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Criminal Justice Hall used to inspire trainees

In Rhode Island those who work in law enforcement are all too often treated with disdain and blamed for everything from taxes to speeding...
LIVING A LIFE AMBITION: Thanks to exposure to the medical profession when she was young, Deborah M. O’Brien has been focused on helping others all her adult life, especially now as vice president and chief operating officer of The Providence Center. / PBN PHOTO/FRANK MULLIN

A successful career built on serving community

Deborah M. O’Brien had the good luck of knowing her career choice very early in life. “My mother was a medical assistant in a pediatrician’s...
WINNING ARGUMENTS: Stacey P. Nakasian is an ace litigator for Duffy & Sweeney, and dedicated to Rhode Island’s legal community. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A change maker, in and out of the courtroom

As an attorney with the Providence firm Duffy & Sweeney Ltd., Stacey P. Nakasian has scored some big wins, both inside and outside the...
GOOD HEALTH: Monica A. Motta is the first female partner at the Rhode Island office of BlumShapiro, an accounting firm with additional offices in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Her experience includes work with some of the state’s nursing homes, home-health agencies and assisted-living centers. / PBN PHOTO/FRANK MULLIN

A career choice with compassion built right in

As a partner at BlumShapiro in Providence, Monica A. Motta wears two hats. Her work as an accountant for many of the state’s nursing homes,...
GENERATIONAL ADVOCATE: Joan L. Kwiatkowski is the CEO of two nonprofits that support care for elders in institutional and home environments, and in both cases she continues to expand the offerings being provided. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL PERSSON

Advocate for elder care, smart business practices

Today, nursing home residents in Rhode Island are getting their teeth cleaned and cavities filled without ever leaving the facility, and they have Joan...
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS: A lunch time yoga class on campus is just one of the many parts of Amica Mutual Insurance’s employee-centered culture. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Mission of service helps reward Amica workers

In a decade that has seen too many layoffs and company closings, job security may well be among the best things about working at...
SMOKE SIGNALS: Dr. Ester Choo, a researcher on substance abuse, says about 20 percent of high school students have used marijuana in the past month, about half of the lifetime use rate. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Study: Medical marijuana not boosting teen use

Over the past few years 21 states have adopted laws allowing medical use of marijuana, including Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Seven more states...
STREET LEVEL: Bill Ash, managing director of financial services at the R.I. Commerce Corporation, said that soon the agency will “have several million dollars out on the street working for the state of Rhode Island.” / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Public capital availability is real, but has shrunk

(Corrected, May 19, 4:35 p.m.) Allan Tear, a co-counder and managing partner at the startup accelerator Betaspring, has seen firsthand how government can boost the...
PROTECTING INNOVATION: G-Form Executive Chairman Danny Warshay, right, and his team, including Stephanie Thorn, director of product design, and Alex Seagrave, operations manager, are always looking for new uses of the company’s groundbreaking, protective technology. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Make it new, make it fast, make it work superbly

Isaac Newton left something out when he wrote down his theories on gravity: it can hurt. At G-Form LLC, a Rhode Island sports equipment manufacturer,...
PACK, STACK AND GO: Banneker Industries employee Nick Vierira doing what the company does best at its North Smithfield warehouse: handling logistics, including packing and shipping, for third parties. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Company re-creates itself as supply-chain expert

Cheryl W. Snead, owner, president and CEO of Banneker Industries Inc. in North Smithfield, realized in the early 1990s that manufacturing was the company’s...
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