Sierra Barter CEO + Co-Founder, PVD Lady Project City Manager, Board of Directors President @sierrabarter
Sierra Barter is the CEO & Co-Founder of the Lady Project. Ms. Barter serves on the Board of Directors for The Lady Project as board chair, mentor with Year Up, adviser to the Millennial Professional Group, a TEDxProvidence speaker and volunteers with Friends of Homeless Animals, fostering rescue dogs. She has previously served on boards for Girls on the Run RI, Summit Neighborhood Association and StyleWeek Northeast.
Sierra Barter has been honored as one of Providence Monthly's "10 to Watch", listed as Rhode Island Monthly's "Most Powerful Women" and the YWCA "Woman of Achievement in 2014, one of Glamour's 'Hometown Heroes" in 2015 and as "Leading Women" by Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England. In 2015, she was appointed by Mayor Jorge Elorza to serve on the City of Providence's "Millennial Task Force."
A Wisconsin native, Ms. Barter moved to Providence in 2005 to attend Johnson & Wales University. She graduated in 2009 with her BS in Marketing & Advertising Communications. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Johnson & Wales University.
Sierra lives on the East Side of Providence with her two dogs, Lucy & Dee Dee and enjoys practicing yoga, a good craft beer and eating Mexican food whenever possible.
Julie Sygiel is an entrepreneur and freelance consultant. She consults in the areas of Public Relations, Fundraising, Kickstarter Campaigns, Branding, and Community Engagement. Julie is the founder of Dear Kate, a startup that makes high performance underwear and yoga pants. While under Julie’s leadership, Dear Kate was recognized as a leader in the body-positive movement and a pioneer in developing functional garments for women. In 2014 Dear Kate launched a Kickstarter campaign that exceeded its goal by almost 1000%, ranking in the top 1% of all campaigns ever published.
She is a member of the Girl Scouts of the USA National Board of Directors and has a special place in her heart for Girl Scout Cookies given that she sold 10,000 boxes while growing up. Julie graduated in 2009 from Brown University with a degree in chemical engineering.
Sarah Dillonaire Creative Director, PVD Lady Project Creative Manager @sarahdillonaire
Sarah grew up in a small beach town by the pine barrens of New Jersey. Her passion for computers and graphic design started at a young age when she chose to attend vocational school for computer science and flourished as she attended Johnson & Wales University for Graphic Design & New Media. She loves color, playful design and striking style. Currently Sarah serves as Graphic Designer at Fenton Glass Jewelry and Creative Director at The Lady Project. She is in charge of our each chapter's branding, our bi-annual Lady Project Gift Guides, social media graphics and more. Sarah's interest include movies and comics, women and girls in technology and her labradoodle Daisy.
Born and raised in Providence, Kate knows the ins and outs of the Ocean State. After graduating from Rhode Island College, she started her career as a Graphic Designer. With a passion for design, events, and fitness, Kate is in charge of our active nights, book clubs, and an array of special projects in between, including our pop-up member shop at the 2014 and 2015 Summits. You can find Kate running the Blackstone Boulevard, Instagramming the hottest new restaurants, or beaching it in the summer. She has a deep love for the city of Providence, and she prefers her lobster rolls hot and buttered.
Cathrine Nelson is a social media strategist with a passion for inspiration. She just graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a degree in Sports/ Entertainment/ Event Management. Originally from Syracuse, NY, Cathrine has decided to make Providence her new home. She strives to grow her personal brand and make a positive difference in her community. In her freetime, Cathrine loves to try a new restaurant and spend time with her friends + family.
Robin is a Project Manager at Women's Development Corporation, and from 2012-2016 she served as Director of Outreach & Client Relations at the recently redeveloped Arcade Providence. She is the Principal/Founder of R.Dionne Consulting and a Partner at Tabs & Robin, a Providence, Rhode Island based communications group.
She currently serves on the national executive board of the National Organization for Women (NOW), the TEDxProvidence board, and the StyleWeek/SEED board. From 2008-2016, she served as a board member of the RI Chapter of the National Organization for Women. In 2015, she was selected as a fellow for the Women's Fund of Rhode Island Women's Policy Institute.
She loves reading, writing, community building, motorcycles, and vegan cooking.
