40 Under Forty: Susan Denice

Susan Denice's professional career started as a photographer in New York City. After graduating at the top of her class at Hallmark Institute and the Rhode Island School of Photography in 1996, she went on to run a production studio in Tribeca from 1997-2002. Denice began volunteering in the aftermath of 9/11. She was directly affected by the events of that day and donated her time feeding volunteers at a Tribeca restaurant and working with galleries and print shops to raise money for those needing food or shelter. Denice also participated in the Northeast AIDS ride, a 4-day bike ride to raise money for HIV/AIDS patients.

Returning to Rhode Island, Denice studied for a master's degree in art education at Rhode Island College, and volunteered for the GAIA Vaccine Foundation in Providence, R.I. She traveled to Bamako, Mali with Brown University and Doctors Without Borders to photograph the clinics, doctors and volunteers. She coordinated exhibits to fund the GAIA Vaccine Foundation's research.

In 2007, Denice began working at Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington, Conn. She continued fundraising for Peace Love Studio in Pawtucket, R.I., a nonprofit that provides art therapy for people with mental challenges. She volunteered her time at the Warm Center in Westerly. After Hurricane Sandy hit in October 2012, Denice organized the Misquamicut Beach Benefit, an exhibition of beach-inspired art and music which raised more than $26,000 for local businesses that had suffered from the storm. She also ran a clothing drive for the victims of the Commerce Street fire in Westerly the same year.

Denice works to raise money for the YMCA Reach Out to Youth Campaign, United Way, The MS Foundation, March of Dimes, Chefs Collaborative, Farm Fresh and The Granite Theater. She serves on the board of directors of the Westerly Chamber of Commerce, the Westerly-Pawcatuck Young Professionals Network, and The Eat Drink RI Festival for The Rhode Island Foodbank.


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