Providence board of directors
Local community and business leaders work together to advance our mission to ensure public schools are places all students can thrive.
Mr. Viens joined Bain Capital in 2005. He is a Managing Director, Chairman of the Risk & Oversight Committee, and a Valuation Committee member. In his capacity as the Global Head of Operations, Mr. Viens is responsible for leading the strategy and infrastructure supporting trade allocation and settlement, data management, reconciliation, document management, valuation and investor relations operations functions for the firm’s Credit, Public Equity and Partnership Strategies businesses.
Previously, Mr. Viens was the Director of Treasury Operations at Investors Bank & Trust where he was responsible for all operations activities related to securities lending, foreign exchange, cash management and MBS portfolio functions. Mr. Viens received his B.A. in Economics from Assumption College. Mr. Veins and his wife Suzanne reside in Mansfield, MA with their son Riley and daughters Reagan and Rowan.
Michael is an experienced private and public sector banker driving the growth of bottom line investments in Rhode Island. He joined Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank in July 2015. He currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director, leading the Infrastructure Bank’s client management and green infrastructure product development business. Prior to joining the Infrastructure Bank, Michael served in the Governor Cuomo administration. Michael served as Senior Advisor in the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery developing infrastructure investment solutions to post-Superstorm Sandy recovery projects In New York, Michael raised over $25 million for investments in local infrastructure across New York. Michael also served as Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation. Michael began his career at and spent eight years at JPMorgan Asset Management, growing from an accounting in its investment management business to Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of four of JPMorgan’s investment products. Michael grew up in central Massachusetts and currently resides in Cranston with his wife Julia, son Elliott and puggle. He is a graduate of Babson College and holds a Master’s of Science in Global Affairs from New York University. He is also a CFA Charterholder. Michael was selected to Providence Business News’ 40 under 40 in 2017.
Carrie Bridges Feliz, MPH, is the director of the Community Health Institute at Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest health system. The Lifespan Community Health Institute aims to improve population health and wellbeing by working to ensure that all people have the opportunity to achieve their optimal state of health through healthy behaviors, healthy relationships, and healthy environments. Carrie has an extensive background in public health, beginning her career as a public health prevention specialist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she concentrated on refugee health, tuberculosis program evaluation, and the prevention of healthcare acquired infections. She also served as the team lead for Health Disparities and Access to Care in the R.I. Department of Health. In that role, she supervised the offices of Minority Health, Women’s Health, Special Health Care Needs, and Primary Care & Rural Health. In addition to her public health experience, Carrie also has experience in education. Most recently, she was the director of strategic partnerships for the Providence Public School Department where she built collaborative relationships between schools, the district, community-based organizations, and national partners to improve students’ academic performance and wellbeing. She also has experience as a classroom teacher in Phoenix, AZ and charter school administrator in Boston, MA. Carrie has earned numerous awards, including the Woman of Achievement Award from the YWCA of Rhode Island, the Women of Excellence Community Award from the Women’s Center of Rhode Island, and a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Service Award. More importantly, she volunteers by serving on local boards – the Rhode Island Free Clinic board of directors, Paul Cuffee School board of trustees, Breakthrough Providence advisory board, and the RI Public Health Institute board of directors, to name a few. These service opportunities, in addition to her profession, reflect and advance Carrie’s purpose, which is to help create the conditions that allow all people to thrive.
David Colli is Vice President--Field Operations for Cox Communications. He is responsible for every aspect of field service operations across the country. In his role he develops strategies to support high quality customer experience and new product deployments. He has been with Cox Communications since 1993. David has a lifelong commitment to service, he credits scouting, his schooling at Norwich University, and military service, (where he earned the rank of captain) for allowing him opportunities to serve his community and his country. David has been a volunteer firefighter his entire adult life. He joined the City Year board in 2014-15.
