Board of Directors

 
Christine McDermott, President.  Christine has served on the board since 2015 and lives in Warwick. She is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Tri-Bro Manufacturing. She previously worked as Director of Publications for AAA Southern New England and as Executive Editor of India New England.  She was a member of the Leadership Rhode Island Class of 2011 and earned her B.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University.

Christine McDermott, President. Christine has served on the board since 2015 and lives in Warwick. She is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Tri-Bro Manufacturing. She previously worked as Director of Publications for AAA Southern New England and as Executive Editor of India New England.

She was a member of the Leadership Rhode Island Class of 2011 and earned her B.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University.


Bruce Medeiros, CPA, Treasurer.  Bruce has served on the board since 2014 and lives in Cranston. He is the Chief Financial Officer for Beltone New England. He previously worked at Yarlas, Kaplan, Santilli & Moran Ltd. and earned his degrees from Bryant University and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth .

Bruce Medeiros, CPA, Treasurer. Bruce has served on the board since 2014 and lives in Cranston. He is the Chief Financial Officer for Beltone New England. He previously worked at Yarlas, Kaplan, Santilli & Moran Ltd. and earned his degrees from Bryant University and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth .








Madonna Cardillo  has served on the board since 2018 and lives in Cranston. Senior Corporate Paralegal to General Counsel at Corvias. Cardillo previously served as a corporate paralegal for Premier Title & Escrow Co. and a legal assistant to the Law Offices of Joshua Teverow. She earned her degrees from Boston University and the Sawyer School and is a member of the Leadership RI Class of 2017.

Madonna Cardillo has served on the board since 2018 and lives in Cranston. Senior Corporate Paralegal to General Counsel at Corvias. Cardillo previously served as a corporate paralegal for Premier Title & Escrow Co. and a legal assistant to the Law Offices of Joshua Teverow. She earned her degrees from Boston University and the Sawyer School and is a member of the Leadership RI Class of 2017.










Kevin Escudero, Ph.D . Kevin has served on the board since 2016 and lives in Providence. Kevin is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies and affiliated faculty in the Department of Sociology, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Population Studies Training Center at Brown University. Professor Escudero's research interest focus on the areas of race/ethnicity, immigration and citizenship, law and social movements. He earned his Ph.D. from University of California Berkeley and his MSL from the Yale Law School.

Kevin Escudero, Ph.D. Kevin has served on the board since 2016 and lives in Providence. Kevin is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies and affiliated faculty in the Department of Sociology, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Population Studies Training Center at Brown University. Professor Escudero's research interest focus on the areas of race/ethnicity, immigration and citizenship, law and social movements. He earned his Ph.D. from University of California Berkeley and his MSL from the Yale Law School.

Tracey LeBeau.  Tracey has served on the board since 2017 and lives in Smithfield. She is a Senior IT Project Manager at Hasbro, Inc. in Pawtucket. She previously worked at Alex and Ani and GTECH (Now IGT). Active in various projects related to women's health and equality, Tracey is a passionate supporter of the Sojourner House mission as well as Legislation that protects victims of domestic violence and human sex trafficking.

Tracey LeBeau. Tracey has served on the board since 2017 and lives in Smithfield. She is a Senior IT Project Manager at Hasbro, Inc. in Pawtucket. She previously worked at Alex and Ani and GTECH (Now IGT). Active in various projects related to women's health and equality, Tracey is a passionate supporter of the Sojourner House mission as well as Legislation that protects victims of domestic violence and human sex trafficking.




Kristen Quinlan, Ph.D.  Kristen joined the board in 2019 and lives in Coventry. Dr. Quinlan is the lead epidemiologist for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), where she provides recommendations to state and local suicide prevention systems on collecting, analyzing and using existing suicide-related data for planning, quality improvement, and/or impact purposes. Dr. Quinlan is also the Director of the Outreach Core for the CDC’s Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S), where she is responsible for translating the latest suicide prevention research into practice through blog posts, newsletters, podcasts, and an annual webinar series.

Kristen Quinlan, Ph.D. Kristen joined the board in 2019 and lives in Coventry. Dr. Quinlan is the lead epidemiologist for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), where she provides recommendations to state and local suicide prevention systems on collecting, analyzing and using existing suicide-related data for planning, quality improvement, and/or impact purposes. Dr. Quinlan is also the Director of the Outreach Core for the CDC’s Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S), where she is responsible for translating the latest suicide prevention research into practice through blog posts, newsletters, podcasts, and an annual webinar series.


Kersti Yllo, Ph.D.  Kersti has served on the board since 2017 and lives in Providence. She is Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheaton College (MA). She has conducted research and trainings on domestic violence for more than three decades and her most recent book (edited with G. Torres) is Marital Rape: Consent, Marriage and Social Change in Global Context (Oxford U. Press, 2016). She is co-founder of an independent elementary school, The Pinecroft School in Rehoboth. ) She earned her degrees from Denison University and University of New Hampshire.

