Our Team

As a child, Executive Director Charles Roberts played in God’s Little Acre, an African and African American cemetery located within the Common Burying Ground, unaware of the significance of the space around him. Determined to inform his community about Rhode Island’s role in the Atlantic slave trade, Roberts founded RISHM.

Our Team

As a child, Executive Director Charles Roberts played in God’s Little Acre, an African and African American cemetery located within the Common Burying Ground, unaware of the significance of the space around him. Determined to inform his community about Rhode Island’s role in the Atlantic slave trade, Roberts founded RISHM.

Board

Founder and Executive Director (Newport)
charlesroberts75@icloud.com
Stephan Brigidi
Stephan
Brigidi
Treasurer, leadership Bristol Port Marker (Bristol)
Margaret
Margaret
Baker
Vice Secretary, Sales and Business Manager, retired (Newport)
Carlon Howard
Carlon
Howard
Chair, Cofounder Equity Institute (Providence)
Anna Hendrix-Semenova
Anna
Hendrix-Semenova
Secretary, Channing Memorial Church affiliate (Newport)
Gianna Sullivan
Gianna Sullivan
Development/Grants Director - Administrator, Salve Regina University Art & Art History Dept. faculty office; grants writer, and arts executive; B.F.A. Boston University, MA

Advisory Group

Victoria Johnson
Victoria
Johnson
Director, Newport Middle Passage Port Marker Project (Portsmouth)
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Tim
Cranston
Author, public historian, Wickford Historical Society (N. Kingstown)
Robert A. Geake Profile Picture RISHM
Robert
A. Geake
Public historian, author/lecturer, assoc. president Smith’s Castle (Pawtucket)
Loren Spears
Lorén
Spears
Director, Tomaquag Museum (Exeter)
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Jessica
David
Consultant, and former VP, The Rhode Island Foundation (Providence)
Haverington
Christine
Haverington, Ph.D.
Professor of English Literature, Roger Williams University (Newport)
Charlotte
Charlotte
Carrington-Farmer, Ph.D.
Professor of History, Roger Williams University (Bristol)
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Bob
Dilworth, M.A.
Professor of Art & History, University of RI (Providence)

Marketing & Staff

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Jamie Guillet
Program Administrator - Nonprofit leader in RI and MA; HR and DEIB executive at Girl Scouts of SE New England, NORC at Univ. of Chicago, State of RI; AmeriCorps alumnus
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Cathy W. Saunders
Tour Developer/Coordinator - Education Director/Curator, Lippitt House Museum and Providence Children’s Museum, M.S. Ed. Museum Education, Bank Street College, NYC
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