Corinne Barber is a fundraising professional hailing from Massachusetts, but having found her home in Providence, RI. Currently, she works for the Rhode Island Historical Society as their development officer and helping to connect Rhode Islanders with their history (It's pretty amazing). Outside of work, Corinne loves to cook, practice bodhran, read and try her hand at home brew. She also believes that every lady should know how to change her own tire.
Brittanny Taylor Editor in Chief, Lady Project Blog @brittanny
Brittanny Taylor is a fashion and lifestyle photographer and social media branding consultant working in New England and New York. She was born and raised in Providence. She graduated from Rhode Island College with a BA in Film Studies. She also co-founded The Insta Edit, a workshop on how to leverage social media for your brand.
Originally from Upstate New York, Mikey came to Providence to attend Johnson & Wales University where he studied Liberal Studies. He began his involvement with the Lady Project as a volunteer and intern. After graduating from college, and falling in love with the New England area, Mikey became a Member and Development Associate for The Lady Project.
Mikey is currently the Development Assistant for Providence Animal Rescue League (PARL) where he enjoys working with animals and people to further the cause of animal welfare in the Rhode Island area. Outside of work, Mikey enjoys reading, exploring the historic parts of Rhode Island, and beer. Lots of beer.
Bethany grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts which instilled a love and appreciation of the benefits of sustainable tourism. After receiving her graduate degree in Intercultural Communication and living in Alicante, Spain, Bethany has worked in product, sales and marketing within the travel industry for the last nine years. Her vocation has brought her to almost 30 countries, including Israel, Jordan, Colombia and Antarctica in 2017. She has a dedication to negotiating her way to equality; a love for puns, her cats, and passport stamps; and is co-captain of The Rolling Stones, a competitive Downtown Providence bocce team.
Carolyn V. Marsden is an art director and visual artist currently living in Providence, Rhode Island. She is the Art Director for Rhode Island Monthly magazine. Carolyn completed a Master's in Fine Arts with distinction at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM). Before completing her MFA, she earned a B.A. at Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) and worked for Boston magazine as a graphic designer. She is the editor of Noted*, the Lady Project newsletter.
Bethany Caliaro Social Media Coordinator, Lady Project Blog @beesharpe
Bethany Caliaro is a recent Johnson & Wales University Graduate working in the Providence restaurant scene. She loves connecting with the Providence community through her work with The Lady Project and her Instagram. In her spare time, she tries to grow plants and eats out with her friends.
A transfer to the Ocean State, Emily has resided in Rhode Island since 2009 when she began at Johnson & Wales University. After graduation Emily decided to stay in Rhode Island; taking opportunities in the event industry at the Hope Club, Brown University and Teespring Inc. She is currently the Social Event Sales Coordinator with Pranzi Catering and Events. In her free time, when she is not planning events for the Providence Preservation Society and the Lady Project, she plays for the Providence Roller Derby Travel Team. She is a member of the Board of Directors as the Operations Manager and is helping lead Recruitment. Watch her rock out with her glock out as Goldie Glocks at any of the home season bouts.
Splitting her time up down the East Coast from Providence to Tampa, Grace started at Johnson & Wales University Providence campus as an Early Enrollment Student to study International Business. From there, she took on experiential education by working on communication projects and strategies for nonprofits and local government officials to stay abreast of her two passions for public policy and communications. After earning a B.S. with concentrations in Business Communications and World Languages in May 2015, she hopes to pursue a dual law and public policy degree within the next two years. Grace is an analyzer, a learner, and someone who believes in making a difference and getting stuff done.
Stephanie was born in Texas but raised in Providence since the age of two. After graduating from Rhode Island College in 2008 she began working in human services as a vocational coach for special needs high school students. Wanting to pursue her love of writing as a career, Stephanie earned her Master's Degree in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2016. She currently works as a freelance writer, editor, blogger, and social media consultant. In addition to writing, she is an expert in Providence restaurants, impractical trivia, and finding a parking spot downtown. Her dream is to write a script that gets made into a movie or Netflix show.
Kristin Zosa Puleo
Kristin Zosa Puleo Special Events Coordinator @kmzpuleo
A native Rhode Islander with an unabashed love for her tiny home state, Kristin has an MA in Art History, and a work history that ranges from line cook, to adjunct professor, to her current position in the special events department at Johnson & Wales University. Her passion lies in spreading love for the arts and all things Rhody.
