David M. Reville | president
David Reville is an Investor at Grand Street Capital. He is a former Board Member, and Treasurer of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and was Founding Director of Storycorps, the nation-wide initiative to capture American stories and voices. Prior to Storycorps, David worked at the Brown University Scholarly Technology Group, and Multimedia Lab. He earned a BA from Hamilton College, and an MFA from The Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY.
Joanna Feinberg Miller | secretary
Instructor for School One, Sophia Academy and Wheeler. Joanna, earned her B.A. at Wesleyan University (1986) and her M.A. in English Literature at New York University (1990). She began her high school teaching career in New York City at Prep For Prep and at the Riverdale Country School where she taught English to students in grades 8-12. When she moved to Colorado in 1996 she continued to teach and was the Assistant Director of College Counseling at the independent school, Colorado Academy. Since moving to Rhode Island in 2003, she has continued to teach English and playwriting at The Wheeler School, Sophia Academy and School One. She was instrumental in designing the curriculum for the teen filmmaking class at AS220 in 2012 and 2013, and is planning to lead the Education Committee.
Matt Burriesci | treasurer
Matt is the Executive Director of the Providence Athenaeum. He is the author of Dead White Guys: A Father, his Daughter, and the Great Books of the Western World and Nonprofit, which won the AWP Award for the Novel. He began his career at the Tony Award Winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater, during the theater’s construction of its current home on Navy Pier, and he later served as Executive Director for both the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.
During his tenure at AWP, he helped build the largest literary conference in North America, and he served as a national advocate for literature and the humanities. From 2012-2015, he served as the Director of Advancement and Strategic Partnerships for the NACDS Foundation. In his work as a consultant, he has interviewed dozens of global leaders in healthcare, scientific research, and higher education. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife Erin, and their two children, Violet and Henry.
Margot McIlwain Nishimura | board director
Margot McIlwain Nishimura is the Deputy Director for Collections, Programs and Public Engagement at the Newport Restoration Foundation, a historic preservation organization with over 75 historic houses and three museum properties, founded in 1968 by the philanthropist Doris Duke in Newport, Rhode Island. Trained as a historian of medieval art, Margot started her career as an academic, teaching at the University of Cape Town, Smith College, Mt. Holyoke, Brown University, and the Rhode Island School of Design, and working on exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Getty Museum. She has also worked in administration at RISD, where she helped with strategic planning and accreditation efforts. As Deputy Director from 2011 to 2014 of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, she oversaw their research fellowship program and worked with academic partners on and off campus to develop lecture series, conferences, and other public events. Margot is one of the co-founders of PCFF and lives in Providence with her husband, David Nishimura, and three daughters, ages 12, 15, and 17.
Abbot Stranahan | board director
Chair, The Needmor Fund. Abbot has served as trustee of many non-profit organizations. Working as board chairman of The Needmor Fund, The Peace Development Fund and other philanthropic foundations, public and private, she has worked to establish giving priorities, raise funds, oversee endowments and advocate publicly for the mission and program of these funds. She is also a trustee of The Wheeler School.
Catherine Carr Kelly | board director
Executive Director of Central Square Theater. Catherine has worked in educational settings for over 18 years. She has been creating plays from oral histories for many years, both in the greater Boston area in schools and community settings as well as the co-founding director of the award-winning I Was There Project, an interdisciplinary, arts-based, oral history residency for elementary schools created in partnership with the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities at Brown University. As the founding managing director of the award-winning Women on Top Theater Festival of New Works, running from 2000 to 2007, she oversaw the creation of scores of world premieres and seven commissioned plays. She is Co-Chair of the Central Square Cultural District Commission, as designated by the City of Cambridge and has consulted for theaters and statewide arts councils in strategic planning. She speaks often on the power of collaboration for non-profits at conferences and public forums and is a guest lecturer at Northeastern University, Suffolk University and Boston University.
Andrea Mazie | board director
Andrea Mazie is a managing partner in market research and brand consultancy firm with offices walking distances from the PCFF venues. In that role she’s worked with wide array of media brands from magazines and sports leagues to TV networks all trying to understand and build a stronger connection with their audiences. As a long-time researcher she’s used just about every approach out there to get to know people, explore their worlds and tell their stories – online surveys, digital communities, immersive in-home interviews, group discussions, co-create sessions, etc.
Prior to moving into market research, Andrea earned a Masters in Public Policy and worked with foundations, community collaborations, government agencies, non-profits and for-profits on understanding and addressing issues including early childhood education, juvenile mental health, home visitation programs, homeless services, financial literacy, youth development and cultural competency. These projects entailed program design, simple,entertain and evaluation, grant writing, facilitation and evaluation.
Personally, Andrea is the mother of 2 Providence public school students at Vartan Gregorian Elementary School.
Felice Ramella | board director
Felice comes to Providence via New York City where she was a bakery production executive specializing in research and development, production and quality systems. As head chef and baker at TriBakery, a Drew Neiporent-Robert DeNiro partnership her bread was served at many of the finest restaurants in New York City including Lespinasse, Windows on the World, the Rainbow Room, and Le Cirque 2000; and at retail stores including Dean and DeLuca, Citarella, and Balducci’s. In addition to her boutique baking experiences, she served as Director of Research and Development and Quality Systems at Ecce Panis where she developed a line of par-baked frozen products for national shopping market chains including A&P, Stop&Shop, Hannaford and Krogers. As an executive manager and consultant, she has designed assessment tools for evaluating problems and effecting solutions involving the development, marketing, and sales of culinary products. She has led strategic and organizational change efforts for individual businesses and for divisions with-in larger organizations Working hand-in-hand with sales and marketing professionals, Felice has been a spokesperson for individual-owned bakeries to national corporations owned by venture capitalist investment groups.
Her not-for-profit work includes serving as the Director of Food Service Operations and Programs for the Women’s Housing and Economic Corporation, a welfare to work training program in the South Bronx, NY. She also served on the Advisory Councils for both the Professional Bread Baking Program at the French Culinary Institute and the New York State Department of Employment’s Food Industry Council. Additionally, she has worked for the James Beard Foundation.
Felice received a B.A with in sociology from Columbia University where she graduated with honors. She did graduate work in socio-medical studies at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. Felice was awarded a Grand Diploma from the French Culinary Institute and a Wine Captain Diploma from the Sommelier Society of America. She has studied at the American Institute of Baking in Kansas; the San Fransisco Baking Institute in California; and the Ecole Française de Boulangerie d’Aurillac in France.