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ON THE MOVE: Island Moving Company founder and Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen, with company dancer Emily Baker in the background. The ballet performance company is planning and fundraising for a new $4 million building that would include three studios as a black box theater and provide a home for its Newport Academy of Ballet.
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Island Moving ballet works to connect

Masterful use of venues such as Rosecliff mansion and the tall ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry has shaped the Island Moving Company’s relationship with...
COMMUNITY LINCHPIN: As longtime executive director of West Elmwood Housing Development Corp., Sharon Conard-Wells has played a role in innovative projects, such as the Sankofa Initiative, that have revived blighted properties. 
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Sharon Conard-Wells, 25 Over Fifty-five

25 Over Fifty-Five 2019 Award Winner SHARON CONARD-WELLS | Executive director, West Elmwood Housing Development Corp. TO HEAR SHARON CONARD-WELLS tell it, she is merely...
JOB TRAINING: We Make RI staff, from left: Diana Castellone, marketing specialist; Barbara Jackson, executive director; Katelyn Boudreau, vice president of employer relations; and Samantha Gobin, outreach coordinator, meet at the nonprofit’s Cranston offices.
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Manufacturing a new job

At least half of the men accepted into classes at We Make RI say they want to be machinists, or computer numerically controlled operators. The...

Grady leading Meals on Wheels

MEGHAN GRADY was recently named executive director for Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island, a nonprofit that helps deliver meals to senior residents in...
FLEX TIME: Yoga classes at Children’s Friend are popular among its employees. From left: Stacy Couto, Michele Yun, Nicole Esposito, Kim Samos and Edouard Latortue, in the background.
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Culture shift to wellness 
at Children’s Friend

Healthiest Employers of Rhode Island 2019 150-499 EMPLOYEES #1: Children’s Friend CEO (or equivalent): David Caprio, CEO and president Number of employees: 380 For the past 185 years,...
RENOVATED HOME: Homeowner Carlos Reyes, left, is pictured with Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and Smith Hill Community Development Corp. Executive Director Jean Lamb in front of his home at 120 Camden Ave. during ceremonies to celebrate homeowners moving into houses renovated under the city’s EveryHome program.
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One answer to blight

During a panel discussion in Providence following a screening earlier this month of a documentary featuring a family left homeless after an eviction, Mayor...
TAKING CONTROL: Sailing Heals takes cancer patients and their caregivers for a sail aboard the schooner Madeleine in Newport.
 / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

For the very sick, sailing a chance to ‘refuel their souls’

Katelyn McSherry’s memories of her mother on the water stretch back to when she was growing up in Portsmouth. “Growing up, we always had a...

Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island appoints Meghan Grady as new...

PROVIDENCE — Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island has appointed Meghan Grady, who has served as YWCA Rhode Island’s chief operating officer for eight...
FASHIONABLE: The staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters of R.I. model T-shirts featuring the agency’s new logo, highlighting a national branding effort. 
 / COURTESY BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF RHODE ISLAND


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island

Best Places to Work 2019 | SMALL COMPANIES (15-49 employees): 9. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island How would you describe the culture of your...
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.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

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...

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