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Taste Of The Hill To Honor Three Incredible Women

Friday, October 18, 2013


Taste of the Hill 2013 will be held at the Providence Public Library on Empire Street (photo: Reading Tom, Flickr)

At this year’s Taste of the Hill 2013, a fundraiser for the Federal Hill House Association three women will be honored for their accomplishments within the local community.  The event, scheduled for November 6th, is a celebration of Providence’s food, art, and wine and will be held at the Providence Public Library on Exchange Street.  

The women being celebrated have dedicated themselves to making a difference in their community, and display the leadership and selflessness needed to allow places like the Federal Hill House Association to positively impact their neighborhoods. Lets take a look the FHHA's Three Incredible Women of 2013:



Christine Chiacu-Forsythe

With 40-years of administration, training, and teaching in Early childhood education, Christine began her work with the Federal Hill House through the early reading program Ready to Learn Providence, serving as the program’s Director of Educational Partnerships. She is described by as a role model, mentor, and motivator; and has served as an inspiration to the Federal Hill House Association, encouraging the organization and staff to strive for “better.”

She began working with the Ready to Learn in 2005, but had previously worked with two other Early Reading First programs, a federal initiative that allows early child education centers in low-income communities to grow into “ Centers of Early Learning Excellence.”

At community, state, and federal levels, Christine Chiacu-Forsythe has been a champion for early education for decades. She was the founding Executive Director for the Woonsocket Head Start Program, has served as a consultant to the RIDE Technical Assistance Program, was a project consultant on the development of the 2002 Rhode Island Early Learning Standards, and currently also serves on the BrightStars Advisory Committee.


Michele Alarie Rudolph

As an eleven-year veteran of the Providence Police, Michele Alarie Rudolph initially knew the Federal Hill House as part of her “beat,” but four years ago, became involved as a volunteer. When asked why she chose a career in law enforcement, Michele explained “If you ask just about anyone on the police force why they went into the field they will tell you it's because they want to help people."

Michele’s greatest contribution to the Federal Hill House is her enthusiasm in driving their Annual Holiday Toy and Food Drive, providing amenities to some of Providence’s less affluent neighborhoods. With partnership from the Providence Police Department’s Districts 2, 3, and 4, Michele collects and distributes toys and food to more than 200 families each holiday season.


Pleshette Mitchell

After joining City Year in 1997, Providence-native Pleshette Mitchell developed a passion for public service, beginning a long and distinguished career in helping her community. She went on to spend a year as a member of Americorps, before returning to City year Rhode Island as a staff member, holding several roles, including Development Coordinator, Service Manager, and Recruitment Director. As service member, Mitchell led 21 corps members, as they became mentors, change agents, and role models to over a hundred children and teenagers throughout Providence.

Mitchell went on to City Hall, where she joined former Mayor David Cicilline’s staff as a Representative of the Office of Neighborhood Services in 2003. Through her passion and exemplary service, Pleshette Mitchell went on to become the Director of that department, and in 2011, was recognized by Mayor Angel Tavares for her commitment. She was responsible for the creation and implementation of the ProvConnex, which established the Office of Neighborhood Services as a hub for communication for city residents.  


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