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Board

Amy Bergeron

Chair

Francis X. Tweedie

Vice Chair

Frank Tweedie is Dean of the School of Technology at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. Frank Tweedie is a graduate of Johnson and Wales with an MS in Instructional Technology and Education. He joined the university as the director of technology practicum and an adjunct professor in the School of Technology in September 1993. In 1999, Tweedie was appointed chairperson of the Engineering Studies Department. As department chair, he also served as the interim director of the Worcester Campus and facilitated a successful consolidation of the Worcester Campus into the Providence Campus. In 2004, Tweedie assumed his current role as dean. Tweedie is certified in systematic curriculum and instructional development (SCID) from The Ohio State University. He has co-authored several papers and made presentations in the field of engineering education.

Amanda LaRose

Treasurer

Michael Balint

Board Member

Michael Balint received his Bachelor's Degree of Science in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati's School of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning in 1994. He served as a design director at a leading firm in Cambridge, MA prior to forming Miba Design in 1998. Miba Design specializes in brand identity design and promotional print design. Most of Michael's free-time passion is consumed by the renovation of a historic mill building located in Woonsocket, RI.

George Costa

Board Member

George Costa has both a long career in the area of professional social work and community arts leadership. Mr. Costa is a retired social worker who spent an esteemed career with the RI Department of Families, Youth and Children. George often serves as a technical advisor to the school regarding matters of referral and contact with numerous state agencies. His experience is invaluable in navigating state bureaucracy. Additionally, George is a dual member of both the Northern Rhode Island Council for the Arts and the Caesar Ferrari Foundation; organizations which were instrumental in the founding of Beacon and George remains today as the most visible and collegial link to the school's humble foundations.

Leo Fontaine

Board Member

Kristen Free

Board Member

Joseph Garlick

Board Member

Joe Garlick is the Executive Director of NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, a nonprofit community development corporation that develops affordable housing in Northern Rhode Island. He has a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University and a BA in Humanities from Providence College. He has twenty-five years of experience in housing finance and development, community economic development, and fundraising and resource development.

Laura Nottie

Secretary

Laura Nottie is currently working as a Program Manager at Bose Corporation. She has held several management positions in high tech companies. Over the past 32 years, she has been recognized with numerous awards for outstanding contributions. Laura is also a founding board member to develop a Lyceum in Chesterfield Virginia. Laura is currently studying at RISD for a digital photography certificate. Laura graduated from both Boston University, BSEE, and Simmons College, BS in Mathematics. She is the mother of a senior at Beacon Charter School for the Arts.

Richard Paolo

Board Member

Robert Phillips

Board Member

Maureen Kay Sigler

Board Member

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