Council Members

Barbara Cottam, Chair, Board of Education

Barbara Cottam is executive vice president, Rhode Island market executive and head of Corporate Affairs at Citizens Bank. She has corporate -wide responsibility for directing government affairs, public affairs, corporate giving and marketing sponsorships throughout the company's commercial and retail banking footprint. In addition, she serves as chairman of the Citizens Charitable Foundation.

Cottam joined Citizens in 1994 as Rhode Island director of Public Affairs after 12 years in senior policy and communications positions in state and municipal government.  She was responsible for directing media, social media and public relations; government affairs; public affairs; corporate giving and marketing sponsorships.  Previously, she had been director of communications and press secretary to Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun from 1991 to 1994.

Cottam is chairman of the Rhode Island Board of Education and is a member of the Rhode Island Commodores, a group of business and civic leaders appointed by the governor.  She serves on the Providence College President's Council as a member of the strategic planning committee of the college's board of trustees.  Cottam is a member of the board of directors of Crossroads Rhode Island and serves on the La Salle Academy board of trustees.  She is a former vice chairman and present executive member of the board of directors of Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island and an executive member of the board of directors of the Rhode Island Zoological Society.  She was a founding member of the board of directors of Rhode Island Kids Count and served in that capacity for 10 years, the last three as chairman.

Cottam received her B.S. in business marketing and business management from Providence College and has completed executive development programs at Harvard Business School, INSEAD and Wharton's Aresty Institute.

Appointed to the Board of Education: January 2015

Term Expires: Serves at the pleasure of the Governor 

Timothy DelGiudice, Chair, Council on Postsecondary Education

In the role of Strategic Initiatives Program Manager at Raytheon, DelGiudice is responsible for strategic planning of the Seapower business area, which includes the coordination and management of special projects important to the stability of the business, which often involves leading cross-enterprise teams.  DelGiudice also served as Seapower Staff Executive, as well as Government Affairs Manager supporting the growth and execution of a $1B business with locations in several states and countries.

Prior to joining Raytheon in 2007, DelGiudice served as the Deputy District Director for Rep. Jim Langevin (R.I.02). DelGiudice began his career with Congress in 1997 as a caseworker in the office of former Rep. Bob Weygand (R.I.02). During this time, DelGiudice also supported the White House Advance Office, occasionally assigned to the traveling staff of President Clinton.

He is the Chairman of the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA), having taken the organization from a small, all-volunteer group to a fully funded, professionally staffed national model of industry, government, and academic collaboration. DelGiudice as Chairman is responsible for setting the strategic vision while managing the Board and Executive Director.

DelGiudice earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership from Providence College. He has also completed several Raytheon professional development programs, including the Strategic Development Program, the President’s Cultural Initiative, Game Changer Program, and the Principles of Program Leadership.

Appointed to the Council on Postsecondary Education: June 2016

Term Expires: January 31, 2019

Dennis Duffy, Esq.

Duffy is Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Energy Management, Inc., a Boston based-energy infrastructure development firm and is responsible for the company’s regulatory and legislative affairs, legal strategy and industry trade group relations.

Duffy has more than twenty-five years of experience as a corporate and regulatory attorney in New England. He has also served as special counsel to the Rhode Island Energy Facility Board and was formerly a partner in the law firm of Partridge, Snow & Hahn.                                                   

Duffy is also an adjunct professor at Boston College Law School. He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and Columbia University Law School.    

Appointed to the Council on Postsecondary Education: June 2014

Term Expires: January 31, 2017

Rachelle R. Green, Esq.

Rachelle Green, Esq., is a founding partner at Cervenka Green Ducharme Antonelli specializing in litigation and employment law. She previously was a Partner at Duffy & Sweeney, LTD for fourteen years, after working as an associate attorney at McGovern, Noel & Benik, and then at Holland & Knight. Green earned her law degree from the Georgia State University College of Law, finishing her last year at Northwestern University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross.

Green is a former President and member of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State, and a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women and the Rhode Island Public Radio Community Advisory Board. She has served in advisory and volunteer capacities in numerous other non-profit organizations in Rhode Island since she moved here in 1998.

Appointed to the Council on Postsecondary Education: June 2016

Term Expires: January 31, 2019

The Honorable Thomas Izzo

In January of 2003, Senator Izzo completed fourteen years of service in the Rhode Island State Senate, having first been elected in 1988. He served as Chair of the Committee on Health, Education and Welfare, and served on both HEW and the Committee on Finance throughout his tenure in the Senate. As Chair, and prior as Vice Chair, of the Permanent Legislative Oversight Commission on the Department of Children, Youth and Families he sponsored significant child welfare reform legislation as well as legislation regarding adoption, termination of parental rights, juvenile justice and the creation of the Children’s Cabinet.  Senator Izzo also was the prime sponsor of successful legislation dealing with youth access to tobacco, Rite Care, childhood lead poisoning, affordable housing, contractor registration, and the creation of charter schools.  Additionally Senator Izzo co-chaired the 2000 Special Commission on Health Care Reform and the Rhode Island System of Care Task Force. 