Kersti Yllo, Ph.D. Kersti has served on the board since 2017 and lives in Providence. She is Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheaton College (MA). She has conducted research and trainings on domestic violence for more than three decades and her most recent book (edited with G. Torres) is Marital Rape: Consent, Marriage and Social Change in Global Context (Oxford U. Press, 2016). She is co-founder of an independent elementary school, The Pinecroft School in Rehoboth. ) She earned her degrees from Denison University and University of New Hampshire.

 
Prutha Patel, Vice-President.  Prutha has served on the board since 2017 and lives in Providence. She is Vice President and Controller at Patel Investments. Previously she was Vice President of Orange Leaf Yogurt RI & Greater MA territory. She earned her B.A. from Boston University, is Founder of the Lupus Support Group of Rhode Island, and serves on the Miriam Hospital Board of Governors.

Prutha Patel, Vice-President. Prutha has served on the board since 2017 and lives in Providence. She is Vice President and Controller at Patel Investments. Previously she was Vice President of Orange Leaf Yogurt RI & Greater MA territory. She earned her B.A. from Boston University, is Founder of the Lupus Support Group of Rhode Island, and serves on the Miriam Hospital Board of Governors.

Emma A.A.  Emma has served on the board since 2016. She works at citizens bank.

Emma A.A. Emma has served on the board since 2016. She works at citizens bank.



Tara S. McClary  has served on the board since 2016 and lives in Cumberland. She is an Assistant Vice President at Amica Mutual Insurance Company. She earned her BA in Economics from Vassar College and is currently working towards her Master of Liberal Arts, Management from Harvard University Extension School.

Tara S. McClary has served on the board since 2016 and lives in Cumberland. She is an Assistant Vice President at Amica Mutual Insurance Company. She earned her BA in Economics from Vassar College and is currently working towards her Master of Liberal Arts, Management from Harvard University Extension School.


















Stephanie Huckel.  Stephanie has served on the board since 2016 and lives in Providence. She is a diversity and inclusion professional at IGT and consultant, speaker, and principal at Huckel Inclusive. She previously worked as Manager of Culture and Diversity and Inclusion at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. She is a member of the State of Rhode Island Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity Advisory Council and earned her B.A. and M.S. from Bay Path University.

Stephanie Huckel. Stephanie has served on the board since 2016 and lives in Providence. She is a diversity and inclusion professional at IGT and consultant, speaker, and principal at Huckel Inclusive. She previously worked as Manager of Culture and Diversity and Inclusion at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. She is a member of the State of Rhode Island Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity Advisory Council and earned her B.A. and M.S. from Bay Path University.





Kira Manser.  Kira Manser has served on the board since 2019 and lives in Pawtucket. She is a therapist with expertise in helping individuals and couples with sexual communication, gender affirmation, sexual functioning, sexual pleasure, and sex positivity. She prioritizes forming strong connections with her clients so while in session they can be their authentic selves. Kira strives to create spaces that challenge and support individuals to explore sexuality by using active methods and affirmative and feminist informed therapeutic modalities. She received her MSW and MEd in Human Sexuality from Widener University and her B.A. from Brown University.

Kira Manser. Kira Manser has served on the board since 2019 and lives in Pawtucket. She is a therapist with expertise in helping individuals and couples with sexual communication, gender affirmation, sexual functioning, sexual pleasure, and sex positivity. She prioritizes forming strong connections with her clients so while in session they can be their authentic selves. Kira strives to create spaces that challenge and support individuals to explore sexuality by using active methods and affirmative and feminist informed therapeutic modalities. She received her MSW and MEd in Human Sexuality from Widener University and her B.A. from Brown University.

Anthony Roberson.  Anthony has served on the board since 2017 and lives in Providence. He is a detective for the Providence Police Department. He is a certified teacher for the State of Rhode Island and board member for the paramedic advisers for Roger Williams University. He previously served as the Director of Record for the department’s record bureau and is currently a member of the Council to Reduce Gun Violence for the City of Providence. He is also an inductee of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hall of Fame for the City of Providence. Anthony holds a M.S. degree from Boston University and is a doctoral candidate for a degree in education.

Anthony Roberson. Anthony has served on the board since 2017 and lives in Providence. He is a detective for the Providence Police Department. He is a certified teacher for the State of Rhode Island and board member for the paramedic advisers for Roger Williams University. He previously served as the Director of Record for the department’s record bureau and is currently a member of the Council to Reduce Gun Violence for the City of Providence. He is also an inductee of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hall of Fame for the City of Providence. Anthony holds a M.S. degree from Boston University and is a doctoral candidate for a degree in education.

