Our 2017 Honorees
Rachelle R. Green, Esq., Cervenka Green Antonelli LLC
Rachelle Green is an experienced litigator focused on commercial litigation; employment and trade secret disputes; contract and shareholder disputes; land use and real estate suits, and intellectual property and technology law. Particularly in the employment sector, Rachelle also provides clients with day-to-day preventative advice. Employers, in-house counsel, and HR professionals view her as a trusted advisor who assists them in achieving their business outcomes. She works to understand her clients’ business and objectives to provide creative and cost-effective advice and counsel.
Rachelle’s litigation experience includes successful trials in state and federal courts and arbitrations within and outside the region; she has briefed and argued appeals in the RI Supreme Court and the United States Appeals Court for the First Circuit. She is a frequent speaker to business associations and human resources groups on topics at the forefront of employment law and cybersecurity.
Rachelle recently left a prominent Rhode Island law firm to start a new, women-owned, business law firm and is one of the four founders/partners of Cervenka Green Ducharme Antonelli LLC. Rachelle served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State from 2007 through 2016; from 2013 – 2016 she served as President of the BBBSOS Board of Directors. She currently serves as a Member on Rhode Island’s Council on Postsecondary Education and Chair of its Personnel Committee, and is involved in several other national and community organizations.
Branden J. Lewis, MBA, CEC, Chef, Johnson & Wales University
Before joining the faculty of his alma mater, Branden Lewis was the Chef Instructor at The Genesis Center, an adult education and workforce development program located in Providence, RI. An expert in plant-based cuisine, since coming to JWU he has been one of the team members responsible for the development of the new Wellness and Sustainability concentration.
Lewis is committed to the sustainable food movement. In 2008, he was named one of Edible Rhody Magazine’s Food Heroes, and in 2013, he was showcased in the Rhode Island episode of Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern. From 2013–2016 he served as chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State’s annual fundraiser, The Big Toast. As a faculty member, he has been selected for numerous awards and recognition including the Distinguished Scholarship Award, Outstanding Service Award, Advisor of the Year and Robert M. Nograd Teacher of the Year, among others. To support his college education, Lewis gained experience working at local restaurants, and had gained international experience at Le Poussin at Parkhill in Lyndhurst, England and The Mandarin Oriental Hôtel du Rhône in Geneva, Switzerland.
Jon Poyourow, MA, RD, LD, Chef, Johnson & Wales University
Chef Poyourow is a graduate of the culinary nutrition program from Johnson & Wales University. Following his graduation, he completed his Registered Dietitian internship with the US Army and worked in various medical centers as a clinical dietitian and chief of food service. He quickly established himself as one of the lead sports dietitian’s in the Army and worked with various elite units such as the US Army Rangers, Special Forces and eventually he became the Division Dietitian to the 101st Airborne Division and deployed with them to Afghanistan. Now Chef Poyourow uses his skills educating the students at Johnson & Wales University as an Assistant Professor in the culinary nutrition program. Chef Poyourow is also featured bi-weekly on NBC 10’s Cooking with Class segments.
Legacy Award Recipient
This year’s Legacy Award goes to Steve Trenteseaux in recognition of countless hours spent fundraising on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State. For the past eight years, Steve has tirelessly gathered hundreds of auction and raffle items for our annual gala. Steve was a natural fundraiser, building relationships and getting to know donors on a personal level.
Steve would occasionally work with new staff members who were uncomfortable soliciting donations, providing guidance on how to make “the ask.” Steve truly looked forward to the gala every year. Steve played a vital part in helping our staff meet our fundraising goals, which ultimately translated into our providing services to more children in Rhode Island.
Steve, a father of three and grandfather of three, was married to BBBSOS Program Manager, Roxanne, for the past 30 years. Steve was an avid sports fan, enjoyed traveling, and spending time with his family.
Steve passed away on January 6, 2017, from complications of Juvenile Diabetes, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.