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Archive: February, 2011

Alayne Green

Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 2:15 AM
52/60 Alayne Green has a pretty simple way of describing her expertise: "I run businesses." "I take something that isn't working - whether it's a project, or a team or a business, assess it and figure out how the options of how to make it better and then get it done. "I'll figure out the process... Read more

Harvey Brown

Monday, February 28, 2011, 2:15 AM
51/60 As a boy, Harvey Brown used to follow his father around, picking up carpentry and other building trades. "My hand-working skills just came naturally to me," said Brown, now 61, of Philadelphia. And so, Brown relied on his hands to make a living in manufacturing. For 20 years, Brown operated... Read more

Jeanne Page-Soncrant and Bob Soncrant

Sunday, February 27, 2011, 6:00 AM
50/60 In this era of two-income households, many of those who lose their jobs find themselves relying on a spouse's paycheck to make ends meet. But what happens when the spouse gets laid off, too? That's what is facing human resources manager Jeanne Page-Soncrant and her husband Bob Soncrant, a loss-prevention... Read more

John Malack

Saturday, February 26, 2011, 2:15 AM
49/60 For a white-collar guy in information technology, John Malack, 51, of Quakertown, has unusual credentials: a hazmat truck driver's license for flammable materials. That's because several times a year, Malack climbs behind the wheel of a truck and hauls a load of fireworks to wherever he... Read more

Jane Merrylees

Friday, February 25, 2011, 2:15 AM
48/60 Why is it, Jane Merrylees wonders, that a college degree seems to be needed for nearly every job - even a legal secretary's job? Isn't intelligence, organization and an excellent command of the English language enough? For more than 20 years, until the economy pulled the legal business up by... Read more

Cynthia McConnell

Thursday, February 24, 2011, 2:15 AM
47/60 There are people with brains and talent, and then there are people who have a special talent for working with such folks. That's been Cynthia McConnell's specialty for 20 years - the last dozen as a director of medical education, either for medical residents or for continuing education for physicians... Read more

Eleanore Meals

Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 2:15 AM
46/60 Eleanore Meals believes in goals - setting them and pursuing them. And, it helps to have a suit jacket handy. These days, Meals, 53, is sticking to her goal of landing a job as an operational leader in the Philadelphia region. Meals' resume includes stints as a site, production, purchasing... Read more

Michael McGinley

Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 2:15 AM
45/60 Sometimes when Michael McGinley and his fellow laid-off lawyers are sitting around a conference table, reviewing mountains of computerized documents, they joke about starting their own law firm. "We all get along," said McGinley, 47, of Philadelphia. "All of us have different specialties." And... Read more

Rob Hill

Monday, February 21, 2011, 2:15 AM
44/60 At Temple University, Rob Hill, 30, a sports and recreation-management major from Philadelphia, was the king of community service. He provided emotional and physical support for Temple's wheelchair basketball team, the Rolling Owls. Hill set up games at the Roslyn Boys and Girls Club and organized... Read more

Deidre Rountree

Sunday, February 20, 2011, 6:00 AM
43/60 In retrospect, Deidre Rountree, a mathematics professor, transportation engineer and locomotive operator, has to cling to the belief that she did the right thing. Shortly after she was laid off from her job as a nontenured mathematics professor at Burlington County College, her close friend... Read more
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