College Crusade of R.I. appoints 4 board members

FOUR NEW MEMBERS have been added to the board of directors of The College Crusade of Rhode Island, including, from left, Willie Borkai, Alaina Restivo, Kim Perry and Jessica Marfeo. / COURTESY THE COLLEGE CRUSADE OF RHODE ISLAND

PROVIDENCE – The College Crusade of Rhode Island, a nonprofit based in the city that helps students in low-income communities prepare for college, has elected four new board members to three-year terms.

The new members are:

  • Willie Borkai, of Providence, a program coordinator in workforce development at Lifespan Corp.
  • Alaina Restivo, of East Greenwich, CEO of Restivo Consulting and former vice president of talent and operations at Upserve Inc.
  • Kim Perry, of Providence, a former Fidelity Investments executive who has mentored middle and high school students.
  • Jessica Marfeo, of Warwick, the director of product strategy and development for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. She is a College Crusade alumna.

The board also elected Edwin Pacheco, of Warwick, chairman; Meg Geoghegan, of North Kingstown, vice chairwoman; Doug Sherman, of Cranston, vice chairman; Joe Monteiro, of Lincoln, treasurer; and Eric Shorter, of East Providence, secretary.

The College Crusade provides assistance to about 4,000 first-generation, low-income students in middle school, high school and college each year with one-on-one advising and year-round programs that focus on academic enrichment, social and emotional development, career education and postsecondary preparation. The College Crusade has awarded more than $43 million in college scholarships to more than 5,000 Rhode Island students since 2001.

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