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Deborah Elliott Named to Animal Rescue Rhode Island’s Board of Directors

PEACE DALE, RI – Animal Rescue Rhode Island (ARRI) announces that Deborah Elliott, of Newport, R.I., has been named to its Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 term.

Mrs. Elliott will be joining a nine-member board that also includes Douglas J. Rubinstein, president; Michele Vidmar, vice president; Joseph DeQuattro, treasurer; Susan Seyfarth Lovejoy, secretary; and board members Julia Boss, Denny Denelle, Thomas Gulluscio, Jr., and Kurt Jamiel.

A native of New Jersey, Mrs. Elliott earned a master’s degree in business administration from New York University. She worked on Wall Street as a senior managing director in fixed income securities until she retired in 2005. Previously, she served for two terms on the board of the Potter League for Animals in Middletown, R.I.

Mrs. Elliott says she “never met a dog that she didn’t like.” To her, they all have a special charm: a great smile, beautiful tail or way they cock their head.  She believes that all shelter animals are important and deserve to be saved, adding, “I love being involved with a no-kill shelter and am honored to be on ARRI’s board.”

Mrs. Elliott lives with her husband, Skip, and their rescue Weimeraner, Baci, which means “kisses” in Italian.  

 

Susan Seyfarth Lovejoy Named to Animal Rescue Rhode Island’s Board of Directors

PEACE DALE, RI – Animal Rescue Rhode Island (ARRI) announces that Susan Seyfarth Lovejoy, of Wakefield, R.I., has been named to its Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 term.

Ms. Lovejoy will be serving as secretary for the nine-member board. She will be joining Douglas J. Rubinstein, president; Michele Vidmar, vice president; Joseph DeQuattro, treasurer; and board members Julia Boss, Denny Denelle, Thomas Gulluscio, Jr., Kurt Jamiel, and Deborah Elliott.

Ms. Lovejoy has been a resident of South County for 12 years, first on a part-time basis and full-time since 2013. For over 30 years, she worked as an educator in independent schools around the country, and has served as a board member for an independent school and several nonprofits, with a particular interest in governance issues.  Additionally, she recently completed two terms on the board of Rhode Island Public Radio, and currently serves as a board member of the South Kingstown Land Trust.

Along with current consulting work for independent schools, Ms. Lovejoy is a volunteer for the Jonnycake Center in Peace Dale, and also helps out at the ARRI shelter on an as-needed basis.

Ms. Lovejoy, who has a grown daughter, enjoys a wide variety of sports and outdoor activities. She also shares her home with two cats, both adopted from the ARRI shelter several years ago.  

 

Joseph R. Dequattro Named to Animal Rescue Rhode Island’s Board of Directors

PEACE DALE, RI – Animal Rescue Rhode Island (ARRI) announces that Joseph R. DeQuattro, of Attleboro, Mass., has been named to its Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 term.

Mr. DeQuattro will be serving as treasurer for the nine-member board. He will be joining Douglas J. Rubinstein, president; Michele Vidmar, vice president; Susan Seyfarth Lovejoy, secretary; and board members Julia Boss, Denny Denelle, Thomas Gulluscio, Jr., Kurt Jamiel, and Deborah Elliott.

A tax executive director with the Providence office of Ernst &Young LLP, Mr. DeQuattro has 27 years of experience in public accounting, working with both multinational public and private companies in industries such as manufacturing, public utilities, biotech/pharma, and technology. A CPA in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, he holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration and a master of science degree in taxation from Bryant University.

Mr. DeQuattro is a former board member on Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education (RISE), where he served as treasurer and executive committee board member from 2009-2012.

As to his new role with ARRI, Mr. DeQuattro says he enjoys animals and has adopted some 15 pets over the years, including two cats from a no-kill shelter who were deemed to be terminally ill and “unadoptable,” but whom he had for over a decade. “I have always had a passion for animals and am very interested in a position that would allow me to contribute more to help the least fortunate of them,” says Mr. DeQuattro.

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