Providence Public Library installs
2019 officers, trustees, corporators

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Public Library installed its slate of officers for 2019, as well as new corporation members and trustees, at the library’s annual meeting last month.

Officers of the library’s board of trustees are Robert Edwards Jr., chairman; Maria J.R. Goncalves, vice chairwoman; Micah E. Salkind, secretary; and Christopher Stevens, treasurer.

The new library trustees include:

  • Christopher Stevens, of Easton, Mass., vice president of commercial banking at JPMorgan Chase & Co. He was a 2018 PPL corporator.
  • Frank Eyetsemitan, of Lincoln, a psychology professor at Roger Williams University.
  • Andrew Cortes, of Providence, founder of Building Futures apprenticeship program. Cortes is also a PPL corporator.
  • Jane O’Farrell, of Providence, recently appointed special advocate for children in the care of the state of Rhode Island. She is also a PPL corporator.
  • Sally Strachan, of Providence, a consultant who is chairwoman of the Rhode Island State House Restoration Society and a board member of the Newport Music Festival and First Works. Strachan is also a PPL corporator.


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New corporation members include:

  • Billy Kepner, of Providence, deputy chief of staff for communications for the Providence City Council.
  • Patricia Thompson, of North Kingstown, a tax partner at the Rhode Island accounting firm Piccerelli, Gilstein & Co. LLP. She had formerly served on the library’s Planned Giving and Finance committees.

Also, Bob and Pam Faulkner, of Barrington, were appointed to trustee emeritus positions. Bob Faulkner joined the PPL corporation in 1985, the same year he was appointed a trustee. Pam Faulkner joined the corporation in 1994 and became a trustee in 2006.