Board of Directors
The Rt. Reverend Nicholas Knisely, Chair
William Nicholas Knisely Jr. is the thirteenth and current diocesan bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island.
Knisely was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, then went on to do graduate work at the University of Delaware. While a graduate student in Physics and Astronomy at Delaware, he decided to study for the priesthood, going on to Yale University‘s Berkeley Divinity School. In 1991, he completed his Masters of Divinity and was ordained to the diaconate in , and, in the following year, to the priesthood. In 2013, he received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree, from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.
Nicholas served initially as a priest in Delaware, Western and Eastern Pennsylvania, before becoming dean of the Episcopal cathedral in Phoenix, Arizona. While a priest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he also taught physics and astronomy at Lehigh University. In his clerical duties, he was active in ministries that focused on homelessness, communications, college and youth, finance, and ecumenical relations.
Knisely was the first person to chair the General Convention Standing Commission on Communications and Technology. Additionally, he participated in the Moravian-Episcopal dialog that drew up the agreement on full communion between the two denominations.
Marisa Albanese, President
Marisa Albanes is Manager of Community and Customer Relations at National Grid.
Ms. Albanes joined the Board in 2015 and currently serves as President of the Board.
Scott Avedisian, Vice President
Scott Avedisian became CEO of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) in June 2018 after serving as Mayor of the City of Warwick for 18 years
He was the longest-serving mayor in Warwick’s history and his tenure was highlighted with projects that demonstrated his commitment to good government and public service. Under his administration, the city maintained a consistently strong bond rating, was ranked as the 22nd best run city in the country (2017), and was a leader in green initiatives such as recycling. As Mayor, Scott Avedisian consistently supported business development and improved infrastructure in the city, including a master plan project to revitalize approximately 95 acres in the heart of the city adjacent to T.F. Green Airport.
As RIPTA’s CEO, Scott Avedisian is passionate about the importance of public transportation to our state, our businesses, our environment and our citizens. He is committed to exploring new initiatives and service options for public transportation in Rhode Island.
A graduate of Providence College, he has a master’s degree from Roger Williams University and also completed the state and local program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Human Letters from the New England Institute of Technology and is a 2005 Rodel Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Dennis Burton, Treasurer
Dennis Burton is the Chief Financial Officer of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island.
He is a committee member of St. Mary’s Finance Committee. He received Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy Medical College of Virginia and MBA from College of William and Mary.
Harry Hanoian, Assistant Treasurer
Harry Hanoian is retired from Wells Fargo Advisors.
While at Wells Fargo Advisors, Harry was a founding member of the Hecht-Hanoian-Tuthill Private Wealth Management Group. For more than 35 years, he was committed to building deep relationships with clients based on trust and accountability.
His career began with Dean Witter Reynolds in 1982. He was a Director’s Club member of the firm from 1994-2007 and although he had many name changes on his business card, he stayed with Morgan Stanley until moving the team to Wells Fargo Advisors in 2011.
Harry earned his Bachelor’s degree from Boston College in 1978. He was a star football player in high school and college and was a 2007 Inductee into the Rhode Island Grid Iron Club and a 2008 Inductee into the East Providence Hall of Fame.
He remains active with many local civic and community organizations and was celebrated as a Tocqueville Society member of the United Way. Harry currently serves on the Finance Committee for St. Mary’s Home for Children and through the years he and his wife, Nancy, have been foster parents for 26 different children.
Residing in Narragansett, RI, he and his wife have three grown children and four grandchildren and enjoy spending their free time at home with their family or on the beaches of Narragansett.
Elizabeth “Betsy” Ingraham, Secretary
Betsy Ingraham was an employee of St. Mary’s for over 30 years until her retirement.
Graduating from Wheelock College with a BS in Ed. and an MS in Ed., Betsy taught at Wheaton College Laboratory School, in CT, NY, and NH before working at St. Mary’s Home for Children. She worked in many capacities ending her career as Assistant Executive Director. Especially memorable was overseeing any and all new construction on the campus. She feels privileged now to serve on the Board of Directors participating on the Executive, Nominating, Personnel and Buildings and Grounds committees. Betsy also is a Trustee of the East Providence Public Library Board as well as helping to establish the East Providence Public Library Foundation Board.
The Reverend Alvin Marcetti, Assistant Secretary
Rev. Alvin Marcetti is Vicar at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, the parish through which our agency was founded.
He joined the Board in 2015 and is currently the Assistant Secretary.
Board of Directors
Lt. Governor Sabina Matos
Sabina Matos was appointed as the 70th Lieutenant Governor of the State of Rhode Island on April 14, 2021.
She is the second woman to hold this post and the first woman of color. Additionally, she is the first Dominican American to hold the position of Lieutenant Governor in the United States.
Before she was appointed Lieutenant Governor, she served on the Providence City Council from January 2011 until April 2021. During that period, she was elected as the first Latina to hold the position of City Council President Pro Tempore in 2015, and in 2019 she was elected City Council President by her peers. She has the distinction of being the first Latina to hold both positions in the city’s history. As the Councilwoman for Ward 15, she represented the neighborhoods of Olneyville and parts of the Silver Lake and Valley.
Lieutenant Governor Matos was born in the province of Barahona in the Dominican Republic and emigrated to the United States in 1994.
She is a proud graduate of Rhode Island College, where she earned her BA in Communications and Public Relations in May of 2001.
Lieutenant Governor Matos lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with her husband, Patrick Ward, and their two children, Diego and Annemarie.
