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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.
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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. 
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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. 
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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.
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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...

PBN Best Places to Work Awards 2019 special section

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DELIVERING SMILES: Kerri Baker, left, child-life specialist at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, receives gift bags for sick children, from Amy Antone of the Cuddles of Hope Foundation.
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These gifts go to kids who need them most

When you run a successful nonprofit that provides gift bags for children who are in a hospital or in a shelter, you end up...
above and beyond: Kathleen Snelgrove, chief operating officer at University Orthopedics, spent years overseeing the planning and building of a 90,000-square-foot location in East Providence. The building overlooking the Providence River was completed last spring.
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Unique perspective guides Snelgrove in overseeing practice

Business Women Awards 2019 | WOMEN TO WATCH, HEALTH CARE SERVICES  Kathleen Snelgrove, University Orthopedics Inc. HAVING BEGUN HER CAREER as an occupational therapist, University Orthopedics...
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