About Adoption Rhode Island

Meet the Staff

Alex DeRita, BSW

Teen Focus Program Coordinator

Allison Forte, AGS

Adoption & Permanency Services Program, Adoption & Permanency Specialist

Amanda Choiniere, BA

Adoption & Permanency Services Program, Adoption & Permanency Specialist

Angela Gomes, BSW

Child & Family Support Program, Preserving Families Case Manager

Bernie Hicks

Special Projects Coordinator/Office Asst.

Beth Capron, LCSW, MSW

Adoption & Permanency Services Program Manager

Breeanna Thornton, BA

Teen Focus Program, Permanency Specialist

Bridget Gieseke, BS

Development & Community Relations Coordinator

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

Marketing Communications Director

Donna Silvia

Office Manager

Emily Lyon, LICSW, MS, MSW

Chief Operating Officer

Esther Robbins, LCSW, MSW

Child & Family Support Program, Clinician

Gabriel Toro, BA

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

Jan Dion Roy, LICSW, MSW

Child & FamilySupport Program Clinician

Jennifer Foster, BS

Development & Community Relations Director

Katheryn Tavares, MSW, LCSW

Program Development & Evaluation Manager

Kelly Bauman, BA

Adoption & Permanency Services Program, Adoption & Permanency Specialist

Kristen Gower, BA

Development & Community Relations Assistant

Lenka Trahan

Accounting Manager

Lesley Lopez, BA

Teen Focus Program, Permanency Specialist

Louie Stravato, ABA

Adoption & Permanency Services Program, Extreme Family Finding Investigator

Marcie Baker-Hinds, BSW

Teen Focus Program, Permanency Specialist

Meaghan Menard, BS

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

Merry Caswell, MA

Educational Consultant

Michael Wynn, BSW

Teen Focus Program, Educational Specialist

Shannon Doherty, BA

Adoption & Permanency Services Program, Extreme Family Finding Recruiter

Stephanie Pezzone, MA, CAGS

Child & Family Support Program Clinician

Wendy Sousa, LICSW, MSW

Child & Family Support Program Manager

Yolonda Washburn-Smith, BA

Teen Focus Program, Education Specialist

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

Patricia Bennett

Principal, The Paradigm Group

Mark Bevington

CEO and Director of Purpose, Ninedot – a Digital Creative Agency

Donna Caldwell

Psychologist

The Honorable Judge Frank Caprio

Chief Judge, Providence Municipal Court

Elizabeth Caraballo-Wesley

Human Resources Executive, Retired

Frank Carpano

Sports Anchor/Reporter, WJAR (NBC10)

Murray Charron

Vice President of Commercial Banking, HarborOne Bank

Frances DiFiore

Vice President of Marketing, Pawtucket 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