SRIV's Board of Directors
Message from the Chair:
After 6 years of volunteering for Southern RI Volunteers, it is my humble pleasure to be taking over for Kara Scott as chair of the Board of Directors. A huge thank you to Kara for her leadership and continued dedication to the people of Washington County. Her shoes are certainly large and tough one’s to fill!
I continue to be excited and inspired by the work that SRIV does for its neighbors across the southern part of our state, especially the important service to our older population. The services we provide, of course, are not possible without the selfless commitment of our volunteers. There are not enough words for me to use to express my gratitude to our amazing group of people who serve their community.
Also always appreciated and never forgotten are the kind individuals who financially support the organization. The increasing uncertainly of government funding has made your commitment vital to the survival of Southern RI Volunteers. We absolutely cannot keep doing what we do without you!
Thank you! Thank You! Thank You!
- Adam Coutu
Board of Directors Profiles (2017-2018)
Adam Coutu, Board Chair
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, 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 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 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.
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.
From Detroit Michigan Jennye moved to Massachusetts in 1988, and later graduated Emmanuel College with a B.A. in Business. Prior to 2006 Jennye worked in the domestic and international shipping industry as a sales director and later on as a national account manager covering all New England, New York and New Jersey. For Jennye, the transportation industry lacked the meaningfulness she was looking for in a career and decided to change careers. She took on numerous jobs for two years until she found Home Instead Senior Care. Jennye knew that the eldercare field was where she was meant to be. Jennye worked there for three years doing community outreach; 6 years of service in nursing home centers as admissions and marketing; did ample Medicare applications and followed the State programs available to the 62+ community. Jennye have been a volunteer Guardian for over 8 years; annual Alzheimer's Committee Member for the Journey Conference; a member of the Rhode Island Minority Elderly Task Force. Jennye is pleased to be helping families everyday at her current position at a Place for Mom.
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.
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 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 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.