Meet Our Staff

Debra Sharpe

Executive Director

Debra Sharpe

Executive Director

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.

Doreen Grasso

Education and Program Manager

Doreen Grasso

Education and Program Manager

Doreen Grasso works as our Education and Program Manager. 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.

Richard Muto

Operations Manager

Richard Muto

Operations Manager

Richard Muto is our Operations 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.

Cynthia Andreola

Development and Community Relations Manager

Cynthia Andreola

Development and Community Relations Manager

Cynthia takes on the responsibilities of fundraising and communications here at The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island. She has a BA from The College of New Jersey. Cynthia relocated from New Hampshire where she worked in non-profit agencies in Nashua -  most recently at  The PLUS Company and The Partnership for Successful Living in Marketing Communications and Community Outreach. Prior experience with The YMCA and Singer Sewing Company in New Jersey.

Colleen McCarthy

Brain Injury Navigator

Colleen McCarthy

Brain Injury Navigator

Colleen is our Brain Injury Navigator.

Board of Directors – 2021

Officers

  • Nicholas Cioe, PhD, President
  • Colleen McCarthy, Vice President
  • Robert G. DeOrsey, Treasurer
  • David Petrocelli, Secretary

MEMBERS

  • Cathy Andreozzi
  • Michael L. Baker
  • David Bodah
  • Anthony Bruzzese, MD
  • H. Chris DerVartanian
  • Sheila Felice
  • Carol Masterson, RN
  • Matthew J. McGowan, Esq.
  • Lisa M. Tamburini
  • Greg Walbridge