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Stephanie Weers

@stylemepretty

As an Editor for the ever-fabulous Style Me Pretty, Stephanie’s days are spent perusing the most lovely and awe-inspiring weddings you can imagine. From modern to vintage, classic to quirky, she adores ‘I Dos’ of all shapes and sizes, but finds great joy in sharing couple’s love stories – the true heart and soul behind every wedding. In addition to writing and editing wedding features, Stephanie has covered New York Bridal Market, served as an expert on live panels with PopSugar and Anne Chertoff Media, Engage!14 and developed relationships with countless amazing vendors along the way. Prior to SMP, Stephanie worked for Occasions Magazine and wrote for a variety of lifestyle publications and blogs. She currently lives in Boston with her husband Tyler where they’re enjoying newlywed life while exploring the coastal charm of New England.


Kate Bowler

@domestikateblog

Kate is a Boston-based lifestyle blogger at Domestikatedlife, stylist, social media marketer and Co-President of the Boston Bloggers Association. 


Lily Herman

@lkherman@theprospectblog

Lily Herman is co-founder of The Prospect (theprospect.net), one of the world's largest college admissions organizations, where she oversees a staff comprised of over 140 student contributors worldwide. Lily is also a national editor of Her Campus, senior editorial intern at The Muse, and the editorial/social media director at HelloFlo. Her writing has also been featured on Inc., Mashable, Newsweek, TIME, and USA TODAY in recent months. When she's not ferociously typing on her computer, she's usually found eating mass quantities of Sour Patch Kids and reading Survivor fan blogs. You can find her on Twitter (@lkherman) and Instagram (@lilykherman).


Jennifer Romolini

@jennromolini

Jennifer Romolini is the editor-in-chief and Vice President of Content at HelloGiggles, a site for millennial women founded by actress Zooey Deschanel that reaches 14 million readers each month. She was previously the editor-in-chief of Yahoo Shine and oversaw all editorial operations for Yahoo's Lifestyles sites, including Yahoo Health and Yahoo Food. Before this, she was the deputy editor of Lucky Magazine and held editorial positions at Glamour and Time Out New York. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Post, Lucky, Time Out, Glamour, Better Homes & Gardens and others. She lives in Los Angeles with an amazing husband, kid, and two cranky cats.


Alison Vinciguerra

@ALI_VINCIGUERRA

After building a house in coastal Rhode Island, Alison Vinciguerra finally returned to her small town roots. The Indiana native met her husband, Chris, during their college years in DC. They have one son, James, who tolerates his mother's incessant picture taking and penchant for dressing him in stripes. By day, Alisonworks in sales; by night, she pursues her passion for design -- both in their home and on her blog, long distance loving. With Midwestern sensibility and New England style, Alison explores a variety of topics, including interior design, fitness, motherhood, and fashion. She also is one half of Boston Bloggers (@bosbloggers), a community for bloggers all across New England.


Loren Intolubbe-Chmil

Loren is currently the director of international and intercultural engagement at Johnson & Wales University, as well as a partner with her husband John in a locally-owned Providence business, ALC Copies. Loren is an educator, activist, and researcher with a PhD from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Loren has worked for over 30 years in a variety of preK-16 and community-based settings, doing work that focuses on inclusivity and justice, and is the mother of four young adult children.

Liz O'Donnell

@HELLO_LADIES

Liz O'Donnell is the author of Mogul, Mom & Maid: The Balancing Act of the Modern Woman. She is also the founder of Hello Ladies, an award winning website for smart, busy women named one of the top 100 websites for women by Forbes and a Best of the Net by Working Mother and of Working Daughter, a new site for women caregivers. A long-time PR practitioner, Liz is a Senior Vice President and General Manager at Double Forte, an independent public relations and marketing services firm, where she runs the East Coast operations and leads the digital/social media practice. Outside of work, Liz is a member of her town's Finance and Warrant Committee, and co-founder of a non-partisan organization committed to encouraging and supporting women's involvement in local politics. She is also the co-founder of SheStarts, a networking group for women founders and investors in Boston.

