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ESSENTIAL SERVICE: Attorney Amy Stratton, who focuses on estate planning and business succession, says clients have sought out the services of her law firm, Moonan, Stratton & Waldman LLP, in these times of uncertainty. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business Women: Stratton’s adviser role meaning during crisis

Amy Stratton of the Providence law firm Moonan, Stratton & Waldman LLP guides clients through wills, probate and estate planning. With founding partner Irving...
CREATIVE CAPITAL: Margaret Hartigan, co-founder and CEO of Marstone, a digital financial platform with offices in Providence, speaks with Benjamin Baker, head of sales. Hartigan says she chose to base her company in Providence because of the “incredible level of creativity and diversity here.” / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Hartigan’s fully invested in fintech firm she created

Margaret Hartigan found a lot to like about Providence. Hartigan, the co-founder and CEO of the financial-technology company Marstone Inc., is a New Hampshire native...
CIRCUITOUS ROUTE: Geremie Callaghan worked in the music and cosmetics industries while living in New York City before returning to Rhode Island to open seafood restaurant Fluke in Newport with her husband, Jeff. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Winding career path led restaurateur home to Newport

Geremie Callaghan and her husband, Jeff, were on their third date, at LeBistro, on Bannister’s Wharf at Newport Harbor in 1993. The cozy restaurant proved...
LEADERSHIP TEAM: From left, Colleen Wham, director of operations; registered nurse Michele Kratz, vice president of clinical services; and Erica Chase, senior care integration team lead, discuss blood pressure readings at Upward Health National in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Nursing just the start for Upward Health executive

Michele Kratz is a registered nurse at heart, but she’s done many things in her career that position her for success in her new...
MAKING WAVES: Debbie A. Wood, president and co-owner of Wood Boat & Motor Inc. in Warwick, decided with her husband, Russell, to take over running the Providence Boat Show, which has been rebranded the Rhode Island Boat Show, after the previous organizers stepped down after three decades at the helm. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Debbie Wood is an entrepreneur unafraid to enter uncharted waters

The boats sold at Debbie A. Wood’s business, Warwick-based Wood Boat and Motor Inc., only go in one direction at a time. But that...
AVID ADVISER: Mary T. O’Sullivan offers coaching services through Encore Executive and Corporate Coaching in North Kingstown, an entity she founded after extensive experience in the corporate world.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

O’Sullivan is well-practiced in corporate coaching

All business owners look to stand out from their competition. But corporate executive coach Mary T. O’Sullivan is in an industry where the kind...
CULTURE CONSULTANT: Stephanie Chamberlin specializes in talent recruitment, retention and workplace culture issues for smaller- to medium-sized companies that don’t have their own human resources ­department. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

She’s versed at easing clients’ HR pain points

Stephanie Chamberlin’s strengths lie in recruiting talent, keeping talent and building cultures for companies via her Providence-based talent acquisition and human-resources consulting group, PINCH...
FINDING A WAY FORWARD: Victoria Malchar, owner of Malchar Wellness Center, treats Brandon Maced at her Warwick offices, where she and her staff offer a number of coaching and therapy options. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Malchar builds health and wellness from ground up

Victoria Malchar of Warwick’s Malchar Wellness Center is a chiropractor, sure. But she does so much more than that and has for quite some...
VIRTUAL ­COMPANY: Leonora Valvo, founder and director of Warren-based Swoogo, coordinates a videoconference staff meeting from her ­computer.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

An education steeped in real-world challenges

“Often we fall in love with our own ideas,” noted Swoogo founder Leonora Valvo. “We need to spend the time to make others fall...
BIG STEP: Marcy Reyes, with some of her students at Central High School in Providence, where she began her Financial Literacy Youth Initiative program. From left, Osury Aponte, Sita Traore, Daniel Gonzalez, Reyes and Ashley Ortiz. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

She’s empowering youths through financial literacy

“I don’t know how to explain it. I had a nagging feeling I was supposed to give birth to something big,” said Marcy Reyes. Reyes...

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