National Alumni Association Election
Greetings Providence College Alumni:
It is a privilege to present to you the candidates for vice president for election to the 2022-23 Providence College National Alumni Association Council. As the association’s president-elect and chair of the nominating committee, I am delighted that these accomplished, committed, and enthusiastic alumni have come forward as candidates.
As part of the election process, we asked each candidate to supply biographical information, including details about how they have remained connected to Providence College. The candidates also provided a reflection on the association’s mission and their thoughts on how they will serve the alumni population if elected.
Ballots have been distributed to all alumni who have donated any amount to Providence College during the immediate past or current fiscal year. All ballots are due no later than June 17, 2022, and the results will be announced and posted on our alumni web page in July.
My sincerest thanks to the two candidates for their leadership and interest in continuing to serve Providence College.
Jennifer O’Meara ’93
National Alumni Association Council
Candidates for Vice President
Earnest (Earl) Smith, Jr. ’92
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Providence College
Bank of America
PC Volunteer Positions
BIPOC Alumni Mentoring Program
Class of 1992 Reunion Committee
PC Homecoming 2022 Committee
Honors, Recognitions and Awards
MLK Scholar (1988-1992)
PC Student Involvement
BMSA President (1991-1992)
Varsity Baseball (1988-1992)
WDOM Radio (1988-1992)
NAACP, Essex County
Livingston Recreation Department
Baseball, Basketball, Soccer coach
Noreen Kelly Smith ’93, wife
Emily Smith, daughter
Jordan Smith, Son
Ryan Smith, son
How will your candidacy help promote the mission of the National Alumni Council?
I believe that my candidacy for the position of vice president on the PC Alumni Council will help promote the mission of the National Alumni Council since I am a product of that mission, and now I would like to continue to encourage alumni to be embraced by the PC Alumni community as the vice president of the PC Alumni Council.
A fellow PC Alumni Council member reached out to me and leveraged my love for PC to get me involved in the Alumni Council and to participate in its outreach to fellow alumni. The decision to become involved with the PC Alumni Council has been a rewarding experience.
I have served on the PC Alumni Council for the last several years, and it has allowed me to connect and reconnect with fellow alumni and form relationships with current PC students. As an alumnus of color and a former varsity athlete, I have been able to use these attributes to reach out to fellow alumni and apprise them of all the splendid work the Alumni Council carries out and to encourage others to be involved with the work of the Alumni Council.
If I am fortunate enough to be elected vice president of the PC Alumni Council, I plan to continue the long tradition of service to the PC Alumni Community. I plan to promote an inclusive environment to both current PC student and alumni.
I plan to be an active leader and serve as a “cheerleader” for others. It is my sincere hope that something I say or do in my role as vice president will cause a PC alum to reconnect with the PC community and for current students to understand that their relationship to the PC community does not end upon graduation — it just transforms to a new special relationship that has a host of opportunities to serve and support Providence College.
Dr. Kathryn Lamontagne ’01, ’03G
Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts, Providence College
Master of Arts, University of London
Master of Arts and Ph.D., Boston University
Boston University, College of General Studies, Division of Social Sciences
PC Volunteer Leadership
Mal Brown (Providence) Chapter, Board member at large
President of South Coast, Massachusetts Club, 2016–2021
Co-President of London Club, 2012–2015
Providence College Class of 2001 Reunion Events and Fundraising Committee, 2006–current
Kerry Anne O’Keefe (Providence College) Scholarship Committee, 2005–2008
Providence College, Center for Career Education and the Office of Alumni Relations, January 2021
Panelist, Careers in Education Q&A and Reflection Session
Providence College Alumni Leadership Session, December 2020
Moderator, Conversation between the Provost, Executive Vice President, and stakeholders
Honors, Recognitions and Awards
Forthcoming, June 2022: “‘Our Three Selves:’ Radclyffe Hall and Mabel Batten’s Lived Catholicism.” Ecclesiastical Practices.
Forthcoming, 2023: Book monograph under contract with Routledge UK: Pious Transgressors: Re-Considering Catholic Lay Womanhood in Edwardian Britain.
Forthcoming, 2024: “Margaret Fletcher and Christian Feminism: Creating a Catholic Women’s League” In Twentieth-Century Lay Catholic Action and Spirituality in Britain by Maria Power and Jonathan Bush (Cardiff: Catholic Record Society).
“The Manchester of America: Transmission of Northern Labor Unionism to Fall River, Massachusetts, 1880-1911” In English Ethnicity and Culture in North America by David Gleeson funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, United Kingdom (University of South Carolina Press: 2017).
Pardee Center for Global Studies, Boston University, Institute for Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA), Religion and World Affairs Colloquium, Fellow, 2020-2021, 2021-22
Presented over 40 conference papers internationally
PC Student Involvement
Junior Ring Weekend, Core
Campus Ministry, Lector
College Democrats, President
Habitat for Humanity
Westport Historical Society
Westport United Soccer, Coach, 2021
Fall River Youth Soccer, Coach, 2019
Richard Sands, husband, native of Kent, England (Hasbro)
Charlie Sands, son, student at St. Philomena School, Portsmouth, R.I. (and plays for Providence Hockey Club!)
How will your candidacy help promote the mission of the National Alumni Association?
I am so pleased to be a candidate for the position of vice president for the National Alumni Association Council. I fell in love with PC on a visit as a high school junior and I remain enamored today. On a recent visit to New Jersey to see my son’s godmother (also a PC alum), she marveled at my commitment to our alma mater 20 years after graduating. PC gave me the gift of opening my eyes to the world around me, before me, and beyond me as an undergrad and grad student — and for that I am eternally grateful. Moreover, the fact that I still teach a version of Civ to my own college students and write on lay Catholic women’s history speaks volumes for the impact PC has and continues to have on me as mom, wife, friend, and scholar.
To show my thanks to PC, I have served as the president of two PC alumni groups (London + SouthCoast), currently serve on the Board of Mal Brown, and have been active for my Reunion years among tens of other activities.
The National Alumni Council seeks to be representative of 57,000 of us. And while I can’t meet each and every alum, know that we hold a common bond as Fellow Friars. I look forward to serving in this role where I could enthusiastically tell you how great the current and FOLD students are (I taught at PC a few years back), build more connections among those of us who have graduated since 2001, and signify the importance of the thousands of educators, like myself, who teach what we learned at PC.