Debra Tanner - Executive Director
Graduate of Chariho High School and Gibbs College, Deb grew up in Charlestown, RI and after living in Washington State for a short time, returned home to RI and settled in West Kingston with her family. Deb's background took her from legal secretary for partners at two large Providence law firms early in her career, to Assistant Human Resources Director for Cranston General Hospital Osteopathic. After the birth of her daughter, Deb took a leave to raise her three children and returned to the workforce in the late 1990s as the Development Director for South County Community Action. After 3 years of successful event planning, appeals, and grant-writing at the CAP agency, Deb was approached in 2000 about the Executive Director position at Southern Rhode Island Volunteers. SRIV was then known as Seniors Helping Others. On October 1, 2000 Deb began her tenure with SHO as its third Executive Director and fifth Director overall. In the last decade, Deb has led SRIV through many changes, challenges and opportunities and looks forward to the continued work of service, growth, and succession planning that will carry SRIV well into the future.
Lindsay Tanner - Program Volunteer Coordinator
Lindsay Tanner graduated from South Kingstown High School in 2009. A student at CCRI, she has taken a brief leave awaiting classes needed for her major. She has been a volunteer at SRIV since she was 11 years old and has a broad knowledge of SRIV, volunteerism and the county. She enjoys assisting individuals in meeting their volunteer goals.
Mary Ann Lord - Wakefield Office Customer Service
Graduated from UConn with a MS in Education, and taught elementary school in the Groton, Connecticut school district for 36 years. Mary Ann has lived in RI for 35 years with her family. She has three grown children and one granddaughter. Mary Ann enjoys cooking, traveling and gardening. Mary Ann provides customer service at SRIV's smaller office in Wakefield to accommodate clients of SRIV's Independent Aging Program and seniors wishing to volunteer.
Michele Proulx - Administrative Assistant
Since July 1st, we've been delighted to have Michele Proulx as our part-time Administrative Assistant in the Charlestown office. After over ten years of banking experience, Michele was looking for a way to be involved with giving back to the community. A Google search brought her to SRIV where she has been a dedicated volunteer for more than three years coordinating medical transport and Jonnycake grocery delivery requests. Michele lives in Coventry with her husband and daughter.
Jennifer Davis - Communications and Marketing Intern
Jen is new to SRIV and has joined us to manage the website and assist with social media. She graduated from Roger Williams University with a BA in History and a concentration in Biology. Currently, she works as a guide at Rough Point (Doris Duke's mansion in Newport, RI).