LEADERSHIP

Founder

MARTINHA JAVID

Martinha was born in Sao Miguel Acores.  Migrated here with family in 1979.  She is married to Dr. Javid and has 3 daughters, Martina, Sabrina, and Sophia and four grandchildren, Isabella Kameron, Liam, and Mila.

Mae Organization was born out of a very humble and spiritual calling.  “To turn my eyes and ears to the cries of the homeless” I will be on this journey until my time is finished here on earth.

President

CHRISTINA ROBERTS

Christina is a graduate of Chariho High School (2009). She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island (2013), went on to earn an MBA in Project Management from Ashford University (2017), and most recently completed a certificate program for Women in Leadership through Cornell University (2020). Christina works as an IT Project Analyst and serves as the President of the MAE Organization for the Homeless.

 

Her passion for those less fortunate came about after electively living among the homeless in San Francisco with a group of other students while in high school. In her role as President of MAE she has assisted in securing tens of thousands of dollars in grant writing and fundraising efforts as well as serving clients through outreach efforts.

 

Christina represented Rhode Island as Mrs. Rhode Island International 2016. She has received multiple Citizen Citations in recognition of her work with the homeless from the Mayor of Providence, the Rhode Island Senate, and the Rhode Island House of Representatives (2016, 2019, and 2020). She has also been honored among the top 1.7% of Citizens colleagues as a Credo Champion twice (2016 and 2017) and has been granted the MAE lifetime service award (2019) for her dedication to those less fortunate.

Treasure

LILIANA TEIXEIRA

Born in Lima Peru, she’s the first person willing to volunteer her time without hesitation, when she’s needed.

Liliana’s community involvement includes providing new ideas that are dedicated specifically for her community, all while taking a lead role in treasurer and assisting with the coordination of new ideas. She continues to volunteer at the PTA for her son’s school and for her parish with different fundraisers. Also manages to find time to get.

Secretary

DEBBIE SWANHOLM

Debbie Swanholm is the current Secretary and former Treasurer of the Mae Organization.  She has also been active in our Providence food service program for the last 4 years.  She is a CPA and works part time for the accounting firm of PKF O'Connor Davies in Providence, RI.  Debbie has over 30 years’ experience in public accounting primarily servicing small businesses and non-profit organizations.  She is a supporter of continuous learning and has a passion for non-profit work.  Debbie spent many years as the treasurer for various PTA's, was on the Board of her neighborhood association, mentored a child through the Foster Forward agency, and volunteers at her local food bank.  Debbie has three children and currently resides in South Kingstown Rhode Island with her husband and 17-year-old toy poodle.