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.
Alexa Morales earned a bachelor's in communications and a minor in leadership in May 2019 from the University of Rhode Island, where she was in the Talent Development Program. She mentored fellow undergrads in the URI 101 Mentoring program and worked for the URI SNAP Outreach Program, where she helped raise awareness about benefits of food assistance for service agencies. She is a 2015 graduate of Classical High School.
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 College Crusade alumna and brings extensive knowledge of the students, families and communities we serve.
Ashlie Rockwood was born in Boston and graduated from Phillips Academy Andover in 2014. She then received a Bachelor of Science in public health and a minor in education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2018. She moved to Providence and previously worked as a counselor for the Girls Empowerment and Mentoring Support Program conducted by the Rhode Island Department of Health.
Carmen Vazquez is a College Crusade alumna and a graduate of Rhode Island College, where she earned her bachelor's degree in youth development. Carmen is passionate about helping young people reach their full potential and persevere.
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 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 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.
Linda Reyes attended DelSesto Middle School and graduated from Jorge Alvarez High School in 2011. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degrees in communication and political science from the University of Rhode Island in 2015. Prior to joining our advisory staff, she worked at Chamberlain International School and with the Young Leaders Fellowship at Jorge Alvarez High School, focusing on life coaching and personal development for students.
Manny Garcia, a College Crusade alumna, attended Calcutt Middle School and graduated from Central Falls High School in 2013. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in human development and family studies, with a minor in Spanish, from the University of Rhode Island in 2017. Prior to joining our staff as a middle school advisor, she worked as an advisor for our CAAP program and for Rhode Island Write on Sports. She also served as a fellow for the Central Falls School District and for the Rhode Island Secretary of State.
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.
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 College Crusade alumnus and says his drive for success stems from helping others recognize their true potential through intellectual, moral, social, and emotional development.
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 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, a College Crusade alumna, 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 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.
Taisha DeMarco graduated from Rhode Island College with a double major in justice studies and sociology. She is bilingual and has been a translator for students. Taisha has done various volunteer work helping her community.
Tim Costa graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He spent two years working for City Year Providence assigned to Roger Williams Middle School in Providence. He initially began as an AmeriCorps member then moved up to a team leader, which shifted his responsibilities from overseeing classroom management to leading a team of his own members and serving as the liaison between City Year and school administrators.