Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it. Remember, you don’t live in a world all of your own.
— Albert Schweitzer

Message from the Chair

Every day at Southern RI Volunteers, we see the difference our volunteers are making for hundreds of neighbors across southern Rhode Island!  Whether it is driving a retired veteran to his doctor’s appointments, or delivering a daily meal with a smile and friendly greeting to an elderly couple, or mentoring a second grader, or something else in the wide range of the other service opportunities our volunteers take on, it is obvious that we belong to a community of individuals who want to help each other.  I am continually inspired to see the commitment and enthusiasm of our diverse group of over 600 volunteers who are always willing to meet the needs and challenges of our neighbors and our non-profit organizations in Washington County.

Whether you are one of our dedicated volunteers or a regular financial supporter of our annual appeals and special events, please know you are appreciated! If you are a new visitor to our website, or considering how to get more involved, please know we sincerely invite you to join us! Together we really can, and do, make a difference in the lives of real people each and every day.

Kara J. Scott, Esq.


 Board of Directors Profiles (2017-2018)

  

Adam Coutu, Board Chair

Adam Coutu Southern Rhode Island Volunteers Board Member 2017

Adam received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Rhode Island in 2002.  Adam, a registered pharmacist shares his knowledge through the Community College of Rhode Island where he teaches pharmacology. Adam has a strong passion for community service, earning Volunteer of the Year in 2012 through SRIV for his many contributions to Southern Rhode Island communities and residents. His past volunteer experiences include Habitat for Humanity and as a fundraiser for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s the Jimmy Fund. Adam shares that he loves his community of Rhode Island and hopes to continue his service for many years to come. He is excited and grateful to have an opportunity to be a voice for the greater community on the Board of Directors and to serve as a member of the Development Committee. He feels his “grass roots” volunteer duties are what drive him the most, especially delivering food from pantries, groceries and meals on wheels to elders in need. Adam is a lifelong Rhode Island resident. While he lived in Narragansett for most of the last ten years, he recently moved back to his hometown of Coventry. In addition to volunteering, his other main interests are the outdoors and movies, having worked as an extra on locally filmed productions.   


Donna Anderson, Vice Chair

Donna Anderson Southern Rhode Island Volunteers Board Member 2017

Donna Anderson is the Founder and Executive Director of EnCORE Fitness & Wellness LLC, which is located in the Spindrift Village at Dunn’s Corner in Westerly.  As an entrepreneur, her mission is to develop and implement individualized therapeutic exercise and wellness programming for adults who have difficulty with maintaining an active lifestyle after injury, illness or other lifestyle limitations. Donna completed a Master of Arts in Gerontology in 2014 from the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California.  She also holds a Bachelor and Master of Science from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in Food Science and Nutrition, as well as certifications as a Fitness Instructor (American College of Sport Medicine) and a Medical Exercise Specialist (American Academy of Fitness, Health and Rehabilitation Professionals). Prior to starting her own business, Donna was a pharmaceutical sales specialist for Astra Zeneca, Bausch & Lomb and Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Donna has served on the board for sport, social and philanthropic organizations in Connecticut, and has been an active volunteer throughout her adult life. She currently serves on the membership and program committees for the Westerly Land Trust and is a mentor and advisor for two students in the Westerly school system. She is an avid runner, having completed 37 marathons, enjoys tennis, kayaking and hiking. In her quiet moments, she loves gardening and playing her guitar. She has 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren.  Donna has been a full time resident of Westerly since 2012, and prior to that time resided in Brookfield, Connecticut.


Kristen McLeroy, Secretary

Kristen McLeroy Board of Directors 2017-2018

Kristen was born and raised in Rhode Island. She is a graduate of Excelsior College with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.  She is the Accountant and Financial Analyst of a local bank. She is “mom” to five “Fur babies." Kristen considers herself forever a pursuer of knowledge. As such she embraces new opportunities to learn and grow as a young woman, a professional and a community leader. She enjoys helping others whenever she can and working with a team collaborating to have an even greater impact. One of Kristen’s newest hobbies is beekeeping. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Finance from Boston University. Kristen has played an important role in organizing various fundraisers for organizations such as NKEAPL, The Gloria Gemma Foundation and the RI Veteran’s Home.


Kathy M. Greene, Treasurer

Kathy Greene Southern Rhode Island Volunteers Board Member 2017-2018

Kathy is a resident of Charlestown, RI with a passion for giving back to her community.  Kathy is a Chariho alum.  She has enjoyed careers in the medical field as a phlebotomist and in real estate.  Kathy has been a volunteer with Southern Rhode Island Volunteers since 2012.  She has delivered Meals on Wheels, assisted at food pantries and performed clerical support tasks for multiple nonprofit agencies in Washington County.  Kathy is an avid volunteer providing hours of assistance at locations including The YMCA, South Kingstown, Cross Mills Library, The Committee to Raise Funding for a Handicap Accessible Playground and Flag Gardens in Ninigret Park, Charlestown and The Perryville Grange.  Kathy has been a member of SRIV's events team since 2012.  She enjoys meeting people, socializing, volunteering, and helping others. 


