AMAZING WOMEN celebrates women who make a difference in the lives of others.

I started this show to share how women accomplish, encourage, legislate, live, and love. What we leave behind isn’t as important as how we live!  Whether it's healthcare, education, business, politics, or entertainment, their personal and professional stories will teach, empower and inspire you.

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REVEREND JAMIE WASHAM

Roger Williams was the first minister at the First Baptist Church in Providence in 1638. Today, it's REVEREND JAMIE WASHAM. She discusses Roger Williams' ideas of soul liberty and freedom of conscience and the historic and religious significance of America's oldest church.

CARMEN RECALDE-RUSSO

GUEST HOST: DEB DEBARE interviews CARMEN RECALDE-RUSSO, coordinator for SOAR-Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships, and MADELINE PERREAULT, president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs of RI. They discuss domestic violence awareness and prevention.

MARILYN WARREN

Since 1922, the Martin Luther King Community Center of Newport County has been a resource to the people on Aquidneck Island. MARILYN WARREN, executive director, and ALYSON NOVICK discuss how the food pantry, Feed- A-Friend and Art Therapy programs make a difference for so many people.

KATHARINE HAZARD FLYNN

How do Rhode Island companies find well-trained employees? URI's Business Engagement Center (BEC) is the front door for connecting business with students for internships, careers, or research. KATHARINE HAZARD FLYNN, is the executive director and discusses the growing opportunities and jobs in manufacturing, engineering, computer science, digital media and design.

ANNA CANO MORALES

GUEST HOST: EVA MANCUSO interviews ANNA CANO MORALES, director of Latino Public Institute at Roger Williams University and a member of the Central Falls School Committee, discuses education and the changing demography in urban schools in Rhode Island.

DEBORAH PERRY

GUEST HOST: MEGHAN GRADY interviews DEBORAH PERRY, CEO of YWCA RI to discuss Fantastic Girltastic Code Company and the important of computer science for girls and young women in the next five years.

SHARON IAMMUCCILLI & SUE SCOTTI

GUEST HOST: CLARE ECKERT interviews URI Master Gardeners SHARON IAMMUCCILLI and SUE SCOTTI about the joy of gardening, becoming a Master Gardner, and the "Plant A Row For The Hungry" program.

ARGARET DEGIDIO "DIGIT" MURPHY

40 years ago 80% of women did NOT go to college; today, more than half of all college students are women, thanks to TITLE IX. MARGARET DEGIDIO "DIGIT" MURPHY discusses being a standout women's hockey player at Cornell and coaching women's ice hockey at Brown University where she was the winningest coach in Division I ice hockey-male or female. We also discuss the most important words parents can to say to their kids about playing sports.

COLONEL MAUREEN HOLLAND and SGT. VIVIANNE RICO

here are over 2 million women veterans alive today who serve as a constant reminder of the courage and sacrifice women make for our nation. Today, 14% of active duty military are women. COLONEL MAUREEN HOLLAND served from 1959 - 1996 and was awarded the Bronze Star. SGT. VIVIANNE RICO was deployed to Iraq for two years. They are two women serving our nation from different generations.

EVA MANCUSO

Buying clothes for kids today is expensive. It's even more difficult for families in need. EVA MANCUSO discusses her non-profit Clothes to Kids Rhode Island helping Providence County families in need clothing for their kids. Kids in grades K-12 are eligible or if the family is in crisis due to a natural disaster, homelessness, or displacement.

REAR ADMIRAL BARBARA MCGANN

Retired REAR ADMIRAL BARBARA MCGANN, spent over 32 years in the US NAVY serving at the Pentagon and in the Middle East. She formed the Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School in Marlborough and is currently the Superintendent of Portsmouth Public Schools.

HEATHER ABBOT

HEATHER ABBOT of Newport discusses her Recovery Foundation and how helping others has empowered her years after surviving the Boston Marathon bombings.

Dr. KATHY ABBASS

Rhode Island has a rich maritime history. Dr. KATHY ABBASS is an archeologist and marine historian who founded the Rhode Island Marine Archeology Project. She has located and identified 13 British ships that were sunk in Newport Harbor in 1778.

NATASHA HARRISON

Look deep into nature and you'll understand everything else better. NATASHA HARRISON, executive director of Norman Bird Sanctuary discusses the 65 year history of this RI natural gem that Mabel Norman Cerio left in her will for hikers, bird watchers, and the eco-conscious.

SISTER SIMONE CAMPBELL

SISTER SIMONE CAMPBELL is a religious leader, attorney, and a lobbyist. As the Executive Director of NETWORK, she has extensive experience in public policy and advocacy. Sister Simone organized the now famous NUNS ON THE BUS tour where Catholic Sisters traveled through 9 states protesting federal budget cuts to safety net spending and immigration.

