Alumni Awards & Recognition

The Alumni and Honor Roll Awards are presented annually to individuals whose personal and professional attainment and service to the college and the community bring honor upon themselves and Rhode Island College. 

2020-2021 Full Virtual Ceremony

Scroll down to see the individual videos of honorees for the 2020 and 2021 Alumni Awards Celebration.  

Past Alumni Award and Honor Roll Honorees

If you are interested in reviewing a full list of past honorees, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@ric.edu

John Nazarian Alumnus/Alumna of the Year

Professor Dr. Sandra Enos '71 earned her B.A. from Rhode Island College, a Master's from Brown University and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, spending the last twenty years of her career as a sociology professor at RIC and Bryant University. In that career, Dr. Enos was a national leader in the field of service learning and community engaged teaching. She is the author of Mothering from the Inside: Parenting in a Women’s Prison (2000) and Service-Learning and Social Entrepreneurship in Higher Education: The Pedagogy of Social Change (2015), along with other publications on race, incarceration, and gender and community-engaged teaching. Prior to earning her doctorate, she worked in the fields of child welfare and corrections, and served as a policy aide to the Governor of Rhode Island. Dr. Enos started her career as a VISTA Volunteer in rural Alabama. She is the recipient of many awards for outstanding teaching and service to the community and serves on the boards of the Jonnycake Center and the Thundermist Community Health Center. She also serves as a mentor in the Rhode Island College Alumni Association’s Career Empowerment Opportunity (CEO) mentoring program. Just after retiring, Dr. Enos founded Giving Beyond the Box, a social enterprise that curates gift boxes that feature products that carry social missions, showcase meaningful gift giving and share inspiring stories about people who are doing good in our community and beyond.

Charles B. Willard Achievement Award

Maria Ducharme '87, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, is president of The Miriam Hospital. Dr. Ducharme has spent her entire professional career at The Miriam Hospital, where she began as a cardiovascular medical/surgical nurse. Her impressive breadth of experiences has included leadership roles in inpatient nursing, respiratory therapy, and rehabilitation services. In 2010, Maria was named senior vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer of The Miriam. Maria has led some of The Miriam’s most ambitious and successful efforts to achieve excellence in the quality of patient care at the hospital. She helped lead the hospital’s response to COVID-19, directly overseeing the refinement and deployment of new safety protocols developed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Under her stewardship, The Miriam attained four-year Magnet recognition — considered the gold standard for nursing excellence — six consecutive times, which is a feat accomplished by only three other hospitals in the United States. Maria earned a doctor of nursing practice from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, a master of science degree in nursing from the University of Rhode Island, and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Rhode Island College in 1987.

Alumni Service Award

Elizabeth Warburton Rochefort ’10 is a principal architectural historian at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission (RIHPHC). Her career in historic preservation began while she was a student at RIC, where she double majored in history and anthropology and received the Evelyn Walsh Prize in History and the Phi Alpha Theta Excellence in History Award. During her time as a student, Elizabeth worked as an intern at the RIHPHC and as a special collections assistant in the college archives at James P. Adams Library. After graduating from RIC, she earned a master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Vermont. She then served as the collections manager at the Preservation Society of Newport County (Newport Mansions), where she managed the fine and decorative arts collection at ten of the country’s most beloved historic house museums. Elizabeth now serves as principal architectural historian at RIHPHC, the state agency that identifies and protects Rhode Island’s historic resources. Her accomplishments include preparing the 2021-2027 Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Plan and writing nominations that resulted in hundreds of properties being listed in the National Register of Historic Places. All roads lead back to RIC: one of those nominations was based on research Elizabeth began as a student. In 2020, the State Home and School for Dependent and Neglected Children Historic District on RIC’s East Campus was listed in the National Register. Elizabeth is the president of the New England chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (NE/SAH), a trustee of Providence Preservation Society, and a former board member of the RIC Alumni Association (2017-2020). She and her husband Denis are the new owners of an old house in Pawtucket. 

