Food Bank Annual Meeting

At the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, four new members were appointed to the Board of Directors. Awards were presented to a community leader and  a member agency.

New Board Members: Maureen Barishian, Mary Eastman, Kim Keck, Peter Marino

2018 new board members: Maureen Barishian, Mary Eastman, Kim Keck, & Peter Marino

New Board Members

Maureen Barishian
Senior Accountant/Investment Analyst
Bryant University

Maureen Barishian is a Senior Accountant/Investment Analyst at Bryant University and has been with the University over eight years.

She oversees the University’s $185 million Endowment portfolio and their long and short term investments.

Prior to Bryant University, she worked in the jewelry industry. Maureen has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Providence College.

Mary Eastman
Head of Personal Investing Acceleration
Fidelity Investments

Mary Eastman is head of Personal Investing Acceleration for Fidelity Investments. She first joined Fidelity in 2006.

Prior to joining Fidelity, Mary served as a vice president and associate director for MFS Investment Management, a multi-platform asset management firm that serves individual and institutional investors worldwide.

Mary received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a minor in business administration, and her Master of Arts degree in Psychology, both from the University of Hartford.

Kim Keck
President & CEO
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Kim Keck is president and CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, the state’s largest health insurer. Kim champions the company’s vision of “passionately leading a state of health and well-being across Rhode Island.”

Prior to joining BCBSRI in 2016, Kim enjoyed a 28-year career at Aetna, where she built a reputation as an engaged, incisive leader, unafraid to challenge assumptions and laser-focused on results.

She graduated with honors from Boston College with a degree in mathematics and earned a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Connecticut and is a CFA charter holder.

Peter Marino
President & CEO
Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island

Peter Marino started his tenure as president and CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island in September 2014.

Before joining Neighborhood, he was Director of the Rhode Island Office of Management and Budget. Previously he was the RI Senate Fiscal Advisor, Director of Research and Policy for the Providence-based RDW Group, and Director of Policy and Municipal Affairs for the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC).

Peter also served as an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Brown University’s Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions. He holds a Bachelor’s in Science degree from James Madison University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Community Awards

Awarded to the SNAP Outreach Project at the URI Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America

Andrew and Kathleen Gorman

Kathleen Gorman (r) of the SNAP Outreach Project with Andrew Schiff (l)

The SNAP Outreach Project was presented with the 2018 Guy Abelson Leadership Award for its creating and distributing materials, providing trainings and offering direct client assistance through outreach in the community and a toll-free hotline. As part of the Feinstein Center’s mission to provide meaningful educational experiences for students at URI, undergraduates are trained and hired to serve as outreach workers.

Member agencies of the Food Bank regularly host outreach workers who are available to meet with client families and help them enroll in SNAP.

The 2018 Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Kathleen Gorman, Ph.D., Director of the Feinstein Center, along with SNAP Outreach Project staff members, Pamela Jennings and Nicole Rodriguez-Robbins.

The Food Bank’s Leadership Award is named after Guy Abelson presented every October at our Annual Meeting to an individual or organization that contributes to the Food Bank and/or its network of member agencies through a significant commitment of funds, volunteer time, or pro bono assistance. Through the recipients that are chosen each year, the award celebrates the generosity of spirit that Guy embodied. 

Awarded to East Bay Food Pantry

Erica and Nicki Tyska

Nikki Tyska (l) accepts the award on behalf of East Bay Food Pantry, presented by Erica Hanson (r)

East Bay Food Pantry was presented with the 2018 Loni McGrath Community Garden Award. The East Bay Food Pantry provides healthy nutritious food at its food pantry (including Fresh Food Fridays where it gives out foods like produce and bread), participates in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and Food4Kids, and also operates a Mobile Food Pantry.

East Bay Food Pantry was presented with the award because last year, when the Magaziner Farm lost their volunteer manager, the East Bay Food Pantry agreed to operate it under their agency. This was a tremendous effort, which included director Nikki Tyska making daily trips to the farm.

The 2018 Community Garden Award was presented to thank East Bay Food Pantry and Nikki for their hard work and dedication.

The Loni McGrath Community Garden Award was created in memory of our very good friend and colleague, Loni McGrath, who passed away in the spring of 2012.  One of the projects that Loni was most passionate about was helping agencies develop and enhance their community garden programs and this award recognizes that work.