Kristin lives in Exeter with her husband, two daughters (and future PVD Ladies), her dog, and two cats. In the summer, you'll find her at the beach. In the winter, you'll find her huddled by the fireplace because she hates the cold but refuses to leave this state, because that how we do it in RI. Year-round, you'll find her running through the streets of Exeter because that's how she keeps her sanity.
Elaina Milici City Manager + Social Media Coordinator @elainamilici
Self-described cheese addict and perpetual wanderluster, Elaina acts as a City Manager and Social Media Coordinator for HVN Lady Project. She first fell in love with The Lady Project's mission as an undergrad at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, and has since returned home to New Haven to start her career in advertising and join ranks with the incredible women busily growing the Elm City.
When she isn't tapping away at #hashtags, you'll find this lady with her nose in a book, playing with her dog, supporting small businesses, or planning her next trip.
Kara is first and foremost an animal lover and advocate. Some describe her as a crazy, cat lady, and she's okay with that. In her other spare time, she works with the HVN Lady Project as a City Manager and Executive Team Coordinator at ConnCAN, an education advocacy organization. She's been connected with the Elm City for 10 years, and credits the HVN Lady Project for showing her how great New Haven really is.
Emily recently moved to Connecticut to follow her passion for helping others. She currently works for the American Cancer Society on Relay For Life events in Hartford and New Haven counties. She was first inspired by the Lady Projects mission while earning her undergraduate degree in International Business from Johnson & Wales University in Providence.
Folu is a midwesterner who found her way to New England for college in Providence and later for work in Boston. She's a self-proclaimed selfie queen with a passion for connecting women in the city that has become her adopted home. When Folu is not working, she can be found across social media platforms under the hashtag #humblebragdiet, encouraging people to live a luxurious and delicious life with her homemade baked goods,enjoying movies or checking out concerts.
Janet Mesh City Manager + Communications Coordinator @meshymind
Janet is a marketer, blogger, and social media strategist. She was born and raised in Boston and loves living in the city (besides in the winter). Janet is the creator and blogger of the travel website, Far and Familiar. She also volunteers as a Social Media Manager for the Boston Chapter of the American Marketing Association. In her free time, you can find her traveling, cooking, practicing yoga, and indulging at a new Boston restaurant.
Brandee Benton Director of Membership, BOS Outreach & Membership Coordinator @mightybrandango
Brandee was born in Kansas, raised in Arkansas, and relocated to Boston. She got involved with The Lady Project after she managed BUST magazine's subscription table at the first Lady Project Summit in 2013. She has since become not only the Manager of Membership and Outreach in the Boston City Chapter, but has also been appointed as the Director of Membership of The Lady Project Organization. In addition to her Lady Project duties, she coordinates events for BUST Magazine, manages her husband's magic business, and knits hats for Caps for Kids (a Boston Metro area non-profit). In what spare time she can carve out, she enjoys photography, pen-paling, crafting, cooking, dancing, zumba, reading fiction, and traveling. Also, she's a huge Doctor Who fan. Huge!
Bri is a Marketing Administrator at an IT Staffing firm in Boston. She was born and raised in California, moving to Boston a year ago. Besides being interested in all marketing has to offer, Bri loves adventures, arts and crafts, photography, football and attending concerts,
Carlen is a program and event manager for a Boston Metro area college. A Mass native, she crossed the border to the Ocean State for several years, where she first became involved with The Lady Project as a PVD member. Carlen gets really excited about ice cream, international travel, silly cat videos, costume design, group fitness classes, and checklists.
NSH Lady Project City Manager and Nashua resident, Nika Legatova, became involved with the Lady Project organization shortly following the 2014 summit where speakers such as Michelle Kwan and Meredith Walker from Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, shared invaluable insight that lit a desire to expand the Lady Project to Nashua. Nika, who is originally from Slovakia, graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Business Administration and Management in December of 2013. She is currently working for the Executive Education and Enterprise division at Babson College and plans to pursue an MBA in Entrepreneurship starting in the Fall of 2015. Nika thrives off empowering others and is fortunate to be able to do so not only through the NSH Lady Project but also when she is coaching the Hardrock Club Volleyball 14 and under team where she has coached for four seasons. On her days off, Nika enjoys dancing as if nobody’s watching, skiing/outdoor activities, and anything with a hazelnut flavor-especially chocolate.