DEBORAH PERRY

Technology plays an important role in our everyday life. Yet only 18% of computer science degrees go to women and only 19% of software developers are women. Where are the girls? DEBORAH PERRY, CEO of YWCA Rhode Island talks about her new program, Fantastic Girltastic Code Company to educate and inspire girls to pursue careers in computer sciences and technology.

MEGHAN ROTHSCHILD

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in teens and young adults. MEGHAN ROTHSCHILD was diagnosed with melanoma at age 20. She discusses her survival and RI's new law banning anyone under 18 from use a tanning bed without a doctor's prescription or parental consent.

JUDGE NETTIE VOGEL

Rhode Island Superior Court JUDGE NETTIE VOGEL has presided over some of the state's high profile cases over the past 20 years on the bench. She is a colorful justice with a daredevil spirit. She bikes cross country and loves to zip line but don't cross her in the courtroom.

MORGAN GREFE

Rhode Island's history and heritage is one of its greatest economic assets. MORGAN GREFE, executive director of Rhode Island Historical Society explains the RHODI PROJECT - RI History Online Directory Initiative - and how the past helps frame the future.

Nellie Gorbea

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea is the first Hispanic elected statewide in all of New England. She discusses her vision for the office which includes transparency, easier access for businesses, upgraded voting machines and the future of online voting.

DEB DEBARE

Get Off the Bench is the new slogan for RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence's campaign. DEB DEBARE explains why saying something can help end domestic violence.

ROSE WEAVER

ROSE WEAVER is a singer, songwriter and actress who performed with Viola Davis at Trinity Rep, starred across Jodi Foster in the Accused, and performed in a one-woman show, Menopause Mama. She's an old friend who talks about the loss of her son, her mother, her husband and how singing is helping her to heal..

KIM RIPOLI

KIM RIPOLI, a 26 year veteran of the US NAVY is Associate Director of Veterans Affairs for state of RI. She is a key member of the team working on the new $94 million dollar RI Veteran Home project in Bristol.

SARA KITE REEVES

Rhode Island was one of the first states in the country to pass mandatory recycling in 1986. As the landfill nears capacity, can we recycle our way out of this? SARA KITE REEVES, director of Recycling Policy and Programs at RI Resource Recovery discusses municipal tipping fees, recycling, and "pay as you throw".

TOBY SIMON

1 in 5 women will be assaulted on college campus. TOBY SIMON, former director of Women's Center at Bryant University, has taught human sexuality and authored numerous books on the connection between alcohol and sexual behavior. She discusses what colleges need to do about sexual assaults on campus and the changing attitudes towards violence and sexual assault.

BARBARA ANN FENTON

BARBARA ANN FENTON is a rising star in the national GOP. She is the first Rhode Islander in history to be named to a senior post in the Young Republican National Federation. She discusses her work as a physical therapist specializing in neurological injuries and her engagement to Mayor Alan Fung.

MOLLY DONOHUE MAGEE

Newport boasts being Rhode Island's "first knowledge district". Aquidneck Island is home to the Defense Industry-which contributes $3.7 billion dollars to our state's economy. MOLLY DONOHUE MAGEE, executive director of SENEDIA, Southeastern New England Defense Industry explains how this sector provides 33,000 jobs in the state and why it's important to protect future job growth.

JANET COIT

JANET COIT, Director of Department of Environmental Management, is one of the few reappointments by Governor Raimondo. Her LEAN INITIATIVE, a process that promotes efficiency without eliminating the worker, has turned DEM around making it a more 'customer-friendly' state agency. Will other state agencies follow DEM's lead?

MIM RUNEY

Finding a job after college isn't easy. There are many challenges after college from student debt to the job market. MIM RUNEY, president of Johnson & Wales Providence campus discusses the job market, tuition costs, and what lessons she's learned about leadership.

KERRI KANELOS and BARBARA MARGOLIS

YOUTH PRIDE is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping and advocating for over 850 lesbian, gay, transgender teens and young adults in Rhode Island. KERRI KANELOS, executive director and BARBARA MARGOLIS, board chair discuss the 23 year history and programs that YOUTH PRIDE offers to so many LGBTQ youth.

SUSAN RITSCHER

30% of small business in this state are women-owned. SUSAN RITSCHER, the CEO for the Center for WOMEN & ENTERPRISE, talks about starting a business, financing, networking, and what's needed for a business to succeed.

DEB DEBARE

The NFL has provided a tipping point and teachable moment for domestic violence. DEB DEBARE, from the Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Dr. AMY GOTTLIEB discuss how the conversation has changed and the unique position healthcare workers play in preventing domestic violence.

HILARY JONES

GIRLS ROCK is a non-profit that empowers girls and women through music. HILARY JONES is the founder and director of Girls Rock! Their Camp teaches girls from 11-18 years old self-confidence, healthy relationships, and public speaking with a no drinking and no drugs policy.

