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2017-2018 Board of Directors

    

Officers

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George W. Shuster, Chair - George Shuster is the retired CEO and Chairman of Cranston Printworks, the nation’s oldest textile company. He is also former Chairman of Care New England, Chairman of the National Textile Association, Chairman of the Textile Hall of Fame in Lowell, Massachusetts, and immediate past President of the Narragansett Council of the BSA. He also served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in the US Navy. When he was in college, George worked as a boating instructor at Camp Hoffman for two summers. He was formerly a partner at Edwards and Angell. He received a BA from Yale College, an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a JD from Yale Law School. He is the past chairman of Kent Hospital and co-chair of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition. He is the past secretary of the Yale Crew Association. He has been recognized nationally for his quilts made of clothing labels and internationally for his studies of sperm whale populations. George currently serves as the Chair of the GSSNE Council.

Joanne Lynch

Joanne Lynch, 1st Vice Chair - Joanne is currently the Assistant Dean of Admissions at the University of Rhode Island.  She has been a higher education professional for more than 25 years, and past positions include Associate Director of Admissions at Northern Arizona University, and Director of Student Services at Northeastern University School of Law. She earned a B.S. in English and M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from Northeastern University, and the M.A. in Counseling from Northern Arizona University. Joanne is also a National Certified Counselor. Joanne was a Brownie, Junior, and Cadette in Warren, MA. Joanne moved into the 1st Vice Chair position with GSSNE last year when we had a midterm vacancy; she also chaired the CEO Search Committee and served as a member of the Board Development Committee.

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Michael D. Lynch, Esq, 2nd Vice Chair - Mike has returned to the Board after a brief respite, having served as a Board member and Third Vice-President from 2001 through 2006. Mike is Vice-President Legal at The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company and has been for twelve years. Before then, Mike was a Partner in the Providence law firm of Higgins Cavanagh & Cooney. Mike just finished a term as President of the Rhode Island Legal Educational Partnership and he has been very active in a number of youth sports and religious activities. Mike's daughter Rosalie was a recipient of the Gold Award. Mike is currently serving as a member at-large for GSSNE and is a member of the Bylaws Task Group.

Elsie Foy

Elsie Foy, Secretary - Elsie has just completed her second term as secretary at the board for GSSNE. She was a girl member for six years and has been an adult member of Girl Scouting for over 40 years. She has been a leader, trainer and is a member of the adult recognition committee. She has received the Outstanding Leader Award and was the recipient of GSRI’s highest recognition, the Mira Hoffman Award. She is a member of the South County Tourism Board, the past board president of the St. Mary’s Food Pantry and a former volunteer teacher for the RI Community Food Bank. She is the owner of Aunt Carrie’s Seafood Restaurant in Narragansett and was the recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s “American Classics” Award in 2007.

James Patti

James W. Patti, Treasurer - James Patti is the Director of Administration for the Bay Campus and School of Oceanography at URI.  He has extensive experience in higher education as a financial leader and consultant at several institutions including Bryant, Brown and Georgetown, where he earned his MBA.  He lives in East Greenwich with his wife and four daughters, all active Girl Scouts.

Members-at-Large

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Laura DiMillo Barnes - Laura is a Lecturer in the Mathematics Department at the University of Rhode Island.  She graduated from Auburn University with a Master of Science Degree in Mathematics and spent 30 years in various Technology positions.  Laura is a Life Member of Girl Scouts having been a girl member, leader and council volunteer.  Laura has served on the RWPZ Zoobilee committee and has been chairperson of her children’s sports booster clubs.  Laura has three children, all of whom were involved in Scouting. 

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Lori A. Basilico, Esq. - Lori is a partner attorney with the law firm of Locke Lord LLP.  She is the head of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation group.  She received an LL.M in Taxation from Boston University School of Law, a JD from the University of Denver College of Law and a BA in government from Smith College.  She is active with the Moses Brown School Parents Association and was a board member of the Rhode Island Lung Association.  Lori lives in Providence with her husband, Paul Adler and their two children, Griffin and Cecily.

