Gary L. Hubler


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Owner, Manager
Gary’s Snack Shop
Germantown, MD, USA
Industry: Retail/Wholesale/Distribution/Sales
Field: Physical Chemistry

Gary L. Hubler is the owner and manager of Gary’s Snack Shop in Germantown, Maryland. Since his youth, Mr. Hubler has maintained a busy schedule, despite having to overcome a serious setback in 1976. In high school he participated in extracurricular activities through the Future Farmers of America. The Summer of 1970, he was recognized as the News Carrier of the Year by the Washington Evening Star Newspaper, an honor that involved traveling to the White House to meet with then-President Nixon in the Oval Office. He received a bachelor of science with a major in animal science from the University of Maryland.

Mr. Hubler was severely injured in an auto accident that left him debilitated and blinded, but he was able to recuperate from the damage after several surgeries and years of rehabilitative training. Eventually, he enlisted in a Maryland Business Enterprise Program which required two years of specialized training including college-level courses, rehabilitation center training and on-the-job training instruction. In 1995 he became licensed by the State of Maryland in Food Safety Sanitation Management and certified by the county as a food safe sanitation handler.

Gary’s Snack Shop makes available high-quality food and drink items with a focus on nutritional value. Mr. Hubler has owned the shop for 13 years. He keeps a watchful eye on the goods that pass through his store’s shelves, as he ensures people are getting the best product for their money. He is presently in the process of expanding his business. Continue reading

Carla L. Hill


Teaching Associate
Marist College
Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
Industry: Education
Field: Statistics and Information Technology Instruction

An educator for more than three decades, Carla L. Hill is a strong advocate for implementing information technology in student curriculum. For the past seven years, she has served as a teaching associate for Marist College, located in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where she utilizes and implements technology as a methodology of enhanced value for the development of educational tools for students. She applies her expertise in statistics when creating curriculum for students in statistical mathematical courses.

Ms. Hill earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Lenoir-Rhyne University and a Master of Arts in Computer Science from Union College. Always searching for more to learn, she is now pursuing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, with a concentration in educational technology, from the University of Phoenix. As a teaching associate, she also conducts evaluations in all phases of usage of information technology in concurrent implementation for overall evaluation of quality assurance standards for meeting criteria. She plans to teach a new liberal arts course in the future.

To keep updated in the field of education, Ms. Hill maintains affiliation with the Mathematical Association of America and the International Society for Technical Education. She has also done public speaking related to education. To recognize her dedication, she was given a special services award for working with students with learning disabilities in 2005, 2008 and 2010. She supports Girl Scouts of the USA and the American Red Cross, and volunteers with her church, St. John’s Lutheran Church. She attributes her success to her open-mindedness and love for working with young people. She is certified in CPR and first aid and enjoys teaching these classes in her free time, in addition to spending time with her three grandchildren (to date): Alexia, Charlie and Becca. Continue reading

The Rev. Joseph A. Blenkle


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Catholic Priest
Holy Name of Jesus Church
Valhalla, NY, USA
Industry: Social Services
Field: Religious Services

According to The Official Catholic Directory, in 2010 it was recorded that “there are 68,503,456 Catholics in the United States (22 percent of the population).” During his time in the Roman Catholic Church, Rev. Joseph A. Blenkle has seen the number of consistent churchgoers dwindle and has taken a vow upon himself to see that this percentage only grows in the years to come. He is the priest of Holy Name of Jesus Church in Valhalla, N.Y., and as such preaches to more than 2,000 congregants over the five Masses that are celebrated on Saturday and Sunday.

While only a young altar boy in middle school, Rev. Blenkle decided his life’s work would be turning people toward the word of God. In 1990, he began his mission by becoming an ordained priest through Saint Joseph’s Seminary. For more than 20 years he has presided at weddings and funerals and has given back to the community by teaching and speaking at women’s prisons. He is also an avid fundraiser and teaches religious education. He describes being a Catholic priest as wonderful and considers himself to be very lucky. During his tenure, he has been fortunate to meet not only one pope, but two. He met Pope John Paul II once in New York, and was able to personally shake his hand at their second meeting in Rome. Also, while having the honor of serving communion at Yankee Stadium, Rev. Blenkle met the current head of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI.

