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Release Date: 07/27/2015

The Care New England Board recently appointed four new directors to the Women & Infants Hospital Development Foundation. The volunteer members of the Development Foundation are elected to three-year terms and responsible for raising funds for Women & Infants and its programs.

Oliver Bennett of Providence, RI, is a senior client manager for Northeast Commercial Banking at Bank of America, covering Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Bennett is responsible for managing a portfolio of middle market public and private companies with annual sales ranging from $50 million to more than $2 billion. Bennett possesses a strong background in business development, client management, credit analysis, sales, and banking fundamentals. Previously, Bennett served as the market executive for Rhode Island Commercial Banking. Throughout his 25 year banking career, Bennett has served in many capacities within middle market banking and commercial real estate. Bennett received a bachelor’s degree in history from Wesleyan University.

Bennett presently serves on several local boards and committees in the following capacity – past president of the Providence Public Library Foundation; treasurer of the Providence Preservation Society; past president of Rhode Island Sponsoring Education (RISE); overseer of the Providence Children’s Museum; and a member of the development committees of Lincoln School and the Wolf School.

Joanna Davis of Providence and Bristol, RI, is vice president of Ushers Cove Equity Holdings, a real estate development firm she began with her husband in 2012. She recently completed the firm’s first development project, a 30,000 square foot, 20-unit manufacturing facility in Bristol, RI, that is now nearly fully leased to a number of area small business tenants. Prior to working in real estate, Davis was an elementary school teacher in the Bristol-Warren, RI and San Francisco, CA public school districts, where she specialized in working with children on the Autism spectrum. A graduate of Rhode Island College and Barrington High School, Davis is a native Rhode Islander. She served as a co-chairperson for events benefiting the Herreshoff Marine Museum, Providence Preservation Society and Women & Infants Hospital.

(Antonio) Tony Fonseca of Rumford, RI, is an owner/operator with Packaging & More, a local food service packaging distributor in Central Falls, RI. With the support of his brother Vincent, they have worked together running the day-to-day company business since 2005. Packaging & More was founded in 1993 by their father.

Fonseca principally oversees the sales side of the business, personally handling many of the outstanding relationships Packaging & More has with its customers. With a 30,000 square foot warehouse and their own fleet of trucks, the company distributes to hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops, food processors, schools and health care facilities in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Packaging & More was honored in 2013 as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Family Owned Business of the Year for the State of Rhode Island.

Actively involved with many organizations in the greater Providence area, Fonseca volunteers with The Jewish Community Center, The Rhode Island Hospitality Association and The Rhode Island Food Dealers Association.

Nicki Maher of Somerset, MA, is the senior vice president for community engagement and partnerships at Alex and Ani, one of the fastest growing companies in the US. Nicki launched the Charity by Design program in 2011 and since then, has been responsible for more than $20 million in charitable donations. Women & Infants has been a partner with Alex and Ani since 2012, when the Lotus Blossom bangle was launched. Twenty percent of sales of the bangle go to support Women & Infants’ programs, and to date, those donations, along with support of the annual Signature Event, total more than $500,000. In 2013, Nicki was named a Providence Business News 40 Under Forty honoree, and in 2014, she was named PBN’s Woman to Watch for Creative Services. Under her leadership, the Charity by Design division has received the Friends of Jaclyn Philanthropic Vision Award, the 2013 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Partnership of the Year Award, Rhode Island Chapter, and most recently a 2014 Cause Marketing Forum Silver Halo Award in the category of Best Business Model integration.

Including the directors, the Development Foundation also has three elected officers. The current officers of the Foundation are Alden M. Anderson, chair; Gerrie Verrecchia, secretary; and Robert W. Pacheco, treasurer.

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About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 9th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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