Meet our Board


Donna (Vice Chair/CEO)

Donna Folcarelli is the President, Founder, and service provider of Directions For Life. She has over 20 years of experience working with women in transition. Donna currently serves as the Assistant Program Manager for Women’s Health at the Providence VA. She also has a private practice, working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She founded Directions For Life with one mission in mind: '"I want to make a difference and be the change by helping people be their best version of themselves."

comingsoon Robin Jackim (Assistant Treasurer)

Robin is a Certified Life Coach, Six Phase Meditation Trainer, and a Positive Intelligence Mental Fitness Coach. She is also a Nursery Manager and Landscape Designer at Highland Farm in Wakefield, RI. In the early part of her career she worked for South Shore Mental Health as a Residential Worker, Behavior Specialist and Case Manager for people transitioning from the Institute of Mental Health into supervised residential settings and other housing as their situation permitted. Robin has experience working as a volunteer with Sympatico manning their crisis hotline for several years, and at the South County Community Garden where she served as a Board Member as their secretary for two years. She also volunteered for Music at Lily Pads which sponsored musical events to raise funds which were donated to various nonprofits in the community. Robin brings her commitment to her core values of service and community to the board at Directions for Life. 

comingsoon Liam Hillery (Secretary)

Liam Hillery is an educator in the state of Rhode Island. Currently serving as a High School educator, Liam has an extensive background in both k-12 and Higher Education. With experience in free lance writing, Liam serves DFL in grant research and advising capacities. He looks forward to the positive impacts DFL can bring to the Women’s Veteran community. 

comingsoon Kasey Cardin (Treasurer)

Kasey Cardin is a born and raised Rhode Island native. She is an elementary educator in the state of Rhode Island. Kasey went to Providence College for both her Bachelor and Master Degrees. From a young age, she has always had a deep passion for volunteering and helping others. Kasey decided to become a part of Directions For Life because she wanted to dedicate her time towards help make a difference for Women Veterans in the Rhode Island community. 

comingsoon Marilyn (Assistant Secretary)

Marilyn is a retired Assistant to the Director of “Women in Transition”, a nonprofit organization housed at the Women’s Prison in Cranston RI. She joined the team after working at the prison with the Women’s Mentoring Program. She majored in Human Services at Community College Rhode Island and has a passion for providing support and guidance to those who are working to turn their lives around.

comingsoon Geoff (Chair)

Geoff Schoos is a retired attorney and current author with extensive experience in establishing and managing non-profit corporations. As a president of his own non-profit legal services organization, Geoff has acquired a unique perspective and set of insights regarding the governance and operation of non-profit corporations. 

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