Edwin G. Fischer, MD is an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, on the staff of the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston and semiretired from neurosurgery. He assisted in identifying Rhode Island Hospital as the site for the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute. A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Medical School, his retirement interests are history, music and sailing. He is president of the board of directors of the Abraham Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport, Rhode Island. He established the Friends of Dresden Music Foundation to coordinate the concerts of the New York Philharmonic in Dresden, Germany, in 2005 to celebrate the reopening of the Fraunenkirche, and he is fleet surgeon of the Cruising Club of America and a member of the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee.
Michael (Misha) Joukowsky is the chairman of GCi Acquisition Corp., specializing in composite technology and design. He is also the co-founder and manager of Resolute Racing Shells in Bristol, Rhode Island. He manages several private investment companies involved in acquisitions and mergers, real estate and mortgage acquisition, as well as a private family investment and advisory firm. He serves on the investment committee for Lifespan and is chairman of the investment committee for the Joukowsky Family Foundation. Joukowsky has been a member of the Brown University President’s Leadership Council since its inception in 2004. Since 1987 he has been a member of the Brown University Adjunct Faculty, Engineering Department. He and his family have been philanthropic supporters of Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital and have established several joint chairs. Joukowsky holds bachelor’s degrees in history and African-American studies from Brown University and a MBA from Babson College.
Scott Donnelly is chairman and CEO of Textron, Inc. Headquartered in Providence, with 32,000 employees in 25 countries and total revenues of $11.3B, Textron is one of the world’s best-known multi-industry companies. Textron businesses include Bell Helicopter, Cessna, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Jacobson, Kautex and Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. Donnelly joined Textron in 2008 as executive vice president and chief operating officer, and was promoted to CEO in 2010. He served previously as president and CEO for General Electric Aviation, the world’s leading producer of large and small jet engines and commercial and military aircraft. Donnelly also served as senior vice president and director of GE Global Research, the world’s largest and most diversified industrial research organization. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
David Dooley is president of the University of Rhode Island (URI). URI is the state’s land-grant public university, and educates 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students on four campuses and supports a research enterprise that attracted $95.8 million in external funding in 2011. Dooley joined the university in 2009, bringing 30 years of experience in public and private education. He served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Montana State University, where he played a central role in developing its vision and values, and grew its research enterprise to a $100 million budget, earning the university a top-tier research ranking by the Carnegie Foundation. Earlier at Montana State, Dooley led the chemistry and biochemistry department and served as a chemistry professor. Dooley has published over 155 papers and received more than $12.3 million in research funding. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego, and a doctorate degree in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.
Brad Faxon is a 28-year PGA TOUR veteran. His career highlights include eight PGA tour wins and his first Champions Tour win in his inaugural season in 2011 at the Insperity Championship. He has served as a member of the PGA TOUR Policy Board for three terms and as a co-chair for the Player Advisory Council. Brad was the 2012 recipient of the Golf Writers Association of America's ASAP/Jim Murray Award for his cooperation, quotability and accommodation with the media. He was the 2005 recipient of the Payne Stewart Award, a member of two Ryder Cup teams and is currently ranked 42nd on the PGA TOUR Career Money List. Brad was the winner of the 2002 Ambassador of Golf Award, the 2002 Gold Heart Award presented by the American Heart Association, 1999 recipient of the Charles Bartlett Award given by the Golf Writers Association of America to TOUR players for their contributions to society. Brad has always remained loyal to his New England roots, as evidenced by his work with the CVS/Caremark Charity Classic, which he co-hosts with fellow golfer Billy Andrade. To date the CVS/Caremark Classic has raised over $15 million for children’s charities in Rhode Island and Southern New England. He is the co-founder of Billy Andrade-Brad Faxon Charities for Children, which has raised over $7 million for at-risk children in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. Brad holds a Bachelor’s Degree in business from Furman University where he was named All-American in 1982-83.
Ted Fischer is president of ConnectEdu, Inc. ConnectEDU is a Boston-based education technology company committed to transitioning 21st Century Learners on their pathways from school to college to career, helping them realize their potential, achieve a secure financial future, and ultimately connect to life's possibilities. ConnectEdu is the world’s largest education network, connecting more than 20 million registered users with more than 4,000 educational institutions and 130,000 employers. Prior to joining ConnectEDU, Fischer was a partner at Providence’s Bay Capitol Advisors, a boutique investment banking firm specializing in assisting small to mid-sized companies raise capital. Fischer was co-founder and vice president of OneNeck IT Services Corporation, an IT services firm, and a senior executive at Duro Industries, the largest commission textile dyeing and finishing company in the U.S. Fischer is the chair and a founding board member of Year Up Providence, and serves on the advisory board of BCA Mezzanine Fund, LLC. 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.
