Staff


Meet Our Team

 

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Leadership

PJ Fox, III, Executive Director
pj@nonviolenceinstitute.org
401-785-2320 ext. 210

 

PJ is our Executive Director.  He has been at ISPN for more than 12 years and previously served as Chief Operating Officer, Director of Training and Special Projects, Director of Operations, and Office Manager.  From the beginning he has helped to design and implement ISPN’s violence reduction strategy using nonviolence as the primary vehicle. This model is fully operational in two cities in Rhode Island and coming on board in several more cities across the country.  He created several effective programs and projects for both organizations and government agencies, oversaw the expansion of nonviolence trainings into the community, and managed an AmeriCorps program designed to increase the use of nonviolence in communities and schools.  PJ is certified in Nonviolence Conflict Resolution.

PJ serves as Chair of Providence Mayor Elorza’s Advisory Council against Gun Violence. He sits on Brown University’s School of Public Health Community Advisory Board and has been appointed to the Rhode Island Criminal Justice Policy Advisory Board.

PJ has had the honor of guest lecturing at several colleges and universities including Providence College, University of Rhode Island, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Rhode Island School of Design, and Brown University. His lecture topics have included using nonviolence to create effective partnerships, mediating conflicts using nonviolence and creating the Beloved Healthy Community (ISPN’s logic model).

Before launching into his professional career, PJ committed two years of service as an AmeriCorps member from 2000 to 2002.  He volunteered at the Rhode Island Children’s Crusade and delivered tutoring, mentoring and afterschool activities in Providence Middle Schools.    A life-long Rhode Islander, PJ lives in Cranston, with his wife Megan.  He is the second grandchild out of forty.  He is a graduate of LaSalle Academy and the University of Rhode Island.

Juan Carter, Director, Nonviolence Streetworker Outreach Team
juan@nonviolenceinstitute.org
401-785-2320 ext. 222

Juan Carter is the Director of our Nonviolence Streetworker Outreach Team.  Born and raised in Providence in a housing complex known as Lockwood Plaza, from the late 80s to the early 2000s, the neighborhood was known for drug dealing and street violence. Growing up in a two parent household with an older sister; there were lots of positive supports. Sports was a tool, basketball specifically to keep Juan from being influenced by drug dealing and violence. Basketball led him to travel the country playing AAU, then in high school and college.  In 2007, a friend of Juan’s was killed.  While at the hospital, he came to find that the man was the brother of another friend who was killed in 1998. Yet another close friend of Juan’s was killed in 2003 because of a  historical street feud in Providence.  That feud found him caught between doing what was right or getting revenge for his friend. Instead of becoming involved in gang violence, Juan wanted to become a positive role model in the community, coaching basketball.  Some years later, realizing many of the young men he coached later became victims or perpetrators of violence, he decided he needed to be more active in the Providence community.

That’s when he joined ISPN as a Streetworker.  Now Juan directs our team of streetworkers and reentry service programs. He trains and guides a team of outreach professionals who are familiar with the street dynamics of youth crews and gangs.  He works alongside his street team to help gather information and understand the conflicts.  He helps to gauge  the environment, control rumors, reduce retaliation, prevent conflict from erupting, communicate nonviolent messages to active crew members, and when possible connect them to positive skill-based and mentoring outlets. He also trains other outreach teams across the nation in the Nonviolence Street Outreach model. An active community member for 13 years, Juan coaches the 14u Boys basketball team at the John Rollins Recreation Center during the Fall and Winter months. He is also President of A Sweet Creation, a community organization focusing on empowering young at-risk women and serves as Co Advisor of the Youth and College Division of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Providence Branch.

Celeste Jeffrey, Director, Employment Services
celeste@nonviolenceinstitute.org
401-785-2320 ext. 110

Celeste Jeffrey is our Director of Employment Services.  She has been in service to the Providence community for over 20 years. Advocacy began in 1990 as a direct service worker with the original Opportunities Industrialization Center.  A large part of her career was spent successfully developing and supervising a variety of programs with The Urban League of RI. During this period, Celeste made numerous contributions to the services for youth and families seeking opportunities leading to change. At ISPN, she is providing pathways to education, independence and readiness for change with some of the hardest to serve, who have the largest barriers to success. As a certified Mentor and Program Facilitator, teaching and coaching are two if the fundamental practices that lend to good outcomes. Her personal pursuits include, becoming a licensed Realtor and advance to Broker in addition to creating a wellness blog with the goal of becoming a virtual “wellness coach”.

Celeste Jeffrey has supported residents and members of the Providence community with a solid commitment to well-being and eye on social justice. Genuine care and a “hands on” approach are fuel for the endless endeavors she takes part in. Having served through two decades of change, she is easily recognizable by the young people of the City and remains an active part of their lives.

Wanda Laracuente, Director of Operations & Executive Assistant
wanda@nonviolenceinstitute.org
401-785-2320 ext. 214

Wanda Laracuente is our Director of Operations & Executive Assistant.  She has worked with ISPN for 10 years and is dedicated to bettering our neighborhoods.  She ensures that day to day operations run smoothly, that special events are well-attended and that guests, staff, and clients feel welcomed and comfortable.  Wanda grew up in the Bronx before moving to Providence 1991.  Prior to joining ISPN, she was an Americorps member, serving as a teaching assistant for an elementary ESL classroom.  She is a graduate of the Rhode Island State Victim Assistance Academy.  Wanda lives in Warwick with her son.

