Third Edition | Marquis Who ’ s Who Insight 7 Mary M. O’Leary, RN, MHPEd Nursing Administrator O’Leary Consulting Saint Helena, CA www.maryolearyrn.com What are two key behaviors/personality traits that allow you to be effective in your role? I try to step outside of myself so that I can be there for people in particular situations. I don’t let my own fears or personal thoughts get in the way. What is the most important issue/challenge you are dealing with in your industry right now? The most important issue is dealing with the pandemic and helping people to understand why they have to do the things they need to do to take care of themselves. How do you feel your industry has changed/evolved over time? Nurses have become more educated and are earning graduate degrees and PhDs. Also, they are doing more research and I believe that some of them are on the same level as medical doctors. If you go into the hospital, you will see that a team consists of a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, lab specialist and social worker, and in many ways, they are all on the same level. What new innovations or technologies do you feel will shape the future of your industry? Nowadays, we are able to print out a patient’s history and information and everyone on the medical team has access to it. This means that everybody has full-scale knowledge about that patient before we go on rounds. What excites you the most about your industry? I love dealing with people. When there is something critical going on, we work as a team — even if it’s cancer, we always find positive things to help a patient to overcome their situation. We really try to help patients learn how to live day by day and how to monitor themselves. James Martin Trappe Mycologist Corvallis, OR https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/james_trappe How have you navigated disruptions in your industry to remain a top professional? I worked for the forest service, Pacific Northwest Research Station in Oregon, and I had a supervisor who believed strongly in contrast to most professionals at the time that we had a lot to learn from other countries. This supervisor thought we were going to miss a lot if we didn’t learn from Europe, so he and I arranged things so that I could have a year’s sabbatical in Italy to study forest fungi, especially truffles and that was innovative because the forest service had never done that before. What is the most important issue/challenge you are dealing with in your industry right now? Educating foresters and forest researchers, because people who have not studied fungi professionally don’t usually know very much about them. Fungi is immensely important to the health of forests, natural ecosystems and agricul- ture. I’m involved with writing a paper with the college now to consider landscaping because landscapers hardly know what mycology is, so they can fall into the trap of the industry that’s pushing chemicals and fertilizers to increase growth. How do you feel your industry has changed/evolved over time? My interaction with the forest industry or with truffle growing has been the most important to educate practitioners so that they can understand what fungi are doing that helps forests remain healthy. Most people think of fungi as rotting wood, killing plants, but most of them are beneficial and essential to healthy plant systems.