Senator Izzo served three terms as the Senate representative on the RI Board of Governors for Higher Education, where he chaired the Committee on Academic and Student Affairs. In the past he has served as a board member of Adoption RI, Hope, Alzheimer Center, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, the Childhood Lead Action Project, and RI Kids Count.  Senator Izzo presently serves on the Board of Directors of Healthcentric Advisors, serves as the Community Chair of the RI Global Waiver Implementation Task Force and is a member of the Coastal Medical ACO Advisory Committee.

Completing an undergraduate degree in education at Rhode Island College and an MA degree from New York University, Senator Izzo retired from the Cranston Public Schools in 1997 after thirty-two years as a junior high and middle school teacher, guidance counselor and as an Assistant Principal for Student Services.

In recognition of his legislative efforts, Senator Izzo has received a number of awards from such diverse groups as the American Cancer Society, United Way of RI, the Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Rhode Island College Alumni Association, Rhode Island Housing, the American Heart Association, the College Board, the RI Coalition for the Homeless, Childhood Lead Action Project, the RI Department of Health, and Life Span.

Appointed to the Council on Postsecondary Education:  June 2014

Term Expires:  January 31, 2017

Marianne F. Monte

As Chief People Officer, Marianne Monte drives human resources and business strategy for Shawmut Design and Construction, a $1.2 billion construction firm with nine offices nationwide. She is a strategic human resources executive with a proven track record in effective executive coaching, talent management, and business partner leadership. Her leadership was integral to Shawmut being named a back-to-back Best Workplace by FORTUNE Magazine. Recently, Marianne co-hosted a webinar with the CEO of MindGym titled, “Constructing Success: The Talent Story at Shawmut.”

Prior to joining Shawmut, Marianne was the vice president of human resources at the Hanover Insurance Group and a senior vice president at BankRI. She also served on the transition team for Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo.

In addition to her work with Shawmut, she serves on The Gordon School Board and the Rhode Island Retirement Board, where she was appointed by Rhode Island General Treasurer, Seth Magaziner. She also spends time volunteering with Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD). Marianne is a Providence College graduate, and has a juris doctor degree from Suffolk University. She was the recipient of the 2017 Providence Business News C-Suite Chief Human Resources Officer Award.

Appointed to the Council on Postsecondary Education:  June 2018

Term Expires:  January 31, 2020

Dr. Barbara Mullen


Dr. Barbara Mullen is currently serving as the Director of the Learning Leader Network for the Center for Leadership and Educational Equity (CLEE) in Providence, Rhode Island. At CLEE, Dr. Mullen supports Rhode Island school districts with continuous improvement toward equitable outcomes. Dr. Mullen also supports various organizations within the educational and public service ecosystem -- The Economic Progress Institute and United Way of Rhode Island.

Dr. Mullen has a wide variety of experience in cultural competency, leading for instructional and systemic equity, and supporting special populations. Her research area focuses on leadership to facilitate change management and school improvement/transformation with an equity lens. She has served students, families and educators in several large urban districts across various campuses and district level leadership roles across the nation. Dr. Mullen has served as a Texas Education Policy Fellow and is also presently serving as an advisory member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Networks For School Improvement Community of Practice. She is the author of  Secure Your Oxygen Mask First: Strategies to Prevent Burnout in Special Education Practitioners and numerous publications, in both digital and print. She currently serves on the board of directors for Waterfire Providence.

Dr. Mullen resides in North Providence, RI with her family. 


Dr. Jeffery A. Williams

The Very Reverend Doctor Jeffery A. Williams is a native of Englewood, New Jersey, and a graduate of the famed A Better Chance Program at Simsbury High School (Simsbury, CT). In 1981, Williams attended Brown University (Providence, RI) and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Environmental Analysis, a concentration he personally created. In May 2007, Williams received his Doctorate of Ministry degree in Urban Complex Settings from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Hamilton, MA). His completed dissertation, entitled, "Urban Leadership Development Through the Practical Truth University: A Case Study in the International Role and Practice of Metanoia for Personal and Community Transformation," is a manual for much of the work he does today. Dr. Williams graduated in 2010 with a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Williams was consecrated as Overseer of the New England Diocese by His Grace Donald Hilliard II in 2008. He is married to Lelani (Bonner) Williams. Dr. Williams is an enthusiastic father of two daughters in college, Joy Victoria and Grace Noelle Williams.

His commitment to helping others understand the connection between principle and practice led to the founding of the Cathedral of Life Christian Assembly in 1999, which is now called "The King's Cathedral." Under Dr. Williams's leadership, the Cathedral now owns five properties, including a historic church located in the Olneyville Square neighborhood of Providence and has distributed over 70 tons of food and tens of thousands of articles of clothing, household goods and furniture to those in need. As Chief Empowerment Officer, his congregation in Providence has grown from nine members to well over 500 hundred, with 30 different ministries and programs. Internationally, Dr. Williams oversees 43 congregations in six nations and has established the The Well-Life Project, which is the funding arm to create 12 fresh water wells in Kitwe, Zambia.

Dr. Williams has been a regular chapel speaker for the New England Patriots as well as other professional football and soccer teams since 2005.

Appointed to the Council on Postsecondary Education: June 2014

Reappointed to the Council on Postsecondary Education: June 2018

Term Expires: January 31, 2021