149th Annual Meeting to Feature Keynote Address by Head of DCYF and Honor Those Who Help Make a Difference


Newport, RI – September 24, 2015 – Child & Family’s 149th Annual Meeting will feature Jamia McDonald, Chief Strategy Officer for the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health & Human Services.  Appointed by Governor Gina Raimondo, McDonald oversees the Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF). One of McDonald’s first tasks was to start the turnaround of the troubled Department. In addition to hearing from Jamia McDonald, guests will learn about Child & Family’s Strategic Plan for the future, and plans for the upcoming 150th Anniversary of the social service agency’s founding in 1866. The milestone will commence in January and continue through December 2016 with celebration events and activities scheduled throughout the year.

As in past years, the Annual Meeting also provides an opportunity for Child & Family to honor those who have helped the agency “make a difference” in Newport County and throughout Rhode Island. This year’s honorees include:

Philanthropists of the Year

  • Peter and Anne Damon
  • Bart Dunbar and Lisa Lewis

Business Partners of the Year

Volunteers of the Year

  • Loren DeVeau
  • Feinstein Enriching America Program at Salve Regina University
  • Special Recognition will be given to Kristin Gourlay, Health Care Reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio for the recent comprehensive and enlightening series “Children in Crisis.”

    Child & Family’s 149th Annual Meeting
    Wednesday, October 7, 2015
    6:00 p.m.
    Rosecliff Mansion
    548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI

    Business Meeting
    Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres immediately following

    To register for the Child & Family’s 149th Annual Meeting  click here or call 401-848-4109.