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Board of Directors

Executive Board

Joseph Gemma
President

Joseph Gemma has been a board member since 2004. He has been a faculty member at the Providence College School of Business since 1978. He is a member of the Human Resource Management Association of RI and Southern RI Human Resource Council.

Robert Ventura
Vice President

Robert Ventura was elected to the Board of Directors in 2004, and served one term as Treasurer.  He has extensive project management experience.  He has played an integral role at every Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life™, as well as the Liberty Mutual Golf Invitational, a successful fundraiser for the Foundation.

Jane Pace
Secretary

Jane Pace is an Assistant Vice President & Senior Operations Management for Bank of America.  She is a committed volunteer, giving hundreds of hours of her time every year.  She plays a critical leadership role at all our major events, including the Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life™.

Directors-at-Large

Kerri Gemma

Kerri Gemma is a committed volunteer who hosts the Pink Angels Party and helps plan Bras for a Cause—both fundraising events for the Foundation. She has been a realtor for 20 years, and is Vice President of Membership for the Northern Rhode Island Women’s Council of Realtors.  She is also a member of the Greater Providence Board of Realtors.

Salvatore Molica, MD

Salvatore Molica, MD is a primary care physician who specializes in family medicine.  Since 1992, he has been a Clinical Professor at Boston University.  He is the former Medical Director of Codman Square Health Center.

Joan Petteruti

Joan Petteruti has over 25 years’ experience as a property manager.  She heads the merchandise sales at the Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life™ and she gives many hours of her time and talent throughout the year to help the Foundation, at their events.

our mission

To raise breast cancer awareness, increase breast health education, enhance the quality of life for breast cancer patients, as well as their families and friends, and generate funding for local breast health programs