Christina Florio

Christina Florio Board Member 2017-2018

Christina has long been a professional as a business development director. Upon graduating Simmons College in Boston, MA, with a B.A. in International Relations and Third World Sociology, Christina began her career developing international sales and marketing strategies to build American Power Conversion Corporation’s (APCC) international success. She introduced the first back up power supply units to CEOs in Scandanavia and, together with a co-worker, built an international distribution network in northern Europe. Christina signed the company’s first Eastern European client (while the “iron curtain” was still up) as well as the first African account. She assisted in managing the transition of operations from the U.S. to Paris, and went on to penetrate the U.S. Fortune 100 Retail industry for APCC. Christina also developed and managed the company’s corporate travel program as well as corporate events for a number of years. 

Following APCC, Christina transitioned to Boston, MA and created multi-pronged strategies at market research companies to assist Fortune 100 C-level executives make business and IT decisions. She developed relationships with CEOs, COOs, CMOs, CFOs as well as VPs and Directors within the automotive, retail, oil and gas, consumer packaged goods, telecom, and heavy equipment industries. 

After achieving many personal and professional goals, Christina sought a change in her career path which brought her to work with the elderly and with young, special needs students. Christina currently works in education and in healthcare. As a CNA, she has provided countless hours of care to her senior clients, in both facility settings as well as privately. She currently works one-on-one at an elementary school, assisting fourth graders meet academic goals. A passionate caregiver, Christina felt drawn to provide her leadership and professional skills to helping SRIV serve our aging community members. Christina makes her home in Narragansett with her husband Steve.


Zach Johnson

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Zach is a Barrington High graduate and a Rhode Island College grad with a major in Communications and Public Relations.  Zach worked as an intern at Bethel in Beijing, China from September to December of 2008 while still in college.  While interning he taught English and Physical Education to blind orphans ages 3 to 21 years old.  Zach volunteered at SRIV in 2009 before moving to China after his college graduation to join the staff of Bethel working in Development and Marketing for Bethel.  Zach continues a strong connection with Bethel to this day, supporting the Orphanage from his hometown of Barrington, RI now.  When Zach returned to the states, he re-connected with SRIV as he is a passionate community advocate for those in need.  Zach has been writing for SRIV telling the stories of volunteers and service recipients alike.  Zach brings his communications expertise to SRIV's Board of Directors as well as his enthusiasm for service and community.  Zach enjoys athletics such as soccer, tennis, baseball, running and swimming and not to be forgotten, travel whenever possible.


Louise Weaver

Louise Weaver Southern Rhode Island Volunteers Board Member 2017-2018

Louise has been a member of the SRIV volunteer army for over 12 years.  She began her volunteer career in SRIV’s office supporting the hundreds of other volunteers in the field.  She also supports the Museum of Primitive Art & Culture where she is on the Board of Trustees.  Louise is a graduate of Roger Williams University with majors in Social Science and Education.  She was with the travel industry for 32 years as a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines, a travel agent, an instructor of travel, tourism and hospitality and serving in administrative capacities.  Louise enjoys travel, time with family, and volunteering.


Kara J. Scott, Esq.

Kara Scott Southern Rhode Island Volunteers Board Member 2017

Kara is an attorney licensed to practice law in the states of Rhode Island and Florida.  Her career focuses in the field of real estate law; where she is a Partner with the Kenyon Law Firm in Wakefield, Rhode Island. Kara has a long history of service to the community.  She is a past President of the Board of Directors for the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce and is President of the Frosty Drew Memorial Foundation.  Kara furthers the field of law in Rhode Island by Chairing the Washington County Lawyers Association. A proven leader in social service, she volunteers across a variety of community causes.  Kara has volunteered at Providence soup kitchens, at food drives and in addressing elderly and childhood issues.  She is a committed, courageous community organizer.  Kara has served on the Finance & Operations Committee as well as the Treasurer for SRI Volunteers prior to accepting the position of Chair as well as volunteering directly through a number of SRIV outreach programs and projects. Kara is an avid sailor.


Victoria Vona, Honorary Board Member

Victoria Vona Southern Rhode Island Volunteers Honorary Board Member 2017

Victoria Vona moved to Richmond with her husband Michael in 2000.  She is the mother of 4 boys and grandmother of 4 boys.  Victoria is the Tax Collector Clerk for the Town of Richmond.   She is a past-chair of Southern Rhode Island Volunteers and is the treasurer for the Richmond Democratic Town Committee.   She was crowned Mrs. Rhode Island International 2000.  Victoria has volunteered her time to diverse community groups and causes including the Million Mom March, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Boy Scouts of America, Adults of Retarded Citizens, Warwick Shelter for the Homeless, and Bikers for Babies event for the March of Dimes of RI.  Victoria volunteered in the East Greenwich school district as a mentor and in the Warwick school district she lent her talents to the PTO board, events planning & coordination and as a tutor. A member of the Richmond Dog Park committee, Victoria has thrown all of her talents into that effort; the team has seen much success.  An avid community organizer and service volunteer, she has planned many successful events including one of her favorites, the Richmond Country Gardens Tour. Victoria brings those many event planning skills to SRI Volunteer’s Development Committee.  Victoria chairs SRIV’s advisory group. 

Jim Transue, Honorary Board Member

Jim Transue Honorary Board Member

Jim Transue was for many years a reporter and editor for Travel Weekly, a publication for travel agents and travel industry professionals. He also is a former political reporter and congressional aide. He is a long-time volunteer for SRIV and the South County Museum where he sits on the Board of Directors. Him and his cat now live in Saunderstown, RI.