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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.

Shannon Cordeiro

Shannon Cordeiro, SOAR Coordinator

Shannon Cordeiro is the Coordinator of SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships), the survivor task force of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). Shannon coordinates the efforts of SOAR members to promote systems change, legislative activism, and community education. She works to empower survivors to use their voices and experiences to challenge and change the areas that continue to be barriers to keeping women safe. Shannon has returned to the RICADV after serving as a Communications Intern for the organization in 2009 and as the SOAR Organizer in 2010. In working with SOAR, Shannon discovered her passion for working with survivors to end domestic violence. She holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Business Studies from Providence College.

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.

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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.

Bela Teixeira

Bela Teixeira, Prevention Coordinator 

Bela Teixeira is the Prevention Coordinator for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV), working on a Providence school-based initiative aimed at engaging men and boys in the prevention of violence against women and girls. Bela completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Rhode Island College, with concentrations in Painting/Photography/Graphic Design and Anthropology. She now continues her studies at the Rhode Island College School of Social Work, pursuing a Master of Social Work. In Bela’s 12 ½ year tenure at the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, she developed and implemented public history, arts, and cultural programming for audiences of all ages; she also served in a variety of capacities, including communications, development, and as the organization’s Executive Director. Since 2010, Bela has shifted her career focus to the public health arena, in the areas of public health prevention, advocacy, and policy. She continues to foster her interests in arts and culture, social justice, alternative/holistic healing, and improving the quality of life of her community.

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.