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Theresa M. Cheng, MD, PhD

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Theresa M. Cheng, MD, PhD

Representing the Health Care Community

Job Title: Neurosurgeon

University/ Degree: Ph.D., Neurosciences and Molecular Genetics, 1987; M.D., 1989; Medical College of Wisconsin; Residency; Neurological Surgery, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, 1995; Clinical Fellowship, Neurosurgery, Mayo Clinic, 1999; Candidate, M.B.A., Johns Hopkins University

Theresa Cheng, M.D., Ph.D. is a self-employed Neurosurgeon in private practice. She provides patient care in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She s currently serving as the Chairperson of the Department and Director of Center of Oshkosh. Dr. Cheng started an endowment fund for medical missionaries for neurosurgery in 2006 called the “Dr. Therese M. Cheng Endowment for Medical Missionary Work and Medical Excellence and Compassion. Previously, Dr. Cheng services as a partner to the Department Chair of Neurosurgery at Luther Midelfort Mayo Health System from 1995 to 2002. She then served as the Chairman and Founder of the Department of Neurology for Affinity Health Systems during the period 2002 to 2009.

During that time, she also served as the Director of Medical Operations at Afinity Health Systems from 2005 to 2007. At Affinity Health System, Dr. Cheng developed a new neurosurgical program within a multi-specialty group practice in a growing suburban community. The practice became an excellent, state-of-the-art, highly compassionate proram, drawing patients from all over the country to tackle some of the most complex brain and spinal cord lesions. It was rated #1 in Spine Surgery by Health Grades, two years in a row, in 2007 and 2008. Dr. Cheng earned a Ph.D. in 1987 Neurosciences and Molecular Genetics, and obtained an M.D. in 1989, both from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed her Neurological Surgery Residency at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 1995 and completed a Special Fellowship in Neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic in 1999. She is a Facilitator and Certified to teach the course “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Dr. Cheng is a candidate for an M.B.A from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Cheng has been recognized as a Professional of the Years and a Woman of Excellence for 2016 for her outstanding contributions and achievements for over 30 years in the field of healthcare.

Dr. Alvin Trivelpiece

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Dr. Alvin Trivelpiece

Dr. Alvin Trivelpiece, retired Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), former Executor Officer of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and former Director of the Office of Energy Research, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been recognized as one of Newsworthy Publishing’s Top 101 Outstanding Professionals of 2017. Throughout his career, Dr. Trivelpiece has been a professor of physics and a corporate executive. His research focused mainly on plasma physics, controlled thermonuclear research, and particle accelerators. He also holds several patents on accelerators and microwave devices.

In May 2000, Dr. Trivelpiece was serving as an advisor to various government laboratories and agencies as well as serving as a committee chair. Dr. Trivelpiece was also instrumental in the implementation of the Human Genome Project after reviewing reports by Charles DeLisi in 1987. Due to his support and financial acumen, the project received funding and led to the sequencing of the human genome.

Judith Rogala

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Judith Rogala

Judith Rogala is an accomplished business expert with over thirty years of experience working with companies at their most significant and challenging transitional times they have faced. Judith mostly works on a daily basis with clients, focusing on areas of leadership consulting, innovation, goal training, business and brand development, problem solving, program development and more.

Judith dedicates her success to her parents as wells as priding it to them. She always advices to those individuals entering the industry is to know yourself. She is also a member of CZOO and IWF. Judith is also the co-author of the book, “Trust, Inc.” and the column “The Briefcase.”

Graduating at the age of 35 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, she went on to earn her Master of Business Administration from the University of Mexico.

Judith Rogala is the CEO of The Catapult Factor, a company who specializes in business growth, turnaround and works with startups. It mostly functions as a business advisory service offering planning and execution strategies for corporate ventures on an international level.

We over at Newsworthy Publishing offer Thomas Rodgers our highest honor and welcome his inclusion into our Top 101 Outstanding Professionals Of 2017.

Dr. Larry Altschul

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Dr. Larry Altschul

Dr. Larry Altschul is a Cardiologist in West Islip, New York. He graduated from SUNY (The State University of New York) and received his medical degree from Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Science. Dr. Altschul trained at the University Hospital-SUNY Stony Brook, Internal Medicine and Nassau County Medical Center, Internal Medicine. He has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Dr. Altschul is also affiliated with multiple hospitals in the vicinity, including Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. He  is also affiliated with Southside Hospital and South Bay Cardiovascular Associates. He also has been bestowed with Honorary Titles including, Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography.

He was also awarded as one of the Top Doctors in Long Island back in 2014 and one of the Top Doctors in New York Metro Area for 15 consecutive years.

We over at Newsworthy Publishing offer Thomas Rodgers our highest honor and welcome his inclusion into our Top 101 Outstanding Professionals Of 2017.

