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RIC announces new Foundation officers and board members

Newly elected officers and board members of the Rhode Island College Foundation were named at the Foundation’s annual meeting on June 24, with terms of office that began July 1.


The new executive officers:

President - John Fitta
RIC Assoc. Vice President Emeritus for Finance and Controller

Vice President - John J. Smith, Jr. ‘63
Retired Cumberland Schools Administrator/Principal

Treasurer - Rhonda Warrener ‘89
Financial Advisor for UBS Financial Services
2009 RIC Alumna of the Year

Secretary - Richard Olsen
RIC Professor Emeritus, Adams Library


The new board members:

George Cavallo
Executive Senior Vice President
Gilbane Building Company

Frank Champi
Partner, Lefkowitz, Garfinkel, Champi & DeRienzo
Past Director of RIC Foundation

Louis Marciano ‘60
Retired Rhode Island Department of Health Consultant
Past Rhode Island College Foundation Officer
Past Foundation Board of Directors
2005 Alumni Service Award Recipient


The new trustees:

Joan Assante
Assistant Vice President
Amica Mutual Insurance

Mary Cappelli ‘54
Retired Providence Teacher
RIC Homecoming Committee
Presidential Inauguration Committee

William Fazioli ‘86
Senior Vice President, First Southwest Company
RIC Alumni Association - Treasurer
2004 RIC Alumni Honor Roll Recipient - Political Science/Public Administration

M. Elaine Rahill ‘54
Retired Director, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island

Allan Shine
Attorney/Partner, Winograd, Shine and Zacks

John Taylor, Jr. ‘88
President/CEO, GameLogic Inc.
1996 RIC Alumni Honor Roll Recipient - Management

Erik Wallin ‘92
Attorney/CEO, Law Office of Erik B. Wallin, Esq.

Charles Wilkes ‘64
Retired CCRI Professor/Teacher, Cranston Public School teacher
2006 RIC Alumnus of the Year
1991 Inductee - RIC Athletic Hall of Fame


Foundation president John Fitta said that the Foundation needs to concentrate on immediate financial relief for the college. “We need to redirect our fundraising efforts to be less long term and provide the resources needed now,” Fitta said.


Established in 1854, Rhode Island College is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state.

The Rhode Island College Foundation, founded in 1965, exists for the purpose of obtaining private and public support to enhance the college’s continued tradition of educational excellence. The Foundation invests or holds funds and properties entrusted to it for the benefit of the college.