Corporation Board

  • Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, President
  • Monsignor Albert Kenney, Vice President
  • Rev. Timothy Reilly, Secretary
  • John J. Barry III, Secretary for Catholic Charities and Social Ministry
  • Mary Beth Daigneault, Executive Director, Assistant Treasurer

Advisory Board

John J. Barry III
John J. Barry III is Secretary for Catholic Charities and Social Ministry for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence.  He has worked for the Diocese for over 40 years and has developed and provided oversight for programs including Project Hope/Proyecto Esperanza, Immigration and Refugee Services, Life and Family, Food Assistance and Basic Needs, Elder Services, Health Care Ministry, Mandamiento Nuevo(Affordable Housing) Corporation, and the Diocesan Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Residence.  John has represented the Diocese on countless committees, task forces and commissions where he has been an effective advocate for those in need.  John  is a lifelong resident of Pawtucket, RI where he has been a long serving member of the Pawtucket City Council.

Christopher Boyle, Esq. (Immediate past Chair)

Christopher Boyle, Esq. (Chair) is a lifelong Newport resident and an active and devoted member of the St. Clare-Newport family. He is a practicing attorney and government relations consultant who received his bachelor’s degree from Providence College and his juris doctor from Suffolk University. Mr. Boyle represented the City of Newport in the Rhode Island General Assembly from 1981 to 1993 and was a member of the House leadership team serving as Majority Whip from 1988 to 1993. He has served on the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, the Rhode Island Clean Water Finance Agency, the Board of Directors for Rhode Island Labor Studies and Research, the Edward King Senior Center, and People’s Credit Union. Mr. Boyle currently serves on the board of the Martin Luther King Scholarship Fund, the Paul W. Crowley MET School Building Committee and is former president of Sail Newport.

Honorable Colleen Hastings
Since 2008, Hastings has served as a Family Court Magistrate presiding over cases including child support, custody, visitation, and domestic violence, as well as cases involving juveniles in the criminal justice system. Prior to that, she served as president and owner of the Family Law Center of Rhode Island, involved with litigation of family court cases including divorce, child custody, domestic violence and adoption. She also served as assistant city solicitor for the City of Newport from 1998 through 2008, and assistant legal counsel for the Rhode Island State Senate, Office of the Majority Leader from 2006 through 2008.  Hastings is a member of the Rhode Island and Federal Bar Associations, as well as several professional associations, and serves as president of the Newport County Bar Association. She has received multiple honors by her peers including the Rhode Island Bar Association “Pro Bono Publico Award” and “Continuing Service Award,” among others. She is active in the community, donating her time and legal expertise to many organizations including the Women’s Resource Center, Lucy’s Hearth, Newport County YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, and St. Mary’s Church.  Hastings earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rhode Island (1985) and a Juris Doctor Degree from Suffolk University (1991). She resides in Newport and has three children; Isaiah, Lincoln, and Joshua.

Dr. Donald Derolf, M.D.
Dr. Donald Derolf, M.D. has served as the Medical Director at St. Clare-Newport for more than 20 years. He has been a family practitioner on Aquidneck Island and has affiliated with Newport Hospital since 1983. Dr. Derolf is a board-certified family medicine physician at Family MediCenter (Family Medicine Southcoast Physicians) in Middletown, R.I. Dr. Derolf received his medical degree from Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, R.I. He then completed his internship and residency in family medicine at the Brown University/Memorial Hospital program in Pawtucket, R.I. He has served as teaching fellow, instructor in family medicine and assistant professor in family medicine at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University.

John Finn, CLU, ChFC

Since 1986 John Finn has helped people plan for their retirement goals. He spent eleven years at Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company developing his practice in the areas of retirement, estate and business planning. He later built a financial services operation at Braman and White and pioneered the integration of this department with BankNewport. John became affiliated with LPL Financial in 1997 and became and independent broker in 2002.  John provides unbiased, independent advice after completing a methodical, rigorous process that seeks to deliver a high degree of predictability. He works diligently with his clients to try to improve the overall quality of their lives. Our goal is that they feel confident knowing their financial house is in order and that we will help them stay on track.   “We have one purpose and that is to build relationships with our clients based on our core beliefs of integrity, honesty, and perseverance” states John. To deliver on that purpose, he has combined a capable support staff with the technology, resources, and expertise of LPL Financial.   John resides in Middletown, Rhode Island with his wife Linda and two teenage children, Phoebe and Jack. He serves on the Pension Advisory Committee for the Town of Middletown and the Newport County YMCA Board of Directors. He is a Senior Warden at the Berkeley Memorial Chapel at St. Columba and coaches Breakers Youth Lacrosse on Aquidneck Island.

