board members

Abbot Stranahan | Board Director, President

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.

Margot McIlwain Nishimura | Board Director, Secretary

Margot McIlwain Nishimura is the Dean of Libraries at the Rhode Island School of Design and a PCFF co-founder. Trained as a historian of medieval art, she started her career as an academic, teaching at the University of Cape Town, Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, Brown University and RISD, and working on exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Getty Museum. She has served in other administrative roles at RISD, the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, and the Newport Restoration Foundation. Underlying all of this work has been an enduring belief in the inspirational and transformative powers of art, design, and the study of their histories. She has a terrible crush on Buster Keaton, and her favorite childhood movie was Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Charlene Williams | board director

Charlene Williams is a librarian at the Wheeler School in Providence, RI.  Prior to joining the Wheeler community she worked for the YMCA: Youth Services After School Organization and the Providence Community Library.  Charlene has a strong passion for children and literacy and she holds to the belief that literacy is not just the words on a page, but literacy can be visual, auditory and sensory.  In addition to being an educator, Charlene is also a wife, mother of three children and an avid reader.

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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