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LONGTIME LEADER: Carolyn Belisle, managing director of community relations for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island in Providence, has been with the company for 17 years. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Belisle’s leadership weaves community, service throughout health care

Women to Watch, Professional Services | Carolyn Belisle, Blue Cross & Blue Shield R.I. Community relations is no longer an accessory to business strategy. It’s...
OPPORTUNITY OFFERED: Connie Tang, center, president and CEO of direct-selling culinary product company Princess House, speaks with Jessica Viveiros, left, supervisor of sales administration, and Victoria Vilbrandt, vice president of marketing, strategy and solutions, at the company’s Taunton office. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Tang meets challenges, offers opportunity with Princess House culinary products

Industry Leader, Professional Services | Connie Tang, Princess House Inc. Connie Tang, president and CEO of Princess House Inc., leads a company that direct-sells...
HOUSING AROUND: Barbara Fields, executive director at R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp., has earned a reputation as a passionate proponent of affordable housing. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Fields improves how R.I. Housing fosters community, opportunity

Industry Leader, Social Services | Barbara Fields, R.I. Housing While Barbara Fields may not remember the exact moment she decided what she wanted to...
ACING CHILD CARE: Margaret Teller, president and CEO of The Children’s Workshop, strives to maintain high learning and child care standards while advocating for increased support for working families’ child care needs. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Teller champions child care, learning at The Children’s Workshop

Women to Watch, Social Services | Margaret Teller, The Children’s Workshop Margaret Teller is president and CEO of The Children’s Workshop, a Cumberland-based child...
ON TOP OF TECH: From left, Jonathan Brackens, project manager, corporate information systems at Amica Mutual Insurance Co.; Erin Darmetko, information services officer; and Darlene Major, vice president of corporate information systems, discuss upcoming projects at the company’s Lincoln office. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Darmetko’s leadership, tech skills help tune Amica’s web presence

Women to Watch, Technical Services | Erin Darmetko, Amica Mutual Insurance Co. Erin Darmetko, information services officer at Amica Mutual Insurance Co., has successfully...
DESIGNS ON SUCCESS: Patricia Steere, center, founder and CEO of Steere Engineering, has enjoyed a career as a literal bridge builder, pioneering the first network-arch bridge erected in the United States. She is pictured with structural engineers Nicole Richard and Peter Gagnon. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Steere engineers innovative path to success

Industry Leader, Technical Services | Patricia Steere, Steere Engineering Inc. Providence commuters see the handiwork of Patricia Steere, engineer and CEO at Steere Engineering...
MODERN CLASSIC: Pharmacist Christina Procaccianti, right, operates a modern version of a classic American drugstore. Green Line Apothecary is on Main Street in South Kingstown. Above, she talks with Laura Taylor of Exeter at the drop-off counter. / PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Where ice cream, soda still help medicine go down

Honoree | Christina Procaccianti, Green Line Apothecary Christina Procaccianti’s independent apothecary and soda fountain in South Kingstown provides her clients with a package hard...
RECONNECTING: Christine Noel co-founded the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus because she missed the “opportunity to connect with young people” while working abroad at the University of Florence in Italy, where she lived for nearly two years. / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Music medium Noel uses to help children grow

Honoree | Christine Noel, Rhode Island Children’s Chorus A successful conductor will inspire her musicians to give the audience their best possible artistic performance...
STEADY GROWTH: Ally Maloney, owner of Maloney Interiors, has been designing interiors for yachts and some coastal residences since 2013. She says her business has grown steadily over the past four years. / PBN FILE PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Boat interiors are Maloney’s canvas

Honoree | Ally Maloney, Maloney Interiors LLC In many ways, Ally Maloney’s job is like that of any other interior designer: selecting furniture, finishes,...
SOFT SELL: Marita Loffredo, founder of Phalang-Ease Mittens, came up with the idea for the gloves due to her own challenges with rheumatoid arthritis. / PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Her struggles led to gloves to help others

Honoree | Marita Loffredo, Phalang-Ease Mittens LLC Until recently, Marita Loffredo didn’t think of herself as a businesswoman, “but necessity is the mother of...
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