Katie Davis

Katie Davis - Katie Davis is an Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press award-winning investigative reporter at NBC 10.  She joined the team in 2010 and loves living and working in New England.  Prior to moving east, Katie worked as an investigative and consumer reporter at KGPE in Fresno, CA.  She started her reporting career at KNDO in Yakima, Wash.  With some hard work and a scholarship from CBS News, Katie earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University; she is also a proud graduate of Cornell University. Katie is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors; she has received an Emmy nomination for her diligent and dedicated work.  When she's not chasing a story, you'll find Katie chasing her son and daughter around the house or running local road races. 

Lisa DeCubellis

Lisa DeCubellis - Lisa is Senior Vice President in the corporate executive department at Amica Mutual Insurance Company. Lisa is the outgoing chair of the board after serving in that role for one term. She also completed two terms as second vice chair. She has been the chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, member of the board development committee, and has also been a member of the strategic learning team. Lisa earned a dual degree in Marketing and Retailing from Syracuse University. She has received certificates in the following: Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Claims (AIC) and Certified Net Promoter Associate.

Gina DeVecchis

Gina M. DeVecchis - Gina M. DeVecchis is a Principal at DiSanto, Priest & Co. with over 20 years of experience in public accounting, specializing in tax, financial reporting, and consulting services for privately-held businesses and individuals. Gina received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island with a concentration in accounting as well as a Master of Science in Taxation degree from Bryant University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants where she has been active on several committees. Presently, Gina is also a member of the Financial Planning Committee which serves to educate students and adults in the area of financial literacy. In addition, she has served as Chairman of the Board and Treasurer for the Diabetes Foundation of Rhode Island and as Treasurer for the Family Service of Rhode Island.

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Pam Heffernan - Pam developed her leadership skills by tackling challenging tasks throughout her 14-year career with IBM Corporation. In 1991, a software company in Rhode Island recruited Pam to head up the support services arm of the organization.  As Vice President of Product and Customer Services, Pam had responsibility for product quality, sales support, education and training, distribution and customer satisfaction. Pam and her partners formed Performance Management Associates in 1993. Pam is a graduate of Holy Cross College.  She is past President of the Rhode Island Special Olympics, an organization she had been involved with for over eight years. She was chairperson for the 2006 Hasbro Children’s Hospital Gala; raising over $650,000 for the Hospital. Pam also served on the Board of Directors for Leadership Rhode Island, an organization devoted to building leaders within the business community. Pam is currently a member of GSSNE’s Strategic Planning Committee. Pam is married; she and her husband, Bill, have three grown children. Both of Pam’s daughters were actively involved in the Girl Scouts when they were young.

John Houle

John Houle - John Houle founded JH Communications in 2002 with the mission of offering small businesses access to high-quality, effective marketing and public relations services, and today the agency represents over 30 small businesses, medical practices, and trade associations in New England.  Active in the community, John was a principal organizer of Gateway Healthcare’s Light of Hope Campaign, in which he has been responsible for providing thousands of families and children with holiday gifts. John also serves on the Board of Directors for the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island. A graduate of Boston College (BA, 1994), John resides in Cranston, RI, with his wife, Susan, and their children, Jenna and Christopher.

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Bill Logan - Bill is a Senior Vice President at Citizens Private Wealth Management in Providence, RI.  He has more than 25 years of experience in the high net worth and family office marketplace. He began his career in investment sales, progressed to managing complex trust and investment relationships and was eventually responsible for leading a team of seasoned portfolio managers.  Bill came to Citizens from Fidelity Investments, where he worked with clients to provide brokerage, custody, wealth management, investment, reporting and administrative solutions. Prior to that, Bill held leadership positions with BNY Mellon Private Wealth and Eastern Bank & Trust. Bill has his BA from Providence College, a certificate in financial planning from Boston University’s School of Financial Management and holds series 6, 65 and 7 investment licenses.  He is married and the proud father of triplets.

Jael Lopes

Jael Lopes - Jael Lopes is the Director of Strategic Community Partnerships for the Providence School Department (PPSD).   Ms. Lopes works to improve students’ academic performance and overall well-being.  She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and has spent the last sixteen years working with organizations that focus on empowering and supporting students and families. Ms. Lopes spent more than seven years at the Providence YMCA Youth Service Branch where she led the Full Service Community School and the 21ST Century Community Learning Center Initiatives.  She is focused on assuring that families and students have access to equitable educational opportunities. Jael’s passions are traveling and learning about new cultures, photography and education.

