Pawtucket Times

Cumberland man selected as new executive board officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island

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CRANSTON — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island (BBBSRI) has announced the election of the 2020 Executive Officers of the Board of Directors.

The newly-elected officers are C.

Paul Oberg, Joseph (Joe) Manera Jr., David Fontes and Yomayra Reyes.

Said BBBSRI Executive Director, Katje Afonseca, “I am pleased to announce our four new officers for our board of directors. They each have a unique background, with diverse experience­s that make them an asset to BBBSRI’s Board of Directors and to the organizati­on as a whole.”

David Fontes, Treasurer, Board of Directors.

Cumberland resident and partner at Blume Shapiro in Cranston, David has over 14 years of public accounting experience providing tax, assurance and advisory services to clients in a wide variety of industries, including manufactur­ing, distributi­on, gaming/lottery, financial and other services, real estate, jewelry and precious metals, many with internatio­nal operations. He is also a member of Blum’s Diversity & Inclusion committee, which is dedicated to recognizin­g and celebratin­g difference­s among our employees – as well as recruiting a talented and varied cross-cultural workforce that adds to our dynamic understand­ing of collaborat­ion and unificatio­n.

In 2019, Fontes was named Top 40 Under 40 by the Providence Business News. In 2015, he was named as one of the Top 10 Public Accounting Profession­al Rising Stars by The National Academy of Public Accounting Profession­als.

C. Paul Oberg, President, Board of Directors.

East Greenwich resident, C. Paul Oberg is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Copley Consulting Group, Inc., a leading developer of EAM /CMMS Maintenanc­e Management Systems. A Certified Management Consultant, Oberg has significan­t experience in maintenanc­e management, operations improvemen­t, productivi­ty improvemen­t, manufactur­ing/ distributi­on management, Total Quality Management, TPM and the design and implementa­tion of manufactur­ing systems. Oberg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineerin­g as well as a Masters in Business Administra­tion.

Joseph (Joe) Manera Jr., Vice President of Board of Directors.

A graduate of the University of Rhode Island and the University Of Maine School Of Law, he has practiced law in Cranston for over four decades and is a past Probate Judge for the City of Cranston. A Vietnam Veteran, he received the Army Commendati­on Medal. Having joined Big Brothers as a mentor of a Little Brother, he became President of Big Brothers of Rhode Island from 2011-2014 after which he joined the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State in 2015.

He and his wife, Marie, reside in Cranston and are the parents of two children and twin grandchild­ren.

Yomayra Reyes, Secretary, Board of Directors.

Providence resident, Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., raised in Providence to Dominican parents. Graduate of Classical High School, Providence (Class of 2002). Graduate of Providence College with a Bachelors in Marketing (Class of 2006), and Masters in Business Administra­tion with concentrat­ion in Management/ Minor in Internatio­nal Business (Class of 2016). Currently a Sr. Property and Casualty Product expert at MetLife Auto and Home based out of Warwick, where she has worked for the past 15 years. Responsibl­e for support group sales growth for Northeast Regional Market comprised of $82.6 million in in-force premium and over 650 group account clients. Yomayra has volunteere­d for BBBSRI organizati­on for over 10 years helping to coordinate and raise funding and has been an active Board member since October of 2018, serving on multiple committees including the Finance and Business Developmen­t committees.

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