Charles Gustin is chairman and CEO of Gustin Partners, Ltd., a global consulting firm with offices in Boston and London. For over 25 years Gustin Partners has delivered strategic advisory, transformation consulting, and executive search services to multinational’s headquartered in both the U.S. and Europe. The firm’s clients are primarily within the technology/media, energy/environment, and defense sectors, and include British Petroleum, Sprint, Cognizant, Hewlett Packard, and RSA Security. Gustin also heads the firm’s investment arm, GP Capital LLC, and has invested in and advised over 40 early-stage companies. He is currently an investor and board member of two medical device companies, Providence-based Iontera (formerly Isis Biopolymer) and ViriCor, based in Boston. Gustin is a member of the Mass Technology Leadership Council, as well as the Institute of Directors in London.
Richard Horan is senior vice president of the Slater Technology Fund, an economic development fund which makes venture capital investments in RI-based startup companies. Horan joined Slater in 2002 and focuses in the area of life sciences and biomedical technology. At Slater, he has led the fund’s investments in NABsys Inc., a venture-backed company developing novel DNA sequencing technology; Medrobotics Inc., a developer of robotic surgery systems; ProThera Biologics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing therapy for acute systemic inflammation, CytoSolv Inc., a developer of protein therapeutics for wound-healing derived from porcine choroid plexus; and Mnemosyne Pharmaceuticals Inc., a drug discovery venture targeting NMDA receptor function as a broad-based approach to treating neuro-psychiatric conditions. Horan began his career in the investment banking business in 1980, when he joined the Capital Markets Group of BankAmerica, San Francisco, CA. In 1986, he joined the venture capital firm of Johnston Associates in Princeton, NJ, one of the original seed stage investors in the field of biotechnology and lifesciences. In 1998, he founded Sachem Ventures LLC, an independent seed stage venture development firm that focused in life science and healthcare markets. Horan received his AB from Dartmouth College in 1976 and MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth in 1980.
Richard Murphy, PhD is the founder of Richard Murphy & Associates, Inc., a consulting company that sprang from his belief that the leadership of non-profits can benefit greatly from expert advice given by seasoned professionals who are conversant with their worlds. His company offers a network of professional advisors who provide universities, research institutes and government organizations with all aspects of medical research operations. Before starting Richard Murphy & Associates, Murphy had an impressive career in scientific research and education, as a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, chairman of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Alberta, and served as director of the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), a teaching and research Institute of McGill University. While at McGill, he completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. In 2000, he was appointed president and CEO of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. Under his leadership, Salk expanded its faculty by 25%, renovated 75% of its research space, established an effective board and fundraising operation, and expanded its scientific reach nationally and internationally. Upon his retirement from Salk in 2007, Murphy served as the interim president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, established in 2004 by the citizens of California to grant $3 billion in bond financing to support stem cell research. Murphy now resides in Boston.
Paul O’Reilly is president and CEO of Newport Harbor Corporation, an employee-owned hospitality company based in Newport with operations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Newport Harbor Corporation employs over 1,500, and includes in its portfolio hotels, restaurants and events, including the Newport Restaurant Group, Castle Hill Inn, and the Newport Yachting Center Marina & Special Events. O’Reilly began his career with the company as a marina manager and advanced in 20 years with the company in positions that included general manager of Castle Hill Inn, director of business development, and executive vice president. He has served on several Newport County boards, including the Aquidneck Island Land Trust, the Potter League for Animals, and the Newport Chamber of Commerce. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Michael’s College.
Guillaume de Ramel is a great-great grandson of Frederick Henry Prince and was instrumental in creating the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute with a gift of $15 million from the Frederick Henry Prince 1932 Trust. It is the largest gift in the history of Rhode Island Hospital. Appointed by Governor Chafee, de Ramel serves on the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council and chairs the FHP Newport Hospital Fund Advisory Committee. An investor, builder and entrepreneur, he has served as chief operating officer of B.R. Construction Inc. and as an equity analyst at Holiday Fenoglio Fowler, LP, one of New York’s largest real estate investment banks. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in architectural studies and a master’s of science in real estate development from Columbia University. de Ramel is trustee of the de Ramel Foundation and lives in Newport with his wife, Molly, and their two children.
