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The Board of Directors of the Providence Village includes:


Jane Adler is an internationally syndicated columnist and syndicated cartoonist. She has also been featured on national television, and is a long time member of the National Speakers Association.
Term expires 2019


Anna Cerutti

Anna has been living in Providence since 1966.Before coming here, she lived in England, where both her children were born.  She has been living here for the past 50 years; she taught Italian at Moses Brown and E.S.L. in the Providence school system.  Anna became interested in volunteering in the past two years, first with the Providence Village and since last fall in the Unitarian Church. She likes both groups very much and often wonders why it took so long to become involved in volunteering. She has never sat on a board before and is looking forward to seeing how it works.

Term expires 2018

Nora Cohen
is a 40 year resident  of Providence.  With a degree in clinical social work and a major in gerontology, she worked in California for the Senior Affairs Commission of Santa Cruz County, Cabrillo  Community College, and the Dept. of Social Service.   On the East Coast, she worked as a crisis/adjustment  counselor with Attleboro School System for many years while having a private practice. 
She continues to work part-time in her practice.  Nora is so happy to be working with the Providence Village community as it brings her back to her earlier work.
Term expires 2018

Anne Connor, Secretary, has served on the Board since May 2015 and is its Fundraising Chair. She volunteers as a Service Coordinator and driver.   She is a former librarian and paralegal who moved from NYC to Rhode Island 27 years ago and to Providence in August 2014.  Anne was appointed to the RI Visitor Center Board (2016) and served as President, Annual Budget Drive co-chair and current Food Pantry volunteer at the First Unitarian Church of Providence.  Anne and husband Sean are enthusiastic Villagers.
Term expires 2019

Deborah Dunning

Deborah believes that living in sustainable communities is the best way for people to be healthy and productive.  For the past 35 years she has worked in positions enabling her to contribute to this goal. As the Executive Director of the Providence Preservation Society, Deborah led creation of a revolving loan fund enabling people with modest incomes to buy the materials needed to fix up their homes. Then she developed educational programs on selecting sustainable building products for the Green Standard. More recently, Deborah founded a software firm offering contractors the ability to efficiently select the materials that support balancing cost and environmental performance. She believes that sustainable communities contribute to the health and well-being of seniors. She served in the initial planning group of the Providence Village and is eager to contribute to its future development.

Term expires 2020


Joe Fisler devoted 34 years to public education, the last 15 as a school superintendent in New York City and northern New Jersey. After 13 years in Williamsburg VA, where he was active in both church and adult education programs, he moved to Providence in 2014.  He is an active member of the First Unitarian Church of Providence and has been serving as a Service Coordinator for Providence Village
Term expires 2019

Suzanne Francis

Over the decades Suzanne’s work life has included jobs in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. After several years at the Pittsburgh (PA) Urban Redevelopment Authority, she helped to found and run two innovative childcare programs in Rochester, MN.  Those experiences led her to the Yale School of Management for an MBA.  After getting her degree she joined Xerox Corporation as part of a start-up team for a new business and later worked for the Xerox Foundation, responsible for funding Community and Women’s Programs.  Suzanne was also a partner for more than 30 years at Schaffer Consulting, a boutique consulting firm based in Stamford, CT.  The firm collaborates with large and small organizations to implement complex changes by helping clients to build internal capabilities, set challenging measurable goals and undertake projects to achieve them.  Suzanne pioneered the application of this approach to the integration of mergers and acquisitions.  Her volunteer work has taken the same approach into population health projects to improve asthma management among elementary school children in New London, CT. She learned about the Providence Village at an early information session, and later joined the Fundraising Committee.  Now that she is retired and an East Sider, she aims to put her experience to work helping the Village prosper.

Term expires 2020

Patrick Mattingly, President, is a physician with over 35 years of healthcare management experience in non-profit and private ventures.  Pat has lived in Providence for 25 years and serves on the Boards of the Southside Community Land Trust and the RI Health Insurance Advisory Council.
Term expires 2019


Jim Maxwell, President Elect, has lived on the East Side since coming to Rhode Island in 1984 to join the staff of the American Mathematical Society as Associate Executive Director. Over time, his responsibilities at the AMS included human resources, meetings and conferences, membership and numerous professional services for members of the US and international mathematical sciences community. Prior to coming to Providence Jim was Associate Professor of Mathematics at Oklahoma State University. Jim retired from the AMS in February of 2014.
Term expires 2020


Tina Miller, Treasurer, is a Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in early childhood disorders.  As a consultant to Becker College in Worcester, MA she created the curriculum for training Speech-Language Assistants.  She has used her MBA from Clark University to manage an Urgent Care Center, Surgi-Center, Cardiology group practice and has established business systems for multiple physician groups in Northeast Connecticut.  As the wife of a Primary Care Physician, she believes the Providence Village is an essential component to the long term health of our elderly population.
Term expires 2018

Cy O’Neil, Past President,  has lived on the East Side for almost thirty years and has spent his career in higher education planning and finance at Boston College. He has been active in the First Unitarian Church of Providence, serving on the Finance and Investment Committee, as wells as having served as Treasurer and as President of the governing board.
Term expires 2018


Bonnie Ryvicker has resided in RI for more than 40 years. She has had a varied professional career which has included teaching kindergarten in New York City, managing a volunteer program in a skilled non profit skilled nursing facility here in RI, coordinating the Jewish Eldercare of RI Program to assisted living and nursing home residents and working with Community VNA and Hospice in Attleboro, MA in community education and marketing. She is enjoying her retirement and the opportunity to volunteer with the Providence Village.
Term expires 2019

Martha Wales

Martha has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston College and was a hospital social worker in the 1980s, providing counseling, and when necessary, setting up inpatient rehabilitation, nursing home, or at-home care.  She later became a Staff Relations Consultant at Harvard. Over the past 24 years, she has been focused on raising her three daughters, the youngest of whom will graduate from high school next year.  She has also been involved with her husband’s work as the Head of School at the Gordon School.  She has been particularly invested in efforts to advance the racial and socioeconomic diversity of the school. Martha has been working with the Providence Village as a volunteer driver, as well as with the Healthcare Advocacy Committee.

Term expires 2020

Phil West is the author of SECRETS & SCANDALS: Reforming Rhode Island, 1986-2006, a first-person history of state government during years he served as state director for Common Cause. A retired pastor, he has helped provide nonprofit human services in several states and countries.
Term expires 2018

Laura Young

In 1973, at age 16, Laura left home for SUNY at Albany, and a degree program, receiving a BA in Sociology in 1977, with a semester break to travel in Colombia. In 1980, after a bit of volunteering (preschool, Albany Association for the Blind), she chose a career in gerontology, which led to BU for a Masters in Social Work and Louis Lowy Certificate of Gerontology.  Eventually, she became interested in counseling and worked for Hallgarth Institute, Bourne, MA, making home visits to elders in the community and working with adolescents in DSS foster care. This led to Family Services of Fall River, providing counseling, consultation in long term care facilities, and eventually supervision. After her marriage in 1989, she opened a private practice on the East Side, and maintained this part-time while raising her two sons. In 2005, Laura decided to seek full-time employment with her children growing up, and applied to the first ad she saw, which was the PACE Organization, newly forming in RI. This led to 10 years on a wild and exciting ride of developing and growing this terrific model of care, nursing home level of care--community-based. Her husband’s illness interrupted this work for 15 months, but she has now returned to work part-time, serving as Social Work Supervisor for 5 MSW staff as well as Behavioral Health liaison, coordinating care with geriatric psychiatrists and counseling staff. Laura volunteers as a Service Coordinator for the Providence Village.

Term expires 2020






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