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PBN honors local business women

PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS has announced the winners of its sixth annual Business Women Awards program.
Posted 4/26/13

PROVIDENCE – Exceptional women from Rhode Island businesses in six industry categories, as well as a leading career achiever and an outstanding mentor, were chosen for Providence Business News’ sixth annual Business Women Awards program.

People’s Credit Union CEO Ellen N. Ford will be honored for overall career achievement, while Kati C. Machtley, director of Bryant University’s Women’s Summit, was named PBN’s outstanding mentor.

Other 2013 winners by category are:

  • Creative Services – Industry Leader: Helena Foulkes, executive vice president, CVS Caremark Corp.

  • Creative Services – Woman to Watch: Angela Wiczek, senior director of communications, GTECH Corp.

  • Financial Services – Industry Leader: Ann M. Kashmanian, senior vice president of financial operations and care management, Lifespan

  • Financial Services – Woman to Watch: Melissa Trapp, senior vice president, Bank RI

  • Health Care Services – Industry Leader: Cathy Duquette, executive vice president of nursing affairs, Lifepsan

  • Health Care Services – Woman to Watch: Heather Provino, CEO, Provant Health Solutions

  • Professional Services – Industry Leader: Cindy Erickson, chief administrative officer, RBS Citizens Financial Services

  • Professional Services – Woman to Watch: Sarah Soares, human resources manager, Blount Fine Foods

  • Social Services – Industry Leader: Nancy Ryan Gray, president and director, Gordon Research Conferences

  • Social Services – Woman to Watch: Diana Burdett, executive director, Providence In-town Churches

  • Technical Services – Industry Leader: Mary Wohlgemuth, technical director, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport

  • Technical Services – Woman to Watch: Patricia Martin, vice president of engineering, Cox Communications

The Achievement Honorees for 2013 are:

  • Evelyn Audet, Evelyn Audet Lighting

  • Joyce Gifford, Abbott Valley Veterinary

  • Kelly L. Guestrin, Bellani Maternity

  • Jane Casey, Professional Security Services

  • Julie Lancia, ALX Group

  • Alice Nichols, Up Country

  • Denise C. Olney, Core Studios

  • Janice M. Prochaska, Pro-Change Behavior Systems

  • Jessica Ricci, Jessica Ricci Jewelry

  • Candace Simas, Miller’s Auto Body

  • Carol Scialo Gaeta and Lois Scialo Ellis, Scialo Bros. Bakery

  • Lisa Tener, Book writing coach

Winners will be honored at a luncheon at the Providence Marriott on May 30 from 12 to 2 p.m. Individual tickets are $90 and corporate tables for 10 are $850.

The presenting sponsor of the event is BankRI. Co-sponsors include Bryant University, Cox Business, CVS Caremark Corp., Koch Eye Associates, LGC&D LLP and USI Insurance Services.

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