keystone team

Executive Officers

Thomas P. Kane
President and CEO

Tom is a charismatic and progressive leader who assumed the CEO position at AccessPoint RI in 2001 after devoting more than 20 years at the James L. Maher Center in diverse leadership roles. A co-founder of The Keystone Group, his commitment to human rights and dignity spans most of his life and Tom brings a unique blend of experience, integrity, strategic thinking and creativity to his endeavors.

Tom is the thrice-elected leader of the Community Provider Network of Rhode Island and was honored in 2005 by its members for his contributions and tireless support. An engaging and dynamic speaker, Tom has addressed and advised many organizations, political leaders, and government agencies on human service system improvements. He has been appointed to state legislative committees focusing on a variety of issues in statewide human service delivery. Most recently, he has presented testimony before the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy. Tom holds a bachelor of science in elementary and special education from Salve Regina University.

 

Carrie W. Miranda

Carrie W. Miranda
Executive Vice President

A co-founder of The Keystone Group, Carrie is the executive director of Looking Upwards. She has worked in the human service field for over 25 years and has been honored as a recipient of the Providence Business News Forty under Forty, a group of 40 successful individuals in Rhode Island selected for their commitment to the community.

Carrie has served in numerous leadership roles, including president and vice president of the Community Provider Network of Rhode Island. Additionally, she was elected the Rhode Island representative for the American Network of Community Options and Resources and has served as the Rhode Island representative for the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Known by her colleagues for her ability to engage people's talents creating focused momentum towards a goal, Carrie is a visionary leader who creates new possibilities by facing directly into challenges. She holds a master of science in health services administration from Salve Regina University and is an alumna of Leadership Rhode Island.

 

Lisa Rafferty

Lisa Rafferty
Executive Director

With over 30 years of executive leadership in the field of developmental disabilities, Lisa has a keen understanding of the challenges faced by nonprofit leaders. She brings broad technical knowledge and operational expertise to The Keystone Group, where she is committed to shaping responsive, cutting-edge services to drive member organizations’ success.

Previously, as founder and executive director of Bridges, Inc. Lisa assembled a skilled team and fostered a deeply collaborative, mission-driven culture. Under her stewardship, Bridges sustained its financial strength through a series of drastic, statewide funding cuts. As a leader Lisa has a well-honed, practical approach: work collaboratively, embrace change, develop data-driven solutions and persist in implementation. She is passionately engaged in the field of Developmental Disabilities. Her past leadership includes founding membership in the Community Provider Network of Rhode Island, (formerly OSARR), where she held various executive positions and she was the first president of Provider Resources & Benefits. Additionally, Lisa has served on the Jamestown School Committee. She holds a master’s in special education and nonprofit studies from Rhode Island College.

 

Mary Gagnon 

FINANCIAL

Mary Gagnon 
Chief Financial Officer

Mary brings to her role over 25 years of broad based, multi-industry experience including private and nonprofit sectors. Mary's role in diverse senior leadership positions translates to a quick grasp of operational needs. Her focus is to meet member's objectives while delivering operational efficiencies that generate savings. With a keen eye for integration, she creates an infrastructure based on best practices and continual quality improvement. Mary's background in accounting and finance enables her to support sound executive decision making through generating timely financial information. Previously, Mary held an executive position with Vector Healthsystems, a company with diverse subsidiaries and lines of business. There she had overall operational and financial responsibility for all administrative functions, including her role as compliance officer for the Standards of Business Ethics and Conduct. She also served as director of administrative services for the Rhode Island Blood Center. Mary has an MBA from Bryant University and an information systems management certificate from Boston University.

 

Maureen Russo

Human Resources

Maureen Russo
Vice President of Human Resources

Maureen brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in human resources management to The Keystone Group.  She is committed to the development of workplace policies and practices that value employees, mitigate risk and identify and respond to the challenges of a richly diverse workforce. Maureen has served as human resources manager for AccessPoint RI since 1999 and was promoted to director of human resources in 2006. Previously, she held human resource generalist positions for both a major health care provider and an international development organization. She is a graduate of Katharine Gibbs School and attended Bryant College where she received her certification in human resources administration.  Maureen is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and of the human resource committee of the Community Provider Network of Rhode Island.


Sharon Hartley

Development

Sharon Hartley
Director of Development

Sharon is a seasoned development professional, with more than 10 years of varied experience in fundraising and development. She is committed to advancing support for the missions of Keystone member agencies. Since joining Keystone, she has expanded grant funding, built a fundraising infrastructure and is supporting the momentum of member agencies in their fundraising events and campaigns. Sharon’s breadth of experience includes serving as Phonathon Coordinator with the University of Rhode Island Foundation, Interim Assistant Director of Alumni and College Relations at Rhode Island College and Consultant to Johnson & Wales University for the Annual Fund. Sharon holds a bachelor of arts from Rhode Island College and is a member of the Rhode Island Association of Fundraising Professionals.


Denise Lussier

Communications

Denise Lussier
Director of Communications

Denise’s unique combination of communications skills and counseling background enable her to create and implement marketing initiatives in a compelling and sensitive way. Her marketing experience includes fundraising communications, website development and overall promotional strategy. Denise’s skill has been evident during her eight years as the director of communications for Looking Upwards where she has successfully secured grants, developed brands and devised a myriad of promotional campaigns and materials. Her previous therapeutic positions working with children and families in a variety of human service settings have enriched her understanding of and commitment to the communities she serves. Denise’s educational credentials include a bachelor of arts degree in communications from the University of Rhode Island and countless hours of continued professional development and training.

 

Patrick Boxx

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Patrick Boxx
Director of Information Technology

Patrick brings to his role nearly 20 years of experience in the IT field, with a special focus on network administration, HIPPA compliance and more recently cyber security. While IT administrator for Looking Upwards, Patrick took a disparate system and developed a secure, standardized and updated IT structure with significant savings in software and licensing fees. His solutions-oriented approach and skill in interdepartmental coordination enable him to deliver results that meet organizational needs. Patrick has worked extensively in the nonprofit sector and has a clear understanding of how creative use of technology can help fulfill an agency’s mission.

 

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