DR. BARBARA ROBERTS

DR. BARBARA ROBERTS, director of Women's Cardiac Center at Miriam, raises questions about the side effects of statins in her book, The Truth About Statins: Risks and Alternatives to Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs.

GIGI DEBELLO

GIGI DEBELLO, has been Head of School at Sophia Academy since 2007 following in the footsteps of founder Sister Mary Reilly who started the non-denominational, middle school for girls in 2001. Gigi discusses gender specific classrooms and her vision for the school.

SIMONE JOYAUX

Every organization needs good board members, but what do you do when a board member is causing problems? SIMONE JOYAUX, author of Firing Lousy Board Members and the founder of the Women's Fund of Rhode Island, discusses the serious business of board service and governance.

TERRY GASPARD

One out of two marriages end in divorce. How do you move forward with your life after a divorce? TERRY GASPARD is a licensed therapist specializing in divorce. She helps people, especially children, deal with the pain related to divorce and other losses.

COLONEL MAUREEN HOLLAND and SGT. VIVIANNE RICO

here are over 2 million women veterans alive today who serve as a constant reminder of the courage and sacrifice women make for our nation. Today, 14% of active duty military are women. COLONEL MAUREEN HOLLAND served from 1959 - 1996 and was awarded the Bronze Star. SGT. VIVIANNE RICO was deployed to Iraq for two years. They are two women serving our nation from different generations.

SUSAN RITCHER

30% of small business in this state are women-owned. SUSAN RITCHER, the CEO from the Center for Women & Enterprise, talks about starting a business, financing, networking, and what's needed for a business to succeed.

CHRIS CARR

Today is Mother's Day and we're we celebrating women who do it all. CHRIS CARR is a Rhode Island author and a mom herself. She shares a humorous and heartfelt account of today's modern mother.

DOCTOR SUSAN ERSTLING

Acts of violence, like the Boston Marathon bombings and the Colorado shootings, shake all of us. DOCTOR SUSAN ERSTLING, a nationally recognized leader in trauma work and victim support services, discusses human resiliency and how people heal after violence, sexual assault and domestic abuse.

MICHELLE DUSO

There's a Chinese proverb - women hold up half the sky. So it's really important that young girls feel empowered and encouraged. MICHELLE DUSO, executive director, and 12 year old GEORGIA from GIRLS ON THE RUN discuss how 10 weeks, 20 lessons, is so life changing for 8-13 year old girls in Rhode Island.

DEB DEBARE

The NFL has provided a tipping point and teachable moment for domestic violence. DEB DEBARE, from the Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Dr. AMY GOTTLIEB discuss how the conversation has changed and the unique position healthcare workers play in preventing domestic violence.

LT. COLONEL KAREN PINCH

LT. COLONEL KAREN PINCH is the highest ranking woman in the Rhode Island State Police. She's a 21 year veteran serving as Commanding Officer of Department of Public Safety. She discusses her career and success in working in a male dominated culture.

CHRISTINE CROCKER

What are the current best practices and professional standards for Rhode Island police departments? Retired Police Captain CHRISTINE CROCKER executive director for RI Police Accreditation, explains RI is one of 24 states to develop an accreditation program and why it's needed.

JOY FELDMAN

You are what you eat! JOY FELDMAN is a nutritional consultant and author of children's book, Your Hair is Made of Donuts. She discusses nutritional balance and how food plays an important role in our energy and emotions.

JENNIE JOHNSON

Nearly one in four kids in Providence drop out of school. City Year Rhode Island helps keep students in school and on track. JENNIE JOHNSON, executive director, discusses the mentoring program in four Providence middle schools and how it is changing lives.

DEB DEBARE and DR. AMY GOTTLIEB

The NFL has provided a tipping point and teachable moment for domestic violence. DEB DEBARE, from the Coalition Against Domestic Violence and DR. AMY GOTTLIEB discuss how the conversation has changed and the unique position healthcare workers play in preventing domestic violence.

HAIGANUSH BEDROSIAN

Family Court is the setting for painful divorce hearings and angry custody battles. Chief Judge HAIGANUSH BEDROSIAN is the first woman to lead the Rhode Island Family Court and in her 30 years, she's seen it all. She discusses her efforts to increase the court's efficiency and create a mediation program for contested divorces.

DIANE GOUVEIA

DIANE GOUVEIA is a licensed social worker and program director for SSTARBIRTH a long-term residential treatment facility in Cranston that helps women, like JESSICA, recover from alcohol and substance abuse.

RHODI PROJECT

Rhode Island's history and heritage are economic assets. MORGAN GREFE, executive director of Rhode Island Historical Society explains the RHODI PROJECT - RI History Online Directory Initiative - and how the past helps frame the future.

KRISTIN ZHIVAGO

Why aren't sellers selling the way customers want to buy? KRISTIN ZHIVAGO is a revenue coach who helps CEOs and entrepreneurs increase sales. She discusses 'buyer scrutiny' and how you can sell the way a customer wants to buy.