Young Alumni Award

Nick Lima '16  is serving a third term as registrar/director of elections for the City of Cranston Board of Canvassers, where he has administered six elections since 2017. He manages the canvassing department staff, poll workers, logistics, voter registration, cybersecurity, early voting, and other related operations. A U.S. Army veteran, he earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from RIC in 2016. Along the way, Nick was active on campus as president, secretary, and speaker of Student Community Government, Inc., general manager of WXIN radio, and managing editor of The Anchor newspaper, amongst his involvement in numerous other campus organizations. He also contributed feature stories for What’s News at RIC and the Alumni Magazine. Nick also found time to meet his wife, Hillary Lima ’14, at RIC; they were officers in many of the same student clubs, and both volunteered summers for the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, where Nick was the team’s media relations director and broadcaster from 2004-2016. Growing up in Tiverton, Nick spent most of his adult life in Cranston, until he and Hillary purchased their first home together in Coventry in 2020.  

Alumni Faculty Award

Professor of Social Work Frederic Reamer has been a respected member of the Rhode Island College School of Social Work faculty since 1983. His research and teaching have addressed a wide range of human service issues, including mental health, health care, criminal justice, public welfare, and professional ethics. Dr. Reamer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings. He has also taught at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Reamer has served as Director of the National Juvenile Justice Assessment Center of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; senior policy advisor to the Governor of Rhode Island; a member of the State of Rhode Island Parole Board; and a commissioner of the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation. Dr. Reamer has conducted extensive research on professional ethics. He has been involved in several national research projects sponsored by the Hastings Center, the Carnegie Corporation, the Haas Foundation, and the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Healthcare at the Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Reamer has published 24 books and more than 160 journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia articles. He has also served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Social Work Education, and associate editor of the National Association of Social Workers Encyclopedia of Social Work.

Professor of Social Work Deborah Siegel Ph.D., LICSW, DCSW, ACSW is a professor in the School of Social Work at Rhode Island College. She came to the college in 1983 after serving as director of field instruction in the B.S.W. program at Auburn University, administrator and faculty member in the School of Social Work at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and the Edith Abbott Teaching and Research Fellow at the University of Chicago, where she earned her master’s and Ph.D. degrees. Dr. Siegel’s research and publications have examined how clinical social workers integrate research, evaluation methods and logic into their practice of psychotherapy; the experiences that children who are adopted have when they grow up with ongoing contact with their birth families; policy and clinical interventions for homelessness; ways to work effectively with struggling teens; and a range of other issues. She teaches inter-professional education for health care providers and students from institutions of higher education across Rhode Island and is developing the integrated behavioral health program at the Rhode Island Free Clinic. Dr. Siegel provides consultation and training for adoption agencies regionally and nationally. Her community organizing and legislative advocacy focus on adoptees’ rights, immigration issues, housing and homelessness, reproductive freedom, public health measures to reduce gun violence, and undoing voter suppression of communities of color. 

Alumni Staff Award

Janet Phillips has worked for the State of Rhode Island for more than 36 years, the past twenty years of which have been at Rhode Island College. Food Service has always been her passion. She started as a cook and moved up to the position of assistant director of catering and production, which she has been for the last eight years. Janet is a quick learner, a hardworking individual with the ability to manage 40 employees on the Donovan Dining Center staff team. She is highly respected and trusted by her staff, student employees, faculty, and the college community. Her dedication and hard work has not gone unnoticed and that is why she is part of the management team of Arthur Patrie, the director of Dining Services. Among Janet’s responsibilities, she works to ensure the operations of the dining center meet expectations each and every day. She is committed to making sure every student, faculty, staff, and member of the general public that comes into the dining center and has a positive experience. Her attention to detail and her dedication to her job shows in every aspect of the dining center. Janet’s service to Rhode Island College has been rewarding on so many levels: the friends she has made over the years, watching student employees receive their diplomas every May, and the respect she is given by her peers, to name just a few. Her door is always open to the campus community. 

