Providence promise team


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Richard Lappin

Chairman

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.

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Frank Cruz

Executive Director

For over 15 years, Frank has served nonprofits helping low-income and underrepresented students prepare for college. Most recently, Frank served as the Executive Director for a Boston-based mentoring organization that emphasized academic achievement. During this time, Frank served on the Governor’s Readiness Project on the Education Subcommittee on the Whole Child, and participated in LeadBoston.

For over 10 years, Frank worked at Prep for Prep creating key partnerships throughout New York City to launch its leadership opportunities programs, including Summer Jobs Bank and Public Affairs Internships, enabling student to develop their leadership skills while earning money and gaining career insight. 

Frank also launched Prep for Prep’s Annual Alumni Giving Campaign, and served as Chair of Alumni Giving for 9 years. During this time, Frank recruited, trained, and supervised volunteers who secured donations from 70% of Prep’s college graduates.

Frank is a first-generation college graduate and the first Prep for Prep alumnus to serve on its Board of Trustees. He earned his bachelor's degree from Princeton, his Ed.M. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and his MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Madalyn Ciampi

Director of Outreach & Enrollment

During the last six 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.

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Stella Londono

Outreach Coordinator

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.

 

 


Kerri Biagiotti

Outreach & Enrollment Assistant

Wendy Alzate

Enrollment Specialist

 

Carolyn Kelly

Program Coordinator

Latayna Walmsley

Administrative Assistant