Get Involved

We invite you to contact  our team to share ideas to make suggestions or comments. You can also stay connected on Facebook.


You can get actively involved by volunteering, interning, or using your work-study with us. You can also get actively involved by joining a working group, or collaborating with us on a project.

Working Groups




Working Group Champions

Katie Blais, Food & Nutrition

Emily Spence, Substance Use Awareness and Prevention

Kate Hawley, Personal & Mental Wellness

Town of Bristol

Steven Contente, Town Administrator

Nathan Calouro, Bristol Town Council (Chair)

Tim Sweeney, Bristol Town Council (Vice Chair)

Mary Parella, Bristol Town Council

Sarah Klein, Bristol Parks and Recreation Department Director

Diane Williamson, Bristol Community Development Department Director

Ed Tanner, Town Planner

Ed Carusi, Bristol Social Services and Public Welfare Department Director

Betsy Cambra, Town Hall employee/Resident

Tanya Kieron, Bristol Christmas Festival

Bristol Police Department

Capt. Kevin Lynch, Bristol Chief of Police

Lt. Steve St. Pierre

R.I. Department of Health

Mia Patriarca, Project Officer – Healthy Communities Specialist

Jeff Hill, Youth Suicide Prevention Project Manager

Bristol Warren Regional School District

Jonathon Brice, Superintendent

Laurie Heyden, School Psychologist

Deb DiBiase, Principal, Mt. Hope High School

Christine Bandoni, Student Assistant Counselor

Sara Braganca, Student Advocate

Bristol Warren Regional Schools Family Resource Center 

  • Patricia Brissette, Coordinator 

  • Emily Pearce-Spence,  Program Manager Parents as Teachers /Bristol HEZ Coordinator

Horsley Witten Group, Inc.

Craig Pereira, Project Manager


Courtney Poissant, Resident & Business Owner


East Bay Food Pantry & Thrift Shop

Karen Griffith-Dietrich


East Bay Community Action Program

Dennis Roy, President and CEO

Donna Ramos Razza, Director - Family Development

Beth Nitkin, Director - Women Infants and Children Supplemental Feeding Program

Bob Crossley, Vice-President of Bahavioral Health

Tommy Joyce, Program Director, East Bay Recovery Center

Ernie Thivierge, Peer Recovery Coach, East Bay Recovery Center

Angie Downing, Director of Social Services

Bristol Warren Thrive by Five and Beyond

Donna Ramos Razza, Emily Pearce-Spence, Beth Nitkin, Sarah Bullard, Executive Board


Looking Upwards

Carolyn Souza, Clinical Supervisor


Women’s Resource Center

Veronica Turner, Counselor

Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health

Susan Dickstein, Executive Director

Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties

Joan Rossi


Roger Williams University

K.C. Ferrara, Director – Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement

Kerri Warren, PhD.,  Professor of Biology

Becky Spritz, PhD., Assistant Dean of the School of Social and Natural Science

Marybeth MacPhee, PhD., Chair, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Associate Prof. of Anthropology

Sean Varano, PhD., Professor of Criminal Justice

Donna Darmody, Director of Health Education & Alcohol/Drug Prevention Coordinator 

Erin Tooley, PhD., Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Health

Steve Melaragno, Director of Public Safety

Franklin Court Independent Living

Marie Knapman, Director - Franklin Court Independent Senior Living 

Angela Cabral, Director - Franklin Court Assisted Living 

Stephany Silvia, Assistant Director - Franklin Court Independent Living 

Carmen Dutra, Resident Services Coordinator - Franklin Court Independent Living

Benjamin Church Senior Center

Maria Ursini, Director

Donna Wilson, Assistant Director


Bristol Housing Authority

Candy Pansa, Executive Director

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Melissa Ames


Bristol County Elks Lodge #1860

Leeann Craven

Rhode Island Ataxia Support Group

Anabela Azevedo, Founder


Explore Bristol

Mike Byrnes


Rogers Free Library

Joan Prescott, Library Director

Rhode Island Statewide Independent Living Council

Jack Ringland, Chairperson

Bristol Prevention Coalition

Barbara Palumbo

Faith Leaders

Linda Arruda, St, Michael's Episcopal Church

Rev. Burton Bagby-Grose, First Congregational Church

Deacon Paul Bisbano, St. Mary's Catholic Church

Jennifer DeWolf, St. Michael's Church

Rev. Elizabeth Habecker

Rev. Marilyn Mason

Jack Ringland, First Congregational Church

Joel Sedam, Mount Hope Church

Sean Smith, Stonecoast Community Church

Kate Sparrow, First Congregational Church