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CCAP opens dental facility in Coventry

COVENTRY – Rhode Island’s Comprehensive Community Action Program has announced the opening of a new family dental center in the town.The center, a newly...
STRONG LEADER: Melissa D. Travis is the new president of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants and the first woman to hold the position since the organization’s formation in 1905.   
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Travis blazing a trail by joining forces

Melissa D. Travis is breathing new life into the 2,100-member Rhode Island Society of Certified Public ­Accountants.The Cumberland native is president of one of...
GUIDING STARTUPS: Venture Mentoring Service of Rhode Island provides free mentoring services to entrepreneurs in the Ocean State. From left, Dan Horne, mentor; Paul Olean, executive director; and Jarrid Hall, foreground, of GAB-on, a parent-engagement tool for students.
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At Venture Mentoring, the best advice is free

When Paul Olean retired and returned to his home state of Rhode Island, he was dismayed by the then-high unemployment rate. He wanted to...
BIG IDEAS: Melissa Cummings, chief customer officer at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, helps implement the company’s customer-service projects, such as opening Blue Cross & Blue Shield stores where members can get face-to-face service or take fitness classes.
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Healthy BCBSRI customers fuel Cummings’ happiness

2019 C-Suite Awards | CHIEF CUSTOMER OFFICER, NONPROFIT: MELISSA CUMMINGS | BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD OF RHODE ISLANDWHEN MELISSA CUMMINGS walks into the...
STEADY BALANCE: Mark Loiselle, Saint Elizabeth Community chief financial officer, keeps an eye on the dollars and cents while maintaining the quality of care for the nonprofit company’s senior residents. 
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Saint Elizabeth Community’s mission never far from his mind

2019 C-Suite Awards | CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, NONPROFIT: MARK LOISELLE | SAINT ELIZABETH COMMUNITYMARK LOISELLE HAS BEEN chief financial officer at Saint Elizabeth Community...
ONE FOR THE BOOKS: Aaron Peterman, Providence Public Library chief operating officer, has played a key role in the library’s $25 million renovation, including helping to get millions of dollars in tax credits and reimbursements for the project.
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Leading Providence Public Library into its next chapter

2019 C-Suite Awards | CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, NONPROFIT: AARON PETERMAN | PROVIDENCE PUBLIC LIBRARYAARON PETERMAN, chief operating officer at Providence Public Library, is excited...
CREDIT IS DUE: Lisa Roth Blackman, chief philanthropy officer at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, and her team have been instrumental in raising the visibility of the nonprofit and its mission.
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Blackman keeps capital flowing at the food bank

2019 C-Suite Awards | CHIEF PHILANTHROPY OFFICER,NONPROFIT: LISA ROTH BLACKMAN | RHODE ISLAND COMMUNITY FOOD BANKLISA ROTH BLACKMAN, chief philanthropy officer of the Rhode...
PERCUSSION SKILLS: Meeting Street teacher’s assistant Ruth Espinal, right, practices percussion skills with Cameron Cuddy at the Early Learning Center.
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Meeting Street expanding special-needs school

For more than 70 years, Meeting Street has pushed to be a national leader in development and education of children of all ages and...
FEEDING TIME: Jennifer Warmbold, lead keeper of Africa at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, prepares to feed lettuce to some of the zoo’s Masai giraffes. The zoo is in phase one of a three-phase, 20-year master plan to renovate and expand the Providence attraction.  
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Can a zoo boost the economy?

Adults and kids stare, almost unblinking, at the sleek bodies of giant river otters gliding dreamily in figure eights through their tank.The human faces...
BEAT THE STREETS: Maricruz Flores, 12, left foreground, and Skylah Chakouian, 16, right foreground, spar as part of the Beat the Streets wrestling program at Moses Brown High School. In the background is Director Jacque Davis. At right are Alezia Greman, left, 10, and Ivy Latino, 7.
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Preparing for success through wrestling

All of life’s lessons can’t be taught on a wrestling mat. But it’s a good place to start, according to leaders of Beat the...
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