Angelleen Peters Lewis

Angelleen Peters-Lewis - Angelleen is Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse for the Care New England Health System. Dr. Peters-Lewis holds current faculty appointments at Cambridge College, University of Massachusetts Boston, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Northeastern University Bouve College, and Boston College. She is the author or co-author of several scholarly publications and a frequent presenter at national and international professional meetings. Dr. Peters-Lewis earned a masters’ degree from Northeastern University and her PhD in nursing from Boston College where she graduated with distinction. She also completed post-doctoral education at the Harvard Business School and is part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurses Fellows Program. She is graduate of Simmons College.

Peg Ruggieri

Margaret Ruggieri - Margaret Ruggieri has been a faculty member of the Providence College School of Business Accountancy Department for the past twenty years. She recently retired from the ordinary faculty and is currently teaching part-time.  Prior to her teaching career, Peg, a certified public accountant, worked at Ernst & Young for six years in both the audit and tax departments. She received her Bachelor of Science from Boston College and a Master in Taxation from Bryant University.  Peg currently serves on the Finance Council of St. Luke’s Parish in Barrington and is a former member of the Diocese of Providence Finance Council.  She has served on the Barrington High School Improvement Team and has been an instructor for Junior Achievement in the Life Skills Program.  Peg was a girl member and three of her four children have been involved with scouting including a son who has the rank of Eagle Scout. She is currently a member of the Board Development Committee. Peg and her husband John reside in Barrington, Rhode Island.

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Sally A. Russell - Sally is President of Howard Russell Insurance and partner in Rhode Island Insurance Group. She and her sister, Heidi Russell Duggan, own and operate their business in East Greenwich. Sally graduated with a BA degree from Denison University. She was a girl member, served as a Girl Scout adult volunteer and just completed her first term as a member of the Board of Directors. She most recently served as Chair of the Board Development Committee. She is active in the Rotary Club of East Greenwich. She and her husband, John Prendergast, reside in East Greenwich. They have a daughter and a son who were both involved in Scouting.

Danielle Ward

Danielle M. Ward - Danielle M. Ward is a Senior Vice President and Institutional Market Investment Director within the Institutional Investments group at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Corporation.  In this role, she is responsible for formulating and implementing wealth management and fiduciary services to endowments, foundations, charitable trusts and pension plans. Previously, Danielle was an Institutional Portfolio Strategist. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Connecticut College. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst ® (CFA®) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA®) designations. She is a member of the CFA® Institute, CAIA® Association, CFA® Society Providence, Estate Planning Council of Rhode Island and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Rhode Island. Danielle is a member of the Board of Directors of Child & Family and a member of the United Way of Rhode Island’s Women’s Leadership Council. 

Honorary Board Member

Betty Cugine

Betty Cugini - Betty Cugini has been involved in Girl Scouting in Rhode Island for 49 years. She has been on the Board of Directors since 1978 and was council President from 1986 to 1992. She is currently the chair of our museum committee, serves on our finance committee, and is an honorary board member. Betty’s received the YMCA Service to Youth Award and several of Girl Scouting’s highest awards: the Thanks Badge, the Thanks Badge II and the Mira Hoffman Award. Betty was the council’s “Partner in Philanthropy” in 1998. Betty graduated URI with a BS degree in early childhood education. Betty is married to Joseph N. Cugini and is the mother of two children, Betty-Jo and David, and the grandmother of three, Katharine, Christopher and Finley. 

Board Development Committee

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Lori A. Basilico, Esq. - Lori is a partner with the law firm of Locke Lord LLP (formerly Edwards & Angell). She is the head of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation group. She received an LL.M in Taxation from Boston University School of Law, a JD from the University of Denver’s College of Law and a BA in government from Smith College. She is active with the Moses Brown School Parents Association and was a board member of the Rhode Island Lung Association. Lori lives in Providence with her husband, Paul Adler and their two children, Griffin and Cecily. She just completed one year as a member at-large on the Board of Directors, serves as a member of the Finance Committee and chairs the Bylaws Task Group.