William J Flynn ( Vice Chair ) 
William J Flynn CPA, graduated from Providence College in 1971 with a BS in Accounting and received his Masters Degree in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island in 1981. He worked in the banking industry for 20 years and was a Senior Vice President and Senior Commercial Loan Officer for a medium sized bank in Massachusetts before leaving to start his own accounting firm, Mr. Flynn started Flynn Financial Group Inc a company that specializes in strategic tax planning for individuals and businesses as well as specializing in helping to find workout solutions and business financing for his Bank clients. He was instrumental in helping the first Co-Operative Bank in Massachusetts become a Certified SBA Lender. Mr. Flynn is also retired from the military after a twenty four year career with the Army Reserves.

Jackie Janicki – (Chair)     
Jacki Janicki, RN is recently retired from a position as a Lecturer in the  Department of Nursing at Salve Regina University.  Her course work provides nursing students with opportunities around aging, end of life care, leadership and management.  She is an advisor to the Student Nurse Organization (SNO) and a member of the University Core Curriculum Task Force, University Curriculum Committee, and International Study Abroad Advisory committee.   Prior to her work at Salve Regina, she was the Director of the Hospice Program s for Visiting Nurse Service of Newport and Bristol Counties.  Jacki has her BS in Nursing from Salve Regina University, her MS in Nursing Education from University of Rhode Island.

Michael F. Sabatino
Michael F. Sabatino is the Chief Financial Officer for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence. He has served the Diocese of Providence, RI, since 1991. Beginning as an Internal Auditor, he became Chief Financial Office in 2001.  Prior to joining the diocese, Mr. Sabatino was employed with two public accounting firms. His main focus was on audit and tax issues relating to entrepreneurial and small companies with revenues less than $10 million. He also worked closely with banking and commercial institutions concerning the business needs of those clients.  Mr. Sabatino holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. He participated and graduated from the Leadership Rhode Island program in 1999. He has served and continues to serve on many non-profit boards and he is currently the Treasurer of Fusionworks, a non-profit modern dance company that performs throughout the Northeast.

Sydney Williams
Sydney O. Williams, Assistant Superintendent of Newport Schools from 1972-86, taught fifth and sixth grades at Cranston-Calvert from 1953-57. He then taught General Science to students in grades 8 and 9 at Thompson Junior  High School from 1957 to 1966 at which time he was appointed Federal Projects Coordinator for the Newport School Department, a position he held until 1972. He has researched the history of the 32 public schools in Newport, including the current ones. He has also  been the volunteer archivist for the Newport School Department since 1992 and has researched information on the various the Newport School Committees and Superintendents of Newport Schools since 1865. A chronology of some events which occurred in the Newport schools from 1640 through 2008 has also been compiled.

Harry Winthrop

Harry Winthrop was Mayor of Newport from 2012 to 2014 and served on the City Council from 1990-95 and 2011-14. He was the Director of Planning for Submarine Design and Construction at Electric Boat in Groton, CT from 1974 to 2007, and has been a consultant to the defense industry since 2007. A lifelong Newporter, Winthrop graduated from De La Salle Academy and Rhode Island College. He currently serves on the State Labor Relations Board after being appointed by Gov. Gina Raimondo in May 2015.

M. Teresa Paiva-Weed

M. Teresa Paiva-Weed attorney and politician who served as President of the Rhode Island Senate. She is a member of the Democratic Party who represented the 13th District (Jamestown and Newport) from 2003 until 2013 and the 49th District (Jamestown, Middletown, and Newport) from 1993 to 2003. In November 2008, she was elected President of the Senate. She was Majority Leader from 2004 to 2008. Paiva-Weed left office in 2017 to become President of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island.[2] Prior to becoming President of the Senate, she practiced law for 15 years with the firm of Moore, Virgadamo & Lynch.