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PBN names 2014 Business Women class

PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS on Friday announced the winners of its 2014 Business Women Awards program, including Career Achievement winner Joan L. Kwiatkowski, CEO of CareLink and PACE of Rhode Island, and Outstanding Mentor Marie E. Bussiere, combat systems department head at NUWC.
Posted 5/2/14

PROVIDENCE – An innovator and leader in the health care industry as well as a long-time executive at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center have been chosen as the top two honorees in the seventh annual Providence Business News Business Women Awards program.

Joan L. Kwiatkowski, the CEO of CareLink and PACE of Rhode Island, is set to receive the award for career achievement, while Marie E. Bussiere, the combat systems department head at NUWC at Naval Station Newport will be honored as outstanding mentor.

Twelve other women were named either industry leaders or “women to watch” in six industry categories as well. In addition, the Business Women Achievement Honorees who have been profiled throughout the last year in the pages of PBN will be recognized at the Business Women Awards luncheon, to be held Thursday, May 29, from noon to 2 p.m., at the Providence Marriott Downtown.

The 2014 winners by category are:

  • Creative Services – Industry Leader: Barbara Cottam, executive vice president, corporate affairs, RBS Citizens Financial Group Inc.

  • Creative Services – Woman to Watch: Nicki C. Maher, vice president, Charity by Design, Alex and Ani LLC

  • Financial Services – Industry Leader: Monica A. Motta, partner, BlumShapiro

  • Financial Services – Woman to Watch: Sandra W. Beaver, vice president, chief financial officer, GTECH Americas

  • Health Care Services – Industry Leader: Debra M. Paul, president & CEO, Fellowship Health Resources Inc.

  • Health Care Services – Woman to Watch: Monica Neronha, vice president, legal services, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

  • Professional Services – Industry Leader: Stacey P. Nakasian, partner, Duffy & Sweeney Ltd.

  • Professional Services – Woman to Watch: Alyssa V. Boss, senior vice president, general counsel, Care New England Health System

  • Social Services – Industry Leader: Deborah M. O’Brien, vice president and chief operating officer, The Providence Center

  • Social Services – Woman to Watch: Heather Amaral, executive director, Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island

  • Technical Services – Industry Leader: Susan Cerrone Abely, vice president and chief information officer, CharterCare Health Partners

  • Technical Services – Woman to Watch: Annette Niemczyk, senior engineer, Envision Technology Advisors LLC

The Achievement Honorees for 2014 are (listed alphabetically):

  • Brenda Brock, Farmaesthetics

  • Anna Barcelos, TribalVision

  • Lynsey Colgan, A Child’s University

  • Gina DiSpirito, Glad Works

  • Emily Harrington, Qualified Resources

  • Barbara Haynes, Cumulus Radio

  • Janice Lee Kelly, FLOAT Studios

  • Lisa Konicki, Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Lynne Haughey & Johnna Pezullo, Omega Medical Research

  • Irene Schmitt, Baltic Group

  • Kathleen Seguin, Bristol House B&B

  • Jessica Silver Wood, Fire & Water Restaurant Group

The presenting sponsor of the event is Bank Rhode Island. Partner sponsors include: Bryant University Executive Development Center, Cox Business, CVS Caremark Corp., LGC&D LLP and USI Insurance Services. Media sponsor is AM790.

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