The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities welcomes Sharon Collier, Touba Ghadessi, Gina McDonald, Jean Patiky, and John Simmonds to its Board of Directors. The new members bring expertise in the areas of scholarship, technology, finance, leadership development, arts, and community engagement.
In addition to the new board members, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities elected its new board leadership. Former Vice Chair Joan Abrams has been named the new Chair. Polly Hutcheson will move into the Vice Chair position, and Shawn Christian will move into the Secretary position. New board member Gina McDonald will become the Treasurer.
“Our board members play a vital role, supporting the Council’s efforts to strengthen Rhode Island humanities and promote cultural, historic, and civic engagement across the state,” said Elizabeth Francis, Executive Director. “We are pleased to welcome these committed Rhode Island community leaders to the Council’s board of directors.”