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W2W award

Wow! To be celebrated for my community based addiction (I mean work) and to be able to celebrate amazing, strong, beautiful, brilliant, hyper-focused RI based women entrepreneurs at the same time…priceless!!!

A BIG thank you to Gail Ahlers, Ahlers Designs, for making these awards.  Gail is brilliant, beautiful inside & out, full of heart in everything she does, a TRUE community champion in every way and I’m so very honored to have this art (award/recognition) on my wall!  She came here to go to Rhode Island School of Designa little while back ;), and has been blessing this state with her entrepreneurial brilliance, energy, passion and talent ever since.  She uses recycled Narragansett Beer cans for the flowers and cultured pearls (with a story behind that choice that brings tears to the eyes every time)… every award she makes is truly a one of a kind piece of art (like a snowflake) and she lovingly takes the time to truly understand the recipient, as well as the organization giving the recognition.  We are so very lucky to live in a state that is home to such an amazing professional community, full of individuals and groups that truly support one another.   The Rhode Island Small Business Journal’s 3rd annual Entrepreneurial Women to Watch Awards celebration was yet another example of how united we all are here in our mission to be the change we wish to see, to celebrate success, and to move forward together with a positive focus.

Thankful beyond words…

The 3rd Annual Entrepreneurial Women To Watch Awards


Every day RISBJ takes on the significant undertaking of giving voice to the Rhode Island small business community. We are a hub of information, delivering realities of the current business environment. Our writers render best practices, and we look to the business community to share and evolve together. The highlight of the year, however, is sharing compelling stories of the women who truly make Rhode Island thrive.

We celebrate the third annual Entrepreneurial Women to Watch Awards that began in 2014 as a way to honor the most confident, tenacious, professional, and sophisticated women industry leaders in our state and the incredible work they’ve been doing. RISBJ presents three award recipients for each of the following categories: Community Champion, Minority-Owned, Small Business, Solopreneur, and Startup, for a total of 15 noteworthy recipients.

Receiving over 400 nominations this year, we attentively narrowed our search to present to you 15 remarkable women, each with their own distinct stories. Each of these women show us entrepreneurship takes courage, resilience, and determination, every day. Giving voice to their journey is a tremendous honor.

We wish to congratulate the following winners of the third annual Entrepreneurial Women to Watch Awards:

Tuni Renaud Schartner, TRS Strategies Community Champion

Andrea Chait, Momentum Inc. Community Champion

Susan Pascale-Frechette, Pods Swimming Community Champion

Atabey Sánchez-Haiman, Giraffes and Robots Minority-Owned

Cindy Burke, Esq., Burke Law Group LLC Minority-Owned

Krystal Toro, SOFIT Cycle and Fitness Studio Minority-Owned

Kerrie Lanoie Sonoma, Bistro and WineBar Small Business

Gina DiSpirito, GLAD WORKS Small Business

Loren Barham, Loren Hope Designs, LLC Small Business 

Kristin M. MacRae, Organizing In RI, LLC Solopreneur

Marni MacLean Karro, Jack’s Snacks, A Dog Bakery Solopreneur

Megan McGuinness, McGuinness Media and Marketing Solopreneur

Amy Levesque Fields, Hub Digital Startup

Rita Danielle Steele, Esq, Steele Realty Consultants International Startup

Dana Spring, Open Oyster Startup

Click here to catch up with last years Winner’s of the Second Annual Entrepreneurial Women to Watch Awards.

St. Pius V School to Award Honor to Providence Family for 21st Annual Veritas Mass

PROVIDENCE, RI – On May 15, 2016, St. Pius V School will be honoring John and Margaret Neubauer and their five children, Mary (Keane), John, Paul, Kevin, and Grace, with the annual Veritas Award. The award is an honor given by the school each year to an alumnus or alumnae who show exemplary spirit of their SPV educational experience. The school chooses a person or people who have gone on from SPV and lived in the true essence of the school’s quality education, strong community foundation, and teachings of Jesus’ love. 

The five Neubauer children attended St. Pius V School during the years of 1984-2005 and continued their secondary educations at both St. Mary’s Bay View and LaSalle Academies. The children then went on to study at various colleges and universities including St. Anselm, Western New England, Providence, Rhode Island, and Boston Colleges and Fairfield, Rhode Island, and Loyola (School of Medicine) Universities. 

Today, the Neubauer children enjoy successful careers in teaching, social work and rights advocacy for disadvantaged children, medicine, law, and speech pathology. They credit St. Pius V School as being the initial exposure to hard work, dedication, Christian values, and respect. “As I get older,” states Margaret Neubauer, when asked about the successes of her children, “people sometimes ask, ‘What was your secret ?’ I think my kids saw value and respect both at home and at school.” Neubauer continues, “My children wanted to be responsible and do what they needed to do. They could see that was what we we were working toward.” 

The 2016, 21st Annual Veritas Mass will be held at St. Pius V Church on Sunday, May 15th at the 10:00 Mass. The public is invited to the Mass, the award celebration, and a reception afterward at the school. St. Pius V Church is located at 55 Elmhurst Avenue, Providence, RI 02908. (401) 421-9750. 

Mount Saint Charles Academy Announces AP Scholars

WOONSOCKET, R.I – As Mount Saint Charles Academy celebrates 92 years of ministry and academic excellence, several students were recognized at the beginning of the school year for their academic achievements as AP Scholars.The following students were recently honored with AP Scholar Awards from the College Board for high performance on advanced placement tests in May of 2015. They were recognized for demonstrating the ability to complete college-level courses and exams while still in high school.

AP Scholars (scored 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams):


  Class of 2016 (pictured left-right):

Madeleine Charbonneau of Mendon, MA; Douglas Dubosky of Cumberland, RI; Sabrina

Fagan of Scituate, RI;  John Montani of Milford, MA; Sonia Radu of Plainville, MA;

Aaron Zhang of Woonsocket, RI; Haoyue Zhang of Woonsocket, RI; and Jiayong Zhu of

Uxbridge, MA


Class of 2015:
Colin Berg, Renee Brien, Ryan Choate, Natalia Dafonte, Cristina Deoliveira, Shannon Flaherty, Nicole Giordano, Monica Hardesty, Sarah Hodgens, Brendan Lewis, Thomas Marcet, Danny Parenteau, Jamie Villanueva

Named AP Scholars with Honor (average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and scored 3 or higher on four or more of these exams)


Class of 2015:
Trisha Bhatia, Justin D’Abrosca, Michael Doody, Melissa Duffy, Samantha Fagan, Madeline Kilburn, Sarah Payne, Zachary Vanasse, Ian Vescera, Benjamin Weiss


Named AP Scholars with Distinction (average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and scored 3 or higher on five or more of these exams)


Class of 2015:
Daniel Bowen, Bernadette Charland, Jeffrey Cimmino, Angela Dansereau, Lauren Eberhardt, Ethan Guevremont, Jacob Haddad, Madeline Lacman, Evan Laverdure, Katherine Machione, Adam Mercier, Elizabeth Pontes, Brian Reilly, Peter Soucy, Catharine Trice, Yuye Zhou

“With great enthusiasm, Mount Saint Charles celebrates the accomplishments of our students,” Edwin Burke, principal at Mount Saint Charles Academy, said. “In a special way we acknowledge the rigorous effort put forth by our students who are recognized by the College Board. We are most proud of their dedication to scholarship and learning which has earned them these accolades, and join their parents and families in congratulating them for earning these awards.

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