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Honor Roll

Ann Corvin '08 was the first in her family to earn a college degree, working full time while balancing classes and volunteer work. After graduating in 2008 with her degree in psychology from Rhode Island College, she became the Director of the Warwick Animal Shelter working to improve antiquated policies and practices within the shelter. Working alongside the Mayor of Warwick, Ann’s remarkable reputation amongst the city’s leadership and council members has provided her with platforms to work on budget reform, public education, health and safety issues within shelters, providing routine care for animals that are sick or injured, optimizing the shelter environment to reduce stress for animals, and fostering a solid working relationship with volunteer groups. Her leadership and expertise within her field has been recognized by Rhode Island Monthly, the Warwick City Council and the City of Providence, where she served as a consultant to assist in revising policies and procedures in their shelter. Ann’s work has served as a shining example for the state; the Warwick Animal Shelter was one of the first municipal shelters to implement changes to shelter operations and policies making it a more humane environment. Over the years, the Warwick Animal Shelter has also been considered to be one of the best municipal shelters in the state. Ann credits her achievements and leadership skills to her education at RIC, having applied the foundations of her course studies to animal behavior and her field, as well as her interactions with colleagues and members of the community.  Ann has made the animal shelter the high quality facility that it is today. 

Joseph Pari '94 is a co-founder and owner of TEN31 Productions, a performing arts company specializing in event entertainment based in Pawtucket, RI. He is a visual artist and costume designer residing in Providence. Graduating from Rhode Island College in 1994 with a degree in psychology, Joe followed his interest in mental healthcare and spent nearly a decade as a social worker. In 2000, along with his business partner, he created the first iteration of “The Living Gargoyle” a performance art piece at WaterFire; it was from these early performances that an idea for a company and new career path was born. Joe currently serves as the chair and founding board member of the Roger Williams Park Conservancy, as well as advisor at the Providence Public Library for the LGBTQIA+ Collection and chair of the Special Collections Committee. As a lifelong resident of Rhode Island, he is committed to his community, historic preservation and the local arts community. Joe has also personally restored two historic properties in Providence, an 1890s three-family home on the East Side and his current residence, a former neighborhood commercial bakery from the 1910s in the North End. Currently, he is enjoying speaking engagements and guest lecturer opportunities at businesses and academic institutions and hosting tour groups to the TEN31 Studios to share his unique experience. Through his talks on the creative process, Joe hopes to encourage and inspire others in exploring various interests, as well as their own creative talents. Additionally, this past year, Joe wrote and directed a short film, Unalienable, responding to commemorative works in the United States. The film was a project of TEN31 featuring performers from the company.

Eric J. Auger '92, is a mixed media artist and costume designer living and working in Pawtucket, RI. He graduated from Rhode Island College in 1992 with a B.F.A. in photography and a minor in graphic design. He expresses his unique style in a variety of media including acrylic paint on canvas, pastel, colored pencil, photography and electronic images. The world of commercial photography welcomed Eric after his graduation, but his strong eye for visual arts and color led him down the path to fashion and window design. After his 14-year career as a visual merchandiser for one of the country's top retailers, the show business bug bit Eric and he became a performance artist. As co-founder and creative director of TEN31 Productions for the past 21 years, Eric has traveled around the world showcasing the company’s one of a kind unique imagery, created hundreds of handcrafted costumes, manages their 8,000 square foot studio space, and edits sound and video for their YouTube page and seasonal events. He has recently returned to his first love of painting on canvas and photography. Since 2011, Eric has been a featured artist in several group exhibitions, as well as solo shows that have showcased his iPhone images. He is also the volunteer curator for the Forget-Me-Not Gallery in Pawtucket, which raises money to support the Samaritans of RI.

Feinstein School of Education and Human Development

Stacey Aguiar '12 has more than 16 years of diversified experience and skill sets in continuous quality improvement (CQI) and data analysis, as well as five years in education. She received her B.S. in health education with a concentration in community health from Rhode Island College in 2012 and a Masters in Public Health from Grand Canyon University. She then went on to become a certified health education specialist and certified professional in healthcare quality. Since Stacey’s time as an undergraduate at RIC, she has become an early childhood project and quality improvement manager at the Rhode Island Department of Health and Learn the Signs Act Early Ambassador for Rhode Island at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She then went on to become a quality consultant at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island. Stacey is currently the senior director of clinical quality at UnitedHealthcare, where she oversees all quality improvement initiatives.  She is also an adjunct professor at RIC, where she teaches performance improvement in health care in the health care administration program for graduate students. Stacey’s passion for teaching came to fruition during her time as an undergraduate at RIC. Since then, she has mentored and provided internships for students. Stacey has also provided support for faculty by guest speaking and teaching classes in resume building and career development. 

