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our team


Carlene Fonseca

Network Lead

Carlene comes to the Network after serving as the Associate Director at the Feinstein Institute for Public Service as Providence College for 5 years. There she revolutionized the Feinstein Community Fellows Program, a fellowship placing undergraduate students in local community non-profits in the Providence Area and hosting all of Onward We Learn’s summer programming for middle and high school students on campus. Prior to this role, Carlene served as Director of 21st Century Programs for the Central Falls School District and Director of Operations for the Blackstone Valley Prep Middle School in Central Falls, her hometown.


Carlene is currently a faculty member at College Unbound, serving non-traditional adult learners. Carlene graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelors in Government and received her Masters in Criminology from The George Washington University.  As a first generation Cape Verdean American she strongly believes education, mental wellness, financial empowerment and self-advocacy are the keys to opening up doors. Carlene is mother to a 4-year-old daughter, is a lifelong learner, loves listening to podcasts, reading and hitting the gym.

kimya distoori

Communications & Engagement Coordinator

Kimya (she/her) comes to the Rhode Island Afterschool Network with a wide range of experiences in the business, non-profit, and education sectors. She is a proud first-generation immigrant, college graduate, and New Yorker. For her undergraduate schooling, she attended The University of Arizona, where she studied Marketing and Global Business. Since the pandemic, she has made Providence her home and has obtained her Masters from Brown University in Urban Education Policy. 

As a former educator and currently working in the Out-Of-School Time space, she has had the pleasure of working directly with young people. She appreciates learning and growing with and from the youth, and wants to continue working towards equity in the community. In her free time, she loves to travel and experience the world’s cultures and foods as well as attend concerts and music festivals.


advisory committee

  • Maryclaire Knight, Knight Consulting — Board Chair

  • Jael Lopes, Strategic Partnerships, Providence School Department — Vice Chair

  • Melissa Hamlin, Finance Specialist, FM Global — Secretary

  • Lisa DiMartino, Strategic Initiatives, RI Foundation — Liaison with RI Foundation

  • Elliot Rivera, Executive Director, Youth in Action

  • Paige Clausius-Parks, Executive Director, Kids Count

  • Jan Mermin, Expanded Learning Opportunities Specialist, RIDE

  • Erin Spaulding, Executive Director, Connecting for Children and Families

  • Ann Durham, Executive Director, Providence After School Alliance

  • Jim Holt, CEO, Pawtucket Boys and Girls Club

  • Larry Warner, Chief Impact and Equity Officer United Way of RI

our partners

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