The Rhode Island PBS Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1987 to raise funds and provide support services to Rhode Island PBS. The Rhode Island PBS Foundation provides approximately 58% of the operating budget of Rhode Island PBS. Funds are raised through Rhode Island PBS viewer support, corporate underwriting, auctions and special events.
Board of Directors
Dante Bellini, Board Member
Roger P. Boudreau, Board Member
Meredith A. Curren, Board Member
Kas R. DeCarvalho, Board Member
Elizabeth Delude-Dix, Board Member
Gary Glassman, Board Member
Deborah Jacobson, Board Member
David Laverty, Board Member
James H. Leach, Chairperson/Board Member
Jack Lyle, Board Member
William C. Maaia, Board Member
John Palumbo, Board Member
Denise Parent, Board Member
David W. Piccerelli, President/ Board Member
Pablo Rodriguez, MD, Board Member
Tia Scigulinsky, Secretary/Board Member
Merrill Sherman, Board Member
Tracy Smith, Treasurer/Board Member
As a condition for receiving funds from the Corporation for Public broadcasting, as defined in Section 396(k)(8) of the Communications Act, the Foundation is required to have a community advisory board. The Act further states that the Foundation shall undertake good faith efforts to assure that: (i) its advisory board meets at regular intervals; (ii) the members of its advisory board regularly attend the meetings of the advisory board; and (iii) the composition of its advisory board are reasonably representative of the diverse needs and interests of the communities served by such station.
The WSBE Community Advisory Board (the “CAB”) shall be permitted to review the programming goals established by the station, the services provided by the station, and the significant policy decisions rendered by the station. The CAB may also be delegated any other responsibilities, as determined by the Foundation Board. The CAB shall advise the Foundation Board with respect to whether the programming and other policies of WSBE are meeting the specialized educational and cultural needs of the communities served by WSBE, and may make such recommendations as it considers appropriate to meet such needs.
The role of the CAB shall be solely advisory in nature, except to the extent other responsibilities are delegated to the CAB by the Foundation Board. In no case shall the CAB have any authority to exercise any control over the daily management or operation of WSBE.
Elizabeth Francis, Vice-Chairperson
George T. Marshall
John Palumbo, Chairperson
Peter C. Wells
David A. Wollin, Secretary