Sarah Waldo Jagger

@STARFISHING

Sarah received her BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York and began her career working for Ralph Lauren. In 2005, Sarah moved to Providence, Rhode Island and began design and production of her organic children’s collection. After several successful seasons, Sarah transitioned from production of full, multi-season collections into designing custom flower girl and special occasion dresses. 


She is also a freelance interior designer and stylist and maintains a blog that chronicles her work and life– Going Starfishing (sarahwaldo.com/blog). 


These days, she spends much of her free time sewing and knitting for her young daughter, Emily.  


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Loren Intolubbe-Chmil

Loren is currently the director of international and intercultural engagement at Johnson & Wales University, as well as a partner with her husband John in a locally-owned Providence business, ALC Copies. Loren is an educator, activist, and researcher with a PhD from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Loren has worked for over 30 years in a variety of preK-16 and community-based settings, doing work that focuses on inclusivity and justice, and is the mother of four young adult children.


Julie Tremaine

@JULIETREMAINE@PVDMONTHLY

Julie Tremaine is the creative director of Providence Monthly and Providence Media’s other lifestyle publications. Find her any day of the week exploring the best that the city and state have to offer… which is a lot. In her spare time, Julie is working on becoming the perfect combination of Dolly Parton and Martha Stewart - which mostly means hosting dinner parties with as much big hair and glitter as possible.

 


Lisa Jakub

@Lisa_Jakub

Lisa Jakub is a writer, a retired actor, a yogi, a wife and a dog-mom. Her memoir, You Look Like That Girl, will be published in June 2015. The book chronicles her 18 year career in the film industry (where she appeared in movies such as Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day) and her decision to leave Hollywood in search of a little peace.


Maureen Petrosky

@maureenpetrosky

Maureen Petrosky is a popular Lifestyle Expert that appears on NBC’s Today Show.

Author of The Wine Club, The Cocktail Club, creator of the Maker Lifestyle Website, and columnist, fans love her accessible and fun approach to making quick and easy yet sophisticated recipes, throwing parties, decorating, food and wine pairings, and of course cocktails.

Maureen is the ultimate hostess, and only Lifestyle Expert focused on helping young professionals, moms, neighbors and co-workers bring their on-line social experiences to life with real-world social clubs inspired by her smart- chic book series, TV and spokesperson appearances and regular editorial features like “The 10- Minute Happy Hour”.


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Julie Tremaine

@julietremaine@pvdmonthly

Julie Tremaine is the creative director of Providence Monthly and Providence Media’s other lifestyle publications. Find her any day of the week exploring the best that the city and state have to offer… which is a lot. In her spare time, Julie is working on becoming the perfect combination of Dolly Parton and Martha Stewart - which mostly means hosting dinner parties with as much big hair and glitter as possible.


Taylor Trudon

@taylortrudon

Taylor Trudon is editor of HuffPost Teen at The Huffington Post. She studied journalism and women's studies at the University of Connecticut, where she was a two-time New York Women in Communications scholarship recipient. She serves as co-chair of Scholar Relations on the NYWICI Foundation Board. Find her on Twitter @taylortrudon. 


Ashley Erling

@aerling@therhodeshow

Ashley Erling is the executive producer of "The Rhode Show", a daily morning, lifestyle and entertainment program on WPRI 12. She is also passionate about her community; involved in several local organizations and committees in Rhode Island including LLS of RI, StyleWeek and the PVD Lady Project. Ashley is the founder of fashion blog "Wears it from?" where she hunts down fashion seen on TV as well as the latest trends. In her spare time Ashley enjoys shopping, watching far too many reality shows & old episodes of SVU, having boozy brunches with her friends, and going to bed early because of her ridiculous morning TV schedule.


Rebekah Epstein

@bekahepstein

Rebekah Epstein is the founder of fifteen media, an agency that works exclusively with PR firms to streamline media relations in a digital era. She specializes in representing technology, health care, business and lifestyle companies.


