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
New England Assistant Regional Manager, 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

David Bonenberger, President
Rhode Island Energy

Anthony Botelho, SVP Commercial Banking
The Washington Trust Company
Vice Chair, Board Governance, Ethics & Nominating Committee

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 

Kate N. Kishfy Esq., Founder
Kishfy Law

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

Sean Edmund Rogers, PhD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP,* Dean,
College of Business
University of Rhode Island

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

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

Rena Sheehan, VP, Clinical Strategy and Implementation
Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island

Suresh Swaminathan, Chief Operating Officer
Teknor Apex Company

*New member
**Re-elected member

Community Advisory Board

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, Past Executive Director
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT 

The Honorable Sandra Cano**
Senate Committee on Finance 

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

Diana Capellan*
The Capellan Group

Michelle Carr, Executive Director
Leadership Rhode Island

Charles "Chachi" Carvalho,* Chief Equity Officer
City of Pawtucket 

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

Paige Clausius-Parks, EdM,* Executive Director
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT

Patrick Crowley, Secretary/Treasurer
Rhode Island AFL-CIO 

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

Frank Flynn,** Vice President
Rhode Island Federation for Teachers

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 

Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies, JD,* Executive Director
Economic Progress Institute

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

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

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
Community Advisory Board, Vice Chair

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

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.



FCARI: Prescription Delivery Services for Seniors

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 89% of adults 65 and older take prescription medicine. For seniors who have mobility issues or are unable to leave their homes to go to the pharmacy, using a prescription delivery service is a simple solution.

This resource provides seniors and their caregivers with the top prescription delivery services, information on financial assistance options, and guidance on choosing the best service for their specific needs. Learn more at:

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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.


United Way Selects Leaders for Executive Director Learning Circle

Laser-focused on its work to support the needs of the state’s nonprofit community… United Way of Rhode Island has kicked off its latest Executive Director Learning Circle. The organization has selected 11 local nonprofit leaders to participate in the yearlong program that focuses on strategic development and increasing their organizations’ capacity to deliver their social impact work.

401Gives Registration Is Open to All Rhode Island Nonprofits

401Gives is returning on Monday, April 1, and United Way of Rhode Island invites all local nonprofits to participate and raise funds to support their mission-driven work. This year’s 401Gives is the fifth anniversary of what is the Ocean State’s largest single fundraiser to benefit and uplift the nonprofit sector.

Rhode Islanders Can Find Help With Medicare Open Enrollment

United Way of Rhode Island is offering assistance to those age 65 and older and adults with disabilities who need help enrolling in or reviewing their Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans for 2024 coverage. The current open enrollment period ends on Dec. 7 and is the only time at which individuals can make changes.


Workforce Alliance Kick-Off

Wednesday, March 6, 2024
3 - 4 p.m.
RI State House Library

The Workforce Alliance is a partnership among adult education workforce training providers, business, labor, philanthropic organizations, and community leaders dedicated to ensuring that Rhode Island has a dynamic and comprehensive workforce development system that meets the needs of employers and workers. The Workforce Alliance is kicking off the legislative session to bring attention to adult education and workforce development policy priorities.

Emerging Leaders Welcome Celebration

Thursday, March 14, 2024
6 - 7:30 p.m.
The Guild, Pawtucket

Join us for a night of networking, learning, and a chance to become an Emerging Leader!

Emerging Leaders (EL) provides the avenue for early to mid-career professionals to take action and make the most impact in their communities through volunteer service, networking opportunities, impact-focused professional development, and philanthropy. Join us to take the next step in your career and make change happen in Rhode Island!