Abbot Stranahan | board director
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.
David Moscarelli | board director
David Moscarelli is a science teacher and digital portfolio coordinator at Ponaganset High School in Glocester, RI. David has taught science at the school for over twenty-five years. His teaching has covered a wide range of science courses, including AP environmental science, biomedical innovation, patient care and medical imaging, biology, alternative energy, animal behavior, microbiology, and physical science.
As the digital-portfolio coordinator for the past 15 years, David led the design and implementation of one of the first digital-portfolio graduation requirements in the country. He has held various technology leadership positions at the school over the last 20 years, working with his colleagues on the integration of technology in the classroom. He is currently working on integrating digital profiles of students that are driven by career and academic exploration.
David was named the 2015 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year and spent his year of service as the co-facilitator of the development of the 2020 Vision for Education: Rhode Island’s Strategic Plan for PK-12 & Adult Education.
David graduated with a bachelor’s in education from the University of Rhode Island and holds a master’s degree in biology education from Brown University. He lives in Providence with his wife and two daughters. His passions outside of education and family are exploring nature, growing and cooking great food, and travel.
Dave Feit | secretary
Dave grew up in NYC, earning a BS in Applied Mathematics and an MBA before moving to Providence in 2002. “When I grow up, I want to be a Contracting Officer for the Federal Government,” said no child EVER. Nevertheless, it has turned out to be pretty interesting and challenging, working with client agencies such as NOAA and the Joint Special Operations Command (which he can’t talk about, so don’t ask).
Dave is a longtime fan and supporter of PCFF, and is so proud of how it has grown into a pillar of RI culture. He also serves on the boards of the Nathan Bishop PTO as treasurer, the Fox Point East Side Little League, and Temple Emanu-El. In his free time, he enjoys tactfully supporting his wife while she launches a new business, gently offering helpful suggestions to his son as he applies to college, struggling to keep up with his daughter while hiking the White Mountains, and hoping someday to break 80 on the golf course, when even breaking 90 is still a challenge for him.
Tania Ralli | president
Tania Ralli is a journalist and radio producer. She produces shows for On Point, NPR’s only daily call-in news program, out of WBUR in Boston. Before switching to radio in 2006, Tania worked in print. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, ARTNews, and Boston Globe. She got her start reporting for the legendary City News Bureau in Chicago, where she covered cops and crime. Tania and her husband live in Providence with their three daughters.
Margot McIlwain Nishimura | vice-president
Margot McIlwain Nishimura was most recently the Director of Museums at the Newport Restoration Foundation, a historic preservation organization 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 to develop lecture series, conferences, and other public events. Margot is a PCFF co-founder and lives in Providence with her husband, David Nishimura, and three daughters.
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.
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.
David Reville | board director
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 | board director
Joanna Miller grew up in New York City, was an English major at Wesleyan University, and received her masters degree in English Literature from New York University. She has been an English and Language Arts teacher in various educational settings for the past 25 years in New York City, Denver, Providence and most recently in the Bay Area. She has particular interest and experience in teaching playwriting and film. Joanna is married to Dan Miller, also an educator, and they have two college-age children.
Peter Crump | board director
When Peter Crump founded Site Specific in 2004, it was the culmination of a life spent building and making things.
Raised in Connecticut by parents who were artists and designers, he studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York City and received a BFA in painting and sculpture from the school’s Paris campus in 1990. Working as an assistant to world-renowned artists, Peter designed and built installations in museums and galleries in New York and abroad.
In 1997, he turned his attention to high-end residential and boutique commercial construction for clients from New York’s art and publishing worlds. Combining his creative vision with his love of building, these projects laid the foundation for the construction company he brought to Providence a few years later.
Today, Peter focus’s his time on developing Site Specific’s business and growth strategies while continuing to oversee the companies design build work. Ever the designer and builder, he relishes the challenges that inevitably arise on every construction project.
Tina Rizack | board director
Tina Rizack is a hematologist and oncologist in Fall River and a clinical associate professor of medicine and obstetrics and gynecology at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Tina is on the advisory board for MomDocFamily at Brown University, an organization with the mission of providing mentorship and support for women physicians facing the challenges and rewards of combining a medical career with motherhood and serves on the Harvard Art Museums Ilse and Leo Mildenberg Memorial Lecture committee. She grew up in New Jersey, went to college (majoring in art history) and medical school in Atlanta, and did residency in Chicago. She moved to Providence in 2002 where she met her husband, Christopher Langlois, and later completed her fellowship. She is a now retired military spouse and the current wife of a commercial pilot. She is the mother of 2 very active school age boys.
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