2019 – 2020 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.
Stacie Collier, Vice President
Stacie Collier is a member of Nixon Peabody’s Labor & Employment group. She also serves as the firm’s Professional Personnel partner. She exclusively represents management in the resolution of employment-related disputes before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.
Stacey’s overall goal is to help clients foster positive employee relations and keep them out of litigation in the first place. She has provided strategic advice and counsel work focusing on a preventative approach for well over 20 years, including fielding client questions, reviewing policies and drafting employment agreements. Stacie has also have provided thousands of hours of managerial and employee training nationally on myriad topics, including harassment prevention, diversity and inclusion, accommodation and managing leaves and supervisory skills.
Scott Avedisian, Treasurer
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.
Harry Hanoian, Assistant Treasurer
As Managing Director, Harry Hanoian is the founding member of the Hecht-Hanoian-Tuthill Private Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. For more than 35 years he has been committed to building deep relationships with clients based upon trust and accountability.
Combining his wisdom and experience, Harry and his team craft investment strategies that align clients’ values with their investments to accomplish their financial goals. From helping retirees plan a secure and dignified retirement to positioning an organization to meet their spending requirements and commitments, Harry strives to achieve the right balance of risk and return that brings confidence.
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 is currently a member of the firm’s Premier Advisor Program and Director’s Council. The Premier Advisors distinction is held by a select group of Financial Advisors within Wells Fargo Advisors as measured by completion of education components, business production and professionalism. Additional criteria, including length of service, may also be used to determine recipients. Harry is also a five-time recipient (years 2013 – 2017) of the Five Star Wealth Manager Award, achieved by individuals who provide exceptional service based on research with peers, firms, consumers and regulatory sources.
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 recently celebrated as Tocqueveille 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.
2019 – 2020 Board of Directors
Mr. Lombari retired as the President of RI Carbide.
John Lombari has served on Board since 2008 and is currently a member of the Executive Committee.
James V. Paolino, Chair, Development Committee
Jim Paolino, Esq. is the founder of Res/Title, a Title and Settlement Company.
Since 1994, Jim has successfully grown his company from a small office in Mansfield, MA to a nationwide agency.
Jim holds his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and is a Boston College alumnus. Prior to Res/Title’s launch, he practiced law as a Partner with Wallick & Paolino for ten years. Jim is a member of the Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut bar. He is also a title agent in approximately thirty (30) states.
Jim proudly serves on the Board for St Mary’s Home for Children. He is the Chair of the Board’s development committee, and has made SMHFC the flagship charity of Res/Title. Jim has spent the last 6 years helping to market and grow donors for St. Mary’s throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
In his relaxation time, Jim is an avid boater and enjoys spending the summer months on the New England waters.
John J. Schibler, Ph.D.
John J. Schibler is a Practitioner Faculty in Management at Providence College School of Business and also serves as the Assistant Chair of the Management Department.
His teaching areas of focus are Organizational Behavior and
International Management. He currently teaches various management courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Dr. Schibler has over 45 years of business experience in various senior level positions. He was previously a partner at Ernst and Young, coming to Rhode Island as CFO of Rhode Island Hospital and then Lifespan. He also served as a Managing
Director at FTI Healthcare focused on operational improvement and financial restructuring for hospitals and healthcare systems. He continues to consult on strategy and other organizational matters for healthcare organizations. Throughout his business career he has been involved in mentoring and developing middle- and senior-level managers.
Dr. Schibler holds a Ph.D. in Management with a focus on organizational behavior from the University of Rhode Island, where he also received his MBA. He earned his Bachelors in Business Administration in accounting from Kent State University
Jeffrey P. Cascione
Jeffrey P. Cascione is a Vice President - Commercial Lending at Navigant Credit Union, where he is responsible for the oversight of all loan underwriting and approval recommendations, and for the day-to-day management of its commercial loan portfolio.
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.
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.
Dr. Wayne Brown
Dr. Wayne Brown is Vice President for Information Technology Emeritus at Excelsior College and Founder of the Center for Higher Education CIO Studies (CHECS), a nonprofit organization focused on contributing to the education and development of higher education CIOs.
Wayne is a retired US Air Force officer and has been a CIO since the mid-1990s in five different organizations. He has been recognized as a distinguished alumni by Nova Southeastern University and as the leader of an IT department which won Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work and top 10 digitally-savvy community colleges
He holds a Ph.D. in Computing Technology in Education from Nova Southeastern University. His research interests include CIO effectiveness, technology leadership and CISOs in higher education. His longitudinal research has been published in Chronicle for Higher Education, Information Week, CIO, Inside Higher Ed, Public CIO, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, League of Innovation in the Community College, Gartner, EDUCAUSE Review, CIO, and Campus Technology.
Maureen Canner, Ed.S
Maureen Canner has been in the field of education for many years, beginning her teaching career as a fifth grade teacher at the Gilbert Stuart School in Providence.
Maureen currently serves as the Associate Director of South Coast Educational Collaborative in Swansea, Ma. and works with teams of educators to provide intensive education programs and services for students with disabilities as well as professional development opportunities for general and special education teachers and administrators.
Residing in Attleboro, Ma. with her husband, Edward, she has been involved in various community and civic organizations. She currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Attleboro Public Library and is a member of the Development Committee of the Congregation Agudas Achim Synagogue.
She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Boston University, a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Rhode Island College and an Ed.S in Special Education Administration from Simmons College.
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.
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.
Ray Steele has an extensive background in information technology.
Mr. Steele became a member of the Board in 2013. He serves on the PQI committee.