Our Leadership

Our Leadership

Executive Director

Karen Gager, MSW, LICSW. has a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston University School of Social Work. She has worked in the fields of social services and education for over twenty years. In addition, she has been a Field Instructor for various Schools of Social Work in RI and MA. Karen was awarded a Women of Achievement Award in Program Development for “Improving the Lives of Children & Youth” by the YWCA of Rhode Island in 2007.

Board Of Directors


Lisa Carter, MD, MPH. received her undergraduate degree, medical degree, and Master’s of Public Health at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lisa works at the Family Health Center of Worcester, a busy community health center that serves an ethnically diverse, low-income, urban population. She has been greatly inspired by the work of 134 Collaborative, and is honored to be a part of its leadership.


Vice President

Reverend John Jones, also known as Pastor Jack, has been the volunteer developer and co-coordinator of the Mathewson Street Sunday Morning Prayer Breakfast. He has been an ordained minister for 21 years following receiving his Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology where he concentrated on pastoral care and counseling. He has served in ministry in several local churches in RI in addition to campus ministry and hospice care ministry.




Matthew Kelly, Esq. has been practicing law at White & Kelly, P.C. in downtown Providence since 2000. He earned a B.A. from Marist College in 1996 and obtained a J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law in 1999. He is admitted to practice in Rhode Island and the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Mr. Kelly is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and the Defense Counsel of Rhode Island (DCRI). He has presented numerous writings and lectures on topics related to his practice to doctors, nurses and hospitals.


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Advisory Board Members

Tim Cummings has been a business development consultant working with non-profits and small businesses for the past eleven years. A native of Rhode Island, he received his B.S. in Justice and Law Administration from Western Connecticut State University, and his M.B.A. in Management & Strategy from Western Governors University. In addition to his work as a consultant, Tim serves as an Adjunct Professor of Business in the School for Accelerated Studies at Becker College in Worcester, MA and as an Adjunct Professor of Management at the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI. He is excited by 134 Collaborative’s work in addressing social welfare needs in Providence and is passionate about the collaborative nature of the organization’s work.

Laura Faulkner served on the Board of Directors of 134 Collaborative between November 2011 and May 2013. During her time on the board, she Chaired the Marketing Committee – executing social media strategies and strategic communications for 134 Collaborative. Laura is the 2013 Communications Fellow at Hitachi Foundation, a corporate foundation dedicated to discovering and expanding business practices that create tangible, enduring economic benefits for low-wealth Americans while enhancing long-term business value. Her work focuses on elevating the visibility of young social entrepreneurs and highlighting business practices that provide pathways out of poverty for low-wage workers. Laura works to make the business case for companies to invest in the training and development of workers. Laura has previously worked as a Research Associate with the Mosakwoski Institute for Public Enterprise and a Policy Analyst for Rhode Island think-tanks RIPEC and the Economic Progress Institute. She holds a BA in Political Science and MPA from Clark University.

Peter T. Hahn is currently a member of the Faculty of the Gabelli School of Business at Roger Williams University.  Previously, Peter served in various senior management positions at the President and CEO level in the pharmaceutical, medical device and medical software industries. Peter has also served as a member of the Finance and Marketing Advisory Committees of the South County Hospital System and was marketing advisor to the Courthouse Center for the Arts, both located in Southern Rhode Island.  In addition to his teaching, he has organized and directed numerous RWU student project teams focused on social enterprise strategy, planning and finance with Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) entrepreneurs.  He has been an advisor to the 134 Collaborative Executive Director and Board of Directors through his role as SEG Mentor. He holds an MBA and doctorate from Columbia University.

Keith W. L. Rafal, MD, MPH is currently the Chief of Rehabilitation & Restorative Care at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket. He has extensive experience in rehabilitation medicine previously serving as the Medical Director for the Rehabilitation Hospital of RI, including the Medical Director for the hospital’s Fibromyalgia Program. He is also a member of the American College of Physician Executives and American Academy of Pain Management. In addition to his position at Memorial, he is the President & Founder of Healing Choices, PC in North Smithfield and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at Brown University School of Medicine. Dr. Rafal received his MD from Howard Medical School and MPH from Tufts University.