Steve's professional experience in the field of juvenile corrections adds an important dimension to his work at the Child Welfare Institute. Steve earned his bachelor's degree in science at Worcester State College. In 1996, Steve successfully completed the Juvenile Corrections Training Academy, which resulted in his employment career with the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families. Steve worked as a Juvenile Program Worker in the Youth Correctional Center (the maximum security unit of the training school) from 1997-2004. In this capacity, he supervised Rhode Islands' highest risk youth offenders, with a focus on gang involvement, acute substance abuse, and other behavioral health care needs.
In 2004, Steve was promoted to Senior Community Development Training Specialist. In this position, he coordinates and implements pre and in-service training programs for the state training school staff. Steve is the main recruiter and training instructor for the six week pre-service training academy for all juvenile corrections staff. In 2010, Steve joined the Child Welfare Institute, where he provides training on juvenile corrections and child welfare related topics. As a trainer, Steve creatively weaves corrections, education, and rehabilitation perspectives into curricula.Steve's specific areas of expertise include:
Steve welcomes opportunities to collaborate with stakeholders and partners in human services and juvenile corrections.