Michelle is a Vice President and Private Client Manager for U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. In her role she acts as a trusted financial advisor and advocate for clients in all aspects of their wealth management needs. She specializes in strategic credit solutions for residential, commercial, aircraft, yacht, fine art and unsecured loans and lines of credit. Michelle has 29 years of experience in the financial services industry. Her most recent experience before joining U.S. Trust was as a Wealth Management Banking Advisor with Merrill Lynch the full service brokerage division of Bank of America, N.A. in Providence , RI . Her volunteer efforts past and present have focused on both children and community outreach and support. She currently serves as the Vice President on the board for the Boston Coastal Women’s Exchange where she has led women’s development efforts, philanthropic support, and community volunteer events. She has also served as a volunteer for Swim Across America for the last 5 years. Friends Way organization holds a special place in her heart and she trained to become a facilitator for children from ages 10-13 to assist them in dealing with grief and loss. She still serves on an annual basis to chair a picnic for the children and their families which is sponsored by the Boston Coastal Women’s Exchange, Merrill Lynch. She is also a board member of Young Voices and was appointed as part of the development committee in March of 2018. Michelle attended Johnson & Wales University and studied Financial Services Management. She holds her series 7 NASD license and a series 6, 63, & 66. Michelle has a daughter and a grandson and lives in Riverside, RI.
Alan Harlam has been the Director of the Social Innovation Initiative (SII) at Brown’s Swearer Center for Public Service since 2007. He teaches a Social Entrepreneurship course that introduces students to the transformative impact that social entrepreneurs have in society through extensive case analysis and independent projects. He envisioned and created the Social Innovation Fellowship that has supported more than 125 students with the funding, skill development, mentoring and peer community to hone an entrepreneurial idea and test their business model through an immersive summer experience. In addition to these programs, he has served as a key designer for recent strategic initiatives at Brown, including TRI-Lab, a social innovation platform for teaching, research, and impact that brings together students, faculty, and community leaders to study a critical social issue and develop new solutions; and the Program in Engaged Scholarship, which recognizes students who design their studies to fully integrate their learning inside and outside their classroom. Alan has been on the Advisory Board for City Year RI since 2004. He remains inspired by City Year’s leadership around National Service and has witnessed the transformative impact of service on our Corps members. Our current model has made great strides to prove that our unique combination of near peer, students centered, and relationship based supports is having a profound impact on the success of students in Providence and holds great promise as an important ingredient in assuring that the next generation of children can enjoy their rights to an excellent education and a life of opportunity and success. Each time he sees this work in action, he is inspired and recommitted to assure the success of this organization to realize its potential for impact.
Andy Horwitz is a law school professor at Roger Williams University School of Law, where he serves as the Director of Clinical Programs and the Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic. In the Criminal Defense Clinic third year law students represent indigent criminal defendants in Rhode Island District Court and the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal under Andy’s direct supervision. In addition to his clinic duties, Andy has taught criminal law, criminal procedure, advanced criminal procedure, interviewing and counseling, and trial advocacy. Prior to joining the RWU faculty, Andy served as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of New York City. There, he represented indigent defendants in all areas of criminal litigation including jury trials, suppression hearings, parole and probation violation hearings, and plea negotiations. Andy has provided pro bono legal services to a number of local organizations, including the ACLU, the NAACP, DARE, and Operation Stand Down. He presently serves on the Executive Committee of the Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, on the Board of Directors at Open Doors Rhode Island, and on the Advisory Boards of the Transformation Through Education Foundation and City Year Rhode Island. Andy’s service on the Board of Advisors at City Year Rhode Island dates back to 2011, but his connection to City Year dates back to its founding, including attending the very first service day held in Boston. Andy earned his B.A. from Haverford College and his J.D. from New York University School of Law. He lives in Pawtucket with his wife, Alexandra Callam, and his two children. His older child, Daniel, will be a Corps Member at City Year New York in the upcoming academic year.
