PrepareRI Ambassadors

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, such as district leaders, principals, school administrators, teachers, college professors, community leaders, parents and others. They use their unique perspective and skills to advise the PrepareRI team, create resources and trainings to help their colleagues, and serve as spokespeople for PrepareRI.

Ambassadors continue to work full-time in their previous roles and receive a $5,000 stipend at the end of the school year to compensate them for their additional work with PrepareRI. The expectation is for Ambassadors to work 5 hours a week.

Meet the 2018-19 Ambassadors

  • Jessica Bailey, a senior research associate at the Education Development Center

  • Joe Battaglia, the curriculum and CTE director at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center

  • Lynne Bedard, the career coordinator at Ponaganset High School

  • Ann Cedergren, the guidance teacher leader at Nathanael Greene Middle School

  • Jennifer Cowart, a freelance reporter and photographer

  • Michael Deslauriers, a math and computer science teacher at Smithfield High School

  • Ann Durham, the deputy director of the Providence After School Alliance

  • Liz Dwyer, a mathematics instructor at the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College

  • Lori Ferguson, director of the Regional Career and Technical Center at Coventry High School

  • Carlene Fonseca, the Associate Director for the Feinstein Institute for Public Service at Providence College

  • Stacy Haines-Mayne, a student support specialist for the Exeter-West Greenwich School District

  • Carlon Howard, the executive director of Breakthrough Providence

  • Stephanie Geller, a senior policy analyst at Rhode Island KIDS COUNT

  • Jane George, an itinerant ESL teacher for the North Kingstown School Department

  • Michael Jolin, a retired superintendent and now independent education consultant

  • Michelle Maktilla, an advisor at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center

  • Joseph Mazzone, a CTE instructor at Davies Career and Technical High School

  • Omar Reyes, an admissions officer at Rhode Island College

  • Keri Rossi-D’entremont, the director of disability services at Rhode Island College

  • Karen Ryan, an English teacher at North Smithfield High School

  • Simona Simpson-Thomas, the director of multiple pathways for the Providence Public School District

  • Cindy VanAvery, the director of transition and vocational services at the Northern Rhode Island Collaborative

learn about the 2017-18 Ambassadors

The PrepareRI Ambassadors program began in 2017-18 school year. Read the project summaries for the 2017-18 Ambassadors.

*Applications for the 19 - 20 Ambassador Program are currently closed. Please check back in March 2020 for additional information.