Hillary Salmons, Executive Director
Before founding PASA, Hillary led an education initiative called Rhode Island Scholars where business leaders spoke to middle school students about the importance of college and taking math and science courses. She served as the Vice President for Program Development for Health & Education Leadership for Providence (HELP), a coalition focused on improving the health and education of the children of Providence. Hillary has a MA in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a BA from Harvard University.
Ann Durham, Deputy Director
Ann oversees PASA’s ongoing quality improvement process for all AfterZone and Hub programs. Prior to joining PASA, she worked as the Director of Quality Assurance at the Kennedy-Donovan Center in Foxboro, MA. Ann holds a BA in English with a minor in Women’s Studies from Skidmore College and an Ed.M. in Sociology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Y. Georges Minyayluk, Finance Director
Prior to joining PASA, Georges served the Assistant Finance Director for the Town of Cumberland, RI. Georges holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Johns Hopkins University and a MS in Accounting and MBA from Northeastern University.
Robert Randall, Director of Middle School Initiatives
Rob oversees the operations and staff management of PASA’s middle school AfterZone programs. Rob has over 10 years working with youth, from coaching to being a camp counselor, and managing an AfterZone site. Rob holds a BA in English from Rhode Island College.
Emily George, Director of High School Initiatives
Emily oversees the operations and staff management of PASA’s high school programming. Prior to joining PASA, Emily worked in the field of environmental education in Rhode Island and Massachusetts serving multiple populations of youth, ranging from elementary to high school. Emily sits on the board of the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association and holds a BA in Sociology from Quinnipiac University, and a Master of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning from Lesley University.
Eric Collins, Human Resources Coordinator
Eric oversees and coordinates human resources for PASA. Prior to PASA, Eric worked as a substitute teacher for K-8th grade at the Gordon School in East Providence. Eric holds an ME in Curriculum Studies from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Rebecca Taft, Program Manager, AfterZone AmeriCorps
Rebecca manages the AfterZone AmeriCorps program supporting 20 AmeriCorps members in their service in the AfterZone program. Rebecca has served as PASA Program Support Staff in the Summer Scholars Camp at Roger Williams Middle School, as an Assistant Site Coordinator and Site Coordinator for the AfterZone at DelSesto Middle School, and as Operations Coordinator for the AfterZone program. Before joining PASA, she volunteered as the Peer Mentor to RIC’s Scholarships for Service Student Civic Fellows: AmeriCorps Program. She has a BA in English from Rhode Island College.
Jack Gendron, Professional Development and Training Coordinator
Jack oversees PASA’s professional development offering. Before joining PASA, Jack lived in Portland, Oregon, where he worked as a program specialist for Writers in the Schools, a program of Literary Arts, and taught creative writing at Portland State University. Jack holds an MFA from Syracuse University and a BA from Bennington College.
Ciara Parks, Hub Coordinator, JSEC and 360 High School
Ciara oversees the daily operations of The HUB at JSEC and 360 high schools in the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex. Prior to joining PASA, she served as an AmeriCorps member for two years with City Year Providence. Ciara holds a BA in Justice and Peace Studies with a concentration in Conflict Transformation from the University of St. Thomas.
Bolanle Akinsulire, Special Projects Coordinator, Advanced Course Network
Bolanle oversees the Advanced Course Network. She has worked in health and science related research in Boston and Providence. Prior to joining PASA, Bolanle gained exposure to the field of education through working at the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner. Bolanle holds a BS in Health Science from Northeastern University.
Susana Ortega, AfterZone Site Coordinator, Nathan Bishop Middle School
Susana oversees the daily operations of the AfterZone at Nathan Bishop Middle School. Prior to the joining PASA, she was an Americorps member at The Learning Community as an Education Fellow. She has a BA from Brown University and an MA from Regis College.
Brandon Soum, AfterZone Site Coordinator, DelSesto Middle School
Brandon oversees the daily operations of the AfterZone at DelSesto Middle School. Brandon grew up in Providence and has a passion for creating art and received a degree in Fine Arts from the Community College of Rhode Island. Before joining PASA, he served as an Americorps members for two years with City Year Providence.
Brittany Ortiz, AfterZone Site Coordinator Esek Hopkins Middle School
Brittany oversees the daily operations of the AfterZone at Esek Hopkins Middle School. Before joining PASA, Brittany was the Educational Coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club of Providence. Brittany gained her passion for youth development while serving as the president for the Mentors Program at Henry Barnard Elementary School. She received her BA in Psychology from Rhode Island College and is currently getting her MA in Child & Adolescent Psychology at Southern New Hampshire University.
Emily Fulginiti, AfterZone Site Coordinator, Roger Williams Middle School/Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence
Emily oversees the daily operations of the AfterZone at Roger Williams Middle School. Prior to working with PASA, Emily was a Site Coordinator for the Old Colony YMCA in MA. Her first position working with youth was her internship with the Walt Disney World Resort Company. Emily has a BA in Fine Arts from Salem State University.
Harper Rhodes, AmeriCorps VISTA
Harper is serving their AmeriCorps VISTA year as part of the PASA Quality Assessment team, primarily focusing on data collection and analysis. Harper works to support engaging programs for Providence Public School students through evidence-based advocacy and cooperation with community partners. Harper is a volunteer with Girls Rock! Rhode Island and AS220, both local organizations that support well-being and growth in the Providence community through empowerment and the arts.
Board of Directors
PASA’s Board of Directors, chaired by Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, is a dynamic group of public officials, private sector leaders, and community partners. Our board members bring with them a diverse array of expertise and passions, and each are deeply committed to the role that after-school and expanded learning programs play in creating positive outcomes for youth.
Jorge Elorza, Mayor, City of Providence, PASA Board Chair
Nicholas A. DiLello Jr., Financial Services Representative, Barnum Financial Group, PASA Board Vice Chair
Julie Andrews, Political Fundraising Consultant
Benjamin Appleyard, Communications Manager, Bank of America
Rachel Colaiace, Special Events and Communications Coordinator, Amos House
Hugh Clements, Chief of the Providence Police Department
Joe Devine, Partner/Owner, Bridge Technical Talent, LLC, PASA Board Business Engagement Committee Chair
Alison Eichler, Co-President, Eichler Realty Company Inc, PASA Secretary
Margaret D. Farrell, Partner, Hinckley Allen & Snyder LLP
Carol Grant, Commissioner, Office of Energy Resources, PASA Nominating Committee Chair
Henry C. Hodge Jr., President/Owner, HCH Enterprises, LLC
Christopher N. Maher, Superintendent of Providence Public Schools
Ben McGuire, Esq., Associate, Greenberg Traurig, PASA Board Finance Committee Chair
Mavis Nimoh, Senior Project Manager, Expanded Learning, Afterschool Leadership Circle
Justin Reid, Director of Digital Program Strategy, CVS Health
Noel O. Sanchez, President, Casa Buena Builders, Inc.
David Vanech, Senior Director of Investments, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., PASA Board Development Committee Chair