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.
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.”
Kim has always been an advocate for others. Currently she manages Stony Hill Cattle Farm, the family farm promoting sustainable agriculture. She has been a 4H leader and volunteer, held board positions and represented our community. She is always the voice of those who may not be able to speak for themselves.
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.
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.
Jen is a master bridge builder and connector, gifted for engaging diverse audiences and creating the space for conversations that matter.
Jen has an unshakable belief that every person is worthy of learning, working, and earning to their full potential. She brings over 20 years in positive organization development in cities, schools, Fortune 500 companies, and indigenous villages around the world.
A master group facilitator, leadership coach and force for positive change, Jen brings an infectious energy to her strength-based approaches to strategic planning, leadership development, culture building, and social innovation. She has a knack for challenging conventional thinking, a skill that has supported some of the highest rankings of the CIA, refugee survivors in post-civil war Liberia, as well as a statewide planning process that engaged thousands on complex issues such as education equity and earning power. A serial mentor to youth and emerging leaders, Jen founded Learning401, leading school advisories, workshops, and student-run story slams that gave voice to the public that is public school.
A TEDx speaker, author, blogger, and marathon coach turned soccer mom to two powerhouse girls, Jen is based in southern Rhode Island, where she is a paddle boarding beach bum dog loving yogi.
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.