Leading Ladies

Leading Ladies 2016

Over 90 inspiring stories of women making a difference in Rhode Island.


Ashley Ernest

Owner – aDifferentKindofFine

Aidile Ferro

Owner – Aidile’s Hair Skin and Nails

Liz Duggan

Founder – Amenity Aid

Kimberly McGann, Christine Manfredi, Amie Chobanian, Lori Manfredo

20+ year employees – Angelo’s Civita Farnese

Allyson Barth

Owner – Animal Reflections Photography

Annette “Annie” Birman

Owner – Annie B’s Honey Farm

Elizabeth Collins

Owner – Balance Acupuncture & Infinity Apothecary

Michele Jalbert

Owner – The Barksfield Shop

Beatrice LaBoy Halliwell

Owner – Bea’s Consignment

Melissa Siple

Owner – Benefitness Pilates and Training Center

Tiffany DePina

Owner – Blue Pearl Salon

Abby Backlund

Owner – Breathing Space Spa and Facing Thayer

Cathy Corelli Chianese

Owner – CC Media Partners

Susanna Post

Nutrition Consultant – Center For Health

Julie R. Hopkins

Owner – Comfort & Joy

Cindy Elder

Executive Director – Coggeshall Farm Museum

Denise Chakoian

Owner – Core Studios

Denise Squillante

Owners – Deni's Closet

Didi Suydam

Owner – Didi Suydam Contemporary

Loren Mendozzi, LMT

Owner – East Side Escape

Soozie Sundlun

Owner and Photographer – East Greenwich Photo and Studio

Paula Kaiser

Owner – Elizabeth Grady

Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL, ATCP, ACC

Owner – Encore Executive and Professional Coaching: A Charm School for Adults

Lia Bellini, Alicia Costantino Iemma, Valerie Leduc

Founders – Eventi Federal Hill

Susan Benzuly & Yolande Muoio

Owners – Evolve Apothecary

Ann-Marie Goddard

Co-Owner – Exodus Design Group

Nina Pande

Executive Director – Federal Hill House

Gail Hallock Cyr

Owner/Principal – Gail Hallock Architect, Inc.

Joyce Traini

Owner – Femme Fatale Salon

Kathleen Pletcher

Founder, Executive Artistic Director – FirstWorks

Jo-Anna Cassino

Owner – Flipp Salon Apothecary

Lisa Sienkiewicz & Gail Parella

Owners – Gil’s Appliances

Atabey Sánchez-Haiman

Owner and Artist – Giraffes and Robots

Stephanie Isenberg

Owner – Green & Cleaner

Elizabeth Grix

Owner – Grixy’s Grooming

Lisa Newman Paratore

Owner – Lisa Newman Interiors & Homestyle

Sandra Cutting

Owner – H&R Block Wakefield Office

Jennifer Serafin & Pamela Lutes

Owners – Inspire Medical Spa & Wellness Center

Kristine S. Trocki, Esq.

President/Owner – Kristine S. Trocki, Attorney & Counsellor at Law, LLC

Sharon Vieira

Owner – J&J Diamond Jewelers

Paula Cummings & Beth K. Friedman

Registered Private Client Assistant, Branch Operations Assistant – Janney Montgomery Scott LLC

Laura M. Krohn, Esq

Lawyer – Laura M. Krohn, Elder Law Attorney, Inc

Dianne Lemay

Realtor – Keller Williams Luxury International

Kristen Casey

Owner – Kristen Casey, LMT

Dayna Mancini-Simmons

Director of Sales and Marketing – Lang’s Bowlarama

Suzanne Fogarty

Head of School – Lincoln School

Elise Mischel

Owner – LuLi Boutique

Suzanne Ellis Wernevi

Owner – Luna & Stella

Elizabeth Duggan & Caitlin Taylor

Personal Clothiers – Marc Allen Fine Clothiers

Marcia J. Boyd

Owner – Marcia J. Boyd, Attorney at Law

Joanne M. Daly

First Vice President/Financial Advisor – Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Marie Theriault

Broker Associate – RE/MAX Flagship

Jody Barna

Esthetics Manager – Massage Envy

Janet Russell

Manager – McBride's Pub

Christie Flanagan

Chef/Owner – Napolitano’s Brooklyn Pizza

Dr. Nicole D. Kim

Owner – NDK Dental

Aline & Joyce Karam

Owners – Opa & Trattoria Del Mare

Kathy Wilson

Owner – Perennials Consignment & Island Overstock

Kaitlynn Renaud

Large Breed Specialist – Perfect Paws

Ashley Berry

Owner – Picture This

Susan Pascale-Frechette & Jamie Pascale

Owners – Pods Swimming

Martha Sheridan, Kristen Adamo, Christine Phillips

President and CEO, VP of Marketing and Communications, Director of Partnership Development – Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

Cheryl Turnquist

Owner – Providence Pilates Center

Bianca Christofaro

Owner – Queen B’s Cakery

Laurie Ramaker

Owner – Ramaker Communications

Jean M. Albert

Realtor – R. D. Denelle and Company

Kathy Rywolt

Director – Red Brick School

Rena Abeles

Owner – Reliable Gold Ltd

J. Von-Hughes

President, Interior Designer – Renaissance Tile Gallery

Kim T. Clark

Owner – Rhody Craft

Robin Barrett Wilson

Owner – Robin B. Clothier

Doreen Ise

Owner – Rosebud Salon AVEDA

Blythe Penna

Owner – Ruffin’ Wranglers™ Dog Excursions

Cindy Salvato

Owner – Savoring Rhode Island

J. Katherine Scott, Esq. & Laura G. Handwerger, Esq.

Owners – Scott & Handwerger, LLP

Jenny Miller, MSW, CMC

President and Owner – Senior Care Concepts Inc.

Natalie Morello

Owner – Shoppe Pioneer

Yadira Alexander

Owner – Spa Yadira

Lulu Locks

Owner – Suite Tart & Providence Pin-Up

Haylee Tallarida

Owner – talulah.cooper

Carmen Vieira Monteiro

Owner – 10 Rocks Tapas Bar & Restaurant

Kullawan Merola

Owner – Thai Tranquility

Deanna Celico

Owner – The Fabric Gallery

Sierra Barter

Co-Founder/CEO – The Lady Project

Maura Shea & Stacy Iasimone

Chef & Manager – The Village Restaurant

Gina DiCicco

Co-Owner – Tony's Colonial Food

Jessica Magro

Owner – UnHinGeD

Laurie Neronha

Owner – Viriditas Beautiful Skin Therapies

Deborah Ventrice

Owner – Zenabelle

Hadley Clark

Owner – Zenkai Acupuncture

Lois Hollingsworth

Owner – Zuzu's Petals