Paola Fernandez
Paola Fernandez
Board Member
SVP, Community Development Officer, Centreville Bank

"Because United Way is about community first, leveraging its resources and partners to do everything possible to advance justice and guide positive change."

Chris Sabitoni
Chris Sabitoni
Board Member
International Representative, Laborers' International Union of North America, New England Regional Office

"The mission of this strategic plan aligns with everything that our Union stands for. As in our motto, Justice, Honor & Strength for all individuals."

Board of Directors

Alden Anderson, SVP/Partner
CBRE/New England | Brokerage
Vice Chair, Board Governance, Ethics & Nominating Committee 

David Bonenberger,* President
Rhode Island Energy

Anthony Botelho,* SVP Commercial Banking
The Washington Trust Company

Brian Carroll,** Senior Managing Counsel & SVP
Citizens Capital Markets  

Barbara Chernow, Retired EVP, Finance & Administration
Brown University

Wes Cotter, Director, Corporate Communications
Gilbane Inc.

Joanne Daly, SVP, Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley 

Jayne Donegan,** Executive Counsel
Textron, Inc.
Vice Chair, Audit Committee 

Paola Fernandez, SVP, Community Development Officer
Centreville Bank
Vice Chair, Community Impact Committee

James Galloway, EVP, EMEA/AP Operations & AFM
FM Global

Courtney Hawkins,* Chief Operating Officer
City of Providence

Junior Jabbie, President & CEO
Banneker Supply Chain Solutions, Inc.
Vice Co-Chair, Strategic Planning Committee

Dolph L. Johnson, Jr., Retired EVP & Chief Human
Resources Officer
Hasbro, Inc.
Board Chair

Wendy Kagan,** EVP, Chief Engagement Officer BankNewport
Vice Chair, Compensation & Benefits Committee 

Cortney Nicolato, President & CEO
United Way of Rhode Island

Gregg Perry, President
The Perry Group
Vice Chair, Resource & Engagement Committee

Yahaira “Jay” Placencia, SVP, Private Client Advisor
Bank of America Private Bank

Betsey Purinton, CFP, Managing Partner & Co-CIO
StrategicPoint Investment Advisors
Vice Co-Chair, Strategic Planning Committee

Ramona Royal, Assistant VP, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Christopher Sabitoni, International Representative
Laborers’ International Union of North America,
New England Regional Office

Rena Sheehan, VP, Clinical Integration
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Suresh Swaminathan, President
Teknor Apex Company

*New member
**Re-elected member

Community Advisory Board

Tomás Ávila, Associate Director, Office of Diversity
Rhode Island Department of Administration 

Jillian Balzano,* Community Relations Officer
The Washington Trust Company 

Denise Barge, Business Assistance Advisor
Commerce RI 

Kathleen Burke,* Executive Director
Newport Partnership for Families 

Elizabeth Burke-Bryant, Executive Director
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT 

The Honorable Sandra Cano
Senate Committee on Finance 

Ainsley Morisseau Cantoral, Co-Owner
Rancho de las Tres Potrancas

Michelle Carr,** Executive Director
Leadership Rhode Island 

Elizabeth Catucci, President & CEO
Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce

Patrick Crowley, Secretary/Treasurer
Rhode Island AFL-CIO 

Rilwan Feyisitan,* President & CEO
Community Action Partnership of Providence County 

Lisa Guillette, Executive Director
Foster Forward  

Robert Hughes,* Retired CEO
Missouri Foundation for Health 

Maryclaire Knight
Knight Consulting 

Linda Lulli, Strategic HR Consultant & Leadership Coach (SHRM member) 

Kerci Marcello Stroud,* Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
Rhode Island School of Design 

The Honorable Sabina Matos, Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor

Margaret A. Holland McDuff, Executive Director
Family Service of Rhode Island 

Kelly Nevins, Chief Executive Officer
Women’s Fund of Rhode Island 

Ray Nuñez, Partner & Community Director
Nuñez, The People’s Agency 

Ashley Gingerella O’Shea, Director, Community Investments
Executive Office of Health and Human Services 

