Hédi Jaouad

Hédi Abdel Jaouad is a professor of French and Francophone studies who has been a teanured associate Professor at Skidmore College, a Fulbright Lecturer in the Department of English at the Université Tunis, a Faculty at NEH Summer Institute–La Francophonie and at Old Dominion University, French Language and Literature, as well as in the Department of Modern Languages, at the United Nations International School in New York City. Cont

Luc Francey

Luc Francey (1925-1992) was a Swiss Professor who succeeded in changing a significant Federal Law in Switzerland involving the use of  military training.  His claim, at the time, was that a neutral country did not need such a heavy investment in war but in peace.  This achievement will cost many young people, including himself,  spending time behind bar in order to be heard by the Federal Government but eventually won in a referendum in 1992. In 1995 a Civil Service option is offered to all young recruits. Cont

Anita Schorr

Anita Schorr !930-2016


Anita Schorr, born Pollakov was a role model for many. In recent years, she had been very active with schools and ADL(Anti-Defamation League) to share her early life story of bullying. Cont



Charles Harcourt

Charles Harcourt is the founder of Field Classroom, an organization specializing in offering field based classes in subjects such as local history, natural heritage, and sciences.  As an avid bird watcher, history and outdoor enthusiast, Charlie has developed a curriculum around his passions. The organization will be collaborating with others such as the Preservation Trust of Vermont, Historic New England, and other community and regional educational efforts.

Charlie Harcourt graduated from Green Mountain College with a History/Secondary Education major and Environmental Education minor and finishing his Master of Arts Degree in Education through Prescott College specializing in Experiential Education. As an undergraduate, Charlie focused his History Seminar paper on the doctrine of William Miller and completed an extensive service project cataloging and mapping small graveyards and family cemeteries in Poultney.

Charlie holds years of experience in teaching, both in the field and classrooms. In his career as a public school teacher, he taught Modern U.S. History at Poultney High School, completed two years of service with Teach For America teaching Social Studies in the Mississippi Delta, and taught 6-8th grade Social Studies at Hartford Memorial Middle School in White River Junction.

Outside of the classroom, Charlie has been involved in several organizations dedicated to the history and environmental education. He is currently the Vice President of the Poultney Historical Society Board of Trustees, where he serves as the Social Media Chair and is on the East Poultney Day planning committee. Mr. Harcourt is also the Director of Educational Programs for Clarendon Heritage in Vermont. He has worked as a Graduate Admission Interim Director and Counselor at Green Mountain College and has been active with the NAFSA (National Association of Foreign Student Advisors) and the Consortium of Vermont Colleges.

Charles Harcourt is married to Megan Lumnah a Youth Development Professional.


  1. Field Classroom
  2. Preservation Trust of Vermont
  3. Historic New England
  4. Linkedin
  5. Clarendon Heritage
  6. NAFSA
  7. Poultney Historical Society

Sean Croxton

It was 2006 and Croxton found himself in a sticky situation: there were only 24 hours in his day. Whether you’re a coach, consultant, personal trainer or all of the above, this realization can be a tipping point to a business breakthrough. Croxton took the problem of limited time and leveraged it into a booming wellness business by creating multiple passive income streams focused on his passion for teaching others how to live and eat healthy.

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Julia Tuttle


Julia Tuttle 1890’s, Miami


Widely recognized as the only female founder of a major U.S. city, Julia Tuttle was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1848.  Tuttle first saw southern Florida when she visited her father, who moved there as a homesteader, in 1875.  After her husband died in 1886, Tuttle decided to move to southern Florida where she bought several hundred acres of land near the Miami River.  As Tuttle looked around her, she realized the area would never prosper unless it could be accessed by railroads.

Tuttle met with Henry M. Flagler, a multi-millionaire who was going to extend his railroad south along Florida’s east coast to develop cities and resorts along the way.  Tuttle wanted him to extend his railroad to her area.  After negotiations, Flagler agreed to do so in exchange for hundreds of acres of land from Tuttle and Tuttle’s neighbors William and Mary Brickell who were the other main landowners in the area.  Flagler also agreed to lay the foundations for a city on either side of the Miami River and to build a large hotel.  The first train arrived in what became Miami city on April 13, 1896.

When Tuttle moved to the Miami area, she believed that the area would become a great city, one that would become a center of trade for the United State with South America.  Tuttle’s foresight proved correct and Miami grew into a major U.S. city.

Works Cited:

  • “Julia Tuttle,” Information Please/Pearson Education, 2005, www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0921284.html (15 December 2005).
  • Paul S. George, “Miami: One Hundred Years of History,” South Florida History Magazine 24, no 2 (1996) www.historical-museum.org/history/sfhm242.htm (15 December 2005).
  • Weatherford, Doris. Milestones: A Chronology of American Women’s History (New York: Facts on File, Inc, 1997), 156.

Heath Ryan

Australian Heath Ryan moved to Los Angeles in 2001 with nothing more than a small suitcase and a big vision to build his own production company. Ryan was up against the same universal challenges all entrepreneurs face — capital constraints, minimizing burn rates and taxes and overhead — but also had to juggle the complex paperwork and staggering expense of being a foreign national founding a business in the U.S. There have been plenty of less than glamorous moments in an industry of notorious glitz, but Ryan wouldn’t change a thing.

Living in America and founding a successful production company was his lifelong dream that he’s expertly crafted into a fulfilling reality.  Submit more information.