Prior to becoming an ordained priest, Rev. Blenkle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religious Studies with honors in 1986 from Iona College, followed by a Master of Arts in Divinity in 1990 from Saint Joseph’s Seminary. He is a member of the Westchester Hills Golf Club, the Knights of Columbus and Lions Clubs International. Recently elected to the priest senate, he is also a board member of Sirius Satellite Radio’s Global Catholic Radio Network. Continue reading

Sally Blye Eddy


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Owner, Appraiser
Commercial Appraisal & Consulting, LLC, dba Appraisal & Consulting Group, LLC
Vancouver, WA, USA
Industry: Real Estate
Field: Commercial Real Estate Appraisal

As the owner of and appraiser for Commercial Appraisal & Consulting, LLC dba Appraisal & Consulting Group, LLC, Sally Blye Eddy is an expert in the valuation of commercial properties within the coastal areas of Oregon and Washington.  This geographical area was a highly underserved location with lenders often waiting months for an appraisal.  She regularly performs commercial appraisals that are used for mortgage lending, loan monitoring, tax appeals, estate evaluations and lease negotiations. As such, her services provide a valuable asset to the industry in underserved areas of the market.

Among Ms. Eddy’s greatest professional assets are her research and quick study skills. Her research skills were honed by years of research in the pulp and paper industry where she worked for 27 years prior to her most recent venture, which began in June 1998.  She consistently ensures that her client understands and is satisfied with the timeliness and reliability of her work product.

Ms. Eddy feels that everyone, regardless of profession, needs to experience the feeling that their work is appreciated and that it has value and relevance. In fact, she considers this aspect to be the most rewarding of this most recent career.  She considers herself fortunate to have found a profession which provides positive feedback on a regular basis.

While Ms. Eddy loves her profession and couldn’t see herself in another one, she feels that the recent governmental regulations are not well understood by lenders. As a result, direct communication between appraisers and lenders has barriers imposed internally that affect the ability of the appraiser to obtain relevant information in a timely manner. These regulations, which are intended to protect the end consumer and lenders in her opinion can ultimately impact the reliability and credibility of the valuation results. Within this environment it is important to stay up to date in order to comply with regulations, since “the consequences for missing a change can mean re-doing an appraisal, which is time lost, [or the possibility of] litigation or losing one’s license.”

Ms. Eddy also believes that the world is split between two types of people: those who are willing to make decisions, and those who are not. She further believes that among the decision-makers are two subsets: those who put up obstacles to change, and those who try to overcome those barriers. She sees herself as being in the latter group. As a woman having worked in two industries that are male-dominated, Ms. Eddy is certainly no stranger to overcoming barriers and finding the success that she currently enjoys.

Within the next five years, Ms. Eddy hopes to be comfortably retired so that she can spend more quality time with her adult children and adult grandchildren and hopefully future great-grandchildren. Thanks to her daughter’s decision to move back to Vancouver, both of Ms. Eddy’s children now live within five miles of her. She plans to make the most of her soon-to-be-retirement years, enjoying the companionship of family and friends. Continue reading

Surya P. Raguthu, MD


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1) Director, Medwin Family Medicine and Rehabilitation
2) Director, Active Life Rehabilitation Center
Brownsville, TX, USA
Industry: Health Care
Field: Rehabilitative Medicine

In the 12 years Dr. Surya P. Raguthu has been in the health care field, he has developed programs to administer physical, occupational and speech therapy in acute, subacute and outpatient facilities. The director of two rehabilitation centers, Medwin Family Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Active Life Rehabilitation Center, he relies on the support he receives from his wife Dr. Manjula Raguthu, whom he practices alongside. It was only natural that Dr. Raguthu, whose lineage contains a number of doctors, would “keep it in the family” and pursue a medical degree.