Kate Gardiner

@KATEGARDINER

Kate Gardiner is an audience engagement specialist working with media companies on their digital strategies. From her beginnings as a freelance journalist in Hawaii to her most recent exploits in New York as one of the city's most sought-after media consultants, Kate has exemplified the way young women can make it rain - while maintaining their independence.


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Stephanie Gonzalez

@steph_gonzalez_

Stephanie Gonzalez was born and raised in Central Falls. She graduated from Central Falls High School in 2004 and became the first member of her family to attend college, graduating in 2008 with a BA in English from Boston College. Since her return to Central Falls after college, Gonzalez has dedicated much of her time advocating for quality education and opportunities for Central Falls students, taking any chance she gets to promote the importance of college attendance and completion. She is a member of the Central Falls School Board of Trustees, Nowell Leadership Academy Board of Directors, YWCA Rhode Island Board of Directors, founder of the Central Falls Alumni Association, and member of the Central Falls City Council. Currently she works at Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy as an Advocacy and Outreach Associate. On her free time, Stephanie enjoys running, reading, and dancing.


Suzy Alba

@Suzy4Smithfield

A lifelong Rhode Islander and first generation college graduate, PVD Lady Project member Suzy Alba is a 2005 graduate of Rhode Island College where she served as President of her class. Suzy was honored by RIC with the Young Alumna of the Year Award in May 2009. She is also a graduate of Leadership Rhode Island’s (LRI) College Program and a recipient of LRI’s Emerging Leader Award.

Suzy recently received a Rising Star in Politics Award from YWCA of RI, and a Revitalizing Neighborhoods & Communities Award from the New Leaders Council of RI.

Suzy is currently the Vice President of the Smithfield Town Council and the Director of Alumni Affairs and College Relations at Rhode Island College, where she also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Communication Department. Suzy was most recently an Assistant Director of Annual Giving in the Office of Advancement at Brown University and prior to that position, Suzy worked at the United Way of Rhode Island as a Development Officer.

Suzy volunteers her time as a mentor for local youth and college students, and serves on multiple boards for community organizations including the Women’s Fund of RI. She also assists local nonprofit organizations with fund development and engagement strategies.


Gayle Goldin

@GAYLEGOLDIN

Gayle Goldin represents the East Side/Fox Point neighborhood of Providence. As a newly elected senator, Gayle championed the passage of Temporary Caregiver Insurance, making Rhode Island the third state in the country to create paid family leave and the first to do so with job protection.  She is focused on common-sense legislation to grow our middle class. She is deeply committed to improving outcomes for children in foster care, quality public education for all children, creating economic development opportunities, protecting Rhode Island’s most vulnerable populations and ensuring that diverse voices are included in the legislative process.

Gayle's career includes serving as a consultant in the nonprofit sector, assisting with strategic advocacy efforts, policy analysis, and qualitative research. Previously, she served as the Strategic Initiatives Officer at Women's Fund of Rhode Island. She began her career in Rhode Island working at a national organization focused on increasing access to health care for the uninsured.  Gayle graduated from McGill University with a B.A. in English Literature and earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Tufts University. 

Gayle is the recipient of a 2013 congressional Angels in Adoption Award, the 2014 Bell of Hope Award from the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Parent Information Network's Legislator of the Year award, and has been named one of the Women's Campaign Fund's 40 national Game Changers. She is also a board member of Temple Emanu-El in Providence.

Gayle and her husband, Jeff Levy, live on the East Side of Providence with their two sons, Zack and Jonah, and their dog, Koji


Sandra Cano

@SANDRISCANO

Sandra Cano was born on September 9th, 1983 in Medellin, Colombia. She moved to the United States with her family in September of 2000 and settled in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Though she had graduated from a Colombian high school, she was required to re-take her senior year in Rhode Island to be able to apply to college. She enrolled at Shea High School and graduated one year later. She then enrolled at the Community College of Rhode Island(CCRI) where she earned an Associate’s Degree in December of 2003. Sandra graduated with honors and was recognized by the Rhode Island Educational Opportunity Center for her academic performance while at CCRI. She then went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Economics at Bryant University in 2007, the same year she became a citizen of the United States. Sandra then completed a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, with a concentration in Youth Development, at the University of Rhode Island in 2012.