Lisa Pina-Warren, Interim Director, Victim Services
lisapw@nonviolenceinstitute.org
401-785-2320

Nicole Purcell, Director, Development
nicole@nonviolenceinstitute.org
401-785-2320 ext. 227

Nicole Purcell is our Director of Development.  Prior to joining ISPN, Nicole served in development capacities with WaterFire Providence, The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Public Radio.  She has for twenty years connected people to causes that improve our communities and tell their many stories.  She graduated from Stonehill College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication.  Nicole has spoken on panels at Brown University’s Alpert School of Medicine as a patient advocate and writes freelance for a number of chronic illness magazines and poetry journals.  She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and volunteers regularly with The Clara Barton Center for Diabetes Education.

Nicole is also a performing artist and storyteller and can be caught reading her work at open mics around Providence, including MadCap Mondays and Live Bait at AS220.  She danced for two years with the Chifferobe Tropigals and still puts on the dancing shoes for shows in the city.  She is passionate about making change, slowly but surely.  She lives in Pawtucket with her cat Stella, surrounded by wonderful neighbors and amazing friends.

 

Jordan Seaberry, Director, Public Policy and Advocacy
jordan@nonviolenceinstitute.org
401-785-2320 ext. 223

Jordan Seaberry is our Director of Public Policy and Advocacy.  Jordan was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago and first came to Providence to attend Rhode Island School of Design. The transition from Chicago to RISD was not an easy one- confronted head-on with issues of race and class, he left school after his Junior year. During this time, he became deeply involved with the Providence social justice community- teaching art in after school programming, doing homework help at the Southside Boys and Girls Club, and working as the prisoners’ rights organizer at Direct Action for Rights and Equality. At DARE, he organized a vibrant group of formerly incarcerated Rhode Islanders to fight and pass multiple criminal justice reform milestones, including 32(f) Probation Violation Reform, the Unshackling Pregnant Prisoners Bill, as well as laying the groundwork for the “Ban the Box” movement here in Rhode Island. He returned to RISD to finish his Painting degree, and immediately sought to merge his passion for art with his passion for social justice.

He began working on The Violences Project, a painting project that seeks to memorialize the image and story of every homicide victim in Providence. After an in-person conversation, each victim’s family receives a portrait of their lost loved one, and the stories, context and socio-political circumstances that led to the person’s death live on in a larger studio painting, intended to tell the broader story of violence in our communities.

Additionally, Jordan is the National Committeeman for the Young Democrats of Rhode Island, as well as a Board Member at Protect Families First, working on community-oriented drug policy reform. He is a member of Mayor Jorge Elorza’s Advisory Council to Reduce Gun Violence. He is a grant recipient from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and has served as the artist-in-residence at the Marwen Foundation in Chicago, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He has participated as a fellow of the New Leaders Council program, was listed as one of the “10 to Watch in 2017” by Providence Monthly, and sits as 2018’s “Read Across Rhode Island” Honorary Chair.  Jordan has received awards for his work within the community from the NAACP, the City of Providence, the RI Governor’s Office, the City of East Providence, Direct Action for Rights and Equality, Rhode Island for Community and Justice, The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, the Office of the Rhode Island State Treasurer, and others. He maintains a painting studio in Providence, and has displayed works at institutions such as Brown University, the RISD Museum, and galleries in Chicago, Providence, and New York City.

Tina Shepard, Director, Training and Special Projects
tina@nonviolenceinstitute.org
401-785-2320 ext. 220

 

Program Staff

Nonviolence Training

Sal Monteiro, ISPN Nonviolence Advisor
sal@nonviolenceinstitute.org
401-785-2320 ext. 111

Brigitte Shaffer, AmeriCorps Program Manager
brigitte@nonviolenceinstitute.org
401-785-2320 ext. 113

Employment Services

Melissa DeRosa, Employment Program Facilitator
melissa@nonviolenceinstitute.org
401-785-2320

Victim Services

Annette Alves, Victim Advocate
annette@nonviolenceinstitute.org
401-785-2320 ext. 313

Mason Billings, Victim Advocate
mason@nonviolenceinstitute.org
401-785-2320 ext. 307

Matthew Fleischmann, Programming & Clinical Coordinator
matthew@nonviolenceinstitute.org
401-785-2320 ext. 312

Tina Pimentel, Housing Coordinator
tinamarie@nonviolenceinstitute.org
401-785-2320 ext. 312

Jasmine Washington, Victim Advocate
jasmine@nonviolenceinstitute.org
401-785-2320 ext. 313

Streetworker Outreach Team

Tarah Dorsey – tarah@nonviolenceinstitute.org
Ray Duggan – rayd@nonviolenceinstitute.org
Thomas Harmon – thomas@nonviolenceinstitute.org
Arthur Johnson – arthur@nonviolenceinstitute.org
Tony Kim – tony@nonviolenceinstitute.org
Michael Murray – michaelm@nonviolenceinstitute.org
Manuel Nunez – manny@nonviolenceinstitute.org
Dameon Rougas – dameon@nonviolenceinstitute.org

Data and Evaluation 

Mark Roberts, Data & Evaluation Manager
mark@nonviolenceinstitute.org
401-785-2320 ext. 219

AmeriCorps VISTA Team

Michael Davis
Sathiarith “Sath” Chau