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


Victoria Almas

Tale Mail Coordinator

Alicia Monnes


Michelle Pinault

Program Manager

Michael Salvo

Transport Coordinator


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 - Pamela Vogel


Vice Chair- John Geysen


Treasurer - Bill DiBiasio MBA, ATP


Secretary - Joyce Ruppell


Board Members:


Elizabeth Dennigan, Founder

Lifespan’s Primary Care/ Alternative Payment Contracting.

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

Alyson McCabe, Branch Manager

Pawtucket Credit Union

TeLisa Richardson, Parenting Coordinator

Rhode Island Department of Corrections

Nancy Serpa, IT Program Manager

Sensata Technologies

Elyane Terranova, Former  Assistant Director

Beautiful Beginnings Early Learning Center

James Vincent, President


and Community Outreach Manager



Total: 15 Board of Directors

Open Positions


Books Are Wings is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit and an equal opportunity employer.

Our current open positions are:

Bilingual Program Coordinator

(Part time, 25 hours a week)

The focus of this position is to create and implement literacy programming around Rhode Island, working collaboratively with community partners, the Books Are Wings Team and families. Read the full job description below.

Summer Program Staff

(Part time, 15 hours a week)

The focus of this position is to support and implement literacy programming at camps, events and other summer programs. Read the full job description below.

To apply, email with a resume, cover letter explaining why you are qualified for the position and 3 recent references. You can also fill out our online interest form here.