Who We Are

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

May 2020 – APRIL 2021

Antonette Wallace, Chairperson

Black woman. Mother and grandmother, experienced in finances and property management. Homeless rights, domestic violence, and women’s health activist.

Malchus Mills, Vice-Chairperson

Black man. Experienced organizer on DARE’s campaigns for years. Active member of the Tenants and Homeowners Associations, the Community Safety Act. Also, member of Jobs with Justice.

Tina Scott, Secretary

Black woman. Mother. Grandmother. Tina Scott has been a member of DARE for several years, particularly supporting the Tenant and Homeowner Association (THA). As a tenant herself for many years and now a homeowner in Rhode Island she is a strong advocate who believes that decent and affordable housing is a basic human right. She currently serves as a Clinical Coordinator in the social services field and strives to help improve the quality of  life for her clients.

Martha Yager, Treasurer

White woman. Mother and grandmother. Involved in DARE since 2007. Long-time Providence organizer with the American Friend’s Service Committee and lead organizer for the Community Safety Act.

Monika Huertas, Sergeant-at-Arms

Afro Indio Latina. Mother of four. Graduate from The Met HS and RIC (BSW) DARE member for three years. Coordinator for the NO-LNG-IN-PVD campaign. Member of the Behind the Walls campaign. Lifelong resident of Providence.

Pat Walker, Member-at-Large

Black woman, mother, and grandmother; Retired family support worker with Providence Head Start, working with families throughout Providence, and longtime DARE member.

Kohei Ishihara, Member-at-Large

Queer Asian man, former youth organizer for immigrant rights and racial justice and co-founder of Providence Youth Student Movement (PRYSM) now turned farmer focused on empowering leaders and movements through their connection to food and land.

Justice Gaines, Committee Representative

Black member of the Behind the Walls Committee. Ze is a community organizer at Jobs with Justice and a nationally renowned spoken word poet.

Brenda Taylor, Committee Representative

Black Woman.  Born and raised in Boston where she was a youth activist during the Civil Rights Movement. Member of the Tenants and Homeowners Association. Stands for love, compassion, and solidarity.

Mark Lewis, Committee Representative

Raised in Roger Williams Projects on the South Side of Providence. Enlisted in the US Army after graduating from Mount Pleasant High School and served one tour in Desert Storm as a mechanic. Soon after returning to Rhode Island, he felt compelled to get actively involved in the community he grew up in. Since joining DARE, Mark has been an active with the Behind the Walls Committee and the Fair Chance Licensing Campaign.

Sheila Wilhelm, Ex Oficio

White woman. DARE co-founder and veteran community activist. Former board member with extensive skills in organizing.

STAFF

Meet the Staff:

Kiah Bryant, Managing Director, kbryant@daretowin.org

She/her. Growing up in Providence, Kiah knows firsthand what it feels like to be Black and a woman in this city. She is dedicated to strengthening communities of color and placing women and trans folk at the forefront in the fight for justice.

Christopher Rotondo, Director of Organizing, Communications, and Development, csamihrotondodare@gmail.com

Anusha Alles, Organizer: Behind the Walls Committee, anusha@daretowin.org

Terri Wright, Organizer: Tenants and Homeowners Association, terriwright.a@gmail.com

You can reach us at 401-351-6960 and at DARE@daretowin.org