Randy Martinez has been with CVS Health for 12 ½ years. He serves the company as Director of Strategic Diversity Management where he is responsible for researching, recommending and executing the company’s enterprise Strategic Diversity Management strategy in support of all business operations, which include CVS Caremark, CVS Pharmacy, CVS MinuteClinic, CVS Specialty and CVS Omnicare. He serves as the primary advisor to the VP of Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer and provides strategic advice and counsel to the company’s leadership on diversity management goals and strategies into all business and planning processes and practices. Prior, he worked in Community Relations overseeing its activities within the company's central and eastern retail divisions. In his Community Relations role, he supported a five-year, $25 Million philanthropic initiative designed to support programs for children with disabilities, along with supporting other areas of philanthropic focus, such as programs for the uninsured and underprivileged. He and his former team were responsible for awarding up to $75M annually in philanthropic and corporate contributions through community grants, disaster relief, product donations, two chain-wide annual campaigns (ALS and St. Jude), and an end-of-the year Employee Giving Campaign. Prior to coming to CVS Health, he led and managed national advocacy organizations out of Washington, DC where he started his career. Randy holds a Master of Business Administration from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and a Bachelor of Arts in English from George Mason University.
Kevin currently serves as Regional Sales Director for the Electrification Products division of ABB (formerly GE Industrial Solutions) and has spent the past several years building, developing and leading his commercial and industrial power distribution salesforce. He recently led his team through a transformative business reorganization in addition to an 18-month divestiture process. Kevin leads 18 talented, technical sales engineers focused on driving strategy and growth initiatives to meet and exceed financial operating plans and is passionate about mentoring and coaching his team, both personally and professionally. Kevin and his team also take pride in introducing innovations that are driving progress across industries, infrastructure helping make a greener, safer, more productive, more collaborative and more efficient world. Kevin has been an active community volunteer for the GE Volunteers organization and formerly served as a Big Brother for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Kevin and his wife Caitlyn reside in Saunderstown, RI with their daughter Kennah, age 6 and sons Kevin Jr, age 8 and Collin, age 1. Kevin is an avid golfer who enjoys spending his summer weekends on the beach with his family.
Betsy Shimberg is an Assistant Dean of the College and the Director of Student Development at the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University. In this capacity, she develops and manages the Swearer Center’s co-curricular initiatives to prepare Brown students for effective community engagement. As Assistant Dean, she provides students with an advising support system that promotes rigorous multidisciplinary study and optimizes intellectual opportunities and progress toward an undergraduate degree. In previous roles at the Swearer Center, she managed programs that place Brown students into community engagement opportunities and worked with a team to develop the TRI-Lab, a Brown initiative that leveraged students, faculty, and community practitioners to develop potential solutions to complex social issues. Prior to joining the Swearer Center, Betsy was a policy researcher with RI KIDS COUNT and an independent consultant. She served as the Director of Policy and Planning for Mercer Street Friends, a comprehensive social services non-profit organization in Trenton, NJ. She also worked with several organizations in New York City in the fields of advocacy, research, development and public relations. From 2008-2013, Betsy served as a member of the Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education. In addition to her term on the Regents, Betsy has served on or led multiple non-profit boards including Youth in Action, City Year, the Paul Cuffee Charter School, and Generation Citizen RI, and she has been an active member of the parent associations of her children’s schools.
Brenda joined Neighborhood Health Plan of RI in 2001. She is currently the and is responsible for leading Marketing, Communications, Government Affairs and Community Relations. Additionally, she oversees Neighborhood’s commercial insurance plans offered through HealthSource RI. As part of her work, she served as the Principal Investor of Hablamos Juntos a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant to improve language services for the Latino population in Rhode Island. Prior to joining Neighborhood, Ms. Seagrave-Whittle served as the Covering Kids Hospital Coordinator at St. Joseph Hospital in Providence, RI and the Manager of Social Services at Thundermist in Woonsocket, RI. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Rhode Island College and has been an active member of many organizations and boards. Brenda and her husband Shelly have two children Sarah and Sean, and a new grandson Jack.