Our Leaders

Network Support Leadership

Our Network Support Team is a group of professionals working in departments that provide strategic and administrative support for our schools. Focusing on needs such as Finance, Human Capital, Operations, Curriculum, and External Affairs, their purpose is to manage the network­-wide needs of our 200+ staff and support the overall mission of Blackstone Valley Prep.

Sarah Anderson, Chief Academic Officer

Bachelor’s in English from Williams College

Master’s in Education from Bank Street College of Education

Master’s in Education Leadership from Western Michigan University

Prior to BVP, Ms. Anderson was part of the Office of Transformation and Charter Schools at the Rhode Island Department of Education, where her work included policy development on school accountability and college readiness, as well as direct support to district leadership teams on school reform. She led their Academy for Transformative Leadership, which prepared and placed 13 new school leaders and supported over 90 teachers committed to advancing educational equity. Prior to moving to Rhode Island, she worked for Grand Rapids Public Schools, helping district and school leaders manage dramatic instructional reforms as part of a $5 million federal grant. Originally from New York, Ms. Anderson worked in New York City public schools as a professional developer, instructional coach, data specialist, and middle school English teacher.

Jeremy Chiappetta, Chief Executive Officer

Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania

Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management

Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Rhode Island

In 2009, Mr. Chiappetta joined Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) Mayoral Academy as the founding Head of School for the first BVP elementary school. He has led the growth of the program from 76 kindergarteners to more than 1,800 scholars in grades K-12. Prior to joining BVP, he served as Broad Resident and district and school-based administrator in Providence Public Schools. Before joining the Broad Residency, he worked for IBM’s Business Consulting Services where he developed business and technology solutions for a variety of private sector firms. Mr. Chiappetta has also served as the deputy director of Chess-­in­-the­-Schools, a nonprofit organization helping thousands of public school students grow intellectually and socially. He began his career as a Teach For America social studies teacher in New York City, and holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, the University of Rhode Island, and he is a graduate of the Broad Academy.

Blackstone Valley Prep

Blackstone Valley Prep’s mission is to prepare every scholar for success in college and the world beyond. BVP is a network of tuition­-free public schools chartered by the Rhode Island Department of Education. As a growing network that is part of the Charter School Growth Fund portfolio, BVP offers an intentionally diverse, high-quality public school choice to the families of Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, and Pawtucket and currently serves 1,800 scholars in grades K-­12 across 6 schools.

Over the years BVP has received thousands of applications for a limited number of seats. For the 2017-2018 school year, it received 2,010 applications for 292 seats.

Colleen Colarusso, Chief Schools Officer

Bachelor’s degree in History & Spanish from Regis College

Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Graduate of the Center for Leadership and Equity’s Principal Residency Network program

As Chief Schools Officer, Ms. Colarusso leads our Heads of School. She was the founding Head of School for Elementary School 2 and was also a founding member of our Kindergarten team in 2009. Her career started as a Teach for America Corps Member teaching both Kindergarten and First Grade in the urban school district of Miami­-Dade County Public Schools in Florida. A native resident of Massachusetts, she is also a graduate of the Center for Leadership and Equity’s Principal Residency Network program.

Michael DeMatteo, Chief Operating Officer

Master’s in Public Affairs from Brown University with a focus on Urban Education Policy

Mr. DeMatteo is a registered architect with over fifteen years of professional experience in institutional facilities programming, planning, and design, specializing in K-­12 education. Interested in more active engagement in the education sector, he shifted his professional focus to working within schools. He also served as a Fellow with Education Pioneers where he assisted the charter school, Alma del Mar, open in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Vanessa Douyon, Director of Strategy

Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business

Prior to joining BVP, Vanessa served on the leadership team for a network of schools as Senior Director of Strategy, managing the people operations team. As a Management Consultant with Bellwether Education Partners’ Strategic Advising practice, she advised districts, charter networks, private schools, nonprofits, and foundations across the country, helping them to make critical, strategic decisions. Vanessa began her career as a 5th grade math teacher in New Orleans, LA.