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Meg DeCubellis - Meg DeCubellis is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design in the Apparel Design Department and has spent her career in and around the fashion industry. Meg currently teaches at both RISD and URI in the departments of fashion and apparel and strives to bring the real world of garment manufacturing into her classroom whenever she can. Meg is also the co-founder of the Katie DeCubellis Memorial foundation, a non-profit organization which she and her husband, John, created after the death of her thirteen-year-old daughter, Katie, at the hands of a drunk-driver. As a team, Meg and John speak to students, both high school and college age, throughout the country on the importance of good decision-making. They have also received a Telly Award for a video series they created and marketed which chronicles the loss of her daughter, Katie. In addition, Meg is the Creative Director and a partner in illumiNITE, reflective running and cycling apparel for men and women. She lives in Narragansett, RI with her husband, John where they have raised 3 children, Katie, Kyle and Eliza. Just like their mom, Katie and Eliza were both involved in Girl Scouts!

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Christine Isidoro - Christine is the Assistant Controller at IPG Photonics Corporation. IPG Photonics manufactures high-performance fiber lasers and amplifiers for use in a wide range of markets, such as materials processing, advanced technologies, telecommunications and medical applications. Prior to joining IPG Photonics in 2015, she held the position of corporate controller at Costa, Inc. (formerly AT Cross Company). Costa, Inc. is a designer, manufacturer and seller of performance sunglasses. Previously, she held the position of senior manager of internal audit at AT Cross Company and, prior to that, the audit manager of KPMG, LLP. She received her BS from Providence College and her MBA from Bryant University. Christine is a CPA licensed in Massachusetts. She has been a member of the Board Development Committee since 2014.

Jael Lopes

Jael Lopes - Jael Lopes is the Director of Strategic Community Partnerships for the Providence School Department (PPSD).   Ms. Lopes works to improve students’ academic performance and overall well-being.  She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and has spent the last sixteen years working with organizations that focus on empowering and supporting students and families. Ms. Lopes spent more than seven years at the Providence YMCA Youth Service Branch where she led the Full Service Community School and the 21ST Century Community Learning Center Initiatives.  She is focused on assuring that families and students have access to equitable educational opportunities. Jael’s passions are traveling and learning about new cultures, photography and education.  

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Cleora Francis O'Connor - Cleora has just completed her third full term as member-at-large. She previously served as 1st Vice Chair. Cleora led the delegation to the GSUSA 100th anniversary convention in Houston in 2012. She is a computer network management specialist at the Providence School Department. She is a graduate of Leadership Rhode Island/Phi class and a former co-chair of the Million Mom March/RI as well as a former board member of City Arts. Her other affiliations include current Chaplin and board member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women RI Chapter and past vice president and present board member of the Institute for the Study & Practice of Non-Violence. In addition, she is also a certified yoga instructor and teaches yoga in her spare time.

Peg Ruggieri

Margaret Ruggieri - Margaret Ruggieri has been a faculty member of the Providence College School of Business Accountancy Department for the past twenty years. She recently retired from the ordinary faculty and is currently teaching part-time.  Prior to her teaching career, Peg, a certified public accountant, worked at Ernst & Young for six years in both the audit and tax departments. She received her Bachelor of Science from Boston College and a Master in Taxation from Bryant University.  Peg currently serves on the Finance Council of St. Luke’s Parish in Barrington and is a former member of the Diocese of Providence Finance Council.  She has served on the Barrington High School Improvement Team and has been an instructor for Junior Achievement in the Life Skills Program.  Peg was a girl member and three of her four children have been involved with scouting including a son who has the rank of Eagle Scout. She is currently a member of the Board Development Committee. Peg and her husband John reside in Barrington, Rhode Island.

