Our Team


Ann Durham, Executive Director                                                                                                                Ann oversees PASA. Previously she was PASA Deputy Director and guided quality improvement process for all AfterZone and Hub programs. 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.


Alexander Bezek,  Deputy Director        
Alexander is a native of the Greater Boston area, an alumni of Providence College where he studied Sociology and Black Studies, then later received his Graduate Degree in Counseling. Alexander has over a decades worth of experience in the Youth Development Field; he has experience designing curriculum, facilitating programs, and organizational management and                                       leadership. He is a huge advocate of community development and providing underserved and                                   unprivileged youth with high quality programming, resources and mentorship.


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.


Julissa Rivera, Business Operations Coordinator
Julissa Rivera oversees and coordinates business operations for PASA. Prior to PASA, Julissa worked as the Education Director for enrichment programs through CDL in Providence. Julissa is currently in her senior year at Rhode Island Collage. Julissa is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Youth development and Minors in Phycology. Julissa plans attending Grad school and achieving                                  her master’s in Education.


Renee Lafond, People Operations Manager
Renee oversees the operation and management of the AmeriCorps program and supports with the recruitment and training of the assistant site coordinators. With PASA, she moves in to her 9th year in the youth development field. Renee holds a BA in General Theatre from Rhode Island College and an Ed.M. in Theatre Education from Emerson College.


Tamera Garlington, AfterZone Site Coordinator, West Broadway Middle School
Tamera oversees AfterZone operations at West Broadway Middle School. When she’s not at PASA, she also serves as a teachers assistant for her church’s children’s department. Tamera holds a BA in Psychology and a BS in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island and is currently working towards a Masters in Youth Development at Rhode Island College.


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.


Itza Serrano, Data and Operations Coordinator 
Itza oversees data collecting, reporting, and submission including provider paperwork. She 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, Interim Associate Dean of Students, RI College
Justin Reid, Director of Digital Program Strategy, CVS Health
Ben Scungio, Regional Manager, Sales Associate Mott& Chace Sotheby’s
David Vanech, Senior Director of Investments, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., PASA Board Development Committee