Our Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Like every public school, The UCAP School must adhere to the policies and procedures of the Rhode Island Department of Education. However, as an independent public school and a collaborative, UCAP contracts with three different school districts. The Board of Directors is made up of those cities’ school superintendents who oversee UCAP School Director, Dr. Michael Finley.

The Board meets regularly to review school policies and curricula, set tuition rates, and evaluate the director. The Board of Superintendents is keenly aware of the long-term savings they achieve with The UCAP School: every student who accelerates spends one less year in the public school system.

An Advisory Board of community and education leaders provides further guidance in these areas.

(The Fund for UCAP, which raises money for all programs not supported by the per-pupil tuition paid by the districts, is a separate organization with its own Board.)

The UCAP School Board of Directors

Dr. Javier Montañez,
Interim Superintendent
Providence School Department 

Dr. Stephanie Downey Toledo, Superintendent
Central Falls School Department

Jeannine Nota-Masse, Superintendent
Cranston School Department


The Fund for UCAP is a private, non-profit organization established by thoughtful, insightful, generous individuals who believe in and support UCAP’s mission. The board is responsible for raising and managing funds to benefit The UCAP School and its students, including funding UCAP’s Beyond U.

In 2013, the Fund successfully completed the Expanding the Possibilities Capital Campaign which supported the building of, the Annex, which houses a science lab, arts studio and gymnasium at The UCAP School. Today, the Annex serves as the hub for Beyond U programs.

The Fund also supports other student programs, capital needs, and special initiatives identified by the boards of The UCAP School and the Fund for UCAP. At least two members of The Fund for UCAP Board sit on the UCAP’s advisory board.

FUND for UCAP 2020-2021 Board of Trustees

The Board determines all fundraising goals and activities of the school. Members meet bi-monthly from September through May.

Princess Sirleaf Bomba
Director Unity & Diversity, Wheeler School

Gib Conover, Chair
Rallis Conover Family Fund

Dan Corley
Founder and Head of Community Preparatory School   

Court Correia
Supervisor, School Counseling Department, Roger Williams Middle School

Paula DeBlois
Retired, Brown University

William “Hank” Huling
Assistant Vice President, Amica 

Dr. Michael Finley, President
Executive Director, The UCAP School 

Gary Friedmann, Treasurer
Vice President and Portfolio Manager, Rockland Trust 

Douglas Gray, Secretary
Partner, Locke Lord Edwards 

David Haffenreffer, Vice President
Haffenreffer Family Fund 

Charlotte Bruce Harvey
Harvey Family Fund 

William Jennings
Principal, Newman Dignan & Sheerar Inc.

Andrea Joseph
Retired, Fund Development Consultant

Jaclyn Leibl-Cote
President, Collette 

Michael J. Vendetti
Director of Property, Safety and Security
Collette Travel Services, Inc.

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The teachers and staff never gave up on me.

Jesus Nunez, former UCAP student

Freshman at Johnson & Wales University studying business administration