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Abraham Fofanah

High School Advisor
Abraham Fofanah
High School Advisor
Onward We Learn Staff Member

401-400-1935afofanah@onwardwelearn.org
Abraham Fofanah comes to Onward We Learn from Community Action Partnership of Providence County, where he worked as a job development coach. He previously worked with City Year as an AmeriCorps member planning and implementing lessons to students and working as a math tutor. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 2020.

Ariel Davey

High School Advisor
Ariel Davey
High School Advisor
Onward We Learn Staff Member

401-400-1870adavey@onwardwelearn.org
Ariel Davey graduated from Shea High School in 2016 and from Providence College in 2020 with a degree in public and community service studies. She is a Onward We Learn alumna and brings extensive knowledge of the students, families and communities we serve.

Dwayne Clement

High School Advisor
Dwayne Clement
High School Advisor
Onward We Learn Staff Member

401-400-1802dclement@onwardwelearn.org
Dwayne Clement graduated from Central High School in 1997. He went on to attend Rhode Island College and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology.

Eli Itkin

High School Advisor
Eli Itkin
High School Advisor
Onward We Learn Staff Member

401-400-1898eitkin@onwardwelearn.org
Eli Itkin, a graduate of Shea High School in Pawtucket, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Rhode Island College and previously attended Husson University in Maine. He has coached basketball and tennis, including at Shea, and brings a commitment to youth development and college access to his advising role.

Ellie Welborn

Middle School Advisor
Ellie Welborn
Middle School Advisor
Onward We Learn Staff Member

401-519-0205ewelborn@onwardwelearn.org
Ellie Welborn comes to Onward We Learn from City Year Providence, where she worked at Delsesto Middle School for the past two years after being an AmeriCorps member and team leader. She graduated from Cameron University in her native Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in international languages and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Indonesia.

Eric Khiev

High School Advisor
Eric Khiev
High School Advisor
Onward We Learn Staff Member

401-400-1872ekhiev@onwardwelearn.org
Eric Khiev earned his Bachelor of Science degree in health studies with a minor in thanatology at the University of Rhode Island in 2019 as a Talent Development scholar. Prior to joining the organization, Eric worked in roles such as residential advising, administrative/clerical work, providing behavioral therapy to neurodivergent youth and as former board member and secretary at the Providence Youth Student Movement.

Jeimmy Alonzo

Middle School Advisor
Jeimmy Alonzo
Middle School Advisor
Onward We Learn Staff Member

401-400-1875jalonzo@onwardwelearn.org
Jeimmy Alonzo graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in psychology and Spanish and minoring in human development and family studies. At URI, she worked part time as a tutor in the Spanish department and became a general manager at the Ram’s Den retail food court. She is alumna of our program.

Maura Perez

Middle School Advisor
Maura Perez
Middle School Advisor
Onward We Learn Staff Member

401-400-1810mperez@onwardwelearn.org
Maura Perez recently graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She is bilingual and has experience with translating for young students and their families. As an undergraduate, she worked for the U.S. Census Bureau and engaged in volunteer work within her community. Maura grew up in South Providence and was the first person in her family to graduate from college.

Molly Pomroy

Middle School Advisor
Molly Pomroy
Middle School Advisor
Onward We Learn Staff Member

401-400-1902mpomroy@onwardwelearn.org
Molly Pomroy graduated from Syracuse University, where she majored in English and textual studies and minored in psychology. She taught second and third grade students at Brooke Charter School in Roslindale, Massachusetts, and mentored children in kindergarten through eighth grade in Brockton, Massachusetts. She has been a track and field coach for middle school students, led a student photography club, and most recently was a special education teacher at Providence Center School.

Neni Benzan

Middle School Advisor
Neni Benzan
Middle School Advisor
Onward We Learn Staff Member

401-400-1837nbenzan@onwardwelearn.org
Neni Benzan was born and raised in Providence and was a Talent Development Scholar at the University of Rhode Island, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in leadership, business, and human development and family studies. While at URI, Neni served as director of public relations for the Interfraternity Council, resident advisor, orientation leader, and behavior technician for children with autism. He is a Onward We Learn alumnus and says his drive for success stems from helping others recognize their true potential through intellectual, moral, social, and emotional development.

Seth Larbi

High School Advisor
Seth Larbi
High School Advisor
Onward We Learn Staff Member

401-400-1831slarbi@thecollegecrusade.org
Seth Larbi joined Onward We Learn from College Advising Corps, where he was a college and career advisor at Tolman High School assisting about 260 high school seniors with college applications and delivering career assistance. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Africana studies, with minors in political science and sociology, from Rhode Island College and is pursuing his Master of Science degree in sports management with an athletic administration concentration at Lasell University.

Shanice Goncalves

Middle School Advisor
Shanice Goncalves
Middle School Advisor
Onward We Learn Staff Member

401-400-1805sgoncalves@onwardwelearn.org
Shanice Goncalves earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a concentration in justice studies and international nongovernmental studies from Rhode Island College. She previously worked as volunteer coordinator at Dorcas International, where she managed supplementary volunteer workforce from corporate, religious, academic, and community partnerships such as Brown University, Providence College, Bank of America, and Hasbro. Her passion for youth and community development drives the work that she does.

Shanty Pineda

High School Advisor
Shanty Pineda
High School Advisor
Onward We Learn Staff Member

401-400-1866spineda@onwardwelearn.org
Shanty Pineda, our mobile high school advisor, is on military leave. An Onward We Learn alumna, she worked for the popular CAAP program as a mentor and program site manager for seven years before joining the staff full time as an advisor. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business management with a concentration in human resources from Rhode Island College.

Supriya Chaudhary

High School Advisor
Supriya Chaudhary
High School Advisor
Onward We Learn Staff Member

401-400-1834schaudhary@onwardwelearn.org
Supriya Chaudhary holds a bachelor’s degree in youth development from Rhode Island College, and has spent the last three years working in community education at Gladstone Elementary School in Cranston and Esek Hopkins Middle School and Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School in Providence. In these roles, she assisted in organizing and facilitating educational plans in STEM programming to elementary-age students and advised middle school students in the LGBTQ community while supporting a safe space for self-expression.

Wilfredo Rivera-Scotti

High School Advisor
Wilfredo Rivera-Scotti
High School Advisor
Onward We Learn Staff Member

401-519-0207wrivera-scotti@onwardwelearn.org
Wilfredo Rivera-Scotti comes to Onward We Learn with more than 10 years of experience in the education field, having served hundreds of students in the postsecondary space. Wilfredo holds bachelor’s degrees in film and Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino studies from CUNY - Hunter College and earned his Master of Library and Information Studies from CUNY - Queens College and Master of Arts in labor studies from CUNY - School of Labor and Urban Studies.