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Rhode Island Foundation names three to Board of Directors
By Chris Barnett / January 19, 2017 /   Loading Disqus...

Carrie Bridges Feliz, Jonathan Fain and Dr. G. Alan Kurose have been named to the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Foundation. As the state’s largest funder of nonprofit organizations, the Foundation awarded $41.5 million in grants to more than 1,600 nonprofits in 2015.

"We are pleased they are joining our board. Their remarkable accomplishments and scope of experience will allow us to continue achieving our strategic priorities around educational success, healthy lives, economic security and inspiring philanthropy," said Marie Langlois, the Foundation's chair.

Bridges Feliz is Director of the Community Health Institute at Lifespan. Previously, she served as the team lead for Health Disparities and Access to Care in the state Department of Health and as a public health prevention specialist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Providence resident earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Duke University and her master’s degree in public health from the Boston University School of Public Health.

“I’m honored to join the esteemed Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Foundation and appreciate this opportunity to contribute my unique perspective in furtherance of the Foundation’s bold and laudable commitment to lead, transform and inspire a thriving Rhode Island,” said Bridges Feliz.

Fain is Chairman and CEO of Teknor Apex Company. The Pawtucket-based firm is a global custom compounder of advanced polymer materials with a focus on vinyls, thermoplastic elastomers, engineered thermoplastics, colorants and garden hoses.

The Barrington resident serves on the board of directors of Rhode Island Public Radio, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council and Lifespan. He is a graduate of Boston University.

"As a lifelong Rhode Islander, I am looking forward to adding my knowledge and experience to an organization that generations have trusted to invest in improving the future of our community,” Fain said.

Dr. Kurose is President and CEO of Coastal Medical, a primary care-driven Accountable Care Organization (ACO) that provides care to 120,000 patients in 20 medical offices across Rhode Island.

The East Greenwich resident was a practicing primary care physician in a community-based office in East Providence for 20 years and has been CEO at Coastal since 2008. He is a member of the board of the Care Transformation Collaborative-RI and a member of several committees in the state Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner.

Dr. Kurose has also been involved in health care reform at the national level, serving on the Policy Committee for the National Association of ACOs, the Leadership Alliance of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Healthcare Executive Advisory Council for UnitedHealth Group.

Dr. Kurose is a graduate of the Washington University School of Medicine and the Brown University Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at Rhode Island Hospital. He is a graduate of the Yale MBA for Executives: Leadership in Healthcare program and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice at Brown University.

“The Rhode Island Foundation has such a compelling mission, aspiring to transform key elements of quality of life in Rhode Island,” said Dr. Kurose. “The areas of strategic focus that have been chosen by the Foundation: economic security, public education, philanthropy and primary care -- resonate as crucial issues of our time. It is an honor to join such an accomplished board.”

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2015, the Foundation awarded more than $41.5 million in grants to organizations addressing the state's most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising, and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.
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