School of Business

Jonathan Macomber '17 graduated with magna cum laude honors from Rhode Island College in 2017 with B.A. in health care administration. He currently serves as a public health and public policy analyst for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the nation's health protection agency. Within the CDC, Jonathan is working for the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CSELS), a collection of about 30 programs that form the foundation for the nation's health infrastructure. His responsibilities include managing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and inquiries from U.S. Congress members seeking insight from public health subject matter experts. In 2010, Jonathan, a Westerly native, was deployed to fight another type of crisis: the U.S. war in Afghanistan, where he spent nine months working as an Army medic. When he enrolled at RIC as a student veteran in 2014, Jonathan decided to change his focus to health care policy working with Professor Marianne Raimondo from the health care administration program. After RIC, he moved on to earn a master's degree in public affairs at Brown University in 2018, specializing in public policy analysis. Later that year Jonathan landed a position as a staffer in the office of late Congressman John Lewis, leading outreach efforts on behalf of the congressman to military constituents in his district in Atlanta. Jonathan credits his time with Lewis for helping to obtain his current position with the CDC. 

School of Nursing

Associate Professor Dr. Claire Creamer '80 has served as an associate professor and is the current chair of the undergraduate department in the School of Nursing at Rhode Island College. After receiving her undergraduate degree in nursing from RIC, she continued expanding her education by receiving multiple degrees and certifications from Regis College, Rutgers University, and the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Creamer has been a registered nurse in Massachusetts and is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse specializing in Pediatrics in Rhode Island. She began her career at Women and Infants Hospital, and continued serving at Hilo Hospital in Hawaii, Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Roland Green Preschool, and Bald Hill Pediatrics. She also served as adjunct faculty at her alma maters Regis College and Rhode Island College where she joined the faculty in 2005. Dr. Creamer’s accolades includes being honored with the Caring Award from the University of Rhode Island. She has served for multiple years as a consultant for pediatric education and a peer reviewer for seven published works, while also publishing two of her own works from her master’s and doctoral program. 

School of Social Work Honor Roll

Joise Garzon '12, M.S.W. '13 has experienced the transformational power that mental health support and access to postsecondary education can have on people’s lives and is passionate about increasing access to both. She is the director of Learning for Life (L4L) at Rhode Island College. L4L helps retain students by providing them with case management services to overcome obstacles they encounter in their lives while working towards their academic goals. In this role, Joise provides leadership to a team of social work interns, graduate students, and staff to ensure unity around guiding principles for student-centered practice. Prior to L4L, Joise worked as an independently licensed clinical social worker at Stevens Treatment Programs and the Inner You Counseling Center. There, she provided trauma-informed care to children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples of diverse backgrounds and needs. Joise received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rhode Island College and gives back to RIC by serving as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Social Work and through her involvement in the School of Social Work Diversity Task Force. She is also currently in the RIC/URI Ph.D. in education program and is in the process of opening her private practice, Courageous Hearts Counseling Center, which will serve the Latinx/a/o community in Rhode Island.  

John Nazarian Alumnus of the Year
Fred Harrison

Frederick Harrison ’07 after 36 successful years in the field of manufacturing, specifically in pharmaceutical, fine chemicals and biotechnology-based products, working as the Director of Manufacturing, Chromatography Consumables at Waters Corporation, Director of Clinical Production at Biogen and a Senior Consultant at Arthur D. Little management company, Fred transitioned into the world of education. Fred found his missing passion for teaching when he learned about the Rhode Island College teacher certificate program. After graduating, he went on to teach mathematics to 7th and 8th graders at Warwick Public School. His love for the art of teaching and what Rhode Island College provided him, evolved into a scholarship he created to assist other first-generation students pursuing their dream careers in the field of math or math education. His scholarship, the Professor Helen Salzberg Endowed Scholarship, was created to honor his math professor Helen Salzberg, for her profound impact in his journey returning back to school. Fred’s previous education included his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University and a MBA in Finance from the University of Connecticut. His contributions in the field of manufacturing, specialized in cost reduction, creation of quality systems, developing policies for human resources and creation of new technologies. Fred currently gives back to Rhode Island College by also serving as a Board of Trustee member for the RIC Foundation. 

