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Fox submits Kelly, Shamoon, Sherman for I-195 panel

August 9, 2011

From the Statehouse comes word that Speaker Gordon Fox has offered to Governor Lincoln Chafee his three recommendations for the I-195 Redevelopment Commission:

Speaker Fox forwarded the names of John Kelly, Samuel Shamoon and Merrill W. Sherman for selection by Governor Chafee as one of the seven members of the new commission.  Under the terms of the I-195 Redevelopment Act (2011-H 5994Aaa and 2011-S 0114Baa) enacted by the General Assembly in June, the Governor is to give “due consideration” to the list of three names forwarded by the Speaker to fill one of the seven positions on the commission. 

“This commission is critically important to the development of the I-195 land and to the economic development of our capital city and state,” said Speaker Fox.  “I heard from many dedicated, qualified and experienced people requesting that I forward their name to the Governor for consideration. 

“I am extremely confident that any one of the three names that I forwarded will be a great asset to the commission,” Speaker Fox continued. “Based on their experience, professional qualifications, and knowledge of the City of Providence, I would not be surprised if the Governor strongly considers using one or more of his own three selections to the commission on one of these individuals.”

John Kelly – He has been the President and CEO of Meeting Street, which serves more than 3,000 Rhode Island children and families on an annual basis, for the past 14 years.  He oversaw the development ofMeeting Street’s new $25 million Providence campus, where he oversees a staff of 180 employees.

Also an attorney, Kelly formerly practiced corporate and real estate law as a partner at Tillinghast, Collins and Graham.  He also held a leadership position in a non-profit organization, The Coalition for Community Development, created to revitalize downtownProvidence.  He has chaired severalProvidenceboards, including the Port Commission, the Zoning Board of Review, the Ad-hoc Permitting Review and the Salary Review Commission.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College and a law degree from BostonCollege.

Samuel Shamoon – He the President of Shamoon Planning LLC as a consultant to approximately a dozen Rhode Island communities on planning, zoning, and development review issues.  He previously served as the Director of the City of Providence’s Department of Planning and Development as well as being a former director of the City of Providence’s Department of Inspection and Standards, where he oversaw building inspectors, code enforcement officers and boards of review.  He was formerly a professor at the University of Rhode Island, teaching graduate courses on community planning and area development.   

Shamoon holds degrees from URI and Tufts Universityand is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.  He also volunteers as a trustee to the Providence Preservation Society and is a member of the technical committee of the Knowledge District.

Merrill Sherman – She is the President and CEO of Bancorp Rhode Island, Inc., a publicly traded bank holding company, and wholly owned subsidiary, Bank RhodeIsland.  Since spearheading the 1996 creation of Bank RhodeIsland, it has grown to be a leading commercial bank with $1.6 billion in total assets, with a network of 17 branches.

Among her many honors, Ms. Sherman was selected in 2010 as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking by U.S. Banker magazine, and in 2008 she was chosen as New England Businesswoman of the Year by Bryant University.  She was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in 2007.

Prior to her work at Bank Rhode Island, she served as president and CEO of two otherNew Englandbanks, and before that, she spent 17 years practicing law a major regional firm.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and a law degree from the UniversityofDenver, College of Law.

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