Our Team


Hillary Salmons, Executive Director
Before founding PASA, Hillary led Rhode Island Scholars, an education initiative where business leaders spoke to students about the importance of college and taking math and science courses. Hillary served as VP for Program Development for Health & Education Leadership for Providence (HELP).  Hillary has an MA in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a BA from Harvard University.

Ann DurhamAnn 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 MinyaylukY. 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, an MS in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration from Northeastern University.


Robert RandallRobert Randall, Director of Middle School Initiatives
Rob oversees the operations and staff management of middle school 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.

Jaretta Konneh, Director High School Initiatives
Jaretta oversees operations and staff management of high school and ACN programs. Prior to joining PASA, she worked as Senior Program Associate at Generation Citizen. Jaretta holds a BA in Psychology & Education from Mt. Holyoke College and an Ed.M in Education Policy & Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Joy Schneider, Director of Quality Initiatives
Joy has worked with youth for over 15 years in a variety of capacities from direct service to program management. Previously, Joy led quality and character development initiatives as the Youth Development Director at the YMCA of the Inland Northwest. She has a Masters in Urban Studies Youth Development from Eastern 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.

Susana Ortega, People Operations Manager
Susana oversees the Americorps program and recruitment and training of all part-time and support staff in PASA’s 8 school sites. A graduate of Providence Public Schools, Susana has a BA from Brown University and an MA in Heritage Studies from Regis College.

Ciara Parks, Hub Coordinator, JSEC and 360 High School
Ciara oversees 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 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.

Johnny Rivera, H2O Coordinator, Hope High School
Johnny oversees operations of the H2O Program at Hope High School.  Johnny grew up in South Providence and has a passion for working with inner city youth.  He has his degree in Fine Arts from the Community College of Rhode Island.  Before joining PASA, Johnny was the Student Leadership Coordinator for the Exeter Job Corps Academy.

Hanna Exel, Special Projects Coordinator, High School Team
Hanna oversees PASA’s Advanced Course Network partnership with 7 organizations and RIDE. She brings a rich experience in arts education and youth development to PASA, having previously worked at RISD and Riverzedge. She has a BA from Oberlin College and an MA in Art History from Tufts University.

Emily FulginitiAfterZone Site Coordinator, Roger Williams Middle School/BGC of Providence
Emily oversees AfterZone operations at Roger Williams Middle School. Prior to working with PASA, Emily was Site Coordinator for the Old Colony YMCA in MA. Her first position working with youth was an internship with the Walt Disney World Resort Company.  Emily has a BA in Fine Arts from Salem State University.

Tamera Garlington, AfterZone Site Coordinator, West Broadway Middle School
Tamera oversees AfterZone operations at West Broadway Middle School.  Previously, she volunteered at URI’s Child Development Center, assisted at her church’s children’s department and served as an intern at West Bay Community Action.  Tamera has a BA in Psychology and a BS in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island.

James Walker, AfterZone Site Coordinator, Nathan Bishop Middle School
James oversees AfterZone operations at Nathan Bishop Middle School.  James previously served as the Learning and Development Manager at City Year Providence.  James gained his passion for youth development while working as an Americorps member at City Year. James has a BA in Sociology from Providence College.

Ben Roth, AfterZone Site Coordinator, Esek Hopkins Middle School
Ben oversees AfterZone operations at Esek Hopkins Middle School.  Prior to joining PASA, he served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Providence.  Ben realized his passion for serving youth while volunteering at the Children’s Place in Kansas City, MO. He is working on his degree in math and economics from Colorado State University.

Essence Harrison, AfterZone Site Coordinator DelSesto Middle School
Essence oversees AfterZone operations at DelSesto Middle School. She served as an Americorps member with PASA in 2017, working with youth at Roger Williams Middle School and eventually serving as Assistant Site Coordinator. She holds a BA in Youth Development from RI College and she is working towards a Masters in Youth Development.

Itza Serrano, Quality Assessment VISTA
Itza joins PASA as a VISTA volunteer through our partnership with the Swearer Center at Brown University. Itza works on data analysis and reports and has a BA from Holy Cross and a Masters from URI in Human Development and Family Studies. She is a graduate of Classical High School and is bilingual in Spanish.

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
Benjamin Appleyard, Communications Manager, Bank of America
Rachel Colaiace, Managing Director, Providence Children’s Film Festival
Hugh Clements, Chief of the Providence Police Department
Joe Devine, Partner/Owner, Bridge Technical Talent, LLC, PASA Board Business Engagement Committee
Jayne Donegan, Executive Counsel, Textron, PASA Board Development Committee
Alison Eichler, Co-President, Eichler Realty Company Inc
Margaret D. Farrell, Partner, Hinckley Allen & Snyder LLP
Carol Grant, Commissioner, Office of Energy Resources, PASA Nominating Committee
Henry C. Hodge Jr., President/Owner, HCH Enterprises, LLC
Ben McGuire, Esq., Associate, Greenberg Traurig, PASA Board Finance Committee
Ayana Melvan, Senior Project Manager, Educational Initiatives, United Way of RI
Pegah Rahmanian, Director, the Unity Center, RI College
Justin Reid, Director of Digital Program Strategy, CVS Health
Noel O. Sanchez, President, Casa Buena Builders, Inc.
Ben Scungio, Office Manager, Sales Associate Mott& Chace Sotheby’s
David Vanech, Senior Director of Investments, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., PASA Board Development Committee