Yvonne Walker


Yvonne Walker Born: 1959


For 20 years, Yvonne Walker has dedicated her life to serving the people of California through public service. Yvonne began working for the State of California at the Department of Justice (DOJ) in 1995 as a legal secretary. She soon became a union steward and led efforts to organize her coworkers at the DOJ. Before becoming president of Local 1000, Yvonne chaired our office and allied workers Bargaining team (Unit 4) and was later Vice President for bargaining statewide. In May of 2008, Yvonne Walker broke racial and gender barriers to become the first African-American woman president of SEIU Local 1000. Currently, President Walker is also a Vice President on SEIU International’s Executive Board.
Yvonne developed her leadership skills in the U.S. Marine Corps where she learned the importance of discipline, dedication and unity of purpose. As President of Local 1000, she has put those leadership qualities to use by empowering Local 1000’s membership to get involved in the fight for economic and social justice. Her efforts have given Local 1000 a stronger collective voice in its fight to defend working families from assaults on their pensions, wages and benefits, and health care.

Yvonne has not only led the battle for fair wages and benefits for state workers in California, her impact as a problem solver and innovative thinker has made her a highly sought after participant in conversations about how to move ideas into action all over the globe. She has participated on boards as varied as the SEIU International Futures Committee, which assembles the most innovative minds in the world to talk about their visions for the future and strategies to get there, and SEIU’s International Retirement Security Committee, which she chairs. This body has given presentations on retirement security across the country and has provided information to, and has collaborated with, numerous organizations fighting for retirement security. Yvonne also currently sits on California’s Secure Choice Retirement Investment Board.

Through it all, Yvonne has always been on the front lines fighting with and for low-wage workers in both the private and public sectors. Her leadership has won her awards from organizations like Coalition of Labor Women and has won her the trust of the 95,000 thousand members of Local 1000, whom she represents.

Yvonne grew up in a military family in Oceanside, California. Today she resides in Elk Grove, California.


Local 1000 SEIU


Andra Rush


Andra Rush 1952

Mohawk Native American Andra Rush is the founder of Rush Trucking – the largest Native American owned business in the United States.

Rush is a descendant of the Mohawk Tribe from the Six-Nation Reservation, Bay of Quinte Tribe near Branford, Ontario in Canada. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and started her business career as a full time nurse. While working evenings and nights, she pursued an MBA during the day and night. While pursuing her MBA, she accepted an internship at Timely Air Freight where she became interested in the trucking industry.

In 1984, driven by the growth potential of the trucking industry, she founded Rush Trucking with just $5,000 she borrowed from her parents and $10,000 from her credit cards. Today, Rush Trucking is one of the top freight transport and trucking companies in the U.S., transporting goods for Fortune 100 companies in the U.S. and Canada. What started as just a three-truck company, has grown to more than 700 tractors, 1,100 trailers, 450 employees/company drivers, and 400 owner-operators.

She was honored in April 2015 by the Michigan Women’s Foundation with its Women Achievement and Courage Award and inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in October 2014 for innovation job created and manufacturing ingenuity.


National Women Historical Museum

Alexandre Francey


Alexandre Francey was born in Cousset, Montagny-les-Monts, canton de Fribourg Switzerland. He first taught in Vuarens and Neuchâtel. Simultaneously, he was involved in public life, first as ‘Greffier de la Justice de Paix’ for the district of Dompierre.  He favored a classmate from College Saint Michel and Ecole Normale at former Abbey HauteriveGeorge Python who was first ‘Depute de la Broye au Grand Conseil’, when he is promoted to  oversee the ‘Grand Conseil’ in 1882, he takes his seat at the ‘Grand Conseil’ for the next 30 years. Python is appointed to Director of Education in Fribourg in 1886 and will accomplish a lot for education including founding the University of Fribourg in 1889. In 1892, Python creates also a Bank Cantonale de Fribourg (BCF) and appoints ‘Depute’ Alexandre Francey to be an Agent. These major accomplishments places Python to be considered the second founder of the Canton of Fribourg. After Python’s suffers a cardiovascular illness in 1912, Alexandre Francey will ally his effort with Joseph Chuard Conseil d’Etat. In 1917, he is asked by the Conseil d’Etat to become the ‘Prefet of the Broye Region‘. He will spend the next six  and last years of his career in Estavayer at the Château de Chenaux.

Personal Accomplishments:

Orphanage of the ‘Institut des Fauvettes’, Montagny-les-Monts, Switzerland. (1) 1901

Brought the ‘Soeurs de la Providence de Langres‘ to attend to the Orphanage.


Alexandre born, July 14th, 1855, loses his father at age 9 in 1864. He has an older sister Marie born in 1832, his other siblings are Philomene, Adelaide and Joseph.

Married in 1883 to Seraphine Gremaud they will have seven girls and one son. Their first daughter Marie-Julia is born in 1885, their second child, Joseph-Aloys in 1886, Anna-Marie (Sister Marie-Marthe) in 1984, Maria-Jeanne in 1887, Anna-Maria 1889, Marie-Clementine in 1891, and finally Therese in 1892.

His daughter AnnaMaria dies 1905, at age 16, his wife Seraphine 1915 at age 64,  his daughter Marie-Georgina in 1917 at age 25, Maria-Jeanne in 1922 at age 35 and the eldest Marie-Julia in 1930 at age 45. He passes away September 27, 1942 in Fribourg, Switzerland survived by 3 children, Aloys, Therese and Anna (Sister Marie Marthe).