Lindsey was born and raised in Nashua, NH and graduated from Nashua High School North in 2009. She received her Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering at the University of Maryland in 2013 and since then has been working as a Quality Engineer in New Product Development at Euro-Pro LLC in Newton, MA designing Shark and Ninja products. When she is not working, Lindsey loves to travel at any capacity, whether she is driving to the next town over or flying halfway across the world. She also enjoys going to the beach, hot yoga, trying new and exotic foods, and striking up conversation with strangers.
Jacqui was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua and hasn’t quit the Gate City since, aside from a 4-year stint at the University of New Hampshire, where she earned her degree in Health Management & Policy. She is now a grad student at Boston University pursuing a Master of Public Health and couldn't be more excited about it. She works as a Project Manager at Adheris Health, a pharmaceutical adherence solutions company in Burlington, MA. In her down time, Jacqui enjoys preparing elaborate meals out of leftovers, spouting puns and other terrible forms of humor, and pretending to visit her parents so she can hang out with their dogs, two huskies named Ellie and Lily. The animal lover also has a pup of her own, a spunky mini bulldog named Leela. Jacqui also loves to paint and sometimes takes on other crafty endeavors with varying amounts of success.
Kaitlyn a Connecticut native graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University. While working towards her B.S in Child Psychology, Kaitlyn worked heavily with the universities Women Center. Shortly after graduation Kaitlyn relocated to Massachusetts working as a behavioral counselor in an all female campus. Still working as a relief staff with this population Kaitlyn is now stationed in Nashua, NH as a preschool teacher. Kaitlyn is always in the mood for a great dance class and a glass of wine. She believes you should always try something new at least once.
Alexandra Dickinson City Manager, Board of Directors Communications Committee @_alexdickinson
Alex seeks and creates opportunities to positively impact women’s lives. She is the co-founder of Ask For It, boutique communications training and consulting firm whose mission is to foster confidence and inspiration in leadership and life. She specializes in giving women the tools they need to negotiate effectively and close the gender wage gap.
Amber is a lover of all things present and package - she launched Nice Package as an excuse to unearth NYC's hidden gems, and bring them to locals + visitors alike -- always in for "research" that involves indulging in local goodness. And, as Marketing Coordinator at Visual Magnetics, she has the privilige of working LP members, and bringing her love of design to work everyday. In her freetime, she loves nothing more than walking the tree-lined streets of her Bedstuy neighborhood, catching up with friends over happy hour or a good workout session, and coveting french bulldog puppies.
Alexandra moved to the DC area after completing her graduate degree in Communication at the University of Maine. Her research focused on creating successful advocacy campaigns utilizing new media technologies. She is currently pursuing a career in communication and advocacy. She spends as much time as she can indulging her curiosity, and continually learning more about policy and culture. She's recently begun sharing her insights and experiences at lxeleigh.wordpress.com. Alexandra also enjoys late night poetry slams, dancing it out, and trying to capture the perfect instagram.
Sarah is a higher education professional in Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, both from the University of Rhode Island. Sarah is a big fan of cooking, Disney parks, and 30 Rock, and is currently training for her first half marathon. A New England native, she resides in the Washington, DC metro area with her fiance and their puppy, MacGruber.
Kari Comer Outreach + Membership Coordinator
Kari is a speech therapist and professor at GWU. She has been in DC for 5 years and loves everything it has to offer: fabulous brunch, cultural events, and networking. An Alabama alumn, she enjoys cheering on her favorite college football team in the fall as well as cooking, running, and reading. She also enjoys volunteering with animal welfare organizations and traveling.
A true ENFJ, Rae loves people and is usually open to doing any activity, as long as she's not doing it alone. Firmly planted in Seattle since 2012, Rae works as a Program Manager by day where she uses her event management background to make things happen in corporate chaos. Outside of her Monday thru Friday gig, Rae loves to enjoy all Seattle has to offer: yummy food, endless coffee, beautiful hiking, beach bonfires, and the constant opportunities to make new friends.
Hailing from The Sunshine State, Sarai has always been a planner and bringer-together-of-people. She moved to Seattle in 2010 to work at Seattle magazine and experience life in the rainy city. Now a Client Services Manager for a design studio, Sarai counts herself lucky to collaborate with creative minds on marketing projects seen around the globe. In her free time, she enjoys beating her husband at his favorite board games.
