Our People

Meet The Team

Our people are our strength.

We pride ourselves on a dedicated staff that is passionate about children’s literacy.


Jocelynn White

Executive Director


Kim Nelson

Director of Community Engagement


Samantha Polon

Director of



Alison Aguiar

Outreach Coordinator


Alicia Monnes



Michele Pinault

Program Manager


Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors serve a critical role in supporting the growth, development and governance of Books Are Wings. No compensation is paid to any member of the Board of Directors or Advisory Board.


Board Officers:


Chair: John Geysen, Product Marketing Manager for HMI Performance Incentives


Vice Chair: Nancy Serpa, IT Program Manager for Sensata Technologies


Treasurer: Amy Gerhard: Communications & Marketing Coordinator, Pare Corporation

Secretary: Joyce Ruppell, Consultant for the Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children

Board Members:

Carlene Fonseca, Associate Director Feinstein School of Public Service at Providence College


Dora Garcia, Business Manager Cox Communications 

Jill Glickman- Consultant, Project Manager, Outreach and Community Engagement

Mary Halpin, SVP Human Resources Centreville Bank

Natalia Lima, VP Community Market Manager II Citizens Bank


Ryan Mitchner, Community College of Rhode Island Division of Workforce Partnerships, Director of Workforce Development Program Delivery

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We are looking for new team members, a driver and summer program staff. These team members will support with transporting our book collection and supporting youth in literacy activities during the summer months.


Please see the PDFs below for full job descriptions and how to apply.