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Keister’@pbn.com’ - Rebecca Keister


City to host foodie conference

It was a palm-in-the-face kind of moment that led Seth Resler, a culinary enthusiast and social enterpriser, to realize Providence was the place to...
NEW LAND: Jennifer Bristol, executive director at Mount Hope Farm, took the reins one year ago. “Walking onto it the first time, I was already engaged,” she said. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

History abounds on Bristol farm

When Jennifer Bristol arrived at Mount Hope Farm as its executive director one year ago, she walked into a nonprofit long sustained by the...
OPEN ARMS: Education and Visitors-Services Manager Dalila Goulart says the John Brown House Museum has about 6,000 visitors per year. While there is an understanding of limited resources, she says more promotion for the 18th-century house and museum would be welcome. / PBN PHOTO/NATALJA KENT

Luring tourists off beaten paths

For nonprofit museums and historical sites off the beaten path or public radar, there’s never enough publicity, promotion or cross-organizational cooperation to get the...
SECOND ACT: Former nightclub owner Barry Blair is trying his hand at a new gig, utensil entrepreneur. The owner of now-closed Barry’s Nightclub in Warwick is selling the Prep N’ Pop, the sole product being sold under the Doodads LLC brand. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

This firm prepped for retail growth

One-time nightclub owner and Coventry native Barry Blair has long been a man about town who ran his business with a focus on going...

Partnership plan urges degree boost

It isn’t a new thought that something must be done within Rhode Island’s higher education system to provide easier, more-affordable access to post-secondary education...
PROVIDED FOR? Joe Dziobek, president and CEO of Fellowship Health Resources, says the No. 1 issue affecting the provider community is underfunding. / COURTESY FELLOWSHIP HEALTH

ACA to encourage linking physical, behavioral health

Joe Dziobek, president and CEO of Fellowship Health Resources, has, in his nearly 40-year career there, helped the nonprofit behavioral health care agency grow...
BEST-LAID PLANS: Yankee Travel consultant Holly Brunelli, left, and company co-owner Candy Adriance. Adraiance purchased insurance for a recent vacation, which came in handy when her husband became ill. / PBN PHOTO/NATALJA KENT

Insured best policy when traveling

(Corrected: Wednesday, April 3, 11:30 a.m.) In the world of travel, taking one’s own advice is usually not only best but often the key to...
RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION president and CEO Neil D. Steinberg at the Foundation's 2012 Annual Meeting. / COURTESY THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION/STEW MILNE

RIF melds marketing, planning departments

A story only gets heard if someone’s telling it. That was part of the thinking behind The Rhode Island Foundation’s recent decision to form...
MINDFUL APPROACH: R.I. has experienced mental-health budget cuts, but Craig Stenning, director of the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, says the state has mitigated some of the negative effects. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Signs of hope in mental-health care

Chaz Gross has a theory on improving mental-health services that involves more than just spending additional money. The executive director of the National Alliance on...

Summit chance for women to ‘invest’ in themselves

Several years ago an attendee of the Bryant University Women’s Summit called long-time director Kati Machtley and related how the day of education and...

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