Born and raised in the PNW Kelsey enjoys all that the Northwest has to offer, fishing hiking, boating you name it shes there. After only ever living in small towns Kelsey took the plunge and moved to Seattle a year ago and hasnt looked back since. She currently works as a Marketing coordinator at an inspirational publishing company which their motto is "live-inspired" something she strives to do everyday.
Lana is the designer and founder of LEMBAS, a brand specialising in jewellery, bridal veils and accessories. Before Lembas, she was a model, where she realised her love of style and fashion. After working as a fashion stylist, she created LEMBAS and is loving the journey. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling with her husband, exploring cities, teaching her pup @axelthetoller tricks, and discovering new music. Lana has lived in many beautiful cities from coast to coast, but knows Seattle as her home and is excited to be involved with SEA Lady Project and all that Seattle has to offer.
Tricia is an expert at making things look awesome. Located in south Jersey, she enjoys long walks on the beach and diner dates. Tricia prefers typography a little messy, sneakers to dress shoes, and burritos over tacos. In her spare time she creates wall art and greeting cards that may or may not make it into her Etsy store.
Amanda Gallagher is a professional digital photographer, specializing in portrait and event photography. After earning a degree in Film Studies at The University of Pittsburgh, Amanda continued her photography education in the south of France with Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and with Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ School of Film, Photography, and Digital Media. Amanda is known for her lifestyle blog, Crossley and Jane, as well as for her work as an independent professional photographer and as a Photography & Cinematic Film Artisan for Duca Studio. When she’s not behind her camera, Amanda likes to go hiking with her dogs, practice yoga, and travel. www.amandajanegallagher.com
Before leaving the comfort of a salaried job to start her own business, Dylan specialized in opening small, independent retail boutiques. Working with amazing ladies and first-time entrepreneurs inspired Dylan to follow her passion, and start a photography and digital marketing business of her own. Aside from photography, Dylan loves travel, having been to Norway, Ecuador, London, the south of France, and moving from her hometown of Philadelphia to Colorado. When she is not hiking or cooking, Dylan can be found on a yoga mat or enjoying a glass of French wine with friends.
Stephanie is the founder and Creative Director of Studio Issa--a web design agency located in San Diego. She also hold the position as City Manager for the SAN Lady Project, where she will inspire, connect, and showcase what awesome things women are doing in San Diego. She also holds the position as Design Chair of an international Lebanese non-profit. When she’s not working, Stephanie enjoys painting, traveling and having a good cup of coffee with close friends. You can follow her on Twitter at @stephanie_issa where she will share posts on design + communication, new experiences and awesome people.
Alicia Gauvin hails from the Northeast and moved to DFW in 2015. She currently works in development at a nationality-recognized nonprofit specializing in health and wellness. Having graduated college with a degree in Women's & Gender Studies, Alicia is excited to bring the Lady Project mission to DFW. In her free time, she likes to explore antique malls with her partner, visit dog parks, and go to Pure Barre classes.
Courtney Caldwell is a California native who moved to DFW in 2008, and is currently working as a communications professional in the video game industry. Courtney is dedicated to connecting and empowering women through art, social media, and technology. When she isn’t working at her day job, she is scoping out the DFW craft beer scene, upping her photography game, or at the thrift store digging for new vinyl for her record collection.
Sarah is the editor of digital influencer platform LIKEtoKNOW.it, as well as a social media strategist and freelance contributing writer covering the arts, music, fashion and culture. She holds a BA in Art History and International Relations from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. A resident of Deep Ellum, she spends her free time volunteering as a victim advocate with the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, supporting the local art and music scenes, and finding her next weekend road trip to take with her dog Hendrix.
Maryann lives in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida. Originally from Maryland, Maryann has called a number of places home including Washington, D.C., Texas, New York and Uganda. She works as a public relations manager for a fast-growing media start-up in St. Pete. Having attended an all-girls private school for eight years, Maryann remains committed to the development of other women leaders. She looks forward to developing more sisterhoods in the Tampa Bay area.
Shayla recently graduated with her Master's of Science in Marketing from the University of South Florida and is eager to conquer the marketing world. Even though she was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, she has severe wanderlust and is lucky enough to have traveled many places both domestically and internationally. Like her eclectic educational background, her interests range from photography, to writing, to baking/creating new recipes, to wanting to save the Earth, to kickboxing, to whatever else pops up. She's most looking forward to learning from and creating new friendships with fellow Tampa ladies!
