Christine Griffin, Director
Director, Co-founder, Michael’s oldest sister
Graduated from Providence College, ’91, BA English, taught at The Lincoln School for girls from 1992-1998, volunteer in community of Barrington, RI at Barrington Early Childhood Center (member of board and served a term as President), Nayatt Elementary School , Hampden Meadows School, Moses Brown School in Providence, RI. Since 2018 teaching 6th grade history at Moses Brown School. Lives in Providence with husband, Steve and 2 dogs Lyla and Sunny and loves spending time with her three children, Riley, Chase and Georgia.
Kathleen Flanagan, RN
Associate Director, Co-founder, Michael’s mom
BSN Salve Regina College, MSN UMASS Dartmouth, Nursing career primarily in pediatric nursing, Currently a clinical instructor at UMASS Dartmouth in pediatric and community nursing. Nursing Consultant for the South Coast Educational Collaborative, Member of the Swansea Medical Reserve Corps. Recently completed a 6-year commitment as Swansea Library Trustee, Board member of the Swansea Cemetery Trust, Swansea resident for 26 years.
I met Mike at Case High but our friendship really took off during our college years. Our love for the same music forced us to be good friends. I’ll never forget how many times he helped me move in that blue pickup…even after hip surgeries. Just before graduating from New England Tech in 2005, I got my dream job at NESN and I’ve been there ever since. I’m happily married in Attleboro with a little son that I adore. I organize the Flan-a-Fundraisers every other year that benefit the Michael H. Flanagan Scholarship Fund at Joe Case.
I have a bachelor’s degree in hotel management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After college, I worked in the hospitality industry for three years before I began to pursue a career in education. For the past six years, I have worked as an eighth grade history teacher in the town of Swansea, MA. In the spring of 2010, I will be receiving my master’s degree in teaching history from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. I love being an educator and a coach and hope to make a difference in my hometown of Swansea. I am honored to have the opportunity to take part in a foundation that provides comfort for so many cancer patients and their families. Mike was one of my closest friends growing up. My goal as a board member is to keep Mike’s spirit alive while working to raise money for the foundation and its endeavors.
Laura Foley Ramsden is the co-owner of Foley Fish, a fourth generation, Boston and New Bedford based seafood processor. Prior to returning to her family’s business, Laura worked in Chicago and Boston in Public Relations. Laura received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan. In addition to her involvement on the Flanagan Foundation board, Laura is active in the Barrington Public Schools volunteering and serving on the Barrington Middle School PTO executive board. When not fish mongering, Laura enjoys running, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
A Barrington native for almost 44 years graduated from the University of New Hampshire (87) with a BA in Psychology and then received a Master’s of Education from Providence College in Counseling. Currently, an “at home mom” with three active children has years of volunteering experience in the schools and community. It is time to volunteer with a deeper purpose ~ bringing an honest, hard working and well respected voice to the board. The Foundation’s website and communications along with any other projects which are presented will be my focus.