Providence promise team
Chairman and Executive Director
Richard Lappin is a real estate developer with a strong commitment to community and the economic development of Providence.
As owner of Lisco Development and co-owner of Regency Plaza Apartments in downtown Providence and Bay View Estates in Portsmouth, Richard has a strong presence in Rhode Island. He is also the owner of the Riverside Plaza community shopping center in East Providence.
Richard has demonstrated his passion for and commitment to Providence in several ways. He has served as a long-time Trustee of the Providence Foundation and, for the past four years, has been a member of its Executive Board. In addition, he is a board member and Secretary of the Providence Downtown Improvement District and was the Board Chairman from 2011 to 2016.
The idea of the Providence Promise was conceived by Richard in 2013. It grew out of his strong belief that all children in Providence Public Schools should have the opportunity for a higher education regardless of their financial situation.
Richard received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and his Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.
Director of Outreach & Enrollment
During the last five years she has spent in Providence, Madalyn has worked for a number of community and education based organizations including the Feinstein Institute for Public Service at Providence College and the Providence After School Alliance.
In her graduate studies, Madalyn focused on the access and affordability of higher education, and as a first generation college student, she is particularly interested in how this issue affects underserved populations. Madalyn has worked with the College Promise Campaign in Washington, D.C. in Strategic Communications, and is a current contributor to Civic Nation Voice on Forbes.com. With her experience with and knowledge of Promise initiatives across the country, Madalyn is excited to see Providence become a Promise City.
Madalyn is committed to supporting the drive to make higher education a reality for all students, and looks forward to her continued work with the Providence communities.
Madalyn received her bachelor's degree from Providence College and her Master of Arts in Urban Education Policy from Brown University.
Stella's vision is to enhance the progression of Providence’s communities by working with Providence Promise to help families fund their children’s dreams of higher education.
Stella spent the last five years as a Parent Engagement Specialist at Children’s Friend & Service. In this role, she challenged hundreds of parents to improve their parenting skills. As a Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) facilitator, she was certified by the Mind in the Making Institute, specializing in the seven essential life skills every child needs. Stella was also a part of Congressman Cicilline’s campaign commercials in which she represented the Hispanic community across Rhode Island and the Congressman’s First Congressional District.
Born into a family of thirteen children, Stella was the only child to earn a college degree.
Stella is inspired daily to open new doors for people of all backgrounds and social statuses, and is fueled by her passion of expanding horizons for the less fortunate, because everyone deserves the opportunity of a higher education and bright future.
Outreach & Enrollment Assistant