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RIC Foundation slate of officers, directors announced


John J. Smith Jr.

Pierrette Kelly

Mary Cappelli

A. Timothy Sullivan

Patricia Ross Maciel

J. L. “Lynn” Singleton

Robert P. Suglia
The Rhode Island College Foundation, which strives to obtain private and public support to enhance the college's continued tradition of educational excellence, has announced its 2011-12 officers and directors slate.


Foundation Officers
John J. Smith Jr. ’63 President

John Smith is a graduate of Rhode Island College, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1963 and a master’s degree in 1967. He followed the example of his mother, Anna Veronica (Keefe) Smith who graduated from the college in 1933 and received her master’s degree with her son in 1967. Smith is a retired principal from the Cumberland School System and has recently served as a substitute principal in Coventry. He has served the Foundation as a trustee, director, secretary and vice president, and is completing his first year as president.


Pierrette Kelly ’72 Vice President
Pierrette Kelly has over 35 years of executive and management experience in sales, marketing, human resources, manufacturing, engineering and technology. Most recently, she served as vice president and general manager of CVS.com for seven years, with full P&L responsibility for this subsidiary of CVS Caremark. Kelly spent 17 years with Digital Equipment Corporation and almost 10 years in the contract manufacturing and engineering services industry. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from RIC, a Master of Arts degree from American International College and completed advanced graduate studies at Columbia University and the Aspen Institute. She sits on the Board of Directors for Advizex Technologies LLC, a $150 million technology business headquartered in Burlington, Mass., where she also chairs the Compensation and Development Committee.


Mary Cappelli ’54 Secretary
Mary Cappelli is a graduate of RIC receiving her bachelor’s degree in 1954 in elementary education and a master’s degree in administration in 1964. She taught in the Providence public school system as a kindergarten teacher for 15 years and was an assistant head at an independent school in Philadelphia. She also served as a development manager at Roger Williams Medical Center. Cappelli has been a member of the Foundation for many years, serving in various capacities.


A. Timothy Sullivan ’78 Treasurer
Tim Sullivan received a bachelor’s degree in managerial economics from RIC in 1978 and an MBA from the University of Phoenix in 1996. In 2010, he retired after a 30-year career with PepsiCo in the USA, UK and EU, as director of Integrated Supply Chain Applications. Sullivan was elected to the Foundation Board of Directors in 2010 and has served on the Audit Committee and Bylaws Committee. In April, he received the 2011 Alumnus of the Year Award from the RIC Alumni Association. He serves on Runa LLC’s Advisory Board and is a Director at the Runa Foundation.


Foundation Directors
Patricia Ross Maciel ’61

Pat Maciel received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1961 and a master’s degree in teaching in 1976 from RIC. In her career, Maciel has been an adjunct instructor for the Outreach Programs at RIC, director of annual giving and special events at St. Joseph Health Services and director of development and public relations for IN-SIGHT Programs in Productive Living for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons. An active volunteer at RIC, Maciel has also served the RIC Alumni Association in numerous positions (including president), has previously served as president and secretary to the Foundation Board of Directors and was chair, representing the alumni constituency for RIC’s 150th Anniversary Celebration/Capital Campaign.


J. L. “Lynn” Singleton HD ’01
J.L. “Lynn” Singleton of Chepachet is president of the Providence Performing Arts Center, a position he has held for 28 years. His association with RIC began in 1975 when he joined the college as director of student activities and Student Union. Singleton was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree by RIC in 2001, and was appointed as a director to fill a one-year vacancy, on the Foundation Board in 2010.


Robert P. Suglia ’78
Bob Suglia is senior vice president and general counsel at Amica Mutual Insurance Company. He began his insurance career in the legal department of MetLife Auto & Home in 1989 and joined Amica in 1994 as counsel. He was elected to his current position in February 2006. Suglia completed his undergraduate studies at RIC, earning a BA in 1978. He obtained his law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1981. Suglia continued his insurance education after joining the industry, and obtained the CPCU designation in 1994, and the CLU designation in 1999. In 2005 he completed the Leadership Rhode Island program.


Founded in 1965, the RIC Foundation invests or holds funds and properties entrusted to it for the benefit of the college. It is led by James G. Salmo, executive director, and is comprised of officers, directors, and trustees who are responsible for the business of the Foundation.