Lindell Bridges

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  Lindell Bridges

Lindell Bridges is the President of Pure Earth Resources, which is a geoscience consulting firm with offices in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Sharpsville, Pennsylvania; and Woodlands, Texas. Lindell by education and training is a Geologist with over 30 years of experience in development and exploration in the oil and gas industry. He graduated with a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology from University of Arkansas. His thesis was supported by NASA, the said thesis used imaging radar data from the Space Shuttle Program.

Lindell is an experienced shale geologist who drilled his first shale well back in 1987 in Kanawha, West Virginia. Lindell has participated in 40 different unconventional plays worldwide, including the Fayetteville, Marcellus, Utica, New Albany, Antrim, Chattanooga and Barnett, all within his 37+ years of experience in the said industry.

Chesapeake’s Fayetteville Shale play in Arkansas was built by Lindell, drilling their discovery well in White County, Arkansas.  Marcellus and Utica shales was Lindell’s first tasks as Chesapeake’s Exploration Manager of the Eastern U.S. Afterwards, Lindell was employed by EOG in Forth Worth,Texas as their Exploration Manager of the Barnett oil play.

Lindell, again worked with Marcellus and Utica while he was the Senior Vice-President of  Geoscience for EQT Production Company in Pittsburgh, PA. During his time, he implemented technology that improved productions numbers from the Marcellus by almost ten-fold.

His company, Pure Earth Resources is a geoscience consulting firm that focuses on conventional and unconventional projects. Lindell is also a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Geological Society of America, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Oklahoma City Geological and the Sigma gamma Epsilon Society.

Newsworthy Publishing is proud to present Lindell Bridges with this honor, for his hard work and dedication.

Frances Webb

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Frances Webb is an author, poet and memoir writer who has published multiple short stories, poetries, fiction and novels. Frances was raised in northern New Jersey where at the young age of nine was called by a teacher as a “writer” and was convinced that exaggerations, when writing a story or a dialogue was okay.

She attended a college in Tennessee for two years, came back to Philadelphia and the New York area and graduated from Columbia University. After a few years, Frances got married and had her four daughters, still knowing that she is destined to be a writer. She pursued her love for writing and started publishing a few short stories, she then returned to Columbia University receiving an MFA from the School of the Arts.

With the success of her published works, she has been featured on several journals including TNR, Feminist Studies, Confrontation, Wind, Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, The Literary Review and Northwest Review as well as in the Travel Section of The New York Times.

Due to her works, Frances received a Fellowship Residency Award at Millay Colony for the Arts as well as a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, two PSC/CUNY Research/Creative Arts awards and a listing in Stories of Distinction in Best American Short Stories.

Frances is also an award winning writer. She placed first in Contemporary Short Story  Category at Philadelphia Writer’s Conference back in 2004 in Philadelphia, PA.

Her published book “Come to a Memory: Joab’s Story/Lila’s Story” has the similar town where she lived before and had a generally happy childhood, she was also inspired to write the book because of the experience she had with World War II and how it affected her life.

Now, Frances lives in Philadelphia suburb with her husband, her four daughters lives nearby and she is blessed to have grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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Dr. Andrew Batsis & Katherine J. Batsis

Dr. Andrew Batsis was a Dentist by profession, a caring Kiwanian by nature and a loving husband to Katherine J. Batsis. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 6th, 1941. He graduated from Asbury Park High School in 1958 and attended Monmouth College.

Dr. Batsis first went into college at Tufts University in 1963, however, after returning to New Jersey he continued his studies on Monmouth College and got his degree at the said college in 1965. He graduated in New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry (Rutgers School of Medicine), and obtained his license to practice his profession in New Jersey.

One of the things that was notable of Dr. Batsis while doing his job was him making his patients as comfortable as possible and his warm smiles. Dr. Batsis always explained the procedures very well and gave options on how the treatment will go. He will always let his patients feel like family, giving them everything he got to help with healing them, as well as with setting up a fee schedule for working families.

For 35 years, Dr. Batsis never failed his patients and received such love and respect from them. Kiwanis has also become a large part of Dr. Batsis’ life since 1971. He was inspired the Kiwanis Objects and has cemented his presence in Toms River, New Jersey, where he lived most of his life.

Dr. Batsis was elected Governor of New Jersey Kiwanis after being well know in the community for a while, he later became an international figure for Kiwanis which led him to become a Kiwani Internation Trustee and committee chair of youth services and many more roles in the society.

Dr. Batsis is now known not only as a wonderful dentist but a hero to the youth he mentored and to all of the lives he touched, may it be family or friends.

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Katherine J. Batsis is an author, publisher, official biographer and beloved wife of the late Dr. Andrew Batsis. Katherine is a graduate of Lesley College and Simmons College, where she received B.Ed and L.S. respectively.

