Board & Staff

CEO/Executive Director Monica Smith BA


Monica comes to RICARES from Oregon and has over ten years of progressive operational and program experience in innovative non-profits where she has been responsible for developing and implementing systems, processes and programs with a relational focus. Prior to joining RICARES, she served as Operations Director at a Family Shelter in Portland, OR.

Program Director Ian Knowles


Ian has worked for over 40 years in the substance use disorder field as a case manager and a clinician. He was the Administrator of Community Services at the R.I. Department of BHDDH and is a past RICARES Executive Director. He Serves on the Board of the New England Institute of Addiction Studies and on the Rhode Island Chemical Dependency Professional Licensing Board.

Program Manager Diego-Arene-Morley

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Brown University, Diego served one tour with AmeriCorps in Central Falls, RI as a school-teacher. Diego coordinated the first interfaith memorial ceremony for victims of overdose and addiction in Rhode Island with Faith Infused Recovery Efforts (FIRE). It was the first ceremony of its kind in the country. “{A} If you reside in Rhode Island, you are a Rhode Islander. {B} Diego lives in Rhode Island.{A+B} If you live in Rhode Island, surely, Diego is your neighbor.”

Director of Advocacy, Research, and Education – Jon Soske, Ph.D.

Business Development Director – Jennifer Dalton Vincent

Digital Media Specialist – Selene Means

Operations Coordinator – Sierra Lessing

Communications Coordinator – Arame Sembene

Outreach Coordinator – Anthony Maselli

Outreach Coordinator – Olivia Jenkins

Outreach Specialist – Kevin Monteiro

Outreach Specialist – Machiste Rankin

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Executive Board

Chairperson Elizabeth Oliveira Manchester, Esq.
Paul Makowski

Board at Large

Felicia Delgado
Michelle McKenzie, MPH
Dr. Robin Montvilo, PhD
Dr. Michael Fine, M.D.
Richard Corley, Esq.

Ex-Officio Board Member

Holly Heyman
Steve Gumbley
Geoff Schoos, Esq.