Our People

It Takes A Village... And Here Is Ours

Board of Directors

January 2022 – December 2022


Hilina D. Ajakaiye

Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau / R.I.S.E. Women's Leadership Conference

Patrick Butler

HII Technical Solutions

Liz Catucci

Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce

Aida Crosson

RI Attorney General’s Office

Rosie Fernandez

Cox Communications

David E. Fontes

CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP)

Ted Turnbull

Merrill Lynch

Executive Committee

Tom Furey, Furey Roofing


Yomayra Reyes, Farmers Insurance

Vice President

Michael Smith, Webster Bank


Olga Lowe, Hasbro, Inc.


C. Paul Oberg, Newport Consulting Partners

Governance Chair

Meet the Staff

Executive Leadership

Katje Afonseca

CEO and Ex Officio Board Member

(401) 921-2434 Ext. 113

Leadership Team

Management Team

Donald Avila

Warehouse and Site Manager

(401) 921-2434

Jasmine Leon

Match Support & Enrollment Manager

(401) 921-2434 Ext. 147

Aida Asfura

Payroll & Benefits Manager

(401) 921-2434 Ext. 148

Mentoring Team

Whitney Tourinho

Enrollment Specialist

(401) 921-2434

Domenique Barillas

Bilingual Match Support Specialist

(401) 921-2434

Dillon Medina

Program Partnership & Engagement Coordinator

(401) 921-2434

Kelsey Green

Enrollment Specialist


Alisa Vallejo

Bilingual Enrollment Specialist


Tiffany Esancy

Program Administrative Assistant

(401) 921-2434 Ext. 101

Nelitza Gonzalez

Program Partnership & Engagement Coordinator (Bilingual)

(401) 921-2434 Ext. 111

Tricia Martin

Match Support Specialist

(401) 921-2434 Ext. 109

Sue Shaw

Match Support Specialist

(401) 921-2434 Ext. 114

Office & Development Staff

Meredith Cotta

Development and Operations Associate

(401) 921-2434 Ext. 202

Emily Notardonato

Executive Assistant

(401) 921-2434 Ext. 102