Charles B. Willard Achievement Award
Brenda Dann-Messier

Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier ’73, M.Ed. ’74 has recently returned to the Education Strategy Group (ESG) as a Senior Advisor, after being appointed for the last two years as the Rhode Island Postsecondary Commissioner. Her passion to give back reflects in her other involvement, currently serving on the Board of Trustees for Johnson and Wales, serving as a board member for the National Skills Coalition and a board member for the Rhode Island’s Commerce Corporation. Among her accolades, she worked under the Obama Administration as the Assistant Secretary of Career, Technical and Adult Education from 2009-2014. She previously served as a coach for the JPMorgan Chase Career Readiness initiatives, served as the President of Dorcas Place Adult and Family Learning Center for ten years and directed two TRIO programs at the Community College of Rhode Island in her tenure. As a nationally recognized leader, Dr. Dann-Messier has stated, “I’ve always viewed education as the great equalizer in our society,” continuing on to state, “my entire career has focused on eliminating whatever obstacles or barriers are in place so that adults and youth who didn’t think postsecondary education was an option for them could achieve it. That’s been my life’s work and it started at Rhode Island College.” 

Alumni Faculty Award
Charles McLaughlin

Dr. Charles McLaughlin ’78, M.Ed. ’84 dedication to the advancement of the Technology Education Program at Rhode Island College has not gone unnoticed by his peers and students alike. Dr. McLaughlin has been working as a professor at Rhode Island College since 2000. After completing two degrees from Rhode Island College and his PhD in Technology Education from the University of Maryland College Park, Dr. McLaughlin has worked diligently to ensure continuous innovation in his field. He has published 17 scholarly articles, presented at over 18 national conferences, and worked on seven grants to continue his progressive works. He has been a leader in his field and here at Rhode Island College. Charlie was instrumental in the development of the Langevin Center for Design, Innovation, and Advanced Manufacturing and the RI Mobile Maker Lab, which put Rhode Island College at the forefront of the STEM world. He has been a part of the revolution of using 3-D printers and laser scanning to assist in problematic orthopedic cases for bone replacement. He was elected as the President of the Council for Technology and Engineering Teacher Education for three years, served on the Research and Scholarship Committee for the Council on Technology and Engineering Teacher Education, ITEEA Board of Directors, chairperson for the Editorial Board for ITEEA’s Technology and Children, 2nd Vice President for the Technology Educators of Indiana, and was named the Council for Technology and Engineering Teacher Education's Teacher of the Year in 2016.  He was the Chairperson for the Department of Educational Studies.  His service to Rhode Island College is astounding, serving on over 14 committees to further the development of the college and the field of STEM.

Alumni Service Award
Dayna_Gladstein

Dayna Gladstein ’83, M.S.W. ’87 is serving as the Clinical Director of the Gifford Street Wellness Center at Acadia Healthcare, Dayna’s journey into the field starting as a Clinical Social Worker and then was promoted to the Program Coordinator working with hospital-based substance abuse programs at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Providence. After eight years at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Dayna continued on to become the Program Director at Eastman House for two years, the Unit Director at The Kent Center, the Vice President for Community Services at Child & Family Services, the Vice President for Emergency Services at Pine Street Inn and a consultant for The May Institute. Her work assisted these organizations in specialties of homeless services, veteran services, outpatient psychiatric services, and institutional care for women and children. Dayna has previously served on the Drug & Alcohol Treatment Association, the RI Counsel of Community Mental Health Centers, RI Coalition of Alcohol and Drug Dependent Women & Their Children, Child Welfare Advisory Committee and was elected on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Social Workers. She has also served as an instructor for the Psychology Department here at Rhode Island College, an instructor at the Vermont School of Corrections and a speaker/trainer at multiple conferences and trainings throughout Rhode Island. 

