Portuguese American Women's Association
197 Taunton Ave.
East Providence, RI
774-322-1907
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Since 1990, PAWA has honored and publicly recognized many outstanding women who serve as role models, women of character and accomplishment. They include

  • Former First Lady of Portugal Maria Barroso
  • Teresa Fernandes, the Vice Consul of Portugal in Boston
  • Luisa Cesar, First Lady of the Azores
  • Meredith Vieira, co-host of The View
  • Ana C. Dyer of Fleet Bank
  • Senator Teresa Paiva-Weed Majority Leader RI Senate
  • Mayor Susan Nunes Menard of Woonsocket
  • Teresa Heinz Kerry philanthropist, business women
  • Mary Creed, Director of Special Education in Fall River
  • Maria Chaves, a business woman and quiet philanthropist
  • Katherine Vaz, novelist
  • Nelly Furtado singer/songwriter
Katherine Vaz
2003
2003
Luisa Cesar
First Lady of Portugal
1998 
Meredith Veira
2003
Teresa Heinz Kerri
Nelly Furtado
PAWA EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS
AAttorney Susan A. Pacheco
President
401-435-9111
susan@sapachecolaw.com
Ines Bates
Executive Vice President
508-353-9238
ibates185@gmail.com

Grace Pedreira
Vice President Massachusetts
401-480-6095
gpedrreira@comcast.net
Kristine Rodrigues
Secretary
774-930-7040
krodrig@partnersinsgrplle.com
Mary Moreira
Vice President of Rhode Island
401-837-2902
mary.moreira@bcsbmail.com

Mary Costa
 Treasurer
508-674-5155
mcosta@bankfive.com