The PrepareRI Ambassadors are a select group of education leaders who help guide PrepareRI’s implementation. The Ambassadors come from different parts of Rhode Island’s education landscape, and use their unique perspective and skills to advise RIDE about PrepareRI. Ambassadors also create resources to help their colleagues with PrepareRI, and serve as spokespeople for the initiative.
Ambassadors continue to work full-time in their previous roles—as district leaders, principals, teachers, and professors—and receive a stipend to compensate them for their additional work with PrepareRI. An application to join 2018-2019 cohort of Ambassadors will be posted in spring 2018.
Meet the 2017-2018 Ambassadors
Dr. Lynne Bedard, Ph.D.
Dr. Lynne Bedard, Ph.D., currently serves as the school-based CTE coordinator for Ponaganset High School. She is also a NOCTI site coordinator and educational consultant. Dr. Bedard spent 34 years at the Woonsocket Area Career & Technical Center, where she started as an instructor and from where she retired as the principal. The last four years of her tenure saw her role expanded to include serving as the principal of Woonsocket High School as well. Dr. Bedard is a member of numerous professional communities and organizations and continues to participate in career education-focused activities.
Elizabeth Dwyer is a mathematics instructor at the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College in Providence. There, she modified the mathematics curriculum to better reflect what nurses might expect in the field, adding another layer of authenticity to her students’ learning. Ms. Dwyer holds bachelor’s degrees in finance and theology and is certified as a highly-qualify secondary mathematics teacher. She served as a Career Readiness Fellow during the writing of the proposal that secured the funding for the PrepareRI initiative.
Dr. Eric Hall, Ph.D.
Dr. Eric Hall, Ph.D., is a biology professor at Rhode Island College and serves as Director of Health Related Programs. He has worked with URI and CCRI to create degree-granting programs in particular areas of medical imaging and established a Food Safety concentration in Health Sciences at Daniele, Inc. He has a PhD in biology from Wesleyan University. He served as a Career Readiness Fellow during the writing of the proposal that secured the funding for the PrepareRI initiative.
Stacy Haines-Mayne has worked for the Chariho Regional School District for 27 years and is currently the head of the school counseling department there. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling. Ms. Haines-Mayne was the Rhode Island representative for the 2016 National School Counselor of the Year. She has served and continues to serve on numerous state boards and committees and actively participates in her community.
Elizabeth Sinwell has been the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at the Foster-Glocester Regional School District since 2012. Prior to that, she worked for the Chariho Regional School district in a variety of roles, including the director of the Chariho Area Career and Technical Center and Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at Chariho High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and master’s degrees in library and information science and in education. Ms. Sinwell was instrumental in the development of seven CTE programs at Ponaganset High School.
Cynthia VanAvery currently serves as the Northern RI Regional Transition Coordinator. She is also the Director of Transition & Vocational Services for the Northern Rhode Island Collaborative. Ms. VanAvery has spent 19 years at the NRIC, where she started as an instructional assistant and advanced as a Special Educator and a Transition Leader in RI. Over the last six years, Ms. VanAvery saw her role expand to include presenting best practices in secondary transition throughout RI and at numerous national conferences. Ms. VanAvery is a member of several Special Education communities and is highly regarded by her professional colleagues.