Alumni Staff Award
Jessica Cimorelli

Jessica Silva Cimorelli ’00 has worked over the last 21 years at Rhode Island College and is currently serving as the Director of Purchasing. Hired to assist the Purchasing and Accounting departments with the implementation of a new financial system to avoid the Y2K computer flaw. Upon completion of this project she was moved into various roles, eventually becoming the Director of the department. Amongst her responsibilities, Jessica works to ensure the needs are met for the Rhode Island College Upward Bound Program to ensure the federal funding continues to successfully maintain the program. She has assisted with major projects and streamlined the Purchasing Office’s operations by implementing online requisitions and approvals. She has been involved with many strategic initiative committees with the State of Rhode Island Department of Administration, the Division of Purchases, and the Office of Post-Secondary Education. Jessica’s colleagues describe her as “knowledgeable, efficient, effective, dedicated to the mission of Rhode Island College, hard-working and highly well-respected.” Her attention to detail and dedication to ensuring all processes are running proficiently allows for the continued success of her department and the future of the college. Her door is always open and she will always assist anyone who needs guidance and understanding of the state procurement regulations.

Young Alumni Award
Brittany_Richer

Brittany Richer Ahnrud ’13, M.Ed. ’16 graduated magnum cum laude obtaining her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education while balancing countless student leadership opportunities on campus, including being a Resident Assistant, a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Program, President of the English Educators Network and a student-athlete. She was honored as a student with the Alan Chille Student Leadership Award, the Campus Spirit Award, RIC Alumni Honor Roll Student Scholarship, DeStefano Fund Award for Undergraduate Research and the Alice Grellner Award for Excellence in Student Teaching. Brittany pursued her Masters in Education and quickly began teaching at The Lawn School as a 6th grade teacher while also serving as an Adjunct Faculty at RIC for multiple courses. Brittany’s service to RIC continued as she served as an instrumental role in bringing the Rhode Island Writing Project back to Rhode Island College. She also serves as the program director for the Advanced Studies of Teaching and Learning graduate program and the Middle Level Education program in the Education Studies Department at RIC.  Brittany has been published in multiple scholarly articles, is currently contributing to a chapter in the book, Re-forming Literacy Education: History, Effects, Advocacy and has presented at multiple national conferences.

Honor Roll 

Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Marcela Betancur

Marcela Betancur ’12 earned her degree in Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration and a minor in International Nonprofit Organization Studies. From there she jumped into her advocacy work starting at the Providence Housing Authority and transitioning into the Director of Homeownership & Asset Building for NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley. Marcela’s other work included serving as the Vice President of the Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee & Civic Fund, program committee alumni chair for the New Leaders Council and a policy associate for the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island. In 2018, Marcela was selected as the new Director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University. The Latinx-led research institute works to show the impact and importance of the Latinx community, ensuring the public’s understanding and policies reflect the social, economic and civil contributions of the Latinx population for Rhode Island. Marcela has been awarded the Young Leaders SPARK! Award through the United Way of Rhode Island and YWCA’s Women of Achievement Award. 

 

Kim Clark

Kim Clark ’95. Carefully curated, unique and locally owned, Kim Clark’s Rhody Crafts is only one of her many accomplishments. Kim began jewelry designing at Luckybird Studios and then opened Rhody Crafts to bring a specialized and all locally handmade art and crafts to Hope Street. Through her work, she has been responsible for the operations of Craftopia, an affordable art festival and craft fair which broadens vendor’s opportunities and continues to bring new products to the local community. Kim’s involvement goes beyond her business, she is a member of the Hope Street Merchant’s Association and the Summit Neighborhood Association. Kim has been profiled by local media for her blog entitled, Bad Manners Cancer, which chronicles her journey after being diagnosed with stage-three triple-negative breast cancer. Kim has been called an asset to her community, and a shining example of her liberal arts education preparing her to become her own entrepreneur.  

