Meet Our Staff

Debra Sharpe is the Executive Director, who came to work in the nonprofit field by chance. Having always been involved in volunteering, causes and community organizations, her first nonprofit job was with the American Heart Association in Illinois and Missouri as a field representative. She can't imagine doing other work. Email

Robyn Chapman is our Community Relations manager. In her previous role at St.Clare-Newport, she oversaw activities, volunteers and key development events. At Wyndham Newport Resorts, she was in charge of special events. As a member of the Navy Command’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Program and a certified customer service professional, she counseled families and provided readiness support. She likes bringing groups together, making a difference and working with under-served populations. Email

Doreen Grasso works as our Youth Sports Concussion Program Coordinator. Doreen has been involved in the education field in varying capacities for the past 25 years. She received her bachelor's degree from Rhode Island College, where she is currently an adjunct professor. She holds a master's from Cambridge College. Having had sustained a TBI, she is grateful for the opportunity to serve the mission. Email

Richard Muto is our Education/Resource Center Manager who attended the University of Rhode Island. His previous work in the nonprofit field was for AIDS Project Rhode Island. He is a brain injury survivor who serves on various committees and was appointed four years ago to serve on the Governor's Permanent Advisory Commission on Traumatic Brain Injury. Email

David Lima has joined the Brain Injury Association as Communications Manager. David has over 20 years of experience as a seasoned project manager across the communication and arts industries. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of Rhode Island in 2010. His most recent work experience was in the operations department at Provant Health Solutions of East Greenwich, RI. Previous non-profit experience includes WGBH Educational Foundation where he worked for as a fundraising projects coordinator. He currently serves on the advisory board of Neurosrestorative of RI. Email