Makers: Homework Hotine Profiles

In honor of Women's History Month, Homework Hotline profiles the following "Makers", women who have made important contributions in their field. The interviews look at each woman's path, inspirations, education, and their advice on overcoming obstacles. 

PBS Makers: Women Who Make America chronicles how women have helped shape America over the last 50 years through one of the most sweeping social revolutions in our country’s history, in pursuit of their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy. Learn More:




Jennifer Indovina, CEO and Founder of Tenrehte Technologies, describes what it is like being a female engineer and her inspirations for going into her field. She describes running a global company out of her home.


Chief of Police Maureen Chisholm of Fairport, NY discusses how she became involved in police work even though she was discouraged from becoming a police officer.


Dr. Margaret Martin, founder of Harmony Project, which has provided instruments and tuition-free group and private music lessons to thousands of the most vulnerable children in Los Angeles, as a means of positive youth development and social inclusion.


Grace Kelly, saxophonist, singer, composer, and arranger shares how she was inspired to become a musician.  She talks about her inspirations, her life as a performer, and her enthusiam for music, even as a young child.

Janet Lomax, News Anchor at 10 NBC (Rochester, NY) shares how she decided to go into television, the value of internships and how she ended up where she is today as a local News Anchor. She also shares her experiences interviewing First Lady Michelle Obama! 



Debra Ross, Online Entrepreneur: Publisher and Editor of, shares what led her to create her online parent-to-parent resource which shows families the wealth resources and events in their area. She talks about education, how the Internet has created opportunities, and how her business went from a single region to a national business model.


Nancy Welch, Sensei in Kyokushin Karate shares  how she has received her third degree black belt in Kyokushin Karate and how she has paved the way for women to get involved in the sport.


Dr. Idonia Owens, Principal of School Without Walls, in Rochester, New York shares how she entered education and became a principal, her inspirations and how she overcame obstacles in pursuing her dreams.


Judge Teresa Johnson, a Rochester City Court Judge, shares her path and overcoming challenges to entering the judicial profession, the value of education and how she helps youth and others in the community through her work.