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Board of Trustees

Experienced, committed and passionate individuals who care about FASRI now and into the future!

FASRI’s Board of Trustees is a dedicated group of volunteers comprised of FASRI parents and leaders from the local community.

  • We serve as the governing body of the school, we do not oversee day-to-day operations of the school.
  • The Head of School reports directly to us.

The Board has a number of responsibilities, but our primary role is to serve as fiduciaries of the school.

In this capacity, we are committed to:

  • establishing FASRI’s mission
  • advancing that mission by setting strategy
  • ensuring the school’s long-term financial health
  • selecting, evaluating, & supporting the Head of School.
  • using best practices developed by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • conducting annual assessments to continuously improve our ability to serve the school.

Ultimately, we see our role as partnering with the Head of School to ensure that FASRI delivers the best education and experience for our students. The current strategic plan, including FASRI’s mission, vision, values and strategic goals, can be found here.

Board of Trustees 2019/20

MARTIN SMICK

BOARD OF TRUSTEES, Chair
Board Member since: 2019
FASRI Parent: 1 child, student since Maternelle

ETHAN SLUTER

BOARD OF TRUSTEES, TREASURER 
Director of Finance, New England Construction Co., Inc.
Board Member since: 2014
FASRI Parent: 1 child, student since Maternelle

PATRICIA M. LAWLOR

BOARD OF TRUSTEES, SECRETARY
Professor, Providence College
Board Member since: 2008

DOUGLAS GRAY

BOARD OF TRUSTEES, Chair of Governance Committee
Partner, Locke Lord Edwards LLP
Board Member since: 2012
FASRI Parent: 2 children, students since Maternelle

Valerie MCCAIN

BOARD OF TRUSTEES, Co-Chair Community Engagement and Communications Committee
National Sales Manager, WJAR TV
Board Member since: 2015
FASRI Parent: 1 child, student since Petite Section

LOUISE OLSON

BOARD OF TRUSTEES 
Board Member since: 2013
FASRI Parent: 1 child, student since Petite Section

JENNIFER TOMASIK, SM, FACHE

BOARD OF TRUSTEES, Immediate Past Chair 
Vice President and Principal, CFAR, Inc.
(http://www.cfar.com/)
Board Member since: 2011
FASRI Parent: 2 Children, both students since Petite Section

Chris Valencius

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Board Member since: 2019                                                                                                  FASRI Parent: 1 child, student since Maternelle

FAQ about the FASRI Board of Trustees


Our Mission

The French American School of Rhode Island’s multilingual experience cultivates globally-minded, confident, creative learners.


Core Values

At the French American School of Rhode Island, we value intellectual curiosity, respect, empathy and integrity.


Intellectual curiosity
a passion to learn for its own sake
a drive to understand the world and one’s place in it


Respect
an appreciation for the uniqueness of every individual’s experience
a commitment to the wellbeing of our community and the environment


Empathy
an intention to understand and care for the emotions, feelings, and perspectives of one another


Integrity
a conviction to follow strong moral principles and ethical standards
the quality of being honest