Currently, Sandra is the Assistant Vice-President of Business and Community Development at Navigant Credit Union. She is responsible for developing strategic business sectors, the underbanked community, and community based partnerships, as well as developing financial education campaigns in our urban communities. She received the President’s Award in Community Service at Navigant Credit Union in 2012. “Sandra’s tireless passion to inspire and advocate for women, youth and urban communities has made her a leader in Rhode Island, her involvement recognizes the positive impact she is making on our community and beyond” said Gary Furtado, Navigant’s President and CEO.

Previously, Sandra was Operations Coordinator at the Providence After- School Alliance (PASA), where she organized and facilitated system-wide transportation, snack distribution and communications systems and managed the AmeriCorps Everyday Explorers. Sandra has also worked at Sovereign Bank, where she was a Personal Banking Representative.

Additionally, Sandra has developed a strong track record of volunteerism and community engagement, including serving as the Communications Coordinator at Progreso Latino and hosting and producing a radio show on Latino Public Radio, where she is also a board member. Her shows address cultural, health, and career resources for Latino youth.

Sandra was elected to be a member of the City of Pawtucket School Committee in 2012 and was the First Latina ever elected in the City of Pawtucket. She is also on the board of directors of the YWCA of Rhode Island, ECAS Theater, RI Latino Arts and Serve Rhode Island. Sandra is also a graduate of the Leadership for a Future program (’09) the Latina Leadership Institute (’10) Leadership Central Falls (‘13) and the New Leaders Council Rhode Island (‘14)

In 2012 Sandra was invited by Providence Mayor Angel Taveras to participate in the White House Initiative-“Transforming Education Outcomes for Hispanics” Summit. She was also one of only two interns invited to be part of the 2012 Commission on the Status of Women Conference, a two week long conference held at the United Nations in New York City in 2012. As a result of her participating in this conference, Sandra was chosen to be part of the Young Women’s International Training Institute (ITI) in Bangkok, Thailand, in May 2013. That same year she was chosen as one of only twelve credit union professionals in the United States to travel to Costa Rica in to participate in the International Credit Union Leadership Program. This prestigious program was offered by the World Council of Credit Unions and funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Professional Fellows Program.

Sandra was awarded the “Credit Union Rising Start” recognition in March 2012 by the Massachusetts Credit Union League, New Hampshire Credit Union League, Credit Union Association of Rhode Island and Center Point Magazine for being an outstanding employee and business leader, and for making a notable impact on her credit union and within the industry. The same month, Sandra was selected to be a candidate for the Man & Woman of the year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Campaigning for a Cure in which she was recognized with the Mission Award 2012 at the finale Ceremony. Sandra received the Collaborator of the year award 2013 by the Central Falls Community Collaborative and has been recognized by her community involvement and positive impact for her work to improve the lives of the underserved communities in she serves in Rhode Island (Central Falls, Pawtucket and Woonsocket).

Sandra Cano lives in Pawtucket and currently is a candidate for an At-Large City Council seat.


Nellie Gorbea

@NELLIEGORBEA

Nellie has deep roots in Rhode Island. Her commitment to serving our community can be seen in the wide number of organizations she has helped lead including: United Way of Rhode Island, the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, Salve Regina University, Providence Chamber of Commerce – Innovation Providence Committee, RI Free Clinic, Gateway Healthcare, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, and the Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee. She is the Founding President of the Rhode Island Latino Civic Fund. Nellie’s leadership has been recognized by many, including the Providence Business News which named her 2009 Woman to Watch in Government, Social Services and Education. In 2013 she received the César Estrada Chávez Award Committee as well as the Latino Public Radio Community Excellence Award.