association of St. Petersburg.

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TINA GRACE BERTELLE

Tina Grace Bertelle is the director of development, education and client engagement for WalkThru, a health-focused virtual reality company.

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BETTY KWAN CHINN

Betty Kwan Chinn is the founder of the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center and the Betty Kwan Chinn Foundation, which supports a range of programs.

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Melanie Cawthon

MELANIE R. CAWTHON

In 2017, Melanie R. Cawthon joined Disabilitysa as the executive director, having originally helped to found the organization a decade prior.

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Erin Cave

ERIN MARIE CAVE

Since 2020, Erin Marie Cave has excelled as the director of corporate social responsibility for Thornburg Investment Management.

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Melanie Kennedy

MELANIE V. KENNEDY

In 1993, Melanie V. Kennedy founded the Eagles Nest Group Center, which provides day programs and residential care for medically fragile individuals.

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Tacoma Anderson

TACOMA R. ANDERSON

Dr. Tacoma R. Anderson is a United States Army veteran currently serving as the United States Marine Corps military housing director.

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AMY N. PEREZ

Since 2020, Amy N. Perez has served as the community development director in Jacksonville, North Carolina, for Remember Everyone Deployed.

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