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Board of Directors + PAIMI Advisory Council (PAC)

Board of Directors

Arnaldo Berges, MD
Paul Council

Sonja Deyoe, Esq., Chair
Judi Drew
Laura Estrela
Taressa Jones
Staci L. Kolb, Vice Chair
Richard W. Nicholson, Esq., Treasurer
Clare Tyler

Disability Rights Rhode Island (DRRI) has openings on our volunteer Board of Directors.

DRRI provides legal representation, education, and advocacy to Rhode Islanders with disabilities throughout the state of Rhode Island.

You do not need to be a lawyer or even understand details of the law to serve as a Director. We will provide training and orientation to new members. No travel is required; you can serve from anywhere in Rhode Island as long as you have access to a phone, email, and a computer with a webcam. Most meetings are virtual, using Zoom or something similar.

We’re looking for Board Members committed to supporting our mission and providing strategic guidance to the agency. Our vision is a board that reflects our community, where people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Portuguese, and other people of color can thrive. Board diversity, including socioeconomic background, is integral to providing effective governance for DRRI’s work with Rhode Island’s underserved communities.

Board Members will attend meetings up to four times per year and may serve on Board committees.

For a more detailed description, please read our Board member job description. To discuss becoming a member of the Board, please contact one of the following members of our Nominating Committee: Morna Murray, Executive Director,; Sonja Deyoe, Board Chair,; or Staci Kolb, Vice Chair,

DRRI Board Member Job Description PDF

Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council Members

Charles Banks III
Paul Council, Chair
Zona Douthit, Esq.
Annette Manigan
Honor Sucov
Kristen Sorrell
Willa Truelove

The PAIMI Council is comprised of individuals with mental illness, their family members and others who have experience advocating for or serving people with mental illness.  The PAIMI Advisory Council (PAC) is required to include members from the following categories:

-Person who has received or is receiving mental health services
-Family member of a person receiving mental health services
-Family member of a minor who is receiving or has received mental health services
-Mental health service provider
-Mental health professional
-Individual from the public who is knowledgeable about mental illness

The PAIMI Council is looking for new members!

The PAIMI Council has several vacancies that need to be filled. Do you fit into one or more of these categories?  Are you looking for an opportunity to support a new organization? Please consider joining the PAIMI Council.

DRRI PAIMI Council Application PDF