Nina Pande, Executive Director
Skills for Rhode Island’s Future 

Dorca Paulino,* Director, Office of Equal Opportunity
University of Rhode Island 

Alexandra Pezzello, Esq.**
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP 

Yahaira “Jay” Placencia, SVP, Private Client Advisor
Bank of America Private Bank
Community Advisory Board Chair 

Kelly Ramirez, Director
Donald Ryan Incubator for Entrepreneurship in the Arts & Sciences, Providence College

Lisa Ranglin,** Founder and President
Rhode Island Black Business Association

Lucy Rose,** Chief of Talent & Learning
Children’s Friend 

Genevieve Schultz,** Principal
Paul Cuffee Charter School 

Rena Sheehan, VP, Clinical Integration
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island
Vice Chair, Community Advisory Board 

John Silvia, III,** President, CHB
International Manufacturing Services, Inc. 

Susan Stenhouse, Chief of Staff, Rhode Island House of Representatives Republican Office 

Edward Tavarez, VP/Team Manager, System Engineering
Bank of America 

Rev. Chontell N. Washington, Interim Executive Minister
Rhode Island State Council of Churches 

Juan Wilson, Jr.,* Founder & CEO
MUSE Foundation of Rhode Island 

Kasim Yarn,** Director
Rhode Island Office of Veterans Affairs 

*New Community Advisory Board member
**Re-elected Community Advisory Board member

All Board of Directors members are Ex-Officio members of the Community Advisory Board.

Roshni Darnal is United Way of Rhode Island’s director of community investments. / Courtesy United Way of Rhode Island.

Five Questions With: Roshni Darnal

Providence Business News

Roshni Darnal is the director of community investments for United Way of Rhode Island... where she manages the organization's strategic direction to address the needs of Rhode Islanders through its grantmaking processes… Darnal spoke with Providence Business News about those grantmaking changes and what it means for the nonprofit community moving forward.


Providence Business News Best Places to Work RI Awards Winner 2023 logo.

PBN announces 2023 Best Places to Work honorees

Providence Business News

Sixty-seven honorees, including United Way of Rhode Island, have been named by Providence Business News for its 2023 Best Places to Work Awards program... The honorees will be recognized June 7 for their efforts in a ceremony at Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick, where the company rankings in each category will be announced.


ANTHONY BOTELHO serves as senior vice president of commercial banking and team leader for the commercial and industrial group at The Washington Trust Co. / COURTESY THE WASHINGTON TRUST CO.

Five Qs With: Anthony Botelho

Providence Business News

Anthony Botelho serves as senior vice president of commercial banking and team leader for the commercial and industrial group at The Washington Trust Co. He was recently appointed to lead the bank’s commercial lending growth in Connecticut, where the company recently opened a New Haven commercial lending office. Anthony also serves on United Way of Rhode Island's Board of Directors.


Statement on Rhode Island Afterschool Network Transition

United Way of Rhode Island is excited to announce that the Rhode Island Afterschool Network (RIAN) will expand its efforts effective October 1, 2023 with Rhode Island Foundation serving as its fiscal sponsor.

Sandra Mazo Appointed to Women United Global Council

The Washington Trust Company… today announced that Sandra Mazo, mortgage loan officer (NMLS # 269909), has been appointed to the Executive Committee for the Women United Global Leadership Council of United Way Worldwide. Women United® represents 55,000 members working with United Way in more than 200 communities across the globe. Sandra was nominated by United Way of Rhode Island.

Nancy Wolanski Hired as Director of Nonprofit Resource Center

United Way of Rhode Island has hired Nancy Wolanski as the inaugural director of the state’s new Nonprofit Resource Center. She assumed the role on Monday, July 31. Most recently, Nancy was executive director of the Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island.


97th Annual Celebration

You’re invited to join us as we celebrate another momentous year of making history, sharing stories, and honoring those who are making big moves in our small state.

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Farm Fresh Rhode Island, 10 Sims Ave., Providence

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required.
For more information or assistance, email