Paola Fernandez
Paola Fernandez
Board Member
VP Community Development, 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
Laborers' International Union of North America

"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
Senior Vice President/Partner
CBRE/New England | Brokerage
Vice Chair, Board Governance, Ethics,
and Nominating Committee

Marcela Betancur
Executive Director
Latino Policy Institute

Brian Carroll
Senior Managing Counsel & Senior Vice President
Citizens Capital Markets

Barbara Chernow
Community Volunteer

Wes Cotter*
Director, Corporate Communications
Gilbane, Inc.

Joanne Daly*
First Vice President, Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley

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

Paola Fernandez
Community Development and Charitable Foundation Officer
Centreville Bank
Vice Chair, Community Investment Committee

James Galloway
Executive Vice President, EMEA/AP Operations and AFM
FM Global

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

Dolph Johnson
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Hasbro, Inc.
Board Chair

Wendy Kagan
Executive Vice President, Director of Employee and Community Engagement
Vice Chair, Compensation and Benefits Committee

Robert R. Kent
Senior Vice President and Team Leader Commercial Banking
The Washington Trust Company

Dr. Barbara A. Mullen
Assistant Superintendent
Cambridge Public Schools

Cortney Nicolato**
President and CEO
United Way of Rhode Island

Gregg Perry**
The Perry Group
Vice Chair, Resource and Engagement Committee

Joseph Pierik
Vice President, Retail Leasing & Acquisitions
Carpionato Group, LLC

Betsey A. Purinton**
Managing Partner and CIO
StrategicPoint Investment Advisors
Vice Co-Chair, Strategic Planning Committee

Ramona Royal*
Assistant Vice President, Diversity, Equity
and Inclusion
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

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

Rena Sheehan*
Vice President, Clinical Integration
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Suresh Swaminathan*
Teknor Apex Company

*New Board member
**Re-elected member

Community Advisory Board

Donna Sowa Allard

Tomas Ávila

Denise Barge

Elizabeth Burke-Bryant** 

The Honorable Sandra Cano

Ainsley Morisseau Cantoral** 

Claudia Cardozo

Michelle Carr

Elizabeth Catucci

Amanda Cantrell

Patrick Crowley* 

Erin Donovan-Boyle

Lisa Guillette**  

MaryClaire Knight** 

Linda Lulli** 

Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos  

Margaret A. Holland McDuff

Kelly Nevins* 

Ray Nuñez* 

Ashley Gingerella O’Shea

Nina Pande*  

Laura Pedrick

Alexandra Pezzello

Yahaira “Jay” Placencia

Kelly Ramirez* 

Lisa Ranglin

Lucy Rose

Genevieve Schultz

Nancy Serpa** 

John (JJ) Silvia, III

Susan Stenhouse

Ed Tavarez

Rev. Chontell N. Washington

Kasim Yarn

*New member
**Re-elected member

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How you can save money amidst Rhode Island Energy rate hike


With rates rising starting Oct. 1, Rhode Islanders have many ways to save money and energy this fall... [For] anyone... need[ing]... financial assistance... United Way of Rhode Island’s 211 service may help... 'We’re here to help the community navigate resources,' said Courtney Smith, director of... 211... The service is available online at 211 United Way of Rhode Island or over the phone.



Program aims to reverse learning loss


For 30 hours a week for six weeks, the Summer Learning Initiative gives students the opportunity to learn in fun and out-of-the-box ways... "There’s ways to be able to explore and be creative without feeling like they are falling farther and farther behind, which I think a lot of youth are feeling right now because of the pandemic," [Marlene] Guay said.


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Summer energy bill assistance is available

The Westerly Sun

The Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund is open to all eligible Rhode Island households experiencing financial difficulty and [needing] assistance with energy expenses, even in the summer. The fund is sponsored by Rhode Island Energy, Block Island Utility District, Ocean State Power, Pascoag Utility District, Petro Home Services and RISEC LP and administered by United Way of Rhode Island.


Fellows Selected for United Way’s Deputy Director Learning Circle

A cohort of eight nonprofit staff from a diverse group of local organizations has been selected by United Way of Rhode Island to participate in its inaugural Deputy Director Learning Circle. The new leadership development series was designed specifically to strengthen the competencies of individuals who aspire to become executive directors.

United Way and Secretary Gorbea Launch 211 Voter Hotline

Building off the successful use of 211 as a voter information hotline in 2020, United Way of Rhode Island today announced a partnership with Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea to establish a new, multilingual 211 Voter Information Hotline… By dialing 211 and selecting prompt 5, users connect with a trained… 211 call specialist able to answer a range of questions.

United Way Launches Nonprofit Leadership Development Series

United Way of Rhode Island is launching a new leadership development series for staff of local nonprofits with annual budgets of $5 million and under and is currently accepting applications from interested participants. The no-cost program is the Deputy Director Learning Circle, and it was developed specifically to strengthen the competencies of nonprofit staff who aspire to become executive directors.


United Way of Rhode Island’s 96th Annual Celebration

Join United Way of Rhode Island for our 96th Annual Celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Farm Fresh Rhode Island in Providence.

Together, we'll celebrate the positive impact we've made this year, thanks to you — our donors, partners, and volunteers — and honor the heroes among us.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required.