Four from re­gion hon­ored as YWCA ‘Women of Achieve­ment’

Woonsocket Call - - BLACKSTONE VALLEY - By JOSEPH FITZGER­ALD jfitzger­ald@woonsock­et­ Fol­low Joseph Fitzger­ald on Twit­tEr @jofitz7

LIN­COLN – YWCA Rhode Is­land Thurs­day hon­ored 13 “Women of Achieve­ment,” in­clud­ing four hon­orees with ties to Woonsocket and Cen­tral Falls – Lisa M. Car­cif­ero, Lucy Rios, Bar­bara J. Sil­vis and Tina Marie Sul­li­van.

Among the hon­orees rec­og­nized at the 14th an­nual awards lun­cheon at Kirk­brae Coun­try Club was Cit­i­zens Bank, which was rec­og­nized as Or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Year.

Since 2005, YWCA has spon­sored this statewide recog­ni­tion of women whose ac­com­plish­ments span the fields of in­dus­try, cul­ture and pub­lic ser­vice. Se­lec­tion is based on YWCA’s mis­sion of elim­i­nat­ing racism, em­pow­er­ing women and pro­mot­ing peace, jus­tice, free­dom and dig­nity for all. Re­cip­i­ents demon­strate ex­cep­tional skills as lead­ers, role mod­els or men­tors; break new ground or old bar­ri­ers; are agents for pos­i­tive change; and in­spire oth­ers.

Founded in 1867, YWCA Rhode Is­land is a so­cial jus­tice or­ga­ni­za­tion and move­ment.

Deb­o­rah L. Perry, pres­i­dent and CEO of YWCA Rhode Is­land, pre­sented the awards, and Deb­o­rah Rug­giero, host of the award-win­ning ra­dio pro­gram “Amaz­ing Women,” em­ceed the event.


Car­cif­ero has worked in the field of be­hav­ioral health­care treat­ment and preven­tion for more than 25 years and was ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Woonsocket Preven­tion Coali­tion un­til Jan­uary 2017, when the re­gion­al­ized Black­stone Val­ley Preven­tion Coali­tion was cre­ated, com­pris­ing Burrillville, Cen­tral Falls, Cum­ber­land, Lin­coln, North Smith­field, Pawtucket and Woonsocket. She now serves as the re­gional di­rec­tor.

Pre­vi­ously, Car­cif­ero was grant depart­ment man­ager for a non-profit fo­cused on fed­eral job train­ing and work readi­ness pro­grams. A li­censed in­de­pen­dent clin­i­cal so­cial worker, she has a pri­vate ther­apy prac­tice in Lin­coln.

She earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in psy­chol­ogy from Stone­hill Col­lege, a mas­ter’s de­gree in so­cial work from Bos­ton Col­lege, and is a mem­ber of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of So­cial Work­ers.

She is ac­tive in the Woonsocket com­mu­nity and serves on boards for the Woonsocket Ro­tary Club and Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion, Woonsocket Se­nior Ser­vices, Land­mark Med­i­cal Cen­ter and the Woonsocket Ju­ve­nile Hear­ing Board. She is chair­woman of the board for Con­nect­ing for Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies, and is a past pres­i­dent of the board for North­ern Rhode Is­land Com­mu­nity Ser­vices as well as YWCA Rhode Is­land.

She lives in East Woonsocket with her hus­band, Christo­pher, and daugh­ter, Alessan­dra.


Rios, di­rec­tor of preven­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the Rhode Is­land Coali­tion Against Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence, has been in the move­ment to end do­mes­tic vi­o­lence for more than 15 years. She over­sees the RICADV’s pub­lic aware­ness ef- forts, man­ages grants, and pro­vides train­ing and tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance to or­ga­ni­za­tions in and out of state on un­der­stand­ing the dy­nam­ics of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and cre­at­ing path­ways to preven­tion.

Un­der her lead­er­ship, ini­tia­tives such as Ten Men have re­ceived statewide and na­tional at­ten­tion. Rios is a found­ing board mem­ber and for­mer board chair of the Segue In­sti­tute for Learn­ing Char­ter School in Cen­tral Falls, her home­town. Now a Prov­i­dence res­i­dent, Rios is a mem­ber of the Racial and En­vi­ron­men­tal Jus­tice Com­mit­tee, a col­lab­o­ra­tive ini­tia­tive by that city and com­mu­ni­ties of color. She also is a mem­ber of the ad­vi­sory board for SISTA FIRE, a net­work of women of color in Rhode Is­land, work­ing to build col­lec­tive power for so­cial, eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal change.


Sil­vis, a re­tired vice pres­i­dent/ en­gi­neer­ing at FM Global af­ter a 34-year ca­reer, is a long­time com- mu­nity vol­un­teer. She serves on the boards of RI Kids Count, the R.I. State Coun­cil of Churches, and De­fi­ance Col­lege in Ohio.

