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2016-2017 Board of Directors

    

Officers

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George W. Shuster, Chair - George 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. She also is a National Certified Counselor. Ms. Lynch was a Brownie, Junior, and Cadette in Warren, MA. Joanne is 1st Vice Chair of the Board, and Chair of the Board Development Committee.  She also chaired the CEO Search Committee in 2015.

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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 - Jim is a higher education leader with broad experience in finance & administration at several leading universities including Georgetown, Brown and Bryant.  Prior to higher education, he worked in corporate finance and consulting at firms including PricewaterhouseCoopers, America Online and Marriott International.  Mr. Patti holds an MBA from Georgetown University, a Bachelor's Degree from Seton Hall University and a Certificate in Economics and Asian Studies from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. He lives with his wife and four Girl Scout daughters in East Greenwich, Rhode Island and enjoys skiing, running, football, politics and international affairs. 

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 Vice President 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.

Betty Cugine

Betty Cugini - Bio to come!

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. 

Christine D-Orsi-Fitta

Christine D’Orsi Fitta - Christine is a Partner in the law firm of Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney, LLP. She has represented insurance companies for over 18 years, their insured as well as local, national, and international corporations, in workers’ compensation matters. She is a Partner in the Workers’ Compensation and The Medicare Compliance Practice Groups. She is an active member of the RI Bar Association, the Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Bench Bar Committee, ALFA International and Defense Counsel of Rhode Island.  She has her J.D. from Widener School of Law and a BA from University of Rhode Island.  Prior to beginning the practice of law, Chris was employed as a teacher at the New England Center for Autism and the John Fogarty Center.  She was also employed as a social worker at Northern Rhode Island Community Health Center.  Chris participated in scouting as both a Brownie and a Girl Scout in her hometown, Providence, and enjoyed working with girls to reach common goals and achieving personal goals.  Her years of scouting encouraged her to challenge herself personally and professionally.

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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Jennifer Leigh - Jennifer is the Director of CSR & Philanthropy at CVS Health, a pharmacy innovation company with the purpose of helping people on their path to better health. In this role, Jennifer oversees corporate philanthropy in New England and the western part of the country, managing nonprofit relationships in 31 out of the 50 states that CVS Health operates in. Prior to CVS Health, Jennifer was the Communications Director for The Economic Progress Institute, and a consultant dedicated to helping nonprofits throughout the region with strategic communications.  Jennifer is currently the President of the Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island, the President of Gaits of Harmony Therapeutic Riding, Inc., a member of the Advisory Committee for the Rhode Island Film Collaborative and has served on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England since 2013.

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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, Logan 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.  His is married and the proud father of triplets.

Jael Lopes

Jael Lopes - Jael 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.

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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 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. 

Board Development Committee

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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.

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Judith Clare - Judy is the Director of the Amica Center for Career Education at Bryant University and has been a member of the board since 2001.  She was a member of the Cookies with Class committee for several years, a member of the nominating committee and is currently serving on the board development committee and visionary committee.  A graduate of Leadership Rhode Island, she is also President Elect of the Smithfield Rotary Club and on the Board of Directors of Executive Women’s Golf Association.  Judy also is a weekly volunteer at the Rhode Island Free Clinic.  She is a member of the Commission on Disabilities and on the Advisory Board of the Rhode Island Business Leaders Network.  She has a Masters in Education in Counseling as well as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Rhode Island College.

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Meg DeCubellis - Meg 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 also works closely with young entrepreneurs through Accurate Services in Fall River to help them get their own new businesses off and running! 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 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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Joanne Lynch, Chair of Board Development Committee - 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. She also is a National Certified Counselor. Ms. Lynch was a Brownie, Junior, and Cadette in Warren, MA. Joanne is 1st Vice Chair of the Board, and Chair of the Board Development Committee.  She also chaired the CEO Search Committee in 2015.

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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 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 currently is 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.  Peg and her husband John reside in Barrington, Rhode Island.