National Council Delegates & Alternates : 2017- 2020 Term

Suzelle Glickman

Suzelle Glickman - Suzelle Glickman is a sophomore at South Kingstown High School in Wakefield, Rhode Island. She has been a Girl Scout since she was in first grade and is now a Senior Girl Scout. Suzelle enjoyed attending summer camp at Camp Hoffman, and participates in many other Girl Scout events year-round. She also volunteers with a Daisy troop. Suzelle participates in Drama Club, Ecology Club, Debate Team, and other school activities.

Pam Hyland

Pam Hyland - Pam Hyland has 40 years of progressive management experience in the not-for-profit sector. Prior to Pam’s arrival in Rhode Island as the new CEO for Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England, she was previously the CEO of Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways and held several leadership positions amid various Girl Scout councils in South Carolina, New York, Virginia and overseas. She formerly served as the Director for USA Girl Scouts Overseas where she managed Girl Scouting on 14 military installations throughout mainland Japan, Okinawa and Korea. Pam has been a Girl Scout since 4th grade. Pam is thrilled to bring this culmination of experience to Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England and to champion the council as their CEO.

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Kristin Scribner - Kristin was involved in Girl Scouting as a girl member and has been a Troop Leader since 2007.  She is currently the Troop Leader for Cadette, Senior, Ambassador Troop 399 and the Assistant Leader for Junior Troop 177.  She was also the Troop Leader for Daisy Troop 442 from 2013-2016. In addition to these, Kristin is the Service Unit Manager for Lincoln.  She loves seeing how the girls grow in skills, leadership, and confidence through Girl Scouting.  Team building, cooperation, and self-awareness are the areas she works most on with her troops since these skills can take you anywhere.

Lily

Lillian (Lily) Scribner - Lily is currently a homeschooled junior in high school. She has been a Girl Scout for twelve years and lives in Lincoln, RI.  She has earned both her Bronze and Silver Awards and is a member of the By Girls, For Girls Advisory Board.  She has attended Camp Cookie and Camp Hoffman, and completed both CIT I and CIT II.  She has also volunteered as a Buddy-Up at Camp Promising Acres. Lily is a former Patrol Leader and the current Senior Patrol Leader for her troop.

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George Shuster - George Shuster is the retired CEO and Chairman of Cranston Printworks, the nation’s oldest textile company. He is also former Chairman of Care New England, Chairman of the National Textile Association, Chairman of the Textile Hall of Fame in Lowell, Massachusetts, and immediate past President of the Narragansett Council of the BSA. He also served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in the US Navy. When he was in college, George worked as a boating instructor at Camp Hoffman for two summers. He was formerly a partner at Edwards and Angell. He received a BA from Yale College, an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a JD from Yale Law School. He is the past chairman of Kent Hospital and co-chair of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition. He is the past secretary of the Yale Crew Association. He has been recognized nationally for his quilts made of clothing labels and internationally for his studies of sperm whale populations. George currently serves as the Chair of the GSSNE Council.

Alternates

Grace Major

Grace Major - Grace Major is a sophomore at South Kingstown High School and has been in Girl Scouts for about ten years. She recently served as one of the four girl delegates representing Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England at the United Nations’ annual Commission on the Status of Women and admires all that GSUSA has done to empower girls. Grace is specifically passionate about putting an end to cultural and religious traditions that stand in the way of global gender equality, and intends to someday work in politics. In June, she will be attending Girls Get Math, a week-long math camp at Brown University, and hopes to learn more about the role of women in STEM jobs. Grace is a member of her school’s debate team, drama club, Academic Decathlons, and is currently working on starting a Model UN club at SKHS.  Grace credits Girl Scouts for her leadership and problem-solving skills, as well as the confidence Girl Scouts has given her as a young woman to achieve her goals with self-assurance.

Bethany Mascena Tracy

Bethany Mascena Tracy - Bethany Mascena Tracy is a professional marketer and an innovative and creative entrepreneur. She can often be found promoting leadership roles for girls and women as well as the Girl Scout movement. As a girl member for 10 years, Bethany earned her Silver Leadership Torch, her Marian Medal and spent many summers at Camp Hoffman. Bethany has served as a troop leader for 8 years as well as served the council as a past Board Member and current co-chair of the Fund Development Committee.  She received her BA from American University in Washington, DC. She lives in Warwick with her husband and two daughters who are both Girl Scouts.