Megan hails from the great state of California, by way of a girlhood in Virginia, college years in Indiana and England, and lately of Scotland, Chicago, and Rhode Island. Loves LA. Doesn't care who knows it.
Meghan is the Marketing Director for a regional chapter of Girl Scouts located in Raleigh, NC. She holds a B.A. from Northeastern University located in Boston and a M.A. from Elon University located in North Carolina. She's worked for several marketing and PR agencies for clients including AOL, Glamour Magazine, and The Pampered Chef. Her specialties include digital marketing, content strategy, and project management. Meghan loves to travel, read historical fiction, and will never say no to a Monut Donut.
Monique is a native Rhody girl who began her Lady Project story in the great city of Providence. She is a proud Providence College alum (go Friars!), carrying her Bachelors in Health Policy and Management. Her career has had her jumping from RI to NYC to Boston, and after spending the past year visiting friends in Portland she immediately fell in love and decided to move her life up north! As a true New England girl Monique finds something to love in every season; you'll find her hitting the slopes (in an attempt to keep up with her boyfriend) in the winter, the promenade for runs in the spring, Lake Sebago and outdoor patios in the summer, and farmers markets in the fall.
Rachel Colaiace Board of Directors, Vice President @rscolaiace
Roisin McGettigan-Dumas Board of Directors, Secretary + Member Rep @runrorun
As an Olympic finalist in the steeplechase, 4x All-American at Providence College, European bronze medallist (1500m) and Irish champion and record holder (Steeplechase, Indoor 1500m), I know intimately the challenges and rewards of being an athlete. Because so many of these challenges start in the mind, I earned a BA in psychology, a masters degree in counseling and certification in sports psychology through the Professional Sports Psychology Group. Combining my two passions (running and psychology), I lanched Believe IAm in 2011 the same year I had my first child and retired from competitive racing.
I’m also the co-author of the bestselling Believe Training Journal (Velopress 2014) which has helped tens of thousands of athletes around the globe. And am involved in pioneering research involving elite runners during pregnancy in collaboration with the University of Ottawa.
I grew up in Wicklow, Ireland, and yearn for home while I live in Providence, RI with my husband Myles and our two sweet and energetic young daughters. I run for fun and fitness these days, leading a weekly Run with Ro running group for runners at all levels, and trying to keep up with my @RunProvidence friends on their easy days.
To further my goal of empowering fellow #sistersinsport, I’m also currently launching a school workshop program for pro athletes called Dare to Dream, with the goal of encouraging kids and teens to dream big and stay in sport.
Tricia Fazio Board of Directors, Treasurer @trickfaz
Tricia Fazio is a LeveragedSolutions Manager for LGC+D, specializing in the LS financial services segment. Tricia has more than seven years’ experience providing attest and accounting services to clients in varies industries including non-profit, healthcare, government and manufacturing. Tricia appreciates the traditional attest and accounting work but chose to explore the financial consulting services delivered through LeveragedSolutions. As a LS professional, she managed several client projects including the implementation of a new general ledger system, a company-wide accounting system transition from Peachtree to QuickBooks, to re-engineering and implementing new internal controls and overseeing month end/year end close processes. Among Tricia’s strength is her ability to analyze and interpret financial data to help clients/business owners make sound business decisions. In addition, she provides ongoing accounting, bookkeeping, and outsourced business services to support numerous clients. Tricia is a certified Quickbooks Online ProAdvisor. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Johnson & Wales University and currently serves as the Assistant Treasurer on the board of The Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence.
Prutha Patel Board of Directors, Expansion Chair @pruthajp
Prutha Patel is presently the Vice President of Orange Leaf Yogurt for the RI Territory Office, located in Warwick, RI. A 2012 graduate of Boston University, Prutha finished a year early to embark on her career with Orange Leaf Yogurt and hit the ground running fresh out of business school with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In July of 2013, she purchased her first home on the East Side of Providence in College Hill. Ever since, Prutha has become involved with a private real estate investment group and manages 40 properties, which are a mix of commercial and residential units. She is currently on the Board for the Providence Lady Project and also a part of the 2016 Leadership RI Mu II Class.
