The individuals listed below are members of the President’s Executive Staff. As members of the college’s senior management team they report directly to the president with news, initiatives and results from their respective departments.
Julian Alssid brings deep knowledge of workforce development and a national reputation for building effective employer partnerships to the Center for Workforce and Community Education. He has served as chief workforce strategist for College of America at Southern New Hampshire University and executive director of the national nonprofit Workforce Strategy Center. He also was the director for economic development at LaGuardia Community College in New York City for eight years. Contact Julian Alssid.
In furtherance of the mission of the college, Elizabeth Canning’s work is focused on supporting a safe and inclusive educational and working environment that allows community members to engage fully and meaningfully in their endeavors. Canning works collaboratively across departments and campuses on institutional policy, education, hiring, community culture, and inclusion. As the Title IX Coordinator, she manages the college’s efforts to prevent and respond to issues of relationship violence. Canning earned her Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and her Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School. Contact Elizabeth Canning.
Ron Cavallaro serves as general counsel to CCRI. Since 2006, he has also served as general counsel to the Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education. Prior to that time, he was legal counsel for the Department of Labor and Training and worked there in part-time and full-time capacities for just over 20 years. From 1995 to 2009, Cavallaro also was a member of the adjunct faculty at the Southern New England School of Law, now the University of Massachusetts School of Law. Contact Ron Cavallaro.
Dr. Rosemary Costigan is responsible for advancing the college's educational initiatives and providing vision and support in areas of educational policy, institutional planning, program review and faculty development. Costigan is a 1978 graduate of the CCRI nursing program. She returned to teach and lead the Nursing Department prior to assuming the role of vice president for Academic Affairs. Contact Dr. Rosemary Costigan.
Izabel DeAraujo leads the fundraising arm of the college in her roles as the associate vice president for Institutional Advancement and executive director of the CCRI Foundation, including Alumni Affairs and grants administration. A native Rhode Islander, she has over 15 years of experience managing fundraising operational and administrative teams with 11 years in higher education, most recently at Simmons College in Boston. Contact Izabel DeAraujo.
Sara Enright has a diverse work history that includes positions in business development, strategic planning and program management over the past 18 years. In her most recent role at Nalari Health, she has led teams responsible for strategic projects, operations, sales support and customer training. Contact Sara Enright.
Alix Ogden serves as the chief of staff to President Hughes. Prior to joining CCRI,
Alix spent 25 years working for elected officials in state and municipal government
in Washington state and Rhode Island. Her work locally includes serving as the parks
superintendent and director of operations for the city of Providence under then-Mayor
David N. Cicilline. Ogden earned her Master of Public Administration from the University
of Washington in Seattle and is a graduate of the Roger Williams School of Law. Contact Alix Ogden.
In his role, Ron Schertz focuses on increasing the retention and graduation rates of students. He directs all college services and activities that encourage students to reach their full leadership potential while achieving academic and career success. He works with all student support groups including advising and counseling, enrollment services, career services, student success centers, student life, athletics and student health. Contact Ron Schertz.
As assistant to President Hughes, Deb Zielinski is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the President’s Office at the multi-campus community college. Beyond her administrative role, she serves as the president’s liaison to the college community, plans major college events, serves on various college committees, and is a resource for faculty, staff, students and the general public. Contact Deb Zielinski.
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