Jen Stevens

Life-long Rhode Islander Jen Stevens has decades of community-building experience through organizing advocacy campaigns, training youth leaders, and producing live performances and fundraisers. She coordinated the annual RI PrideFest for ten years, served as editor-in-chief of Options Magazine for three years, and most recently directed the Providence Human Relations Commission. Jen has been a producer…

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Brendan Chipley Roane

Roane moved to Providence in 2005, where he worked at Gracie’s as Director of Wine & Spirits. After a two-year sabbatical in Napa Valley to continue wine studies, he returned to Gracie’s in 2010 as Director of Marketing and Events. In 2013, Roane spent time working on various freelance marketing and event projects, most notably,…

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Stephanie Murphy

Stephanie joins FirstWorks as Grants Manager after a decade of editorial and acquisitions experience in book publishing. She has taught writing and publishing workshops in various college and post-graduate settings, including at Frequency Writers in Providence, and she volunteers as a mentor at the PEN Prison Writers Program. She received her BA from the University…

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Jennifer Bose

Jennifer Bose joins us as Director of Finance and Administration after twenty years of experience in the profit and not-for-profit worlds. She has worked at a wide range of institutions, including world-renowned museums and universities, serving in program and operations management. In each of her roles she was a key team member working with Boards…

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Kathleen McAreavey

Kathleen McAreavey received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Providence College and studied the history and conservation of textiles in the Master’s Program at the University of Rhode Island. For the past twenty years she has worked in both corporate and non-profit management; specializing in cultural humanities, historic preservation education, and curricula development. contact: kathleenm@first-works.org

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Meredith Cutler

Meredith brings to FirstWorks over 15 years of experience in brand marketing, public relations and creative project management within the non-profit, higher education, consumer electronics and entertainment industries. Also a visual artist, Meredith co-founded the 9yds. art collaborative, which produced multimedia arts events and exhibitions throughout greater Boston from 1998-2002. Her collaborative and solo work…

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Isabelle Tadmoury

Isabelle Tadmoury comes to FirstWorks after 15 years in corporate communications. Her most recent role was Director of Communications for Europe, Middle-East and Africa at Nortel, the former Canadian telecommunication giant. Her background spans marketing, branding, PR, employee and customer relations. She spent the last 10 years in Paris, France but she has also worked…

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Kathleen Pletcher

Kathleen Pletcher founded FirstWorks in 2004, transforming the one-night First Night Providence festival into a year-round performing arts and educational organization. With over 25 years experience as an entrepreneur, Kathleen has founded three non-profit arts organizations and formed strategies for organizations across the US. As a presenter, she has developed projects with creative pioneers such…

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