Michelle Vetovis Board of Directors, Chair Governance Committee
Michelle Vetovis has over 15 years of experience delivering major initiatives across multiple organizations and industries. As Vice President within Fidelity Enterprise Compliance, she currently is responsible for the technology strategy and Product Direction for the Compliance Technology portfolio, which impacts over 40,000 Fidelity Associates. With her passion towards Women’s initiatives, Michelle also serves on the Fidelity Women’s Leadership Group as Global co-chair of the Program in A Box Committee, works closely with the Fidelity Women in Technology Special Interest Group and is an active member of Advancing Women’s Excellence (AWE). Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island; is a certified Project Manager (PMP) and a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.
John Taraborelli Board of Directors @johnnytabs
Sarah Waldo Jagger
Sarah Waldo Jagger Board of Directors, Development Committee @starfishing
A Cape Cod native, Sarah spent ten years in Providence after graduating in 2005 from Parsons School of Design in NYC.
Sarah is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Momma Love, a RI-based children's brand.
Sarah lost her first child, following a traumatic birth injury. She went on to have two daughters, and has blogged about loss, hope and motherhood on her blog.
Sarah lives on Cape Cod and serves as a Board Member of the Lady Project.
Carrie McPherson Board of Directors, Development Chair + Member Representative @carrie_a_mcphe
Marisa O'Gara currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff to Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza. She has extensive experience working in government and on legislative and electoral campaigns, having served in former Mayor Angel Taveras' administration, as well as on U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's re-election campaign, and the successful 2013 campaign for marriage equality. Most notably, Marisa was Campaign Manager for Mayor Elorza, where she led a campaign team to a primary victory against the sitting City Council President and a general election victory against former Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci. She also serves as a Mentor for Year Up Providence and has been recognized as one of Providence Monthly's 2015 "10 to Watch", as a recipient of the 2015 Extraordinary Woman Award in Politics, and by the Young Democrats of RI as 2013 Young Democrat of the Year. A New Hampshire native, Marisa is a graduate of the URI Honors program and holds Bachelor's degrees in English and French.
Gretchen is the co-founder and owner of dod Fitness, a company that designs and sells products which provide support and comfort for the knees, wrists and neck. She is also a certified group fitness instructor.
Over the past twenty years, Gretchen has been involved with and on the boards of numerous local and national nonprofits.including the Pasadena Cancer Support Community, Community Options in Princeton New Jersey, Pasadena Polytechnic School and others. Prior to starting her family, Gretchen was a securities trader for Paine Webber in New York City and worked in institutional sales for Montgomery Securities in San Francisco.
Gretchen has been married for 30 years and is mom to four adult children. She lives in California and Massachusetts.
Molly Garrison is currently the Director of Advancement at Lincoln School in Providence and serves on the school’s Administrative Council. Prior to joining Lincoln, Molly has held various positions in fundraising, community relations, communications and external affairs spanning more than a decade.
Molly graduated from Union College with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and is also a 2010 graduate of Leadership Rhode Island and a 2014 Women’s Fund policy fellow. She serves on the Board of Visitors at Worcester Academy and is a long-time admission volunteer for Union College. She has served on the event committee and as a Co-Chair of National Philanthropy Day in Rhode Island.
Molly is a passionate advocate for women and girls through her membership in women’s organizations and support of female candidates seeking political office.
Carole Ann is the Associate Director of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. As a nonprofit leader and life purpose coach, she works with organizations and individuals to articulate and activate their missions in order to move strategically and intentionally toward a vision that aligns with their true purpose. When she is not coaching, she is trying to keep up with her two year-old daughter Avery Jean, or designing modern quilts in her Smithfield, RI studio.
Shannon Shallcross Board of Directors @SRShallcross
As President and Chief Executive Officer of BetaXAnalytics, Shannon works with managed care organizations to use data analytic insights to reduce health care costs, maximize reimbursements and improve health care quality.
She has served as an executive in the insurance and health industries during the past decade, working with a broad range of Fortune 500 and Fortune 50 clients. She began her career with a $5 billion national insurance company where she spent 12 years in the Sales and Client Services Division. During this time, she was promoted 5 times, working in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Rhode Island offices, eventually taking charge of branch oversight and overall operations in 18 states with 10 direct reports and over 300 indirect reports. Just six years after her start with the Future Leaders Program, she became one of the youngest female employees in corporate history to be elected a Corporate Officer.
