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AUBRIE BLANCHETTE

Aubrie became a trailblazer when she became the first female firefighter in Narragansett, RI in 2012. She is a dedicated fire fighter and is used to putting herself in harm's way to help members of the Narragansett community. She is a strong inspiring young woman who is currently working on the front lines like other essential workers.

Blanchette describes her journey of becoming an emergency medical technician to now working for the Narragansett Fire Department as a whirlwind experience. For those out there who have similar dreams, her advice is simple: “Be patient. I have really lucked out. It can happen.”

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Business Farmer, Stony Hill Cattle Farm

KIM COULTER

Founded in 1954, Stoney Hill Cattle Farm is a 150-acre farm run by Kim and Bill Coulter, Nina Luchka and Josh Coulter.

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JORDAN HEVENOR

Jordan Hevenor, a native of Washington state believes her rural upbringing gives her a deep understanding of the intersection of public policy with people’s everyday lives. She has brought this personal connection to policy-making work as a Congressional staffer, a Presidential campaign organizer, campaign manager, an issue advocate, and commercial real estate appraiser.

 

She is currently on leave from appraising and working as the Field Manager for the Rhode Island Complete Count Committee to ensure that every person living in Rhode Island is counted in Census 2020. In her free time serves on the board of The Womxn Project, attempts to keep active and eat green things, while spending time with her husband and two daughters.

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Administrative Officer, Rhode Island State Police

CAPTAIN LAURIE LUDOVICI

Captain Ludovici, a twenty-two-year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police serves as the Administrative Officer, overseeing the Central Management Office, Management Information Systems, the Division’s Fleet and Supply Operations, Technology and Communications, NCIC/RILETS, Capitol Projects and Planning, Research & Accreditation.

In addition, Captain Ludovici represents the Division on the Rhode Island SafeKids Advisory Board and the Rhode Island Police Accreditation Commission and previously served a three-year term as the Public Safety Law Enforcement Representative on the National Child Passenger Safety Board.

Captain Ludovici has served at the Hope Valley, Lincoln, Wickford and Portsmouth Barracks as a member of the Uniform Bureau, as the Division Property Officer as a member of the Detective Bureau and as the Officer in Charge of Planning, Research & Accreditation Unit in the Administrative Bureau. Captain Ludovici served in the Rhode Island Army National Guard, retiring after 20 years, holding the rank of Major. She holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Strategic Planning from Boston University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration from Roger Williams University and is a graduate of the 269th Session of the FBI National Academy.

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LAUREN MATARESE

A former police officer, Lauren is now working as a criminal defense attorney in Westerly, Rhode Island.

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HEATHER PALIOTTA

Heather is the Executive Director of the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce. She has been employed by the CCOC since 2002 when I was hired as an Event Coordinator. She works closely with other chambers of commerce and many government agencies in order to fulfill the mission of the CCOC. She plans and manages the annual Charlestown Seafood Festival which has an attendance of approximately 30,000 people. She also chairs the Charlestown Memorial Day Parade Committee, which plans and executes the annual town parade and Memorial Day observances.

 

She is a strong advocate of giving back to our community and through the CCOC she is able to donate to many great organizations and causes. She works hard to promote community involvement and is a strong advocate of volunteerism. She enjoys motivating the hundreds of volunteers and members required every year to make their events successful. She is very proud of her staff, members, volunteers and all the CCOC’s projects they coordinate in the community.

Heather lives in Richmond, RI and is married to husband Michael Paliotta who is the Chief of Police in Charlestown, RI. They have four daughters, Brittni 31, Katlynn 27, Stephanie 22 and Samantha 9. They also have three granddaughters, Emma 4, Isabella 3 and Parker 2.

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Founded Compass School

Equestrian therapist, Beachwood Center for Wellbeing

LYNNE BRYAN PHIPPS

Lynne founded the Beachwood Center for Wellbeing. In a non-clinical environment, she creates a safe space for a client and horse to work together. She guides, encourages and supports clients in removing blocks, building new neural pathways for successful strategies and holistic healing.

 

Her clients work in 90-minute sessions with our highly trained warm-blood horses, bred and selected for their sensitivity, intelligence, and the strength of character required for this work. Our barn and pastures are located in a country setting near the ocean within easy driving distance of Providence, Newport, and Mystic, Connecticut.