Jeffrey P. Cascione
Jeffrey P. Cascione is a Vice President - Commercial Lending at Navigant Credit Union.
Jeffrey P. Cascione is responsible for the oversight of all loan underwriting and approval recommendations, and for the day-to-day management of its commercial loan portfolio at Navigant Credit Union.
Prior to joining Navigant Credit Union in 2006, Jeff served in a variety of senior leadership positions at Centreville Savings Bank, the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance.
A lifelong Rhode Islander, Jeff earned both his bachelor’s degree and his MBA from the University of Rhode Island and has established himself as an active leader in Rhode Island’s business and philanthropic communities.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and formerly served as Chairman for the Rhode Island Bankers Association’s Legislative Committee. He also sat on the Board of Trustees for Holy Apostles Church in Cranston, and formerly served as Treasurer for the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart and Hope Fund and as a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association’s Southern New England Chapter.
Jeff lives in Johnston with his wife, Eleni, where they enjoy spending as much time as possible with their combined families including four children and three granddaughters.
Doris De Los Santos
Doris De Los Santos is an experienced leader with a solid background of successful implementation of high-stakes and demanding projects.
Doris is an experienced Executive Director – Strategic Partnerships Development with a demonstrated history of working in the primary/secondary education industry and increasing economic opportunities for communities. Results and solutions oriented. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Local, State and Federal Government Enterprises. Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, Strategic Planning, and Public Speaking. Strong development, fundraising and event planning skills. Graduated magna cum laude from Pedro Henriquez Urena University and with Highest honors from the Community College of Rhode Island. She is also completing a Master’s degree from Roger Williams University.
Glenn Grilli has built his career working with individuals and businesses to define and pursue their financial goals.
Glenn recognizes that his ultimate responsibility to clients is to help them build a solid foundation on which to make their financial decisions with confidence. Glenn takes a very hands on role in following through for clients to make sure their needs are always taken care of with the highest level of attention, and that financial strategies are effectively implemented.
He offers personalized strategies that address:
- Retirement planning
- Trust and estate planning services working with family tax accountants and attorneys
- Corporate cash management strategies
- Asset allocation and investment selection
- Individual wealth preservation and insurance planning recommendations
Glenn began his career in investments in 1992 and has worked for several legacy organizations prior to Bank of America’s acquisition of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1991 and an MBA in finance in 1998 from Bryant University. Glenn has worked in his current role as a financial advisor for over ten years.
Originally a Rhode Island native, Glenn currently lives in Southern Massachusetts with his wife Karen and their children Nicholas and Jenna.
Mayor Charles Lombardi
Charles Lombardi is Mayor of the Town of North Providence
He was previously the Owner/Operator of Luxury Cleaners, a family-owned business with six locations, for 40+ years now celebrating 72 years in business.
He has also held the following positions:
- Former Volunteer Fire Captain – North Providence Fire Department – 20 years
- Former member of North Providence Town Council (1979 through 1989)
- Former Town Council President (1987-1989)
- Life Member – Marieville Fire Department
- Inducted into Rhode Island Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame 2008
- Former President, Blackstone Valley Firemens’ League
- Former Member, Rhode Island State Personnel Appeals Board
- Vice President, RI League of Cities and Towns
- Board Chairman, Hope Academy Charter School
- Board Member, Achievement First Charter School
- Board Member, R.I. Resource Recovery Corp.
He is married to his wife, Carol, and father of Tarra Ferrara and Charles, Jr. He is also grandfather of Allie, Nicholas, Christopher, Sloane, Stella, and Lucia.
Aaron Nadich is an attorney with Nixon Peabody LLP in its Labor & Employment practice group.
His legal practice focuses on representing companies of all sizes in state and federal court proceedings as well as before administrative agencies, and advising companies in all industries on a wide variety of employment and other matters. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of St. Mary’s, Aaron is also on the Board of Directors at the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center. He received his J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law.
Judge Edward Newman
Edward Newman is a magistrate at the Rhode Island Family Court
Judge Newman is currently a member of the Risk/Audit Committee. He became a member of the Board in 2015.
John J. Schibler
John J. Schibler teaches management and organizational behavior at the graduate and undergraduate level at Providence College.
As an educator and seasoned practitioner with extensive experience in accounting, finance and operations, John has held roles as C-suite executive, Big 4 audit partner, and health care consultant specializing in financial and operational improvement. This diversified experience complements his academic interests in management and organizational behavior.
Jeffrey Silcox joined Hallam-ICS in 1997 after spending 12 years serving industrial process clients as a construction engineer and project manager.
As a Hallam-ICS Southern New England Regional Manager he oversees all engineering, commissioning and controls systems integration work in the Southern New England Region. He is a committee member of St. Mary’s Buildings & Grounds Committee. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.
Dolores L. Zompa
Dolores Zompa, a Human Resource Professional with 35 years of broad based, multi-industry experience including non-profit, healthcare, for-profit employee-owned, and manufacturing.
Dolores is the owner of DZ Consulting and works collaboratively within a team environment to provide progressive HR solutions to partnering companies. DZ Consulting Services provides on-site HR support services tailored to meet the organization’s needs and culture in the areas of recruiting, policy development, employee relations, benefit analysis and compensation. The breadth of her experience comes from Vector Healthsystems, a Healthcare Shared Service Organization, where she spent over 30 years as the Director of Human Resources for both Vector Healthsystems and The Rhode Island Blood Center.
Dolores has a BS in Office Administration from Bryant University. She is a member of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management), and has been an active volunteer for over eight years with The Tomorrow Fund.