CCRI Leadership Team
CCRI is led by a visionary team deeply committed to delivering a transformative experience for all students. The leadership team works to ensure the college’s mission and goals are achieved by championing student success, building partnerships and collaborations, and creating an equitable, inclusive, and diverse community.
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.
Leading the Community College of Rhode Island Foundation, Alumni Affairs and community relations, Gondola advances the Foundation's mission to support CCRI, its students and alumni. Through collaboration with the philanthropic community, he helps strategically grow both the endowment and annual giving campaigns. Gondola brings experience from youth-serving organizations and helped lead education nonprofits in Rhode Island, Philadelphia, Harlem and South Africa. He joined CCRI from Hasbro Inc., where he was director of the company's global philanthropy and social impact department. Gondola has a Bachelor of Arts from Salve Regina University and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Contact Bobby Gondola.
As Associate Vice President of Impact and Institutional Effectiveness, LaPointe is focused on maximizing impact and driving student success initiatives that move the needle on CCRI’s mission. LaPointe began at CCRI in 2017 and has guided the redesign of data systems, implemented student success technologies, and put into practice data-driven enrollment management programs that have boosted student success. Prior to joining the CCRI team, LaPointe served as the Senior Strategy Advisor to the President and Executive Director of Institutional Research and Planning at the University of Maine at Augusta. As a member of the University’s executive leadership team, LaPointe spearheaded organizational effectiveness and the analytical and technology components of the student success strategy. LaPointe has held similar technical and advisory roles at Cambridge College and National University. Contact Greg LaPointe.
Alix Ogden serves as the college's Vice President of Administration and External Relations. In that role, Alix oversees several critical functions at the college, including Human Resources and Institutional Equity, Facilities and Physical Plant, Campus Police, and Marketing & Communications, in addition to serving as the primary leader in the college’s government and internal labor relations. 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.
With more than three decades of experience in the Information Technology industry, Brown serves as the college's CIO in addition to his role on the college’s senior leadership team, as well as on the President’s Council. Prior to CCRI, Brown worked as an Information Technology Consultant for The Wing, a shared work and community space designed for women, where he helped relaunch spaces heavily impacted by COVID-19. Brown attended Providence Country Day School in East Providence, RI, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from George Washington University. Contact Nathan Brown.
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.
Sybil Bailey serves as the Director of Institutional Equity and Human Resources where she leads the development of an effective recruiting, hiring, and employee retention strategy that champions the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive college environment. Prior to joining CCRI, Bailey served as Director of Human Resources for the City of Providence, a position she held through four different mayoral administrations, evidence of the respect she earned from her colleagues for her professionalism, knowledge, and insight. In her position, she instituted professional policies and standards throughout the city's diverse and complex workforce. Bailey is active in her community, previously serving on the United Way Personnel Committee, Neighborhood Health Personnel Committee, and Board of Directors for Day One. Contact Sybil Bailey.
As the Director of DEI and Organizational Development, Ray will work collaboratively with internal and external audiences to develop an open, diverse, inclusive, and supportive learning and working environment with a specific focus on underrepresented and marginalized populations. Prior to CCRI, Ray spent eight years as the Senior Human Resources Business Partner for CVS MinuteClinic, where she led the company’s diversity efforts, including creating its first Diversity Leadership Team at MinuteClinic, and managed the company’s review process by identifying and preparing top performing and high potential leaders for strategic development and professional growth. A highly-effective DEI and HR leader, Ray boasts a BBA in Business Law and an MBA in Human Resources in addition to nearly two decades of experience in the workforce. Contact Andrea Ray.
Madeline Burke serves as Director of Academic Success and Community Partnerships. As the college’s liaison with the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and other community-based partners, Burke oversees student academic success and early college initiatives. She recently developed a new dual enrollment program for Providence high school seniors with a focus on equitable outcomes by providing a pathway to post-secondary success for students who would not normally be eligible for early college opportunities. Burke also serves on CCRI’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council, working to build a more diverse and inclusive CCRI. This group meets regularly to develop ways that CCRI employees can be more culturally competent and educated in DEI issues and creative solutions to help us all better serve our communities. Prior to joining CCRI, Burke she spent more than 10 years at Year Up, most recently as Director of Program, where she oversaw multiple teams focused on academics, internship services, and employment placement. Contact Madeline Burke.
As Director of Marketing & Communications, Kempe leads the effort to develop the long-term marketing and communication vision for CCRI’s brand, including the planning, development, and implementation of all CCRI’s advertising strategies and marketing communications, both external and internal, while overseeing development and implementation of support materials and services in the area of marketing and communications. Kempe previously served as Director of Communications and Public Information Officer for former Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and as Director of Communications for former Governor Donald Carcieri. Contact Amy Kempe.
Tekla Moquin serves as the Executive Director of Workforce Partnerships where she provides oversight for workforce development programs and partnerships at the college. Tekla joined CCRI in 2018 to help lead the reorganization of the college’s Division of Workforce Partnerships. Since 2018, the Division has established partnerships with more than 150 employers across advanced industries and sectors and developed new programs in healthcare, software development, data analytics, cybersecurity, financial securities, customer service, and business essentials. Prior to CCRI, Moquin served as the founding Director of Client Services for Skills for Rhode Island’s Future (Skills RI) where she helped launch the workforce intermediary nonprofit and build their employer partner portfolio throughout the state. Prior to joining Skills RI, she served in multiple roles across development, operations, program, influence, and corporate engagement at Year Up Rhode Island and as Director of Systems Change for Year Up’s national organization. Moquin holds a BA from Salve Regina University and MBA from the University of Phoenix. Contact Tekla Moquin.
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.