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John Finn, of Finn Wealth Management was recently recognized as a Five Star Wealth Manager by Five Star Professional, a third-party research firm. Finn was evaluated on 10 key factors, including client retention rates and client assets administered and he holds a distinction that is awarded to less than 7 percent of wealth managers in a market. Finn has nearly 30 years of experience in retirement, estate and business planning. He holds the chartered financial consultant and chartered life underwriter designation from American College, Bryn Mawr and he holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Rhode Island. more
Dr. Deborah Riebe, professor and chair of the kinesiology dept. at the University of Rhode Island, has been nominated as to act as the senior editor for the 10th edition of the “American College of Sports Medicine’s Guidelines for Exercise and Prescription.” The book is considered an industry standard and it is used as a reference by clinical exercise, public health and other health care professionals for treating both healthy individuals, as well as those with a chronic disease or condition. The handbook is also used as a supplementary textbook and as a resource for professionals preparing for the ACSM exam. She holds a B.S. in physical education from Springfield College, an M.S. in exercise science from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Connecticut. more
Tasha Evans, a Local Initiatives Support Corporation AmeriCorps Member, works at the Church Community Housing Corp. and the McKinney Cooperative Shelter in Newport, where she prepares residents who are homeless or have low incomes with job training and life skills. Since Evans began working at CCHC, she has helped more than 23 McKinney Cooperative Shelter occupants find jobs, which include local hotels and restaurants. Evans also developed the Craft for a Cause program. The program supplies CCHC residents with art supplies and St. Paul’s Thrift Shop also sells their creations, with proceeds coming directly back to the artists. more
Sally Helme, group publisher for the Bonnier Corp., was recently named a 2014 recipient of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association Anchor Awards. Helme has been a boater all her life and she has worked in several facets of the marine industry before moving on to publishing 20 years ago. In her current position, Helme is responsible for the magazines, Cruising World and Sailing World, as well as the National Offshore One Design Regatta Series and the “State of the Sailing Industry” market report. She holds a B.A. in history and biology/history of science from Princeton University and a master’s in management from Salve Regina University. more
Patricia O’Donnell Saracino, the vice president of community relations at BankRI, was recently honored by The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute as an Angel in Adoption. She was nominated by U.S. Rep. James R. Langevin. Through BankRI, Saracino has helped children in foster care attend sporting and cultural events, as well as other fun childhood activities that they otherwise would not have had the opportunity to participate in. Outside of the office, Saracino has been a dedicated volunteer at Adoption Rhode Island for nearly 10 years. She is also a proud member of a “forever family,” after adopting her daughter nine years ago. more
Lisa Tener, an award-winning book-writing coach, will be featured in the 2015 Women’s Advantage Shared Wisdom Calendar for the third year in a row. A quote from Tener will join the collection of wise words from influential women leaders from around the globe. more
Keith Brown, a filmmaker and film-production professor at University of Rhode Island, was recently given the Producer’s Circle Award from Flickers: The Rhode Island International Film Festival. The award recognized Brown’s dedication to KidsEye Summer Camp, where is the co-director, as well as one of the first counselors when the program began 18 years ago. At the camp, Brown teaches kids (aged 8-16) various aspects of film production. Brown has also created both documentaries and short films. Brown’s work has been exhibited at the Boston Cinema Census and the Antelope Valley International Film Festival, among others. Brown is also one of the founders of Boston Open Screen, which is an open mic night for filmmakers. He holds a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island and an MFA from Boston University. more
Joseph Hicks recently placed third overall in the three-axle class at the American Trucking Association’s National Truck Driving Championship. The championship has been coined the “Super Bowl of Safety,” because it brings nearly 500 of the best professional drivers in the industry from around the nation. Hicks, who works out of Con-Way Freight’s Cranston terminal, is not green to the competition. He was named 2010 Rookie of the Year and he has been a two-time grand champion. more
Vinka Oyanedel-Craver is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Rhode Island. She has also published more than a dozen articles on the chemical and biological processes used for sustainable water and wastewater purification, as well as collaborated on several projects. Most recently, she is working with Jordanian researchers to improve desalination technology. She has been working on embedding silver nanoparticles into the membranes used in current systems. The nanoparticles will slow bacteria growth and reduce contamination, as well as maintenance because operations will no longer need to be shut down to clean the machines. The yearlong collaboration (which began in 2014) between several Jordanian and U.S. researchers is backed by a $314,000 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development and a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Oyanedel-Craver holds a Ph.D. from the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela and a B.S. and an M.S. from the Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso. more
Kim Ward, director of public and community affairs at Twin River Casino, was recently honored as one of five proven leaders during the annual Great Women of Gaming Awards for Casino Enterprise Management Magazine. Over the past 16 years at Twin River, Ward has served on the design team to repurpose existing space into a table-games area, helped to develop a charitable-giving program and she has represented the casino on a series of issues, from council-zoning-ordinance meetings to passing a table-games referendum. Ward holds a BFA in computer graphics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. more
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