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Executive Directors

Cathy Doyle

Executive Director at Year Up Providence

Cathy Doyle joined the Year Up Providence Team in 2012 after having spent most of her career in Sales and Business Strategy for General Mills. A founding committee member of the Network of Executive Women (NEW), a national non-profit focused on empowering women, Doyle was recognized for developing and leading NEW’s first College Outreach and Mentoring programs. She also served as an Executive in Residence focusing on career education at Bryant University, and as a marketing and communication consultant for Serve Rhode Island working on urban education projects.


Doyle currently serves as Executive Director and Senior Director of Corporate Engagement for Providence. “I’ve found my passion and heart at Year Up. Not a day goes by that I’m not grateful for this work and for our young adults.”


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Ted Fischer (Chairman)

Vice President, Business Development at Hasbro

Ted Fischer has spent his career working with, building and leading collaborative teams that drive meaningful business relationships resulting in profitable sustainable growth. He joined Hasbro in early 2015 as Vice President of Business Development to help lead the identification and execution of new growth platforms, primarily focused in the Health/Wellness and Education/Learning areas. Ted also co-leads M&A activity for the company.


Prior to joining Hasbro he was founder and president of Fischer Consulting Group, LLC, a strategy consultancy working with industry, education and nonprofit leaders to create sustainable revenue, operating and funding strategies. He gained critical education industry experience as the president and COO of ConnectEDU (CDU) from 2009 to 2013. CDU was a leading provider of education technology solutions and services connecting learners to postsecondary and career opportunities.


Prior to joining ConnectEDU, Fischer was a partner at Providence’s Bay Capital Advisors, a boutique investment banking firm specializing in assisting small to midsized companies raise capital. During his tenure at Bay Capital the firm was awarded a SBIC license from the SBA, raised private capital and successfully launched BCA Mezzanine Fund 1. The firm subsequently raised and is investing BCA Mezzanine Fund 2. He currently serves on the advisory board of the firm.


Fischer was cofounder and vice president of OneNeck IT Services Corporation, co-leading a management buyout of the firm in 1999 and successful private equity recapitalization and exit in 2005. Fischer spent the first twelve years of his career at Duro Industries, ultimately as COO having P&L responsibility for the nearly $300M business.


Fischer is a founding board member and current chair of Year Up Providence. He serves on the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute Advisory Council, the BCA Mezzanine Fund, LLC Advisory Board and serves on the Board of Trustees at Moses Brown School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College double majoring in Economics and Philosophy and is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at

Harvard Business School. Fischer served on the Harvard Business School Global Alumni Board for 10 years including 2 years as president.

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Barbara Goldner

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Barbara Goldner is a privately practicing psychotherapist (LICSW) in Providence, Rhode Island with over twenty years of experience in the field of mental health, working with individuals, couples and families. Barbara also has an extensive background in leading and coordinating employee assistance programs for prominent corporations, non-profits, and athletic teams.


Barbara currently serves on the advisory board of the HUB, a children’s television network available in 72 million homes. She has served on the board of Bradley Hospital, the largest free-standing Psychiatric Children’s Hospital and part of the Life Span Hospitals of Rhode Island. Barbara led Bradley’s capital campaign, which successfully raised significant funds to support the future of the hospital.


Barbara is a graduate of Seton Hall University and has a Master’s degree from Adelphi University. In addition, Barbara has completed postgraduate studies at the Gestalt Institute of Chicago.

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Dolph Johnson

Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer at Hasbro

Dolph Johnson is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Hasbro, Inc., a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time entertainment products and services.


Dolph’s career at Hasbro spans 18 years during which time he has held responsibility for a variety of different aspects encompassing global human resources, organizational and leadership development, succession planning, compensation, benefits, employee relations, performance management, employee engagement and communications and HR information systems.


Prior to Hasbro, Dolph’s career included service with Frito Lay, based in Dallas, Texas, and Ecolab based in Minneapolis, MN.


Dolph serves on the Board of Visitors Executive Committee for the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University and is also on the Board of Directors for The Pawtucket Foundation, United Way of Rhode Island, Bruno United FC, a non-profit youth soccer club and sits on the Board of Trustees at Rhode Island Hospital Foundation. He has also served as Chairperson of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Gala Committee from 2010 to 2014.


