MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Board Chair, Executive Committee
President Meghan K. Duffy Memorial Foundation
Colleen Duffy is the President of the Meghan Duffy Foundation, is a Board of Trustee for Providence College and has years of experience as an attorney and community leader. Colleen is excited to join forces with A Wish Come True and be the Chairman of the Board during this exciting time.
Board Chair, Executive Committee
Governance Committee Chair
AMY PARKER, Esq.
General Counsel & Director of Human Resources
Amy Parker has been practicing law for the past 20 years concentrating her practice in construction litigation and employment law. She is General Counsel and Director of Human Resources for AGI Construction. She graduated from URI and received her JD from Roger Williams University. Amy also spearheads and organizes most of the charity fundraising events where she became involved with A Wish Come True. Each Year, AGI Construction has done a huge employee giving campaign. We are thrilled to have her as a Board Member.
PAULA PAIS LEACH
Senior Vice President Customers Bank
Paula Pais-Leach is the Senior Vice President/Director of Planning & Administration for Customers Bank New England Commercial Lending. With over 30 years of experience in the banking industry, she is responsible for all budget, financial and operational activities relative to a commercial portfolio of more than $1 Billion in New England. Paula also oversees all marketing, volunteer, and charitable activities in the region. She has volunteered and served on multiple boards such as the Narrows Center for the Arts, LPGA Amateur Golf Association in RI, Sisters of Mercy, and RI Food Bank.
Senior Mortgage Loan Originator/Sales Manager, Shamrock Home Loans
Ron Volpe is a Senior Mortgage Loan Officer for Shamrock Home Loans, Inc. This is an exciting time to add Ron to the A Wish Come True Board. Ron has been a Wish Granter since 2005 but he is also our FIRST Wish Kid on our Board! Ron received his wish when he was 11 years old! "I am very excited to join this amazing organization that gave my family our Wish. I am honored to be the first of many Wish Kids to be on this Board."
President/CEO Apollo Safety
John Carvalho is an accomplished leader in the field of gas detection, with over 25 years successfully managing his own business. As a 50-year resident of Fall River, John is actively involved in a number of philanthropic efforts in the city, including serving as a member of the Bank Street Neighborhood Association and also as a volunteer trainer for the Junior Achievement program in the Fall River school system. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors for The Deaconess Home and a Woman’s Concern – A Pregnancy Resource Center in Fall River.
JAMES CAVANAUGH JR.
Jimmy Cavanaugh has helped A Wish Come True families for 26 years! His story began at Walt Disney World when we was standing in line for the bathroom when a man asked him to watch his child for a minute. The child was on his magical Wish from A Wish Come True. Once Jimmy learned more, he returned home and started a fundraising effort called the Wish Dance held each year in Swansea MA. 26 years later, the Wish Dance has raised over $1.6 million for children and their families!
President/CEO Finetco Inc.
William (Bill) Finnegan and his wife, Kerri, created a startup company in 2002, NETWORK Piping, which quickly grew into an international distribution company with locations in RI, NY, and MO. In 2011, the Finnegan’s sold NETWORK piping to a private equity firm, and in 2012 purchased Coventry Lumber as their first exposure in the retail lumberyard industry. Since then they have purchased three additional yards, West Haven Lumber and Waterford Building Supply in CT, and E L Morse Lumber in Wareham, MA.
The Finnegan family is heavily involved in numerous charitable endeavors, including scholarship funding, holiday meal distribution, and the direction of the Finetco Charitable Foundation, which raises and distributes approximately $35,000.00 per year to numerous organizations.
With a strong commitment to philanthropy, Bill requested that Finetco maintain a position on the Board. He also expressed the desire to have his sons serve as Board Proxies so that his family can work together towards advancing the mission of A Wish Come True.
Morning Show Co-Host, iHeart Radio
Kristin Lessard has been with I Heart Media for over 15 years, and is co-host of the Kristin & Steve Morning Show on B101-FM in Providence, Rhode Island. She is also one of the hosts of “InfoNation” a weekly public affairs show that airs on all of I Heart’s Providence radio stations. During her 25+ year career Kristin has been on the airwaves in Boston, Providence, Oklahoma City and Ipswitch, England, and in 2016, she became an adjunct instructor at the New England Institute of Technology, where she teaches Radio 1 and 2. Her time working in radio has led to involvement with several charities over the years hosting events and volunteering for A Wish Come True, The Tomorrow Fund, The American Heart Association, Gloria Gemma Light the Night, The Rhode Island Food Bank and many others.
Finance & Operations Manager, Sustainable Ocean Alliance
Melissa Murray is a RI native, having spent the first 32 years of her life in the town of Westerly and now resides in East Providence. She made her career in the Accounting industry and is currently employed by Sustainable Ocean Alliance, a 501(c)(3), as their Finance & Operations Manager. Melissa's son, Dorian, was born in January of 2008 and was diagnosed with Stage IV Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma cancer in April of 2012. It was shortly thereafter that A Wish Come True entered their lives and granted Dorian's Disney World wish. Dorian's treatment lasted for 4 years, before the cancer became resistant to chemotherapy and his life ended at 8 years old.
She has been on the Hasbro Children's Hospital Gala Committee for 3 years, fundraising on behalf of the annual Hero's Gala. She also is a member of the Hasbro Children's Hospital Advisory Council. Melissa has volunteered her time at fundraising events not only to A Wish Come True, The Tomorrow Fund, The Izzy Foundation, and Children's Wishes. Most notably, Melissa founded the Dorian J. Murray Foundation which has supported the families of children with cancer and has funded important research for the last 5 years.
Development Committee Chair
Senior Athletic Director
Providence College Friars
Steve Napolillo Senior Associate Athletic Director of Providence College (Rhode Island) Steve is in charge of all fundraising / donations for athletics, and also helps with making sure that all events run smoothly (making the fans happy). A typical day in the office for Steve consists of meeting / talking to a lot of people face to face. He is obligated to make an appearance at all sporting events for the college. This sometimes means he has to travel with the teams for big tournaments.
FRANK RAY III
Holiday Travel Agency - President
Frank Ray was recruited by Jimmy to help raise funds for A Wish Come True. As a musician, Frank was very interested in starting a Rock, Rhythm and Blues of Westport event. 25 years later, his event has also raised over $1 million! Frank and his wife Wendy have been very involved in supporting A Wish Come True.
Board Member Emeritus
Retired President of Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council
Cindy Rodrigues has been standing side by side with Jimmy Cavanaugh for 26 years coordinating the Wish Dance! She is the retired President of the Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council. Cindy has been instrumental in getting the Labor Council involved with A Wish Come True.