Board of Directors

Lynn3LYNETTE M. DAWLEY,  Chairwoman
A lifelong resident of Aquidneck Island, Lyn was raised in Portsmouth and currently lives in Newport with her husband of nineteen years.  Lyn has worked at People’s Credit Union for twenty five years having begun her career there as a teller.  She eventually joined the loan department and has been promoted through the ranks to her current position as Vice President of Lending.


SARA HIEBNER, Vice Chairwoman
Ms. Hiebner is currently serving as Vice President, Commercial Lender for Centreville Bank.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island.  She is currently a member of NAACP – Newport Chapter, the Aquidneck Island Land Trust and has extensive fundraising experience having raised over $200,000 for a charitable research organization.  She is has been serving as a member of Child & Family’s Institutional Advancement Committee.

Andrea3ANDREA L. BREYER, Secretary
Mrs. Breyer lives in Portsmouth with her husband and two children.  She is a graduate of the University of Hartford with a B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy.  She has extensive experience in working with adults and children with special needs.  She is actively involved in the adaptive sailing community serving children and adults. She is currently a member of Child and Family’s Institutional Advancement Committee as well as the 150th Anniversary Committee.

DANIELLE M. WARD,  Treasurerdanielle3
Ms. Ward is Market Investment Director for the Providence based Institutional Investments team at U.S. Trust.  In this role, Danielle oversees a team of ten Institutional Portfolio Strategists who specialize in the needs of endowments, foundations, charitable trusts and pension plans and manage over $7 billion in client assets.  Danielle graduated from Connecticut College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. She is a member of the CFA Institute, CAIA Association, CFA Society Providence, Estate Planning Council of Rhode Island, Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Rhode Island and the United Way of Rhode Island’s Women’s Leadership Council.anne3

Ms. Berman lives in Newport and is a graduate of Connecticut College with a concentration in Urban Studies.  She serves as Assistant Director of Development for Rhode Island Housing.  Prior to joining Rhode Island Housing, Anne worked with non-profit organizations in Rhode Island and Florida engaged in housing development and neighborhood revitalization.  She is a board member of Temple Shalom & has been involved with Church Community Housing Corporation and the Aquidneck Island Land Trust.Stan B3

Mr. Brown attended Rhode Island College from which he received a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Social Science, a Master’s Degree in Secondary School Administration, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Administration.  His professional career in education has spanned many years in Newport Public Schools: English Teacher at Thompson Middle School, Dean of Students at Thompson, Coordinator of Continuing Education, Coordinator of Special Services and Director of Administrative Services.  Presently, Mr. Brown is the Literacy Coordinator for Literacy Volunteers of East Bay.

Dr. Freedman earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine Department of Head and Neck Surgery in June of 1992 and became board certified in Otolaryngology in 1993. He joined Dr. Dobbin and the Ear Nose and Throat Medicine and Surgery Group in 1992 and is a member of the medical staff at Newport Hospital. His practice covers all areas of general ENT medicine and surgery. Dr. Freedman is currently on the Board of Directors of the ENT Center of Rhode Island. In his free time, Steve enjoys golf, skiing, and tennis. He and his wife Linn have two wonderful children and make their home in Portsmouth, RI.

Mr. Galvin lives in Middletown with his wife and beautiful daughter. He is a 2003 graduate of Fairfield University. He is a first vice president and partner with CBRE/New England.  Andrew is actively involved in the community, having been a past president and board member of the Newport County YMCA, and chairing the 2015 CEO search for that organization; and serves as a current board member of the John P. Burke Memorial Fund.


diane 2Ms. Hurley  served as the Chief Executive Officer of Newport Grand Jai Alia LLC for the last 13 years and had worked in various capacities with her family owned company since its opening in 1976. Diane has served on the Board of Directors for the Newport Music Festival for more than a decade, most recently serving as the Board’s President.  She currently serves as the chairwoman of the board of the Touro Synagogue Foundation, and has dedicated nearly 40 years of experience to various boards and committees including the Rhode Island Chapter of the March of Dimes and the Rhode Island Hospitality and Tourism Association.  Most recently, she became an honorary member of the Jamestown Fire Department.  Ms. Hurley received her degree from Wellesley College and currently resides in Jamestown.


Mrs. Klemmer is a graduate of the University of Southern California.  She has worked for  GAP, Inc. in management and Northwest Mutual Insurance Co.  She served on the Board of Parent Partners which is a mentoring program for young mothers.  Mrs. Klemmer has been involved with the Star Kids program and has supported other non-profit agencies and organizations on Aquidneck Island.  She and her husband Tony have four wonderful young men and make their home in Newport.

Ms. Loveland is a Westerly resident and is currently a Senior Vice President and Director of Financial Planning for Bank Newport.  She has worked in banking for almost two decades and has been a volunteer and officer for various nonprofit organizations in her communities.  She currently serves on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Warwick where she has recently stepped down from her role as Board President after six years.

Ms. Werther is a professional coach, mediator, and consultant, working with individuals, families and organHeidi Wertherizations in transition. She authored a chapter of the book Coaching for Powerful Change: The Keys to Unlocking Personal and Professional Transformation. Also, she serves as Board Vice President for Center for Mediation & Collaboration RI (CMCRI), and is a board member for Boston Cancer Support. Ms. Werther volunteers as a coach through the Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Program at Babson College where she earned her Bachelor of Science, Marketing and Management. She obtained her Master of Science, Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies degree from Champlain College, and is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI). She is the proud mother of two young men and lives in Portsmouth, RI.