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Cindy Laughlin, president of Recruiting Specialists, was recently elected to the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame Board of Directors. Laughlin began her career as an executive recruiter for a search firm that specialized in retail. After acquiring ownership of the firm in 1993, Laughlin built Recruiting Specialists into the talent-acquisition firm that it is today. Recruiting Specialists focuses on many facets of the retail industry, including big box and luxury retail. Outside of the office, Laughlin is also very active in the community. She was previously the president (and now the chairwoman) of Justice Assistance. She is also the education chairwoman for the Massachusetts Association of Personnel Services, as well as a trustee of the Providence Performing Arts Center and she continues to support several of Rhode Island’s nonprofit organizations. more
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
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
Francis A. Connor III, a partner at Barton Gilman LLP, will be featured in the peer-reviewed publication Best Lawyers in America 2015. This is Connor’s fourth consecutive year receiving the designation. Connor is a trial and appellate attorney who specializes in representing clients in business and insurance litigation, as well as professional liability matters. He also provides consultation and he frequently serves as a mediator and arbitrator. A member of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council, he also volunteers at Barrington public schools as a youth-sports coach. Connor holds a B.A. in history and a J.D. from Georgetown University. more
Tricia Jedele is the vice president and director of the Conservation Law Foundation’s Rhode Island office. Before serving at CLF, Jedele was a special assistant attorney general and an environmental advocate for the state for more than 10 years and represented the Ocean State on several major environmental cases. At CLF, Jedele is currently working on Clean Air Act litigation involving the state landfill and Clean Water Act litigation involving stormwater pollution. She holds a B.A. in political science from Providence College and a J.D. from Creighton University School of Law. 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
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
Eileen Howard Boone is the senior vice president, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy at CVS Health and president of the CVS Health Foundation. After removing tobacco from nearly 8,000 CVS locations nationwide and implementing more health and wellness programs, the company was given the Workplace Hero award by the American Red Cross Rhode Island chapter. Under Boone’s leadership, CVS Health donated more than $6.5 million to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations last year. Other praised initiatives included the Totes of Hope Program, the CVS Charity Classic golf tournament and the CVS Health Emergency Response Team. Boone has held this role for a little over a year and she most recently served as CVS Health’s senior vice president of corporate communications and community relations. more
Christine Cunneen, of Hire Image LLC, was named 2014-15 chair of the board of directors of the National Association of Background Screeners. Cunneen began her career as a CPA for major companies, such as Barnes and Noble and ING. While she was pursuing her MBA, she had an accounting client for an investigative company. The company had noticed a demand for employment screening and Cunneen’s business proposal landed her a position as CEO to lead the employment-screening market. She later became the co-founder of Hire Image LLC, a nationwide background screening, employment-verification and drug-testing company. 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
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