During his career, he has expertly treated patients with chronic and acute injuries, and has provided care for those in need of musculoskeletal and cardiac rehabilitation, electro-diagnostics, and pain management. As director of Active Life Rehabilitation Center, which offers orthopedic, medical, functional and exercise-based rehabilitation, Dr. Raguthu helps his patients in restoring optimal function to the muscles, bones, tissues and nervous system, with his greatest thrill being the faculty to train someone to walk again. In the course of practicing cardiac, pediatric and sports medicine, coma recovery, and general and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, Dr. Raguthu has been blessed through his affiliations with St. Vincent’s, Beth Israel and Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, which have given him the opportunity to work with pioneers in the profession.

Dr. Raguthu is a board-certified physiatrist and has received training from the New York Methodist Hospital, the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical College. He maintains several professional affiliations, including the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners and the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians. He is also a former member of the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce and a former board member of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 2005, 2007 and 2008, he was a recipient of the Top 100 Physician Award. To complement his good nature and desire to help others, he provides free services to people who cannot afford certain medical services. Looking toward the future, Dr. Raguthu hopes to expand his practice to three or more locations. Continue reading

Lorena E. Beeman, BSN, RN, MS, CCVT


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Director, Cardiopulmonary Critical Care and Simulation Educator
The University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Center
Albuquerque, NM United States
Industry: Health Care
Field: Cardiopulmonary Critical Care and Simulation Education

After more than 20 years in her position as a cardiopulmonary critical care and simulation educator with the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Lorena Beeman still looks forward to the details of each day. Whether they involve teaching a new group of nurses, reviewing articles for statistical and referential accuracy, or presenting at a university or professional organization, Ms. Beeman keeps a specific area of her expertise in mind. “I really can take something complex and make it simple,” she says. Much of this is credited to her specialization in educational simulations, the techniques of which she began mastering early in her career and now incorporates into her curriculum and presentations.

Ms. Beeman began working as a nurse in 1982, building the foundation of her career that would span more than three decades and numerous significant changes in health care. She continues to keep these new developments at the forefront of her efforts, in order to ensure that nurses and other medical professionals have access to the knowledge they need. As such, Ms. Beeman enjoys the research aspects of her position, and the constant challenges that nursing and education bring to her career. She also finds fulfillment in seeing the theories and techniques she has taught her students being utilized to improve patient care.

Ms. Beeman’s efforts in health care have been recognized by several respected publications and organizations, including a local chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, from which she received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, she has contributed several chapters on simulation in relation to nursing in texts by Richard Kyle Jr. and Bosseau Murray, MD. In the coming years, Ms. Beeman looks forward to continuing her work with organizations and publications like these, as well as continuing to research new health care topics on which to focus new consultations and presentations. Continue reading

Therese A. Boisvert, M.Ed.


Administrative Assistant
The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse
La Crosse, WI, USA
Industry: Nonprofit
Field: Administration and Library Management

Always interested in seeking new information, Therese A. Boisvert found her niche in the field of computers. After working in a medical library, she was able to hone her skills in computer systems and apply them to her position as an administrative assistant for the moderator of the curia/vicar general for The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse. Utilizing her extensive organizational skills, Ms. Boisvert is charged with assisting the vicar general and bishop with their daily communications, and aiding the vicar of clergy with priests who face immigration issues.

In 1982, Ms. Boisvert earned a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Law Studies and Political Science, with a minor in sociology, from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Three years later she earned a Master of Science in Education and Library Sciences from the same institution. Prior to her position with The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse, Ms. Boisvert worked at Gundersen Lutheran, where she scheduled appointments, entered data into the medical software system, and worked closely with companies throughout the U.S. regarding physical examinations. With 26 years of experience, the highlight of her career was starting her new position with The Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse, and being able to utilize all of her skills. In her current position, she also oversees two libraries; plans to set up a third library are underway. Ms. Boisvert intends to establish consistency in the church’s library system.

Ms. Boisvert is a member of the National Association of Professional Women, Stanford Who’s Who and Presidential Who’s Who. She also serves as a chairperson of the Aquinas Education Commission, and is a member of The Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman’s Education Committee. Looking toward the future, she aspires to continue to work with the Diocese and make a difference. Continue reading