Rhode Island Monthly Enterprising Women 2016 : Page 3

SPE CIAL AD VER TISING SE CTION enterprising women 2016 Donna nesselbush Co-Founder marasco & nesselbush, LLp “Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living,” is the motto that has hung on Donna Nesselbush’s wall since she graduated from Brown University and began working as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. A cum laude graduate of Suffolk University School of Law, Nesselbush wrote for the Law Review and received the class award for having “contributed most to advancing the civic/professional responsibilities of a lawyer.” In 1999, with Joseph P. Marasco, she co-founded the law firm of Marasco & Nesselbush, handling complex personal injury, medical malpractice, social security disability and workers’ compensation claims. “I love helping people,” says Nesselbush. “That’s why I went to law school, and that’s why I’m in public service.” Nesselbush is also the chief judge of the City of Pawtucket and a Rhode Island state senator. In 2014, Senator Nesselbush was the first “Person of the Year” ever inducted into the Pawtucket Hall of Fame for her work as a sponsor of the historic marriage equality legislation, which also won her the Women Bar Association’s highest honor, the Ada Sawyer award. She is the 2016 recipient of the Eleanor Slater award for her work on mental health, and just to ensure she does not become lackadaisical, she and her wife, Kelly Carse, have just opened Industrial Revolution CrossFit. Donna speaks four languages, and in her sparse spare time, she is traveling or salsa dancing! 685 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903 phone: 401-274-7400 fax: 401-274-7420 web: M-N-Law.com RHODE ISLAND MONTHLY l FOCUS ON BUSINESS 2016 103

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