Dolph holds a PhD in Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.  He holds a BA in Psychology and a MA in Psychology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

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Don Stanford

Chief Innovation Officer at IGT

Don began working for GTECH’s founders in 1979 as Manager of Software Development. In over 30 years at GTECH, he has held every technical leadership position, including Vice President of Advanced Development and Chief Technology Officer. Stanford guided the growth of GTECH’s technology organization from a software staff of four in 1979 to its current worldwide deployment of over 1000 technology professionals. From 1986 until 1989, Don served on the GTECH Corporation Board. Under Don’s leadership, GTECH advanced the state of the art in both transaction processing and wireless communications which enabled it to dominate its industry worldwide and install systems on six continents. Stanford earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations in 1972 and a Master’s in Computer Science/Applied Mathematics in 1977 from Brown University. Don serves on several boards including Times Squared Academy Charter School, Spectra Systems and the Business Innovation Factory. Don is a member of the R.I. Science and Technology Advisory Council.


In 2001 Don was appointed Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brown University and has been teaching undergraduates since 2002. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Engineering and is an instructor in the Program in Innovation, Management and Entrepreneurship (PRIME). He serves on the Brown advisory councils to the President and the School of Engineering.


In 1999, Don received both the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Professional Achievement as well as the Honorable Thurgood Marshall award for community service from the NAACP. In 2002, he received the Brown Graduate School’s Distinguished Graduate award and the R.I. Professional Engineer’s Award for Community Service.


Don and his wife, Jane, live in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

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Donna Sams

Partner at Spencer Consulting Group, Co-Founder at Centered Change

After leaving her executive/officer positions in Fortune 50 companies, Donna became one of the founding partners of Centered Change, LLC; a Providence based consulting practice. Centered Change partners with organizations, teams, and individuals to  remove internal and external barriers that prevent the elevation of women to roles with impact. This is done through business consulting, workshops,  education, and coaching.


Donna also joined Spencer Consulting Group as a Partner and Senior Consultant. She is consulting with organizations in Fortune 500 companies, assisting them with the organizational strategies required to achieve intended outcomes; such as change management, organization/team development, and leadership development.


Donna has over 20 years of executive leadership and organization transformation experience in health care, retail, technology, and non-profit organizations. For 15+ years she has held officer level positions in Fortune 100 companies where constant change and the achievement of measurable results were paramount. Donna has a solid track record of achieving results, while developing organization, team, and individual confidence and competence. Because of her passion for people and their immense capabilities, Donna has been recognized for effectively coaching and developing individual talent. She also dedicates a great deal of her personal time seeking to impact compelling issues such as: diabetes, childhood literacy, heart disease, and women representation in the field of technology, to name a few. She has been a requested speaker at numerous conferences and meetings. She has served on several non-profit boards and is currently a member of the YearUp Advisory Board, the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of RI and the State of RI Commerce Board. She has received several recognitions and awards; she was a 2010 Rhode Island Commission on Women, Women of the Year for Leadership in Technology, a 2011 Women Helping Women award recipient in recognition for her advocacy and mentoring of women, and a 2012 Volunteer of the Year for her work with urban, young adults.


Ms. Sams has a BA in Sociology and an MS in Human Services.

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Doug MacNeil

Administrative Director, HR Services at RI Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Doug MacNeil is Human Resources Services Administrative Director at Lifespan. In this role, he has responsibility for day to day HR Operations at Rhode Island Hospital, a 719 bed Academic Medical Center and the primary teaching hospital of the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. In addition, Doug also has Lifespan system-wide responsibility for recruitment services and compensation program design, development and implementation. Prior to this role, Doug served as Director of Human Resources for Rhode Island Hospital in the Lifespan System. Before coming to Lifespan, Doug held HR leadership positions at HealthAlliance Hospital in the UMASS Memorial Health System and at Children’s Hospital Boston. Doug is a graduate of Boston College and currently resides in Walpole, MA with his wife, Robyn, and three children.


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Jill Andy

Senior Vice President, Human Resources at  Amica

Jill Holton Andy began her career with Amica Mutual Insurance Company as an Associate Adjuster in the Claims Division in 1988, assigned to the Baltimore, Maryland office.  Over the course of the next 13 years she received 7 promotions culminating in the promotion to Manager, Rhode Island Claims, the Company’s flagship claims operation. A number of these promotions resulted in relocations to several of Amica’s branch operations across the nation.


