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Six Students Chosen to Participate in Leadership Rhode Island

Six students from Providence College — the most ever in a single semester — have been selected to participate this fall in the Leadership Rhode Island College Program, designed to give student leaders insight into the workings of the Rhode Island community.

The students — five undergraduates and a graduate student — will join students from other colleges and universities in the state at one full-day session each month for four months beginning in September.

They will learn about the workings of Rhode Island’s non-profit, for-profit, and government sectors to prepare them for the transition from college to career. Topics to be explored include community and social issues, civic engagement and the business community, community leadership, and public service.

Selected were Saadia Ahmad ’14 (Monmouth Junction, N.J.); Jennifer Anello ’13 (Basking Ridge, N.J.); Caroline Heider ’15 (Beavercreek, Ohio); Kelsey Newton ’13 (Westport, Mass.); and Michael Rose ’13 (Dighton, Mass.), all undergraduates, and Joanne Rebelo ’12 of Holtsville, N.Y., a graduate student.

The College Program is modeled after Leadership Rhode Island’s Core Program for business and community leaders. Since 2004, more than 150 college students have participated. They were chosen after completing an online application and an interview with a Leadership Rhode Island panel. To be selected, students must demonstrate their potential as future leaders.

Several PC alumni serve on the Leadership Rhode Island Board of Governors, the organization’s primary governing body. They are the board chair, Scott W. DiChristofero '88, CFO of Gateway Healthcare Inc.; Christopher T. Feisthamel ’83, chief operating officer for the Rhode Island general treasurer; Robert Ferreira '83, PC's assistant vice president for alumni relations; Martha Conn Hultzman ’82, a principal at LGC&D LLP; and Shanna Marzilli ’95, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island.

—Vicki-Ann Downing

 

 

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