A for­mer mem­ber and chair­per­son of the board for the United Way of Rhode Is­land, she now chairs that agency’s pub­lic pol­icy com­mit­tee and is a founder and mem­ber of Women United, a fundrais­ing group that em­pha­sizes early lit­er­acy.

She sings in RPM Voices of RI and the Cen­tral Con­gre­ga­tional Church choir. She lives in Cen­tral Falls, where she “cel­e­brates its di­ver­sity and vi­brancy daily,” and says she is “pas­sion­ate about ad­vo­cat­ing for chil­dren in our state.”


Sul­li­van brings more than 25 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the af­ford­able hous­ing in­dus­try to her po­si­tion as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Cen­tral Falls Hous­ing Au­thor­ity, where she has de­vel­oped and im­ple­mented pro­grams to en­hance hous­ing and eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for res­i­dents and the com­mu­nity.

She has re­ceived awards for new and cre­ative pro­grams for the res­i­dents of the au­thor­ity and the com­mu­nity and was rec­og­nized by the U.S. Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban Devel­op­ment for her work with the Fam­ily Self-Suf­fi­ciency Pro­gram, a one-of-a-kind pro­gram in the United States.

She serves on the board of gov­er­nors for the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Hous­ing and Re­de­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cials (NAHRO) and is a mem­ber of NAHRO’s Pro­fes­sional Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee. She also serves as vice pres­i­dent for pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment of the New Eng­land Re­gional Coun­cil of NAHRO. She is cer­ti­fied as a pub­lic hous­ing man­ager, a hous­ing qual­ity stan­dards in­spec­tor and man­ager.

A grad­u­ate of Lead­er­ship Rhode Is­land and Lead­er­ship Cen­tral Falls, she lives in Smith­field with her hus­band, Keith, and chil­dren Pa­trick and Katie.

The nine other “Women of Achieve­ment” hon­ored Thurs­day were:

• Karen A. San­tilli, pres­i­dent and CEO of Cross­roads Rhode Is­land, which helps home­less or at-risk in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies se­cure sta­ble homes.

• Suzanne Magaziner, who made her ca­reer in busi­ness strat­egy con­sult­ing, first with the Bos­ton Con­sult­ing Group and later as an ex­ec­u­tive in the in­ter­na­tional con­sult­ing firm she co-founded with her hus­band Ira. Since re­tir­ing, she has worked in a va­ri­ety of non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions to ex­pand ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for all chil­dren, par­tic­u­larly the most un­der­served.

• Alisha A. Pina, a for­mer jour­nal­ist who is now chief pub­lic af­fairs of­fi­cer for the Rhode Is­land Depart­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices.

• Non­das Hurst Voll, a peace and so­cial jus­tice ad­vo­cate.

• Sharon D. Conard-Wells, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the West Elm­wood Hous­ing Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.

• Maya Breuer, a pre­em­i­nent yoga in­struc­tor, prac­ti­tioner, au­thor, com­mu­nity ac­tivist and con­sul­tant.

• Capt. Alyssa DeAn­drade, a 21year vet­eran of the Prov­i­dence Po­lice Depart­ment.

• Lind­sey Brickle, a strate­gic pro­gram and devel­op­ment con­sul­tant work­ing with or­ga­ni­za­tions in the non-profit, pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors.

• Capt. Vic­to­ria Tol­bert, a full­time mem­ber of the Rhode Is­land Na­tional Guard, where she is the Aide to the Com­mand­ing Gen­eral, a vic­tim ad­vo­cate, and a mem­ber of the Guard’s biathlon team.

Ernest A. Brown pho­tos

Lucy Rios, di­rec­tor of preven­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the Rhode Is­land Coali­tion against Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence, left, is greeted by her sis­ter, Cindy Rios, as her fa­ther, Gus­tavo Rios, looks on, at right. Rios is a found­ing board mem­ber and for­mer board chair of the Segue In­sti­tute for Learn­ing Char­ter School in Cen­tral Falls, her home­town, and was one of 13 lo­cal women hon­ored dur­ing the an­nual YWCA Women of Achieve­ment Awards at Kirk­brae Coun­try Club in Lin­coln Thurs­day.

Tina Marie Sul­li­van, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Cen­tral Falls Hous­ing Au­thor­ity, right, one of Thurs­day’s hon­orees, ar­rives with her daugh­ter Katie Sul­li­van.

Bar­bara Sil­vis, of Cen­tral Falls, cen­ter, a re­tired vice pres­i­dent/en­gi­neer­ing at FM Global af­ter a 34-year ca­reer, and long­time com­mu­nity vol­un­teer, is joined by friends Cort­ney Ni­co­lato, pres­i­dent and CEO, United Way, left, and Roberta But­ler, se­nior vice pres­i­dent, FM Global, right.

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