New Trustees and Corporation Members Installed at Providence Public Library’s 2016 Annual Meeting

Providence Public Library held its 2016 Annual Meeting in February. In formal proceedings, new members of the Board of Trustees and Corporation were elected and officers were installed as follows: Robert K. Taylor, Esq., Chair; William S. Simmons, Vice Chair Joan M. Caine, Treasurer; Elizabeth Debs, Secretary.

The following new members were elected to the PPL Board of Trustees:

Mary Ellen Boyle

Mary Ellen Boyle has just completed five years in academic administration at Clark University, most recently as Dean of the College and Associate Provost. She is currently on sabbatical, researching liberal education in settings outside of North America. She is on the Fulbright Specialist Program roster, which will allow her to offer consulting to universities abroad over the next five years.  Boyle received an MBA and PhD in sociology from Boston College, and a BA in American Studies from Yale. Her research expertise is in organizational and social change, especially with regard to the role played by liberal education, corporate citizenship, university-community partnerships, and the arts. She has taught courses on sustainable economic development, corporate social responsibility, ethics, entrepreneurship, leadership, cross-cultural management, education, women and work. Prior to her time in academia, she worked in financial services, as a high school English teacher and as an educational specialist for city, state, and national agencies. She has served on the Worcester Cultural Commission, the Board of Directors of the Olneyville Housing Corporation, and volunteered at numerous community organizations.

Maia Farish

Maia Farish is a very busy volunteer and serves on various committees and boards in Rhode Island. She is currently a Trustee on the Boards of Grow Smart Rhode Island, the Herreshoff Marine Museum, and the Newport Restoration Foundation. She serves on the Advocacy Committee of Preserve Rhode Island, the statewide advocate for Rhode Island’s historic places. Farish is also a member of the Roger Williams University (RWU) Community Partnerships Center (CPC), which provides project- and curriculum-based assistance to nonprofit organizations, government agencies and low- and moderate-income communities in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. She is also on the leadership team for the statewide coalition led by Grow Smart RI and Preserve RI that advocates for the Historic Tax Credit (HTC) and other historic preservation-related policy, smart growth, and community-revitalization issues.

Photo Caption: (l-r) New PPL Trustees installed in February included John Renza, Mary Ellen Boyle, Joe Pari, Maia Farish and Guy Lombardo.

Joe Pari

Joe Pari was elected to PPL’s Corporation in 2015. He is co-founder of TEN31 Productions.  A business owner, visual artist and costume designer residing in Providence, he graduated from Rhode Island College in 1994 with a degree in Psychology and followed his interest in mental healthcare, working for nearly a decade as a social worker. In 2000, along with Eric Auger, co-founder of TEN31, Pari began performing as a living Gargoyle statue at Waterfire.  It was from these early performances that an idea for a company and new career path into the arts was realized. Currently, he enjoys speaking engagements and guest lecturer opportunities at businesses and academic institutions to share his experience with others. Through his talks on the creative process, he hopes to encourage and inspire others to explore various interests as well as their own creative talents. Joe has used his talents and his company to make a lasting impression at many PPL special events.

John Renza

John Renza was elected to the PPL Corporation in 2015. He currently works at The Washington Trust Company as Vice President and Wealth Management Planning Officer. He is responsible for developing relationships for the corporation’s wealth management division in Providence, R.I.  Renza has more than 14 years of financial advising experience and is currently an elected member of the University of the Massachusetts Law Board of Alumni Association, chair of the newly formed Lumiere Society at PPL and a member of the Estate Planning Council of Rhode Island. He also serves an adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Rhode Island where he teaches Personal Finance.

Guy Lombardo

Guy Lombardo is originally from the Broadway/Federal Hill neighborhood of Providence and a graduate of Classical High School and Brown University in 1962. Beginning his career as a research physicist, he has succeeded in a series of business and financial endeavors, most recently in venture capital from his Boston office. Lombardo has been active in alumni leadership both at Classical and at Brown University and is particularly devoted to and knowledgeable about libraries. He is active in alumni leadership at Brown, and supportive in many ways to its academic programs, including a book fund for the Library materials in the Humanities, and endowing a professorship in the Humanities. Lombardo joined the PPL Foundation Board in 2014.

The following were installed as new PPL Corporation members:

Alan Wong

Alan Wong is an attorney in the Business and Finance Department at Kleinbard LLC.  He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on middle market businesses; corporate finance; venture capital investments; joint ventures; and general corporate matters. He represents clients across a wide variety of industries, including the telecommunications, electronic security, technology, healthcare and manufacturing industries.  Prior to joining the firm, Alan was a member of the Corporate and Securities Department of Dechert LLP.  He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and the College of William and Mary. Wong will serve on the Finance Committee.

William A. Maloney

William Maloney, is the owner of Maloney Associates, in Warwick, RI. He has been providing clients with insurance, investment and money management services since 1975. He is the past President of the Summer Arts and Festival Organization in East Greenwich and past member of the RI Foundations, Professional Advisors Group, and St. Elizabeth’s Home Pension Committee. Maloney resides in East Greenwich with his wife, Marcia Clayton. Maloney will serve on the PPL Pension Committee.

Mark Dingley

Mark Dingley is the deputy treasurer/special counsel for the Office of the Rhode Island General Treasurer. At the treasurer’s office, Mr. Dingley oversees the retirement division, the state’s debt and financing activities, and legal matters within the office. He previously worked as general counsel and senior executive in the private sector, garnering domestic and international experience in the management of legal and business services for public and private companies. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, and later received a JD from Cornell University Law School, graduating cum laude, and an LLM in Taxation from Boston University Law School. Dingley will serve on the PPL Pension Committee.

Robert Kent

Robert Kent  is senior vice president and commercial banking team leader, of Washington Trust Bank. He is responsible for leading the Providence-based commercial lending team, as well as oversight and continued development of the credit underwriting staff. Kent has over 27 years of commercial lending, credit underwriting, loan recovery and financial analysis experience most recently with Citizens Financial Group. He holds a B.S from Northeastern University. Bob serves as Board President of both the RI Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs and the Woonsocket Boys and Girls Club. He and his family live in Franklin, Mass. Kent will serve on PPL's Finance Committee.

Bryan Leet

Bryan Leet is currently a Manager, Asset Management Finance at Ameriprise Financial, Boston, Mass.  With a primary focus in the Financial Services industry, Leet has more than a decade of varied experiences in finance, analytics, and accounting. He holds a B.A. from Boston University and an MBA in Finance from Providence College.  He will serve on PPL’s Finance Committee.

The following were elected to the PPL Board as Trustee Emeritus:

Dr. Charles J. McDonald

Dr. Charles McDonald has been a member of the PPL Corporation since 1979. Dr. McDonald served as Secretary of the Board of Trustees from 1991-96 and as Chairman of the Nominating Committee from 1991-96.  He and his wife Maureen continue their support of the Library with committee and event involvement.

Howard E. Walker

Howard E. Walker served as a member of the PPL Corporation since 1977, becoming a PPL Board Trustee in 1978 and serving continuously in many capacities over nearly 40 years on the executive board and numerous committees, including as President of the Board from 1987 – 1992. Walker passed in 2015 and has been named posthumously as Trustee Emeritus.