SRIV's BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Message from the Chair:
I remember clearly my first volunteer experience with SRIV. I was delivering groceries from a food pantry to our homebound seniors. At one of the homes I visited that day, I knocked on the door and an 85-year old woman opened it. When she saw the bags of food I was carrying, it brought her to tears, as she had almost no food at the time.
I immediately saw the profound impact of what we do as an organization, and I was hooked! I soon became more involved, volunteering in other service programs and at several community events.
Entering my 5th year with SRIV, I’m blessed and honored to lead an organization providing assistance to so many people, in so many ways. I commend our dedicated volunteers and their years of service to all our community programs. I also thank those who financially support our organization and our mission. Without our dedicated volunteers and such generous financial support, we could not do all we do.
Board of Directors Profiles (2019-2020)
Robert Vescovi, Jr., Board Chair
Bob obtained his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut in 1990 with a major in Health Systems Management. He furthered his education with an MBA from Tulane University in 1997. Bob spent 15 years in private industry, finance and healthcare consulting. While employed in Louisiana, he was licensed as a nursing facility administrator. He went on to spend 10 years in federal law enforcement. Bob is currently self-employed as a consultant. He is also focused on public service opportunities, fills his time with SRIV as our Board Secretary, and is in service to some of our partner agencies, including North Kingstown’s FISH (Friends in Service to Humanity) where he provides transportation for senior citizens, North Kingstown Food Pantry where he delivers food to home bound seniors, and the Beechwood Senior Life Enrichment Center in various capacities. Bob enjoys working events with his friends he has made through SRIV, supporting his church and traveling.
Louise Weaver, Vice Chair
Louise has been volunteering with SRIV 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 worked in the travel industry for 32 years as a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines, a travel agent, an instructor of travel, tourism and hospitality, and she served in administrative capacities. Louise enjoys traveling, spending time with family and volunteering.
Eileen Kelly, Treasurer
Eileen began volunteering with Southern Rhode Island Volunteers in 2016. She worked in the office helping with clerical work two times a week. Before her volunteer career, Eileen worked at Kenyon Industries for 41 years before retiring in 2013. During her tenure with Kenyon, Eileen worked in various positions including Office Manager supporting the thriving textile operation. Eileen is a committed volunteer at SRIV concerned about supporting elders with independence in our rural region. Eileen volunteers because she likes the interaction with the clients and volunteers and at the end of the day she feels as though she has helped someone else have a better day. Eileen enjoys travel, spending time with family and friends and giving back to the community and state she calls home.
Adam received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Rhode Island in 2002. Adam, a licensed pharmacist, shares his knowledge through the Community College of Rhode Island and the University of Rhode Island, where he teaches pharmacy technicians and pharmacy students. Adam has a strong passion for community service, and earned Volunteer of the Year in 2012 through SRIV for his many contributions to Southern Rhode Island communities and residents. His past volunteer experiences include working with Habitat for Humanity and fundraising for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s The Jimmy Fund. Adam shares that he loves his Rhode Island community 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, Coventry. In addition to volunteering, his other interests include the outdoors and movies, having worked as an extra on locally filmed productions.
Barbara joined Southern Rhode Island Volunteers in 2005 to assist with emergency shelter operations. She has been an educator for over 40 years which has given her the experience to work with large groups of children and adults. She has worked to set up the shelters during hurricanes or blizzards in Rhode Island to accommodate the needs of our neighbors in need. Barbara joined the board of directors in November and brings infectious spirit to all of SRIV’s meetings and events.
Victoria Vona, Honorary Board Member
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 SRIV 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, where she lent her talents to the PTO board, planning and coordinating events. As a member of the Richmond Dog Park committee, Victoria has thrown all of her talents into that effort; the team has seen much success. As 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 event planning skills to SRIV's Development Committee. Victoria chairs SRIV’s advisory group.
Jim Transue, Honorary Board Member
Jim Transue was a reporter and editor for Travel Weekly, a publication for travel agents and travel industry professionals, for many years. He is also 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. He and his cat now live in Saunderstown.