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3/5/2014 MEDIA ADVISORY: General Assembly will celebrate International Women’s Day tomorrow
STATE HOUSE – Putting a spotlight on the smart, driven women of Rhode Island, Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush (D-Dist. 15, Pawtucket, North Providence) and House Speaker Pro Tempore Elaine A. Coderre (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket) are proudly hosting a state celebration of the United Nations-recognized International Women’s Day.

The event will take place in the governor’s State Room on Thursday, March 6, at 3 p.m. The official theme for this year's International Women’s Day event is “Women in Law Enforcement.”
Honorees include former Rhode Island Attorney General Arlene Violet, the first woman to serve in that capacity in the nation; Rhode Island State Police Lt. Col. Karen Pinch, the first woman to serve on the State Police command staff; and Assistant Attorney General Stacy Veroni, the chief of the Criminal Division and the highest-ranking woman in the Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General.

The General Assembly will also honor the highest-ranking or longest-serving women police officers throughout the state:
  • Capt. Tina Goncalves, Pawtucket Police Department;
  • Capt. Christine Kelley, Warwick Police Department;
  • Acting Capt. Karen Guilbeault, Cranston Police Department;
  • Lt. Angela Deneault, Jamestown Police Department;
  • Lt. Alyssa DeAndrade, Providence Police Department;
  • Lt. Sandra Kittell, Providence Police Department;
  • Lt. Cheryl Freitas, R.I. Division of Sheriffs;
  • Detective Lt. Dana Packer, Lincoln Police Department;
  • Sgt. Maari Stainer, East Providence Police Department;
  • Sgt. Kimberly Bertholic, Glocester Police Department;
  • Sgt. Megan Boulet, Johnston Police Department;
  • Sgt. Joanne Alboum, Middletown Police Department;
  • Sgt. Rita Barker, Newport Police Department;
  • Sgt. Diana Perez, North Providence Police Department;
  • Sgt. Joyce Comstock, South Kingstown Police Department;
  • Sgt. Erica Vieira, University Rhode Island Police;
  • Sgt. Elayna Boucher, Brown University Police;
  • Detective Amanda Bodette, North Kingstown Police Department;
  • Senior Patrolwoman Suzanne Cressman, Little Compton Police Department;
  • Officer Maryanne Perry, Portsmouth Police Department;
  • Officer Alyssa Cloutier, Coventry Police Department;
  • Officer Karen Haarr, Scituate Police Department;
  • Officer Sandra Marinucci, West Warwick Police Department; and
  • Officer Maria Caranci-Blanchette, Capitol Police.
"Law enforcement is still a non-traditional career for women, and these honorees have shattered a particularly formidable glass ceiling," said Senator Nesselbush.

Added Representative Coderre: "Our state owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to these women for advancing gender equality and serving as role models."

International Women’s Day is a day to reflect on the achievements of women and the fight for gender equality. It is also a day for acknowledging the strides the world has taken in advancing women’s rights, freedoms and protections. The United Nations has recognized and celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8 since 1975.

For more information, contact:
Brenna McCabe, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2457