Stephanie Gonzalez, Associate Director of Partnerships

Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College

Stephanie was born and raised in Central Falls. She attended Boston College as an undergrad, but inspired by the changes in her hometown, she returned home in hopes of playing a role in the City’s transformation. Seeing education as one of the most important needs in the community, Stephanie was appointed to the Central Falls School Board of Trustees in 2011 and is currently the Associate Director of Partnerships at Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy. Stephanie sits on numerous boards and commissions across the state including Girls on the Run Rhode Island, RI Commission on Women, Sophia Academy, and the Central Falls City Council.

Tim Heavey, Director of Human Capital

Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University

Master’s degree in International Educational Development from Boston University

A career educator, Mr. Heavey comes to BVP from the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) where as an Educator Quality Specialist he helped lead the state’s signature Race to the Top initiative to implement new, rigorous, educator evaluation systems for teachers, support professionals, and principals. Prior to working at RIDE Mr. Heavey helped launch the Rhode Island Teaching Fellows (RITF), the first alternate-route teacher preparation and certification program in the state. He has also worked as a Program Coordinator for the Hunt Institute – a nonprofit that works at the intersection of politics and education policy, and a Program Officer for EdVestors – a nonprofit that helps advance improvements in urban schools through strategic philanthropy.

Chiv Heng, Director of Operations

Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island

Before returning to RI to take on his current role, Mr. Heng served as the Senior Director of Information Systems at Democracy Prep Public Schools, based in New York City. Prior to his experience in K-­12 education, he worked with the Providence Plan as the Director of Technology. He is a Rhode Island native passionate about improving the social well being of his community.

Christine Losea, Director of Finance

Bachelor’s in Social Work from Wheelock College

Master’s of Business Administration from Suffolk University

Prior to BVP, Ms. Losea held several administrative positions within Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a not-­for­-profit agency working with runaways and homeless adolescents on the streets of Boston. After earning her Masters, she became the Finance Director at Bridge managing all financial matters within the agency. Since returning to her native Rhode Island, Ms. Losea has worked primarily in the non-­profit financial world.

Drew Madden, Director of Innovation & Accountability

Bachelor’s in Political Science from Brown University

Mr. Madden was a charter member of Teach for America Rhode Island’s Charter Corp. While he was at Brown University, he was on the executive board of the student government and was heavily involved in the theater community, working in various technical positions.

Lindsay Priam, Associate Director of Human Capital

Master’s in Urban Education Policy from Brown University

Prior to joining BVP’s Network Support Team, Ms. Priam was a teacher at BVP’s Elementary School 1. She taught Kindergarten during the 2012-2013 school year and the 3rd grade from 2013-2016. Ms. Priam came to BVP as a 2012 Teacher For America Rhode Island corps member.

Stephanie Primiani, Director of STEM

Bachelor’s in Religious Studies from Haverford College

Secondary Mathematics Teaching Certificate from University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Master’s in Urban Education Policy from Brown University

Prior to BVP, Mrs. Primiani was a secondary math and science teacher coach with Teach For America, Charlotte, where she managed, coached, and developed new teachers to transform the lives of students through high-quality math and science instruction. She participated in a three-year national math and science pilot to grow her knowledge of excellent math and science pedagogy and professional development. Over the course of three years, she coached more than sixty first and second year teachers in 16 different Title 1 middle and high schools throughout Charlotte, NC, many of whom continue to advocate for educational equity throughout the country. Prior to her role coaching teachers, Mrs. Primiani taught high school math and led the Algebra 1 team at Garinger High School in Charlotte, NC. Her scholars earned 100% proficiency on both the Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 End of Course exams for two consecutive years.

Tina Tonino, Associate Director of Special Populations

Bachelor’s in Psychology from URI

Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with a Teaching Concentration in Special Education from Rhode Island College

Master’s in Educational Leadership from American International College

As Associate Director of Special Populations, Mrs. Tonino supports learning for all scholars. Her career started as a special education teacher at the secondary level in Massachusetts. Following her great experiences in Massachusetts, she joined the BVP team to utilize her expertise at the elementary level. She holds high expectations for all scholars in academics and social-emotional wellness. Born and raised in R.I., she attended R.I. College for her second Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education. Mrs. Tonino completed her Master’s in Educational Leadership through American International College and continues to be extremely passionate in serving the needs of all scholars.

At BVP, each one of our schools has an extensive leadership team.

