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


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: John Geysen


Vice Chair: Nancy Serpa


Treasurer: Amy Gerhard


Secretary: Joyce Ruppell, Communications & Marketing Coordinator, Pare Corporation


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


Elyane Terranova, Former  Assistant Director Beautiful Beginnings Early Learning Center


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

Lauren Jordan, Advancement Director, Genesis Center