Board of Directors


Jess Kennedy joined the Child & Family Board of Directors at the start of 2020. She and her family live in Portsmouth. When not participating in her board duties, Jess enjoys spending time with her family, building Beeline, staying active, traveling, and eating great food. Jess is a graduate of the University of Florida and earned her law degree at Florida State University. She is a co-founder and President of Beeline, a fintech lender.  She has also held a number of senior leadership and committee positions in private practice and the business community. Past volunteer experience includes guardian ad litem work for children under state care in Florida.  Jess is always looking forward to a new challenge and has found her time with Child & Family very rewarding.


Patricia held the position of Vice President of Human Resources on Child & Family’s Agency Leadership Team for many years. She has always had a passion for the mission of Child & Family and hopes to continue to support the agency as a Board of Directors member. She is now a Global Talent Management and Human Resources Executive with an accomplished history in the private for-profit & public service industry. She is a skilled leader knowledgeable in all aspects of HR and DE required to capably manage a global HR team. A deeply committed Human Resources professional proud to support the good we do for employees and the strategic role we play for the businesses.


Mr. Ramos joined the Child & Family Board of Directors in June 2021. Mr. Ramos is the Audit Director and Senior Vice President at Bank of America. He has been working in the banking industry for over 20 years. He received his degree from Providence College and began his career at Tides Family Services as a Caseworker and worked part-time at the Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket where he assisted the At Risk Youth in Central Falls and Pawtucket.  He has served on various committees and boards throughout his career.  Mr. Ramos has always had a strong interest in giving back to the community.


Michael Lichtenstein is the President of Lichtenstein Associates, Inc., a Rhode Island-based specialized healthcare consultancy with national reach. His firm provides technical assistance to community health center leadership, management staff, and boards of directors in the areas of governance, fiscal, and clinical operations. Michael is an executive-level leader with over 40 years of experience developing programs and leading diverse teams in primary healthcare, behavioral healthcare, social services, and other nonprofit settings. He has served on numerous boards of directors and task forces – both as a staff and a board member. Michael and his wife Deb live in Jamestown where they raised their two daughters. They enjoy spending time with family and especially playing with their five grandchildren. Michael received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in Applied Management from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.


Following a successful career in sales management for the hotel industry, Sharon Alemany of Newport now leverages her professional experience and diverse talents volunteering for organizations that strengthen families and communities. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Sharon is also a watercolor artist. She and her husband, Scott, have three adult children and just welcomed their second granddaughter.


A Rhode Islander for ten years, Jean Burditt of Jamestown is a retired librarian and educator with a Masters in Library Science from Emory University.  Jeannie has been an active and energetic volunteer for Child & Family, most recently on the 34th and 35th Annual Taste of Newport event committees.  She and her husband Fred have four children and two grandchildren.



Kristine Hendrickson joined the Child & Family Board of Directors in November 2019. Ms. Hendrickson is the Associate Vice President, University Relations, and Chief Communications Officer for Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. Ms. Hendrickson received a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and a master’s degree from Universiteit van Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Her professional background includes work in broadcast production and reporting, conferences and special events, sponsorships and promotions. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at both Salve Regina University and the University of Rhode Island and is the advisor to Salve Regina’s student dance organization, SRU Dance. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and PRSA Southeastern New England and also volunteers her time with the Newport Gulls, a member of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), and other local organizations. She was inducted into the Newport Gulls Hall of Fame in 2019.


Ms. Hiebner is currently serving as Vice President, Commercial Lending for BayCoast Bank.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island. She has previously served on the Ft. Adams Trust board of directors and has extensive fundraising experience having raised over $200,000 for a charitable research organization. Sara recently moved to Providence’s East Side and loves to walk, read, go to the beach, and enjoy her favorite Newport restaurants- Stoneacre Brasserie and Fluke.


Ms. Hoepfner-Karle started her career(s) in Public Education working with children and young adults in residential and vocational settings, who were unable to adapt and learn in traditional school settings in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD, and Scotch Plains, NJ. She then pursued a change in career to become an Organizational Psychologist in the public companies AT&T, Merck, AstraZeneca, Invensys, and Covidien. Kate received a Bachelor of Science degree from Emerson College in Speech and Language Therapy, a Master of Education degree from The University of Maryland, and a Master of Arts degree in Organization Psychology from Columbia University. She holds Board experience with Healthcare Without Walls and the Rhode Island Lighthouse Foundation. Kate is married to Ed Karle and together they love Newport, going to the movies, and spending time with friends.


Siobhan Kits van Heyningen is a Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at BankNewport. She and her husband moved to Newport, RI, shortly before the COVID-19 Pandemic started. Now that Ms. Kits van Heyningen owns a home in Newport, she is looking for more opportunities to get involved and contribute to the local community. She is particularly drawn to Child & Family’s programs for children and teens, and its focus on ensuring that the most vulnerable in our community have access to safe housing, counseling, and treatment. Ms. Kits van Heyningen has an MBA from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University.



Longtime Child & Family supporter, Don McCall, is also no stranger to our Board of Directors, having previously served several stints on the board over years, including several years as Board Chair.  Don is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, and is Chief Financial Officer of The Newport Hotel Group. Don and his wife Lynn are residents of Saunderstown.


Lamel J. Moore has previously worked in Child & Family’s Residential Program. He currently serves as the Community Connections & partnership Liaison for the Pawtucket School Department. Previously Mr. Moore has served as the Executive Director/CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Webster – Dudley and as Executive Director of the Greater Providence YMCA Providence Branch. Outside of work, Lamel serves as a board member for Aids Care Ocean State (ACOS) and is a regional volunteer in Sigma Pi Fraternity, Intl. He also enjoys competing in Crossfit competitions, spending time with his wife and daughter, and competing in local homebrew competitions. Lamel is also a recent graduate of the Leadership Rhode Island (Rho II) Class.


Dr. Christopher Ottiano is the Medical Director at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island. He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and is a resident of Middletown, RI.


Kelly Power is the Director in the Center for Community Engagement and Service at Salve Regina University where she has spent over 18 years engaging students in the needs of the community. Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a Master’s degree in Higher Education from Springfield College. While she is new to the board, Kelly is an avid supporter of Child and Family. She has spent 4 years on the development committee and collectively her 4 boys participated for 10 years in the Sandpipers Early Learning Center childcare program.

Kelly is excited to join the board and continue contributing to Child and Family on a deeper level. She also looks forward to working with and learning from like-mind professionals to strengthens the lives of Rhode Island Families.


Ms. Techentin is Assistant General Counsel at IGT and is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law.  A longtime and dedicated supporter of the mission of Child & Family, Julia is the sister of a current board member, Sara Hiebner.  She and her husband Jeffrey lives in North Kingstown and have three adult children ages 23-26.