In addition to a Head of School, every campus is made up of Deans including Deans of Culture that support behavior, Operations that support day-­to-day logistics, and Deans of Academics that support instructional needs. Schools also include supportive leadership such as instructional leaders and grade chairs.

Elementary Leadership

Kyle Quadros, Elementary School 1 Head of School

Bachelor’s degree from Providence College

Master’s in Special Education from Arizona State University

Graduate of the Center for Leadership and Equity’s Principal Residency Network program

Prior to coming to Blackstone Valley Prep, Mr. Quadros was the Dean of Students at Match Middle School in Boston, MA. He began his career in education as a Teach for America Corps Member in 2009 in Phoenix, AZ and while there, taught in a 1­4 Self-Contained Autism classroom. Born and raised in Pawtucket, RI, Mr. Quadros attended Pawtucket Public Schools.

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Ronald Vincent, Dean of Culture
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Emmanuel Pina, Dean of Operations
Sara Tucker, Elementary School 2 Head of School

Bachelor’s degree in Policy Studies & French from Syracuse University

Master’s in Urban Teaching from Providence College

Graduate of the Center for Leadership and Equity’s Principal Residency Network program

Ms. Tucker joined the team in 2012, founding the first and second grade teams, then becoming a Dean in 2014. Before coming to BVP, she taught four years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as a Teach for America corps member and alumni. Through her dedication to her scholars’ academic achievement and relentless pursuit of excellence, Mrs. Tucker is dramatically impacting the lives of children on a daily basis and preparing them for future success in college and the world beyond. Ms. Tucker is originally from Cumberland and currently resides in Pawtucket.

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Beth Dowd, Dean of Operations
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Erin Donahue, Dean of Academics, K - 2nd grade
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Sarah Manning, Dean of Academics, 3rd - 4th grade
Josh Falk, Elementary School 3 Head of School

Bachelor’s from Williams College

Doctor of Law Degree from the New York University School of Law

Masters of Education from Relay GSE

Graduate of the Center for Leadership and Equity’s Principal Residency Network program

Before becoming the founding Head of School for Elementary School 3, Mr. Falk was a part of the Elementary School 1’s leadership team and previously taught 4th grade. Prior to his time at BVP, he taught grades 2 through 4 with Achievement First in New York and New Haven. A former attorney, Mr. Falk was drawn to the powerful idea of educational equity for all and made a career change.

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Alisha Smith, Dean of Culture

Middle School Leadership

Marielle Emet, Middle School 1 Head of School

Bachelor’s in History from Towson University

Master’s in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University

Graduate of the Center for Leadership and Equity’s Principal Residency Network program

Ms. Emet is a founding MS1 teacher and previously served as Academic Dean. Prior to BVP, she was a Teach for America corps member in Baltimore, where she taught history and worked as a curriculum specialist. In 2013, she was honored as Rhode Island’s Milken Educator Award winner.

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Matthew Yates, Assistant Head of School
Osvaldo Jose Martí, Middle School 2 Head of School

Bachelor’s in Business Management from Providence College

Master’s of Education in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania

Graduate of the Center for Leadership and Equity’s Principal Residency Network program

In 2007, Mr. Martí joined Teach for America as a Greater Philadelphia corps member where he taught at Communications Technology High School, located in Southwest Philadelphia. During his time at Communications, Osvaldo taught 10th grade geometry and 9th grade algebra, while also working as the head varsity baseball coach. Osvaldo was the math department representative on his school leadership team and later joined the Greater Philadelphia staff as a Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development, supporting the training and development of teachers in Philadelphia and Providence.

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Aly Chatham, Dean of Academics

High School Leadership

Dr. Michaela Keegan, High School Head of School

Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Johnson and Wales University

Master’s in Teaching History from Rhode Island College

Bachelor’s in Psychology and Political Science from University of Rhode Island

Before becoming the Head of School for the first graduating class of BVP, Dr. Michaela Keegan served as a principal and assistant principal in both Providence and East Greenwich. She began her career as a special education and history teacher in both Central Falls and Providence.

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David Jose, Dean of College and Careers
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Jillian Gillespie, Dean
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Aungar Chatterjee, Dean of Academics and Culture