 

 

Yvette Mendez

Yvette Mendez ’99 graduated with a double major in Spanish and Justice Studies, a certificate in Nonprofit Studies and then continued on to attain her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Rhode Island. Yvette currently serves as the Deputy Director at the Rhode Island Department of Human Services, where she is responsible for the developing, planning and coordination of management and fiscal services of the entire agency. Before taking on the role at the Department of Human Services, Yvette served as the Health Grants Program Officer at the Rhode Island Foundation, she oversaw the Rhode Island Education Loan Repayment Program for Primary Care Providers, worked on the Fund for Healthy Rhode Island, was a RI Health Care Leader, served as a visiting faculty at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and was the Executive Director of the Northern Rhode Island Area Health Education Center. Yvette’s other honors include the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award, Community Champion Award by Northern RI Community Services and the Champion of Nursing Award by the Future of Nursing Rhode Island Action Coalition.

Feinstein School of Education and Human Development
Ronald Beaupre

Ronald Beaupre ’96 has been working in the Pawtucket Public Schools for the last 22 years, currently serving as a 4th grade teacher at Agnes Little Public Elementary School. Graduating with his degree in General Science and Biology for Elementary Education, Ronald’s passion and advocacy for students is reflected in his work and by his peers. Ronald also was elected as the President of the Pawtucket Teachers Alliance for the past 10 years and serves as a Vice President of the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals. Ronald was the inspiration and driving force to bringing Community Schools to the state, where now three reside in the city of Pawtucket. Ronald has been honored as the Educator of the Year for the RI Audubon Society and the Outstanding Service Award for the RI Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals.

 

 

 

School of Business
Olalekan Adeduji

Olalekan Adeduji ’08 graduated Magnum Cum Laude with a double major in Finance and Economics, Olalekan completed his degree while maintaining a full-time night shift job and never missing a class. He continued his education earning his Masters of Business Administration from Johnson and Wales in 2011 and started at Citizens Financial Group as a Trade Desk Brokerage Service Specialist in the Wealth Management Department. Rising through the ranks, Olalekan received multiple promotions at Citizens Financial Group, ending his tenure as the Senior Compliance Examiner, leading him to his current role as the Vice President, Senior Compliance Analyst for The Washington Trust Company. Faculty of the School of Business remember Olalekan fondly, and are delighted to see his hard work, dedication and modesty be awarded. 

 

 

School of Nursing
Valerie Almeida-Monroe

Valerie Almeida-Monroe ’11 serves as the Nurse Manager at Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic in Providence. Clinica Esperanza provides health care to uninsured community members and provides linguistically and culturally appropriate medical care for physical and mental health issues. Valerie engages in her community serving on the RI Public Heath Association, the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing, the American Nurse Association Rhode Island, the Advisory Board for Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic and the Board of Director of the Olneyville Health Collaborative. Valerie has received notable recognition, as she has been awarded the Nurse Leader of the Year by the RI Nurse Excellence Awards, the American Nurses Association of RI Improving Public Health Award, and the Ronald McDonald House Providence Women’s Leadership Award. Valerie has also co-authored four scholarly publications and presented multiple national conferences for the continued advancement in her field.

 
 
School of Social Work
Maria Cimini

Marcia Cimini ’02, M.S.W. ’05 is a two time graduate from RIC, Maria received her degree in Political Science and Masters of Social Work. Maria has dedicated her life’s work to social change and public service, focusing on the needs of low-income populations, economic inequality, homelessness, veteran services, health care, environmental sustainability, LGBTQ rights and reproductive choice. Currently, Maria is the Associate Director of Policy Analysis, Research & Development for the RI Department of Human Services. Previously, Maria served as the SNAP Outreach Coordinator at the URI Feinstein Center for Hunger Free America, Coordinator for the RI Coalition for the Homeless, served as a legislator in the RI General Assembly serving on the Health, Education and Welfare Committee the Commission on Child Care, the Commission to Study the Affordability and Accessibility of Public High Education and the Environment and National Resources Committee. Maria gives back to RIC, serving as an Adjunct Faculty member in the School of Social Work. 

