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Thank you to our 'village of volunteers'
By Jean Cohoon / May 1, 2014 /   Loading Disqus...
“It takes a village” has become a common phrase for projects that require a large number of people working together toward a common goal. Indeed, it takes a village of volunteers to assist the Foundation in the many facets of our work in meeting the needs of the people of Rhode Island.

We thank all those volunteers, listed below, who assisted us in 2013 on board committees, on advisory groups for Foundation initiatives, and as advisors on scholarship and other committee advised funds.

Your dedication and expertise are truly appreciated!

Audit Committee
Ned Handy
Mary Lovejoy
Fred Butler

Development Committee

Mark Alperin
Peter Sullivan
George Graboys
Brenda Bolster
Patricia Flanagan, MD
Marie Langlois
Kevin Murphy
Fred Butler, Acting Chair
Neil Steinberg (Ex Officio)

Finance Committee
Cynthia Stewart Reed, Chair
Meredith A. Curren
Polly Daly
Kenneth N. Kermes
Fred Butler (Ex Officio)
Neil Steinberg (Ex Officio)

Investment Committee
Marie J. Langlois, Chair
David M. Hirsch
Jerrold Dorfman
Mary Lovejoy
Donald Quattrucci
Peter Damon
Fred Butler (Ex Officio)
Neil Steinberg (Ex Officio)

Nominative and Corporate Governance Committee
The Honorable Ronald K. Machtley, Chair
Polly Daly
Marie Langlois
The Honorable Ernest C. Torres
Fred Butler (Ex Officio)
Neil Steinberg (Ex Officio)

Professional Advisory Council
Eric F. Archer, Esq.
Richard Carriere, CFP, CAP
Richard J. DeRienzo, CPA
Sara (Sally) T. Dowling, Esq.
Joseph Hassett
Rogean B. Makowski, ChFC
Gail E. McCann, Esq.
Marylu Nadeau, CPA
William L. Palmisciano, MBA, CLU, ChFC, CPCU
John (Jack) J. Partridge, Esq.
Sandy F. Ross, CPA
Paul M. Sanford, Esq.
Amanda E. Tarzwell, Esq.
Grafton (Cap) H. Willey, IV, CPA

Black Philanthropy Initiative Committee
Judge Edward Clifton
Jason Fowler
Beverly Ledbetter
Linda Newton
Walter Stone

Equity Action Advisory Committee
Jean Burke
Angelo Garcia
Michael Grabo
Colleen Gregory
Delia Kovac
Scott Mirani
Annie Silvia

Jason Tranchida

Newport County Advisory Committee
Cheryl Abney
Elizabeth Finn
Kristen Humphrey
Mary Johnstone
Leland Merrill, Jr.
John Murphy
William West

James Wright

Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship Selection Panel
David Dooley
Ann-Marie Harrington
Charlie Kroll
Marie Langlois
Lisa Utman Randall
Donald Stanford
Neil Steinberg

Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence Best Practice Awards Selection Committee
Carolyn Belisle
Colleen Daley Ndoye
Cheryl Del Pico
David Karoff
Jill Pfitzenmayer
Joanna Read

Technology Advisory Team
Tony Allison
Thomas Chase
Stephen DeRosa
Charles W. Hewitt
Owen Johnson
Dean L. Patterson

Advisors on scholarship and other committee advised funds

Kathleen Alperin
Peter August
Theresa Austin
Toby Ayers
Renee Bailey
Peter Bancroft
Molly Bell
Susan Bellaire
Karen Black
Andrew Blanchard
Wendie Brennan
Sherilyn Brown
Ronald Caniglia
Julie Capobianco
Tony Carlone
Patricia Carlson
Gail Carney
Nancy Carriuolo
Catherine Channell
Cézanne Charles
Dennis Chretien
Susan Church
Robert Closter
Michael Coan
Jennifer Coccio
David Cochran
Charles Cofone
Clarkson Collins
Ellen Conroy
Nancy Corkery
Shelly Costaregni
Joan Countryman
Isabel Coyle
David Craig
James D’Ambra
Robert DeBlois
Vanessa Del Giudice
Sandra DelSesto
Donna DeLucia
Penelope Dennehy
Christopher Dennis
Nicholas DePetrillo
Michelle DePlante
John Desmarais
C. Rick Devin
Melissa Devine
Anita DeWitt
Barbara Dickinson
Jane Dickson
Donna DiMichele
Donna Doyle
Benjamin Edwards
Marilyn Edwards
Robert Edwards, Jr.
Grace Eudenbach
Amanda Evers
Ellen Ewens
Betty Faella
Philomena Fayanjuola
Anthony Ferraro
Timothy Flanigan
Mary Flynn
Francyne Fontaine
Scott Fowler
Rupert Friday
Lewis Gaffett
Nat Gaffett
Victor Gaspar
Marie Ghazal
Betty Gilbert
The Honorable Maureen McKenna Goldberg
Cynthia Goldsmith
Clarence Gough
Lori Greenleaf
Linda Nightingale Greenwood
David Gregg
Margot Grosvenor
Denise Guernon
Robert Guernon
Joan Haas
Gail Hall
Stephen Hay
H. Dennis Heinz
Robert Hoffman
Cathy Holmstrom
Roberta Hopkins
John Jacobsen
Theodore Jakubowski
Doug Jeffrey
Christine Jenkins
Tony Johnson
Deborah Johnson
Victoria Johnson
Kathleen Kelly
Beverly Kenney
Mary Ann Killilea
Heemong Kim
Judi King
Albert Klyberg
Curtis Koren
Jay Lacouture
Brian Larkin
Jeffrey Liguori
Melissa Lipa
James Malachowski
Ralph Malafronte
Luisa Maloof
Marta Martinez
Colin McCullough
Leslie McKnight
Holly McLear
Elizabeth McNab
Angelo Mendillo
Nancy Mendizabal
Charlotte Metcalf
Lucy Metcalf
Pauline Metcalf
David Milner
Ginger Milner
Kevin Murphy
Gretchen Needham
Dana Newbrook
Linda Newton
Maureen Nolan
Janet O’Connor
Lorraine O’Connors
Anne Ott
Michele Parchment
Suzanne Paton
Elaine Perry
Marie Petrarca
Blake Phelan
Michele Phelan
Cynthia Pires
Frances Prescott
Janice Primiano
Maureen Quackenbush
Cristiana Quinn
Herbert Rakatansky
Roberta Richman
Philip Rivers
Nancy Roberts
Olivia Rodrigues
Delia Rodriguez-Masjoan
Elinor Rosevear
Joseph Sabetta
Colleen Saila
Patricia Sanford
Mathies Santos
Jay Schachne
Anne Sculco
Edward Servello
Zahir Shaikh
Julie Sharpe
Michael Shields
Els Shine
Matthew Simeone
Raymond Simone
Nancy Sincoski
Robert Sirhal
Robert Smith
Mary Alice Smith
Joe Smoke
Mary Ann Sorrentino
Lillian Sparfven
Catherine Sparks
Cathy Speer
Susan Starkweather
R. Gwenn Stearn
Randall Steere
Joyce Stevos
Terry Sullivan
Lawrence Taft
David Tedeschi
Warren Teixeira
John Terry
Louis Toro
Donna Trinque
Brian VanHouwe
Ruth Vann
Elizabeth Vargas
Deborah Ventresca
Zhanna Volynskaya
Kenneth Walker
Carol Wardwell
Sylvia Weber
Walter Wilks
Steven Winsor
Paul Wright
Otis Wyatt, Jr.
James Wyman
Amy Young
Cornel Young
Arthur Zarrella
Melvin Zurier
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