For the past few years, Katherine has been working on her husband’s biography, Dr. Andrew Batsis, Husband! Dentist! Kiwanian! Santa Claus? – the book tells more than just a biography but presents a life of a man whose legacy still continues.

Katherine Batsis was recently named Author of the Year and has several designations such as Lifetime Roundtable and the Top Female Executive and leaders program, these aforementioned titles was given based on a person’s experience, accomplishment, ambition and with all of the things they have contributed to the society.

Katherine, being the beloved wife of Dr. Batsis, has dedicated a new website for him which you can visit at www.drandrewbatsis.com.

Peter Kehoe

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Peter Kehoe

Representing the Chemical Engineering Consulting Community

Job Title: President

University/Degree: University College Dublin, Chemical Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Science (1966), Yale University, PhD, Chemical Engineering (1970), Cambridge University, Fellowship, The National University of Ireland, Dublin

Affiliations: American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Yale Rugby Club

Newsworthy Publishing is proud to present Peter Kehoe, President of The Blasket Group, as one of our Top 101 Outstanding Professionals of 2017, representing the chemical engineering consulting community. The Blasket Group is a management consulting firm in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Since he has spent over 40 years in his profession, he is highly knowledgeable in chemical engineering, business strategy, process engineering, mergers and acquisitions, product development and textiles and coatings. He has taken positions such as Technical Manager, Product Manager, Technical Director and Managing Director. He ran several businesses in DuPont, until he formed his own consultancy.

Peter Kehoe has an impressive educational background. He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree and his Master of Science degree from the University College Dublin. He received his PhD, in chemical engineering from Yale University. He was offered his position at DuPont soon as he left Yale University. He completed his postdoctoral research fellowship at Cambridge University, where he focused on Chemical Reaction Engineering. He also completed a one year fellowship at The National University of Ireland, Dublin.

Peter was drawn to his career field because of his interest in mathematics, engineering and making things work. In his youth he was a serious rugby player. Before going to Yale, he played first class rugby in Ireland for Garryowen and at Yale, he was captain of the rugby club and took the team on tour to Ireland in 1969 to play against university and club teams.

He and his Irish wife have four children, two of whom are lawyers, one a chemical engineering manager in a consulting company and one a Ph.D student in English literature. Newsworthy Publishing is proud to present Peter Kehoe with this honor for his excellent success.

Dr. Geraldine Haggard

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Dr. Geraldine Haggard

Dr. Geraldine Haggard, who is a retired teacher, Reading Recovery teacher leader, author, and university teacher. It is the second post in a series about using guided reading activities to support content-area textbook reading. She is also is the author of several books from our Kaleidoscope Collection. She spent 37 years in the Plano, TX school system. She currently tutors, chairs a committee that gifts books to low-income students, teaches in her church, and serves as a facilitator in a program for grieving children.

Dr. Geraldine is also a member of Journey of Hope Grief Support Center, the mission of Journey of Hope Grief Support Center is to provide support at no cost for children, teens, young adults and their families as they learn to mourn the death or impending death of their loved one in a safe, caring and nurturing environment.

 

Judith Meyers, Psy.D.

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Judith Meyers, Psy.D.

Judith Meyers, Psy.D., is a clinical and forensic psychologist currently in private practice in San Diego, California. Dr. Meyers is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego, in the Psychiatry Clinical Volunteer Faculty. She also serves the public sector as a forensic psychologist and expert witness by consulting with attorneys, the courts and the criminal justice system. She is a former Senior Clinical Psychologist with the Forensic Evaluation Unit, San Diego County Superior Court and past-president of the San Diego Psych-Law Society. She consults with major television networks regarding selection for reality show contestants. The shows often include international locations.

Dr. Meyers received her undergraduate degree in Secondary English Education and a Masters Degree in Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the former Hahnemann University and Medical College in Philadelphia. Dr. Meyers has taught high school English and reading, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology.

Dr. Meyers is the co-author of the Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory (CCAI) a widely-used self-assessment and training tool. She also uses the CCAI for the express purpose of working with consulting services to assist in the selection of expatriates for international assignments. Her collaboration in the development of the CCAI reflects her interest in other cultures, her skills in clinical assessment and her eclectic clinical pursuits.

She has also written on the diagnosis of sexual trauma using projective testing and the evaluation of cross-cultural factors in stalking behavior. Her groundbreaking publications in the field of Cross-Cultural Adaptability include these works:

Kelley, C. and Meyers, J. Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory, 1988. NCS Pearson, Inc. 1995. On-line delivery, 2015, HRDQ.

Kelley, C., and Meyers, J., “The Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory.” Intercultural Sourcebook: Cross-Cultural Training Methods (Volume 2). Fowler, Sandra M. and Mumford, Monica G. (Eds.). Intercultural Press 1999.