Ms. Andy joined the Human Resources department in February 2006 as an Assistant Vice President; was promoted to Vice President in February 2008 as the Senior HR Officer of the Company and further promoted to Senior Vice President in February 2010.


Ms. Andy serves on the Board of Trustees for Meeting Street in Providence, RI; is a Corporate member of Delta Dental of RI and serves on the Advisory Board of AWE (Advancing Women’s Excellence in Business).  She has served as a panelist in a number of areas including the 2009 discussion of H1N1 business continuity issues for the Annual RI Supply Chain Management Summit at Bryant University, the RI Business Group on Health Wellness Seminar on building A Business Case for Wellness (2010), Bryant Women’s Summit Developing Excellence Within Your Team (2011) and Leading Women’s Advancing Women’s Excellence in Business Conference Success Starts with You’re A-Game (2012). Ms. Andy was selected for the Providence Business News Women Industry Leaders Professional Services Award in 2011 and chaired the American Heart Association’s 2014 Go Red for Women luncheon.


Ms. Andy has earned the insurance industry’s prestigious Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) educational designation and is a member of the local Rhode Island CPCU Chapter.  She is a member of the national Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) organization, the Northeast Human Resources Association, the Human Resource Leadership Forum (HRLF) as well as the Diversity and Inclusion Professionals of RI (DAIP).


Jill graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Affairs.


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Katharine Flynn

Executive Director URI Business Engagement Center at University of Rhode Island

Katharine Flynn is the Director of Corporate and Foundation relations at University of Rhode Island. Prior to her work at URI, she was Director of Business Development at RI Economic Development Corporation.


Katharine joined RIEDC in 2004 as a Business Development Manager specializing in Consumer Goods and Design and was promoted to the Director position in 2006. At RIEDC, she was responsible for a team of Business Development specialists who help businesses large and small in Rhode Island as they grow. Prior to joining RIEDC, Katharine worked in Investment Banking in New York City for over twenty years. She currently serves as Treasurer of the Board of Moses Brown School, as well as on the Board for Year Up Providence.


Katharine has a Bachelor’s Degree from Brown University in Mathematical Economics.

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Mark Cousineau

Vice President, Merrill Lynch Business Banking at Bank of America

Mark Cousineau currently serves as Vice President for Bank of America Merrill Lynch‘s Business Banking Division covering Rhode Island. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience with Bank of America, Mark offers proactive strategies and integrated financials solutions to profit and not-for profits to ensure they achieve their long-term goals. He leads a team of financial specialists who work with his clients to understand their business.


Mark is a graduate of Rhode Island College and received Bachelor’s Degree in English & Business Management. Mark currently is a board member of the Special Olympics, board member of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, board member and Treasurer of Times2 Academy, Treasurer of St. Edward’s Food & Wellness Center, and Community Advisory board member of United Way of RI. Mark is a mentor at Year Up.

Mark enjoys spending time with his wife Margaret and his three children Clare, William, and Lillian. He is an avid Martial Artist and has earned his 1st degree Black Belt. Mark also coaches his son’s basketball team.

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Meghan Hughes

President at Community College of Rhode Island

Meghan Hughes served as the Executive Director of Year Up Providence from 2009 – 2015. Prior to Year Up, Meghan spent the previous seven years at Tufts University. While there she received the school’s Excellence in Teaching Award, led new curriculum development, and helped build a partnership with Northeastern University. Meghan graduated magna cum laude from Yale and holds a PhD from New York University. A resident of Providence since 1999, Meghan was recognized by the Rhode Island Foundation with its Community Leader award in 2015 and was named “Outstanding Woman of the Year” by Congressman David Cicilline in 2014. She completed Harvard Business School’s “Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management” in 2013, was a fellow at the Rhode Island Foundation in 2012, and currently serves on the Year Up Providence board.


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Michael Dunford

Former Senior Vice President of Human  Resources at Covidien

Michael P. Dunford is the former Senior Vice President of Human Resoucres at Covidien a leading $10 billion global healthcare products company. The business, formerly known as Tyco Healthcare, separated from parent company Tyco International on June 29, 2007.


In this position, Mr. Dunford was responsible for Covidien’s global human resources strategies, practices, and programs including total rewards, talent management, staffing, HR systems and learning, and organizational development.