Alumni Awards 2019 Honorees
John Nazarian Alumnus of the Year

Mark Mancini ’90 and Pamela Mancini ’86 

Charles B. Willard Achievement Award

Dr. Joyce Stevos ’65, M.Ed. ’97, Ph.D. ’05 

Alumni Faculty Award

Quenby Hughes ’95 

Alumni Service Award

Vanessa Volz 

Alumni Staff Award

Sandra Langlois  

Young Alumni Award

Reverend Dante Tavolaro ’11 

Honor Roll 

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Patrick Doyle ’07, Ana Cruz ’02 and Dr. Hector Pardo ’05 

Feinstein School of Education and Human Development

Maureen Pinksaw ’80, M.Ed. ‘87 

School of Business

Pail Bain ’84 

School of Nursing

Joan Walsh ’83, M.S.N. ’11 

School of Social Work

Doris Norman M.S.W. ’12 

John Nazarian Alumnus of the Year

Robert Berlam ’58 

Charles B. Willard Achievement Award

Donald Deignan ’72 

Alumni Faculty Award

Judith Lynn Stillman 

Alumni Service Award

Makna Men ’90 

Alumni Staff Award

Patricia Nolin ’84, M.A. ’87 

Young Alumni Award

Marcy Reyes ’12 

Honor Roll 

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

David Johnson ’85, Christopher Soley ’06 and Anthony Tomaselli ’76 

Feinstein School of Education and Human Development

Christine Noel ’00 

School of Business

Thomas Fitzgerald ’99 

School of Nursing

Diane Brady ’84 

School of Social Work

Melissa Neri O’Donnell M.S.W. ’99 

John Nazarian Alumnus of the Year

John J. Smith ’63, M.Ed. ’67, C.A.G.S. ‘67 

Charles B. Willard Achievement Award

Lisa Zapatka ’81 

Alumni Faculty Award

Jane Williams 

Alumni Service Award

Daniel Castro ’85 

Alumni Staff Award

Antoinette Gomes  

Young Alumni Award

Lisa Bradley ’12 

Honor Roll 

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Kelly LaChance Guertin ’02, Luke Sutherland ’82, M.F.A. ’08 and Russell Gusetti ’88 

Feinstein School of Education and Human Development

Alexander Lucini ’09 

School of Business

Jeff Barbara ’97, CPA 

School of Nursing

Kathleen Lehmann ’77 

School of Social Work

Jayeson Watts, M.S.W. ’10 

John Nazarian Alumnus of the Year

Betsy C. Balzano ’56 

Charles B. Willard Achievement Award

Alan Tenreiro ’98, M.Ed. ’05 

Alumni Faculty Award

Ellen Bigler 

Alumni Service Award

Ann C. Morrill ’56 

Alumni Staff Award

Gregory Gammell 

Young Alumni Award

Travis Escobar ’13 

Honor Roll 

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Al Gomes ’86, Ashley Sadlier ’07 and Jason Rainone ’98 

Feinstein School of Education and Human Development

Melinda Smith ’80 

School of Business

Danny Saccoccio ’99 

School of Nursing

Mary Leveilee ’87 B.S.N., R.N., PMHCNS BC 

School of Social Work

Michael Norde ’12, M.S.W. ’13 

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Honor Roll Awards

Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Marcela Betancur '12, Kim Clark '95 & Yvette Mendez '99 

2020 Honorees

Ann Corvin '08, Eric Auger '92 & Joseph Pari '94

2021 Honorees

 

School of Business

Olalekan Adeduji '08 & Jonathan Macomber '17 

2020 & 2021 Honorees

Feinstein School of Education & Human Development

Ronald Beaupre '96 & Stacey Aguiar '12

2020 & 2021 Honorees

School of Nursing

Valerie Almeida-Monroe '11 & Dr. Claire Creamer '80

2020 & 2021 Honorees

School of Social Work

Maria Cimini '02, M.S.W. '05 & Joise Garzon '12, M.S.W. '13

2020 & 2021 Honorees
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