banner photo: JA Executive Council member, Kristin Fraser, with students from her3rd grade JA Our City class during JA Leaders Day.

JA Executive Council

Established in 2000, the JA Executive Council (formerly the JA CEO Council) is a group of Executive Leadership representing a variety of industries that make up the Rhode Island Business Community. The group’s primary function is to be an Ambassador of the JA mission.  The JA Executive Council meets twice a year once in the fall and in the late spring. The meetings are held to update members on the progress of the mission as well as update JA on local business trends. The members of the council are considered to be advisory members as JA has a working board of directors.

The council is led by the Chairman of the JA Executive Council, currently Christopher Graham, Partner-in-Charge, Edwards Wildman Palmer. In addition, Members of the council include Chairman of the JA Board of Directors, and the President of JA of Rhode Island.


Governance

  • Monitor strategic direction of JA programs in Rhode Island
  • Actively participate in at least 1 of 2 JA CEO Council meetings a year
  • Update membership on business trends that could impact mission

Fundraising

  • Personally contribute to JA annually at a level of members choice
  • Secure a gift from his/her company annually (Corporate Gifts start at $5,000)
  • Sponsor, support or participate at one of two major fund-raising event each year (i.e., JA CEO Council Golf Classic or JA Achieve-A-Bowl)

Volunteerism

  • Secure an individual that will be your company representative on the JA Board of Directors (individual should be someone that has access to you and keep you up to date between meetings)
  • Board member/Community Involvement Department should help secure volunteers from your company to teach JA Programs and participate in Achieve-A-Bowl

Ambassador

  • Recruit new executive leadership to the council
  • Create Awareness for JA when opportunities present themselves.  For examples: Opinion-editorials, cause marketing, speaking engagements
  • Learn, understand and actively promote the purpose and mission of JA

2016 - 2017 Members

Thomas Celona, JA Executive Council Emeritus
Col. Hugh T. Clements, Jr., Chief | Providence Police Department
Sean Davies, General Manager | General Dynamics Electric Boat - Quonset Point Facility
Kenneth DiSaia, Senior Vice President - Enrollment Management | Johnson & Wales University
Darla Finchum, Vice President/Chief Claim Officer | MetLife Auto & Home
Kristin Fraser, Office Managing Partner | KPMG LLP
Christopher Graham, Esq., Managing Partner | Locke Lord LLP
William Hatfield, President - RI Market, Bank of America | Managing Director, U.S. Trust
Diane Larsen, Market Leader - Northeast | Ernst & Young LLP
Eric Norberg, President | Vertikal6
Doug Scala, Regional President, RI and SE Massachusetts | Webster Bank
Irving Schneider, Ph.D., JA Executive Council Emeritus
Vic Vetters, Vice President/General Manager | WJAR/NBC10
Mary Wyatt, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Publications | AAA Northeast