Mr. Dunford joined Tyco Healthcare in 1999, holding a variety of human resources leadership positions. Prior to joining Tyco Healthcare, he held several HR positions of increasing responsibility at Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, a regional HMO based in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. His experience includes assignments as both a specialist in compensation, HR systems and benefits, and as a business partner providing HR support to numerous functions and business units.


Mr. Dunford is a retired Marine Corps Reserve Officer, a certified compensation professional, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Lesley University

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Oneyda Escobar

Team Lead at Corporate IS Service Desk at Medtronic and Year Up Graduate

Oneyda is a graduate of the Year Up Providence Class of July 2010 (Class 10), where she served as a keynote speaker for graduation and was the recipient of the Excellence Award.

Oneyda relocated from El Salvador when she was eight years old. In 2006, she graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School with the highest GPA in her class. Upon graduation from Mt. Pleasant, she went on to study for a semester at the University of Rhode Island.

Currently, Oneyda is a Corporate IS Service Desk Supervisor at Covidien, where she interned while at Year Up. Oneyda is a graduate of the Community College of Rhode Island and is currently enrolled at the University of Rhode Island, where she plans on earning her bachelor’s degree in IT. She hopes to one day earn a master’s degree.

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Paul Salem

Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director, Providence Equity Partners

Paul Salem is a co-founder and a Senior Managing Director based in the Providence office. Mr. Salem is currently a director of Grupo TorreSur, NEW Asurion and NFL/PEP Ventures. Mr. Salem previously served as a director of Eircom, PanAmSat, Tele1 Europe, Verio, Wired Magazine and several other Providence investments. Mr. Salem established the London office in 1999 and returned to Providence in 2001. Before joining Providence, Mr. Salem worked for Morgan Stanley in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he spent four years with Prudential Investment Corporation, an affiliate of Prudential Insurance, where his responsibilities included private placement financings, leveraged buyout transactions and helping establish Prudential’s European office. Mr. Salem received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. Mr. Salem is chairman of non-profit Year Up and a board member of Edesia Global Nutrition.

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Sandra Powell

Health Policy Project Director at Rhode Island Department of Health

Sandra M. Powell is Health Policy Director for the Rhode Island Department of Health. Prior to her role as Health Policy Director, Ms. Powell served as the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Human Services, which is responsible for administering the State’s major economic support programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Low Income Child Care, Child Support Services, Eligibility for Medicaid, Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP), General Public Assistance, the State Program for the Supplemental SSI Payment, Temporary Aid to Needy Families (called RI Works), and federal grants for the homeless, emergency food assistance, domestic violence programs, refugee re-settlement, and Community Action Programs.


Prior to her Human Services appointment in January 2011, Ms. Powell served for three years as director of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, overseeing workforce development, workforce safety and regulation, labor market information, unemployment insurance, temporary disability insurance and workers’ compensation programs for the state. Ms. Powell has worked in progressively senior positions in RI state government for over twenty years, where she has focused on delivering both workforce and social services to Rhode Islanders in need.


Ms. Powell serves as a Year Up mentor and guest speaker. She is also on the board of the Providence Plan, and Home and Hospice Care of RI. She has served on the board of directors for the Beacon Mutual Insurance Company and the Governor’s Workforce Board. A lifelong Rhode Island resident, Ms. Powell was born in Providence and graduated from Classical High School. A Princeton University graduate, Ms. Powell holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In 2011 she was awarded an honorary doctorate degree, Doctor of Public Service, from Rhode Island College for her years of commitment to serving Rhode Islanders.

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William Wray

Senior Vice President, Risk Management at The Washington Trust Company

Bill Wray is Senior Vice President of risk management at Washington Trust. Prior to this he was the Chief Operating Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBSRI) of Rhode Island. This followed 15 years at Citizens Financial Group, where he was Vice Chairman and Chief Information Officer. In each instance he has been a sponsor of Year Up internships which ended up in permanent hires.


Bill is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and has a Master’s degree from Stanford University. In addition to Year Up Bill serves on the Boards of Providence Performing Arts Center, the Business Development Company of Rhode Island, and the Finance Council of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence. Bill and his wife Nancy have 3 children and a growing number of grandchildren. His hobbies include music, reading, and sarcasm.


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