2017-10-12 / Around Town

Honorees of 2017

Special Luncheon Planned for Seven Newport County Women

The Women’s Resource Center (WRC), a domestic violence intervention and prevention services organization with offices in Newport and Warren, announces its Newport County “Wild Women” for 2017, and will honor them at a luncheon at noon on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Atlantic Resort in Middletown.

Each year since its founding in 1977, WRC has helped women, children, families, men and the elderly by providing comprehensive domestic violence intervention and prevention services that, according to their “about” webpage, “secure [people’s] physical, mental, emotional and financial safety from domestic abuse,” and that “educate, advocate, and shelter any individual in need of assistance.”

But just what is a “wild woman?”

“A wild woman is someone who is engaged in the community,” said Lori DiPersio, executive director of the Women’s Resource Center, “but does things above and beyond… has a little bit of a wild side to her. She’s true to herself and unique, shares her enthusiasm with others. She inspires them.”

Each year, Wild Women nominate the new honorees. “We look for a woman who is not only connected to herself, but to others… is willing to provide help to those in the community who need it,” said DiPersio.

The WRC Wild Women of 2017

Rep. Lauren H. Carson, state representative, Rhode Island House of Representatives (Newport resident)

Maureen Cronin, co-founder, Worldways Social Marketing, Newport (Newport resident)

Sen. Dawn Euer, state senator, Rhode Island Senate (Newport resident)


Rep. Lauren H. Carson Rep. Lauren H. Carson Kim Fuller, photographer/author/ coach, Kim Fuller Photography (Middletown resident)

Pam Hyland, CEO, Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England, Warwick (Warwick resident)

Cindy L. Koehler, manager, J. McLaughlin, Newport (Newport resident)

Ruth Thumbtzen, community service liaison, Salve Regina University, Newport (Newport resident)

This year’s Wild Women Luncheon emcee, Dr. Joan Johnson- Freese, an honoree from 2016’s class of Wild Women, is a professor and former chair of the National Security Affairs Department at the Naval War College in Newport. As a woman working in a non-traditional field, Dr. Freese is committed to supporting women’s issues, and blogs about challenges women face in the workplace.


Maureen Cronin Maureen Cronin The keynote speaker, Giovanna Rodriguez, is a RI native, mother of two boys, and serves statewide communities as an active member of SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships). She is a survivor task force member of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Rodriguez is a strong advocate for gun violence prevention and for bringing an end to family homelessness. She is a domestic abuse survivor herself, and will share her journey to self-empowerment.

Tickets for the luncheon are $75 per person and may be purchased online at www.wrcnbc.org, or by contacting Amanda Mahony at amahony@wrcnbc.org or calling 401-846-5263.

All proceeds from the Wild Women Luncheon will benefit the Women’s Resource Center, a member of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

A Wild Woman is…


Sen. Dawn Euer Sen. Dawn Euer A woman who trusts her intuition and her heart, who is connected with her instinctual nature.

A woman who can lean on her sisters or can provide a helping hand when needed.

Being a "wild woman" means to be bold and authentic, to be silly and whimsical and curious, to be satisfied in her imperfections and to believe ferociously in the possibility of each moment. –wrcnbc.org.



Kim Fuller Kim Fuller

Pam Hyland Pam Hyland

Cindy L. Koehler Cindy L. Koehler

Ruth Thumbtzen Ruth Thumbtzen

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