Jonathan Roberts is executive vice president of CVS Caremark Corporation, and president of CVS Caremark Pharmacy Services. In overseeing the pharmacy benefit management business, Roberts is reinventing pharmacy services in order to improve health care outcomes and reduce costs. Roberts has more than 30 years of pharmacy healthcare experience, 21 of those with CVS Caremark. During his tenure, he strengthened the benefit management infrastructure and spearheaded key programs, such as the Pharmacy Service Initiative, which systematically improved the prescription fulfillment process and boosted customer satisfaction and profits, and an in-store fundraising campaign for ALS research that has raised $30 million. Roberts serves on a number of boards, including the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, New Century Health, and the ALS Association. He holds a degree in pharmacy from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Tom Ryan is the former chairman and CEO of CVS Caremark Corporation, the largest provider of prescriptions in the United States. CVS Caremark is the largest integrated pharmacy health care provider in the nation, filling or managing more than 1 billion prescriptions annually. With combined annual revenues of nearly $100 billion, the company has approximately 211,000 employees working in its stores, specialty pharmacies, retail health care clinics, customer call centers, distribution centers, mail order facilities and e-commerce sites. Ryan held numerous positions within the company for over 20 years, and played a key role in the expansion of CVS/pharmacy from its New England roots into more strategic markets. In 1994, Ryan was named president and CEO, a role he served in until May 2011. Ryan has joined Advent International, a global private equity firm, where he helps find companies in which to invest and develops management plans for Advent’s portfolio of businesses. Ryan serves as a director of Five Below Inc., Vanity, Yum! Brands Inc., and the University of Rhode Island. He holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical science from the University of Rhode Island.
Paul Salem is a senior managing director based in the Providence, RI office of Providence Equity and is currently a director of Education Management Corp., Grupo TorreSur, NEW Asurion and Wize Commerce. Salem established Providence Equity's London office in 1999 and returned to Providence in 2001. Before joining Providence Equity, Salem worked for Morgan Stanley in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to this, he spent four years with Prudential Investment Corporation, an affiliate of Prudential Insurance, where his responsibilities included private placement financings, leveraged buyout transactions and establishment of Prudential's European office. Salem received a master of business administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor of arts from Brown University. Salem is also chairman of Year Up.
Neil Steinberg is president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation. With a $605 million endowment, the Rhode Island Foundation is the largest funder of non-profits in the state, and seeks to be a proactive community and philanthropic leader. Since 2008, the foundation has made public education and health care areas of strategic focus, launched the Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship, and created the Civic Leadership Fund to support activities beyond grantmaking that move the state forward. Prior to joining the foundation, Steinberg served as vice president of development at Brown University, and directed the $1.6 billion Boldly Brown campaign, the most successful fundraising campaign in university history. For three decades, Steinberg worked for FleetBoston Financial, where he rose to the position of chairman and CEO of Fleet Bank-Rhode Island. Steinberg serves in the board of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, the Providence Foundation, and the Brown University Civic Leadership Council. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown, with a dual concentration in applied mathematics and sociology.
Diane Weiss is a psychologist, presently researching the neuroscience behind and therapies for mitigating the effects of PTSD and TBIs. A former trustee of Lesley University, she was an associate trustee at the University of Pennsylvania and an overseer on two of its boards. In 1997, she established The Isaac and Rose Nassau Medical Chair in memory of her parents, for research into a rare bone disease. Later creating a laboratory for orthopedic trauma research at RIH, she then founded The Intrepid Heroes Medical Chair at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University to honor our veterans. On the board of the West Palm Beach Fisher House, a facility for veterans and their families, and the Palm Beach County Veterans Committee, she is also on two congressional advisory boards and was recently awarded a congressional citation for her work with veterans. A governor of Rhode Island Hospital, and member of the executive committee of the Rhode Island Hospital Foundation board, she is also a member of the Brown University Council for Biology and Medicine. She holds a bachelor's degree in education from Lesley University, two master's degrees in school psychology and counseling from Boston University, and an advanced degree in special education from St. Joseph College.
Laurie White is president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Rhode Island’s largest private sector business advocacy and economic development organization. The Chamber of Commerce fosters the development of a positive and productive business climate through economic development, business-to-business relationship building and the promotion of effective government and public policy. It has focused significant effort on developing the state’s knowledge economy by driving entrepreneurship, medical, academic, and industry collaboration, technology transfer, talent retention, competitive tax policy, niche industry identification and business recruitment. White serves on several boards, including the Providence Plan and the Rhode Island Quality Institute, as well as on the President’s Council at Providence College, the President’s Leadership Council at Brown University, and the President’s Advisory Council at the University of Rhode Island. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island.