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PLAYS TO WIN: Since becoming director of the North Kingstown Recreation Department in 2019, Chelsey Dumas Gibbs has won grants to push forward park and playground improvement projects, pulling in $571,000 for facilities and programming. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Dumas Gibbs energized to keep community members active

Business Women Awards 2022 Woman to Watch Government/Quasi-Government Chelsey Dumas Gibbs, Town of North Kingstown A blizzard of improvements in recent years at public places...
CLOSING THE GAP: Theresa D’Orsi, vice president of the construction practice group at Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc. in East Providence, says mentorships can help close the gender gap in construction. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN


D’Orsi has built a strong foundation at Starkweather & Shepley

Business Women Awards 2022 Industry Leader Professional Services Theresa D’Orsi, Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc. Theresa D’Orsi is the vice president of the construction practice...
TOP MARKS: Christina Pitney, senior vice president, government programs, at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island in Providence, has led the health insurer’s Medicare Advantage suite to its first five-star rating. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Pitney is driven to solve problems or turn them into opportunities

Business Women Awards 2022 Woman to Watch Health Care Services Christina Pitney, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Combine commitment, passion, energy and humility...
RAPID ASCENT: Suzanne Morrow has risen through the ranks from client services program manager to senior vice president, the company’s second-highest position, in her six years at InsureMyTrip in Warwick.  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Morrow is flying high on meteoric rise at InsureMyTrip

Business Women Awards 2022 Woman to Watch Professional Services Suzanne Morrow, IMT Services LLC Suzanne Morrow was new to the travel insurance industry when she joined...
FAMILY FIRST: Katje Afonseca, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island in Cranston, doesn’t expect her employees to put work before family, adding that the approach supports success rather than hinders workplace achievement. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Mentorship is integral to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode...

Business Women Awards 2022 Industry Leader Social Services/Nonprofit Katje Afonseca, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island Katje Afonseca began her career at Big Brothers Big...
HERE’S THE SCOOP: Amy Chaunt, director of development and communications at the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, uses her journalism skills to bring the club’s mission to life and show donors where their dollars go, which has led to record fundraising. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Chaunt’s storytelling skills have led to record funds at Boys &...

Business Women Awards 2022 Woman to Watch Social Services/Nonprofit Amy Chaunt, Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket Amy Chaunt came to her role as director of...
SENSE OF PRIDE: Patricia Eno has spent the majority of her nearly 40-year career at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport, where she now oversees the department responsible for the sensors and sonar systems used by the U.S. Navy.  / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Eno doesn’t shy away from responsibility, especially regarding national defense

Business Women Awards 2022 Industry Leader Technical Services Patricia Eno, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport As head of the Sensors and Sonar Systems Department at...
BROADENING VIEWS: Nishita Roy-Pope co-founded Tribe Academy LLC in North Kingstown to accelerate the inclusion of traditionally underrepresented racial and cultural backgrounds in the worlds of business and STEM sectors such as science, technology, engineering and math. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Roy-Pope passionate about helping companies attract diverse staff and customers

Business Women Awards 2022 Technical Services Woman to Watch Nishita Roy-Pope, Tribe Academy LLC Nishita Roy-Pope has been drawn to the concept of interconnectedness. “I’ve always been...
PASSIONATE PURSUIT: Kris Bradner, principal at Traverse Landscape Architects LLC in Providence, was inspired by one of her high school teachers to pursue a career in landscape design.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Traverse Landscape’s Bradner established roots in architecture early

Business Women Awards 2022 Achievement Honoree Kris Bradner, Traverse Landscape Architects LLC AMONG THE TYPICAL college prep courses offered at Kris Bradner’s high school, something different...
DESIGNING WOMEN: Phyllis Cannava, right, president of Office Direct Cannava Design Ltd., a commercial furniture dealership in Warwick, looks over samples and blueprints with senior designer Meghan Robinson, left, and designer Meghan Ryan. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Office design was Cannava’s direct road toward success

Business Women Awards 2022 Achievement Honoree Phyllis Cannava, Office Direct Cannava Design Ltd. PHYLLIS CANNAVA WILL BE the first to tell you that she’s not...
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