WIB Officers


President: Laurie Nelson

Vice President: Maxine Carter-Lome

Treasurer: Brenda Lacaire

Recording Secretary: Open


Blaine Schnare (Publicity)

Laura Crosetti (Membership)

Carol Porra

(Judith A. Jaeger – Founder/President Emeritus)


Laurie Nelson is the Executive Director at Christopher Heights of Webster, an assisted living community. She has a master’s degree in Human Services Management and she is also an adjunct professor at Quinsigamond Community College where she has taught Gerontology for seventeen years, as well as various courses in Human Development, Human Services, Psychology, Sociology, and Career Planning. She is also a certified life coach and has worked with clients to help them succeed personally and professionally.

Maxine Carter-Lome is the Owner and Publisher of Weathervane Enterprises, Inc., publishers of the Journal of Antiques & Collectibles, Guide to Brimfield, and Your Hometown Shopper. Maxine’s background is in market research and marketing communications, including 20 years in the cellular telephone industry, and the last 15 years as a marketing consultant for non-profits, schools, and youth organizations. Maxine and her husband, Jeffrey, moved to Charlton in 2014 from the Berkshires of Massachusetts.

Brenda Lacaire lives in North Brookfield, is married and has two children. She has worked at Steve’s Collision Center, a licensed auto damage appraiser, for more than 23 years and has owned the business for two years.

Blaine Schnare is the Marketing Manager for Harrington HealthCare System, a position she’s held for the past eight years. She is proficient in writing, social media, brand communication and media placement. Blaine graduated magna cum laude from Roger Williams University in 2005 with a BA in Communications. She lives in Charlton with her husband and 6-year-old son.

Carol Porra attended her first Woman In Business breakfast meeting in January 1994, and has been an active member ever since. She was former President in 2011 and has served as an officer, board member, committee chair and committee member, most passionate about the annual scholarship awards the organization gives to local students.

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