She headed client service as the National Vice President of Client Management for a leading health and wellness strategy and service company. In this role, she led a team of executives and service professionals across the country and directed client management to the company’s Fortune 500 and Fortune 50 clients.
Shallcross has been recognized as a Providence Business News 40 Under Forty award winner in 2015 for career and community accomplishments. She graduated with a double major in International Business and Management and French from Dickinson College, holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation, and she has a Master of Science Degree in Insurance Management from Boston University.
Shannon has a passion for developing leaders and helping others to achieve their full potential. Follow her on Twitter @SRShallcross or on LinkedIn.
Sarah is a third generation attorney in Lincoln at Oster Law Offices. Her areas of practice include Family Law; Wills, Trusts and Probate; Immigration, Criminal Law and Contracts. Sarah received her bachelor's degree from Wheaton College and law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law. Sarah is active in the community and a member of various boards and committees.
Originally from CT, I moved to Providence in 2000 and lived there until Fall of 2015 when I moved to Atlanta, GA. I'm a small business owner, stationery designer, and loud and proud supporter of women kicking butt in the world.
Keyarow Mosley Communications Coordinator
Keyarow Mosley is a native of Milledgeville, GA. She attended her undergrad at Georgia State University, where she received a Bachelor in Journalism concentration in Public Relations and a minor in art. Throughout her development, Keyarow has maintained active engagement in non-profit work, working with organizations such American Cancer Society, The Red Cross Club and now Lady Project Organization. In her spare time she is heavily involved in the artist community, and things that allow her to showcase her creative abilities
Teresa is an English teacher and writer who blogs about parenthood in order to keep her sanity. She has two little girls who have made her a fierce believer in the power of women.
Theresa Navarra works with businesses and leaders to craft world class marketing strategy and content by day. Once upon a time, she wanted to be Katie Couric. Then, she graduated from Bryant University and fell in love with Rhode Island. So she left New York behind her and landed in Providence's tech startup world. By night, you can find her with her nose in a book, telling stories, and shopping for shoes - so maybe she did become Katie Couric after all.
Linsey J. Covino-Deaso is the Content Standard Editor and Cofounding Editor-in-Chief of Spry Literary Journal. Past lives include: Poetry Editor for Mason's Road, Student Editor for the Bryant Literary Review. Previously written work has appeared in such publications as Now What: The Creative Writer's Guide to Success After the MFA; future work includes Idle Jive, a poetry collection in progress.
Brittany Drozd works with business owners and leaders to create the solutions they need - for their lives, their businesses, and their legacy. You can find Brittany on the water kitesurfing or in the cafe reading on her days off. Brittany lives in Providence, RI with her husband and baby girl. Visit http://www.brittanydrozd.com for info on how to work with Brittany and subscribe to her weekly videos.
Diana is the associate producer and distribution director for Dream, Girl, the documentary showcasing the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs. Her unrelenting passion for feminism and the empowerment of women and girls globally is the guiding force behind all she does.
Born and raised in Calgary, Canada, Diana recently moved to New York City and now calls Park Slope, Brooklyn her home. She has a deep love for connecting with others, and strong interests rooted in community development and mentorship.
While she currently calls St. Petersburg home, you'll often hear Jessica say "I just got back from ______!" She is a creative marketer with global experience in higher education, digital media + graphic design in both in-house and agency settings. Her work in the marketing field has [officially] been for the last eight+ years, but Jessica's passion for graphic design and a solopreneur mindset has spanned for decades. She oversees the marketing for [almost] all things international at USF and is also a freelance marketing strategist and graphic designer. When Jessica isn't on a mission to #GSD, you can find her catching as many sunsets as possible or off on a new adventure around the world.
Catherine Godwin Communications Coordinator Catherine made the big jump down to Tampa (900 miles from DC) a year ago with her newborn baby and husband. Though spending her time at the Getaway or Picnic Island frequently seems like her true calling, she has spent the past six years assisting victims of crime, ranging from identity theft to human trafficking. Catherine has a Master's in Social Work from FSU, and has specialized in non-profit management, grant writing, and strategic planning-- always fueled by coffee. Now, being in Tampa, Catherine is dedicated to playing with her son on the beach and getting involved in her new community as much as she can.