Smith Hill CDC Staff
Francis H. Smith
Francis is a 25 year resident of the city of Providence and has served as Executive Director of the Smith Hill CDC since 2004. He has over 28 years of administrative experience in nonprofit management. In addition to a Liberal Arts Degree from Rhode Island College, he has also earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University.
Francis is married to Mary Ellen (Pare) Smith who is an educator in Providence. They have five children. Francis has coached for many years in various youth sports programs in addition to serving in a volunteer capacity for numerous other church and community organizations.
Lauren is a recent Providence College graduate who worked as a Smith Hill YouthRAP volunteer during her Junior and Senior years.
Larry has worked at the Smith Hill CDC for 3 years and during that time the number of units that he is responsible for has doubled. Professionally, Larry has been employed as either a maintenance man or musician since he was seventeen. He started working maintenance at the Neighborhood Youth Center in Baltimore, Maryland in 1966, the same year he began his fifteen year affiliation with the R&B group, The Hitchhikers.
Larry is certified in Building Maintenance from OIC (Occupation Industrialization Center) of Rhode Island. He has also received training in working with people with developmental disabilities at the Trudeau Center in Warwick. His previous experience in maintenance includes work in the school and group home facilities of Behavior Research in Olneyville, RI.
In addition to his CDC responsibilities, Larry is deeply involved in the New Life Community Church, where he serves as Deacon and lead guitarist of the choir under the direction of Barbara Bryant.
(on-site at the CDC)Property Manager
Belky joined the Smith Hill CDC team in 2010 and is in charge of all the Tax Credit properties, including Visions II.Maintenance Supervisor
Billy has always been mechanically inclined and worked various construction jobs growing up. He has worked for Dimeo Properties for the last eleven years, and with Ryan Elliot Management for the previous five. For the past six years he has worked directly with the Smith Hill CDC, through his position with Dimeo Properties.
Billy has many certifications in the area of commercial and residential property management, including : Lead Mitigation Certification through the Rhode Island Association of Realtors, Maintenance Operation Basics from the Institute of Real Estate Management, as well as OSHA and CPR certification.
Billy lives in East Providence with his beautiful family, Rosa and Madison. In his spare time he likes to hunt in the woods of Maine.