RIC alumni award winners, honor roll and student scholarship recipients to be recognized at Alumni Awards Dinner, May 10

The RIC Alumni Honor Roll Awards are presented each May to graduates whose personal and professional achievements and services bring honor upon themselves and the college.

This year, in addition to the Alumni Awards, seven outstanding students will be recognized with a $1,000 scholarship provided by Rhode Island College’s Alumni Association.

Six alumni award winners and seven honor roll recipients will be honored at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Donovan Dining Center. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. The dinner and awards presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m. Cost is $40. For more information, call (401) 456-8086.

2012 Alumni Award Winners:

Deloris Davis Grant
2012 Alumna of the Year
Deloris Davis Grant '88, M'94

English Language Arts and Drama Teacher
Central Falls High School

Deloris Davis Grant is renowned as one of the finest teachers, advisors and mentors in her profession. She is a graduate of Upward Bound at RIC, and her involvement with that program, as a teacher, tutor and co-founder of the Upward Bound Alumni Scholarship Fund, is emblematic of her personal dedication to the transformative power of education. During her remarkable tenure at Central Falls High School, Deloris has touched the lives of countless students and colleagues. Her expertise has been tapped for numerous education task forces throughout the region, and she has given generously of her time and talent to Rhode Island College over the years.

Victoria Gailliard-Garrick
2012 Charles B. Willard Professional Achievement Award
Victoria Gailliard-Garrick '75

William M. Davies Jr. Career and Technical High School

Victoria Gailliard-Garrick has served as director of William M. Davies High School since 2002. She has made the Davies School a model where superior academic achievement gives students the critical skills to be competitive in their future careers. She is being recognized for her leadership ability, administrative prowess, love for learning and respect for humanity.

Marianne Gouveia Douglas
2012 Alumni Service Award
Marianne Gouveia Douglas '72

Horizon Enterprises, Inc.

Marianne Gouveia Douglas has worked extensively in the fields of education and business. Her seminars, books and programs have provided proven positive strategies to help participants create the lives they want for themselves. She is an award-winning former teacher who was nominated as a hero for the Oprah Winfrey Show for her work with teens and bullying.

Jason L. Blank
2012 Alumni Faculty Award
Jason L. Blank

Associate Professor of Sociology, President of RIC/AFT
Rhode Island College

For over 46 years, Jason L. Blank has mentored and taught legions of students. He demonstrates his love of teaching every time he steps into the classroom. Faculty and staff know and appreciate Jason for the role he plays as president of RIC/AFT Local 1819. His years at Rhode Island College have been devoted to the welfare of students, faculty and the RIC community.

Robert G. Walsh
2012 Alumni Staff Award
Robert G. Walsh

Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Rhode Island College

Robert G. Walsh just celebrated his seventh season as head coach of the men’s basketball team. He has presided over one of the most successful periods in the program’s history. Under his leadership, Rhode Island College has made seven consecutive trips to postseason and six straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament – one of only five teams in the nation to accomplish this feat.

Maria E. Cimini
2012 Young Alumni Award
Maria E. Cimini '02, M'05

SNAP Outreach Coordinator
University of Rhode Island Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free American and State Representative Serving Providence District 7

Maria E. Cimini has served as a member of the RIC Young Alumni Group for several years. A lifelong Rhode Islander, Maria has enjoyed serving her community through neighborhood volunteer activities, political activism and her career as a social worker. She ran a successful campaign for state representative, and on November 2, 2010, was elected to represent District 7 in Providence. Maria works as a research associate at the Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America.

2012 Honor Roll Recipients:

Connie West-O'Connor
Connie West-O’Connor '98
Development Coordinator
Preserve Rhode Island

During her undergraduate years, Connie West-O’Connor worked as assistant curator at the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum in Providence, and in 2009, began working for Preserve Rhode Island – the umbrella organization that administers the Lippitt Museum. She has recently established a link between the Lippitt Museum and Rhode Island College by creating a paid internship for three RIC students each semester to deliver a presentation for the Board of Trustees of the organization.

Lisa Carnevale
Lisa Carnevale '96
The Myranda Group

Lisa Carnevale was recognized as one of 40 under 40 in Providence Business News for 2010-11 for her work as the executive director for Rhode Island Citizens in the Arts. Since taking this position in 2009, group membership has grown by 200 percent. In 2004, she co-founded the Partnership for Creative Industrial Space (PCIS), an organization that aims to strengthen small business creative and industrial communities in Providence.

Julie Lima Boyle
Julie Lima Boyle '94, M'06
English Teacher
Coventry High School

Last fall, Julie Lima Boyle was named Rhode Island’s 2012 Teacher of the Year by Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Education Commissioner Deborah Gist during a ceremony at Coventry High School, where she was presented with a $10,000 scholarship from Johnson & Wales University. Julie has a BA degree in English and political science, and also received her master's degree at the college. She has been credited for using of cutting-edge technology in the classroom in order for her students to express themselves through electronic media. For over 13 years, she has taught at Coventry High School. She is also the English curriculum coordinator.

Ross McCurdy
Ross McCurdy '98, M'02
Chemistry Teacher
Ponaganset High School

In 2002, Ross McCurdy brought a small hydrogen fuel cell to RIC’s Physical Sciences Department, a device that converts chemical energy to electrical energy. As the project grew, he obtained grant funds to purchase a fuel cell powerful enough to supply the electricity to power amplifiers for the rock band Protium with McCurdy on bass guitar. Under his guidance, Ponaganset High received $100,000 to develop a Model T Roadster powered by fuel cell technology, and $1 million from the Department of Defense to convert the school’s energy demands to low-emission alternative sources.

Mary Cravenho MacIntosh
Mary Cravenho MacIntosh '91
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island

Mary Cravenho MacIntosh has served as vice president and chief financial officer at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island since 2009. She is responsible for overseeing patient financial services, health information systems, materials management and other various information services. She received the Follmer Bronze Award from the Healthcare Financial Management Association in 2007 and 2008, and is currently an adjunct marketing professor at Bryant University.

Marilyn Walsh
Marilyn Walsh '75
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Care New England Health System

Prior to assuming her current title with Care New England in 2006, Marilyn Walsh served as the company’s vice president for employee and labor relations. She also held the title of senior vice president for Clinical Resource Development for Women & Infants Hospital, where she began her career as a registered nurse in 1975. Marilyn is a management trustee on the New England Healthcare Employees Health and Welfare and Pension funds, and also sits on several other boards, including the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Hospital Association.

Jeffrey Schwartz
Jeffrey Schwartz '04
Human Service Coordinator
Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

Jeffrey Schwartz has been a self-employed licensed independent clinical social worker/therapist since 2006. Faculty members at RIC’s School of Social Work have been impressed with his work and commitment to social justice on behalf of his clients. He has worked extensively with children and adolescents who have faced trauma, and has served as a mentor and field instructor for RIC social work students.

2012 Student Scholarship Recipients:

Michael Gravel '13

Cranston, R.I.

Jennifer Petracca '13
Cranston, R.I.

Philip Johnston '13
Newport, R.I.

Brittany Richer '13
Woonsocket, R.I.

Robert Santurri '13
Cranston, R.I.

Michelle Tenaglia '13
Cranston, R.I.

Karen Smith '13
Bristol. R.I.

2012 Alumni Awards Committee:


Mariam Boyajian '70 '72

Erin Plaziak '93

Committee Members

Jason Anthony '99, '05

Alan Chille '82

Kristen Dean '92

Walter Musto '00

Mark Paolucci '85

Mathies Santos '82

Judith Spremulli '03