Lynne also founded the Compass School, a K-8 school dedicated to graduating problem solvers, critical thinkers and lifelong learners. Lynne’s vision meant providing an environment where students embrace the learning process. Lynne created a learning opportunity that emphasized a collaborative, hands-on educational approach with the guiding framework of social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

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Business Consultant, Spartina Consulting

JEN SILBERT

Jen is an experienced consultant, trainer, and facilitator supporting public, private, and social profit organizations around the world. A co-founder of Innovation Partners International (www.innovationpartners.com), Jen’s professional career includes her consultancy work for Bearing Point (formerly KPMG), International Business Machines (IBM), PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and Electronic Data Systems (EDS). Her strength-based approaches have delivered positive change results to hundreds of public and private organizations – small and large – around the world, from the YMCA, Sprint-Nextel, the American Red Cross, the United Nations, the Rhode Island Department of Education, and various community, family and youth-centered organizations. Jen’s primary offerings include Appreciative Inquiry and other asset-based, participative approaches to strategic planning, process innovation, stakeholder engagement, teaming and collaboration, and leadership development.

She holds dual BS degrees in international studies and economics from American University, and an MS in organization development from Johns Hopkins University. Jen actively participates in social enterprise programs focused on workforce and community development across her home state, to include those of the Social Venture Partners of Rhode Island (www.svpri.org) and the Volunteer Center of Rhode Island (www.vcri.org), where she serves on the executive board of directors. Recently Jen was honored by Providence Business News as a 2007 “Forty Under 40” award recipient, which recognizes RI-based professionals for demonstrating outstanding leadership in their field and in service to their community. You can find Jen, who’s also a former marathon coach, running along the shores of South County, RI, where she lives with her husband, Tony, and two young daughters, Brianna and Jos.

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Children's Author & Non-Violence Educator

THERESA SCHIMMEL

After retiring from full time teaching in 2002, Terry has also taught special needs preschool and kindergarten. During a sabbatical year she also studied inclusionary practices, took courses, and developed a proposal for an inclusionary preschool in the Chariho District, which was adopted and became a model for other school districts. Upon retiring, she worked for Keys to Quality helping Rhode Island preschools become accredited by NAEYC. She then became a national consultant for NAEYC as an accreditor for seven years. She worked with children in an orphanage in Romania in the summer of 1993, gave early childhood workshops for the teachers and then raised funds to purchase educational materials to bring with me upon my return in 1994.

Now Terry works as a writer from home, and has written five books and many short stories and poems. Four of the books are children’s books, and she visits schools to read and talk to children about the process of writing. Over the years she has been involved in the community in a number of areas: organizing and participating in peace events and working for making our communities safer through advocating for common sense gun legislation. As the State Legislative Action Chairperson of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, she works with others on a variety of issues, especially those impacting women and children. She swims regularly at the YMCA and is an active participant and substitute instructor of water aerobics. As part of GFWC, she chairs the Essay Committee for sixth grade student participants and volunteers once a month at CANE Day Care Center. Terry and her husband Steve Schimmel have two sons, Carl and Ehren.

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Professor

RUTH TURECKOVA

Professor Ruth is an Adjunct Professor at Three Rivers Community College where she is teaching the Microsoft Office Suite. She also has had her own consulting business, KOVA Consulting. Her expertise in adult education helps her to tailor database and computer applications training to the needs of individuals and teams. She has assisted people working in non-profit development offices. She been a professional fundraiser for the past fifteen years. She also works for The Education Exchange as Student Services Coordinator, where she does case management, job placement, social service referrals, marketing and is a community advocate at the Basic Needs Network meetings. When clients have been challenged with transportation issues or Dept of Human Service issues, Ruth goes to them and provides transportation. Prior, Ruth was the Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of Washington County for almost 4 years. Ruth’s work helped many women learn to read, improve their circumstances and gain better career opportunities.

Ruth uses social media to promote events that are pro-women such as the Women’s March on Washington, Boston Protest Against Muslim Ban and Anti-Immigration Orders. She promoted and attended the International Women’s Day “Stand Together” event at Misquamicut beach in 2017.

She is married to David Culton and has a teenaged daughter, Ella and a teenaged son Tim. They reside in Westerly. They have an adopted member of the family, Yolandi. She is 35 years old from Namibia.

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