 
Judith Clare, Secretary.  Judith has served on the board since 2015 and lives in Providence. She recently retired after serving as director of the Amica Center for Career Education at Bryant University. She is also a board member of the Girls Scouts of Southeastern New England, Smithfield Rotary Club and on the Board of Directors of Executive Women’s Golf Association. Judy also volunteers at the Rhode Island Free Clinic, is a member of the Commission on Disabilities and on the Advisory Board of the Rhode Island Business Leaders Network. She earned her Masters in Education in Counseling as well as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Rhode Island College.

Judith Clare, Secretary. Judith has served on the board since 2015 and lives in Providence. She recently retired after serving as director of the Amica Center for Career Education at Bryant University. She is also a board member of the Girls Scouts of Southeastern New England, Smithfield Rotary Club and on the Board of Directors of Executive Women’s Golf Association. Judy also volunteers at the Rhode Island Free Clinic, is a member of the Commission on Disabilities and on the Advisory Board of the Rhode Island Business Leaders Network. She earned her Masters in Education in Counseling as well as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Rhode Island College.

Courtney Bourns.  Courtney has served on the board since 2017 and lives in Barrington. She is an organizational development consultant with twenty-five years of experience working with with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations and social change initiatives that require cross-sector partnerships. She was Senior Program Officer at the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, with a focus on food systems transformation in New England. Other positions include Vice President of Programs at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Director of Organizational Development at Conservation International, and Senior Associate at the Interaction Institute for Social Change. She earned her BA from Brown University and her MA from Union Theological Seminary.

Courtney Bourns. Courtney has served on the board since 2017 and lives in Barrington. She is an organizational development consultant with twenty-five years of experience working with with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations and social change initiatives that require cross-sector partnerships. She was Senior Program Officer at the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, with a focus on food systems transformation in New England. Other positions include Vice President of Programs at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Director of Organizational Development at Conservation International, and Senior Associate at the Interaction Institute for Social Change. She earned her BA from Brown University and her MA from Union Theological Seminary.

Edward D'Arezzo.  Edward has served on the board since 2017 and lives in Cranston. He is retired from the RI Department of Health after 36 years and serving as the Associate Director of Health. He was also an adjunct professor in Economics, Marketing, Finance, and Human Resources at Bryant University, Providence College, University of Rhode Island, Johnson and Wales University and Roger Williams University. He is a Leadership Rhode Island 2008 alumna and also serves on the RI PACE board and Nursing Assistant Professional Board. He earned his BA in Economics from Providence College and MA in Economics from Tufts University.

Edward D'Arezzo. Edward has served on the board since 2017 and lives in Cranston. He is retired from the RI Department of Health after 36 years and serving as the Associate Director of Health. He was also an adjunct professor in Economics, Marketing, Finance, and Human Resources at Bryant University, Providence College, University of Rhode Island, Johnson and Wales University and Roger Williams University. He is a Leadership Rhode Island 2008 alumna and also serves on the RI PACE board and Nursing Assistant Professional Board. He earned his BA in Economics from Providence College and MA in Economics from Tufts University.

Anne Landis . Anne has served on the board since 2017 and lives in Providence. She taught history at at Moses Brown School. She has worked with Camp Eureka and Moses Brown students each summer since the camp began in 2006. She earned her BA from Chatham College and MAT from Brown University.

Anne Landis. Anne has served on the board since 2017 and lives in Providence. She taught history at at Moses Brown School. She has worked with Camp Eureka and Moses Brown students each summer since the camp began in 2006. She earned her BA from Chatham College and MAT from Brown University.



Elizabeth O'Neill.  Elizabeth has served on the board since 2019 and lives in East Greenwich. As principal of Elizabeth O'Neill Consulting, she helps CEOs and founders get better business results by improving their People and Culture practices and through executive coaching. Elizabeth is also an Advisor for the Social Enterprise Greenhouse. She holds her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Chicago and her M.S.W. from Columbia University.

Elizabeth O'Neill. Elizabeth has served on the board since 2019 and lives in East Greenwich. As principal of Elizabeth O'Neill Consulting, she helps CEOs and founders get better business results by improving their People and Culture practices and through executive coaching. Elizabeth is also an Advisor for the Social Enterprise Greenhouse. She holds her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Chicago and her M.S.W. from Columbia University.

Henry Silva.  Henry has served on the board since 2019 and lives in Providence. He is a CPA and Shareholder/Director of Emerging Business Group at KLR - one of the largest New England Accounting Firms.

Henry Silva. Henry has served on the board since 2019 and lives in Providence. He is a CPA and Shareholder/Director of Emerging Business Group at KLR - one of the largest New England Accounting Firms.