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Deborah DeBare

Deborah DeBare, Executive Director 

Deborah DeBare has served as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) since 1995. Prior to that, Ms. DeBare served for five years as the Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County and for two years as the Policy and Information Associate for the Rhode Island Division of Mental Health and Community Services. Deborah received a Master's degree from the Heller School at Brandeis University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University. She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Legal Services, the Rhode Island Emergency Food and Shelter Board, and numerous statewide task forces and committees to address violence against women.

Lee Clasper-Torch

Lee Clasper-Torch, Men's Engagement Coordinator

Lee Clasper-Torch served on the faculty of the Moses Brown School (Providence, RI) for 25 years in the Humanities Department, teaching courses in comparative world religions, philosophy, and ethics. Lee is currently working as the Men’s Engagement Coordinator for Ten Men, a project of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). He is also currently an adjunct Professor of Philosophy of Religion at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI). Lee completed his undergraduate work in Comparative Religious Studies at the College of Wooster (OH) and received his Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion (of the Graduate Theological Union) in Berkeley, CA. He sits on the Advocacy and Justice Commission of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches and has been speaking and leading classes/workshops in a variety of settings on the topics of comparative religion, philosophy, spirituality, and social action. Lee's study, teaching, travel, and life-journey have long involved both a concern for contemplative practice and active participation in peace, social justice, and human rights work.

Ian Colomer

Ian Colomer, Policy Associate

Ian Colomer is the Policy Associate for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). Prior to the RICADV, Ian participated in community work with the College Crusaders of Rhode Island and with the Diversity Leadership program at Roger Williams University, where he focused on mentoring underrepresented groups in their first year at university and developing programs based on inclusivity and social justice. Ian is a recent graduate of Roger Williams University (RWU), with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a concentration in Anthropology and Sociology. Ian's studies at RWU sparked his creativity in producing short stories on culture, self-discovery, and fantastical imagery.

Krista D'Amico

Krista D'Amico, Communications Coordinator

Krista D'Amico is the Communications Coordinator for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). She helps plan and implement the organization's communications initiatives, including public awareness efforts, media advocacy, branding, digital media, and supporting the work of the RICADV's member agencies. Krista holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Minor in Communications from the University of Rhode Island.

Christine O'Connell

Christine O'Connell, Communications Assistant

Christine O’Connell is the Communications Assistant for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). She supports the organization's communications initiatives, particularly in the areas of media advocacy, public awareness, and digital media. Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Gender & Women’s Studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts from the University of Rhode Island.

Kate Porter

Kate Porter, Communications Manager

Kate Porter is the Communications Manager for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). She plans, implements, and oversees the organization's communications initiatives, including public awareness efforts, media advocacy, branding, digital media, and supporting the work of the RICADV's member agencies. Prior to joining the organization, Kate coordinated communications initiatives and special events for two RICADV member agencies – Women’s Resource Center, serving Newport and Bristol Counties, and Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County. Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College.

Carmen Recalde-Russo

Carmen Recalde-Russo, Director of Community Engagement

Carmen Recalde-Russo is the Director of Community Engagement for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). She joined the RICADV in 2007. Prior to joining the organization, Carmen worked for Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, a RICADV member agency, as the Latino Advocate. Carmen holds a law degree in Paraguay, South America, her country of origin. In Paraguay, she represented victims of domestic violence in family court cases and also represented and provided legal assistance to worker and farmer cooperatives.

Lucy Rios

Lucy Rios, Director of Prevention and Communications

Lucy Rios is the Director of Prevention and Communications for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). At the RICADV, Lucy facilitates trainings for advocates, criminal justice personnel, service providers, and other allied professionals on the dynamics of domestic violence and related topics, such as children who witness and teen dating violence prevention. Since 2003, Lucy has been coordinating Rhode Island’s Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement Leadership through Alliances (DELTA) Project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Through DELTA, Lucy provides technical assistance to state and community stakeholders on the primary prevention of domestic violence and has led a statewide strategic planning process for primary prevention. Lucy also represents the RICADV on several statewide networks, including the Sexual Violence Prevention Steering Council and the Healthy Kids Rhode Island Coalition.

Cynthia Roberts

Cynthia Roberts, Empowerment Evaluator

Cynthia Roberts is the Empowerment Evaluator for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV)'s DELTA FOCUS Program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this role, Cynthia plans and implements the evaluation of statewide intimate partner violence prevention efforts and provides evaluation technical assistance to member agency staff. Prior to her work at the RICADV, Cynthia served as a Senior Public Health Epidemiologist for the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Tobacco Control Program. Cynthia received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of New Hampshire, a Master's degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University, and a Ph.D. in Behavioral Science from the University of Rhode Island.

John Wesley

John Wesley, Director of Policy and Advocacy 

John Wesley is the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). John received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wesleyan University and a Juris Doctor degree from New England Law in Boston, where he represented juveniles and clients with mental health disabilities in legal clinics. After law school, John worked as a staff attorney for several years at the Hiscock Legal Aid Society in Syracuse, New York, representing victims of domestic violence and indigent clients in trial court and appeals.

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