About Adoption Rhode Island

Meet the Staff

Alex DeRita, BSW

Youth Transition Services Program Manager

Allison Forte, AGS

Adoption & Permanency Services Program, Adoption & Permanency Specialist

Amanda Choiniere, BA

Adoption & Permanency Services Program, Family Engagement Specialist

Angela Gomes, BSW

Child & Family Support Program, Preserving Families Case Manager

Angela Norrman, BA

Wendy's Wonderful Kids Recruiter

Anissa Latifi, LICSW

Child & Family Support Clinical Social Worker

Bernie Hicks

Special Projects Coordinator/Office Asst.

Beth Capron, LCSW, MSW

Adoption & Permanency Services Program Manager

Breeanna Thornton, BA

Making KINnections Recruiter

Bridget Gieseke, BS

Associate Director of Development

Catherine Allard, LMHC, MA, CAGS

Child & Family Support Program, Senior Clinician

Claudia DeFaria, BA

Adoption & Permanency Services Program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter

Darlene Allen, MS

CEO & Executive Director

Donna Rivera, BA

Sr. Marketing Communications Manager

Emily Lyon, LICSW, MS, MSW

Chief Operating Officer and Director of Quality

Esther Robbins, LICSW, MSW

Child & Family Support Department Coordinator

Gabriel Toro, BA

Adoption & Permanency Services Program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter

Heather Sillins, BA

Social Media Consultant

Jan Dion Roy, LICSW, MSW

Child & Family Support Program Clinician

Jennifer Foster, BS

Chief Advancement Officer

Kaelin Baker, BA

Youth Transition Services Department Permanency Specialist

Katheryn Tavares, MSW, LCSW

Data, Impact, and Resource Development Manager

Lenka Trahan

Chief Financial Officer

Lesley Lopez, BA

Teen Focus Program, Permanency Specialist

Louie Stravato, ABA

Adoption & Permanency Services Program, Extreme Family Finding Investigator

Marcie Baker-Hinds, BS

Youth Transitions Project Coordinator

Meaghan Menard, BS

Adoption & Permanency Services Program, Adoption & Permanency Specialist

Nicole Fiero, MEd, MAT

Chief Program Officer

Sara Gianopoulos, BA

Teen Focus Program, Permanency Specialist

Shannon Doherty, BA

Adoption & Permanency Services Program, Extreme Family Finding Coordinator

Stephanie Pezzone, LMHC

Child & Family Support Program Clinician

Tara Kilcommons

Administrative Assistant

Adoption Rhode Island is fortunate to have a dedicated Board of Directors committed to our mission and helping to make a difference.

President

Steven Parente

Executive Vice President and Director of Retail Banking, BankRI

Vice President

Howard Dulude

Human Resources Professional

Board Secretary

Julie Navarro

Owner, Mod Mama

Treasurer

Todd Costa

Finance and Accounting Professional

Dr. Mary Archibald

Assistant Professor BSW Program, Rhode Island College

Patricia Bennett

Principal, The Paradigm Group

The Honorable Judge Frank Caprio

Former Chief Judge, Providence Municipal Court

Elizabeth Caraballo-Wesley

Human Resources Executive, Retired

Frances DiFiore

Vice President of Marketing, CoastalOne Credit Union

Christopher DePalo

Managing Attorney, Lepizzera & Laprocina

Dolph Johnson

Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Hasbro, Inc.

Charrel Maxwell

Owner, Antiques Business, Retired

Dr. Marion Orr

Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies at Brown University

John Ottaviani

Partner, Partridge Snow & Hahn, LLP

Bret Williams

Entrepreneur

Honorary Members

Ray Arruda

Northeast Division Marketing Manager, Wendy’s International

Betty Jo Greene

Marketing/Communications, University of Rhode Island

Congressman Jim Langevin

U.S. Representative, RI’s 2nd Congressional District

Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell

Rhode Island Supreme Court