Executive Leadership Team

  •  Evonne Alvarez

    Dr. Evonne S. Alvarez
    Chief Academic Officer

    As PPSD’s Chief Academic Officer, Evonne is responsible for the strategic vision for Excellence in Learning in the Turnaround Action Plan, academic programs, curriculum and instruction, and policies impacting student achievement outcomes. She ensures that students receive an education that meets high standards to achieve excellence in learning, setting the course for a culture of high expectations and shared responsibility for equitable access to high-quality instruction and systemic improvement of practice over time in every classroom. Evonne oversees the teaching and learning, teacher professional development, and school improvement teams.

    Before joining PPSD, she dedicated 26 years to the students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, District Director of Curriculum, Administrative Director for School Choice and Parental Options, and Project Director for the Magnet Schools Assistance Program Grant, Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education. Evonne can be reached at Evonne.Alvarez@ppsd.org.

    James Boyd

    James Boyd, Jr.
    Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools

    The Assistant Superintendent is responsible for driving educational excellence across all secondary schools in the Providence Public School District. The Assistant Superintendent leads the educational performance of the district by establishing a clear vision and strategic direction for instructional leadership, school culture and school improvement initiatives. The Assistant Superintendent will lead efforts to build world-class schools that will provide for powerful, personalized learning that is engaging and joyful for all students and staff. The Assistant Superintendent will work in close with the various divisions across the organization to improve instructional quality and school cultures with the goal of creating a high-performing learning organization that ensures students will graduate ready for success in college, career and in life.

    James has over 23 years of experience in secondary schools. Prior to joining the team at PPSD, James was a successful turnaround principal and instructional leader. James can be reached at James.Boyd@ppsd.org.

     Jennifer Carney

    Jennifer Carney
    Chief Data and Assessment Officer

    As the Chief Data and Assessment Officer, Jennifer oversees all local and state assessment and survey administration, results, and reporting. Her team provides research, data reporting, and analysis as well as support to guide decision making for District and school level systems, school improvement, and community engagement. Jennifer has a background in teaching, instructional coaching, building level administration, Curriculum Director, and state-level experience in creating and implementing systems for strategic planning and system transformation. Jennifer can be reached at Jennifer.Carney@ppsd.org.

     Nick Domings

    Nick Domings
    Chief Communications Officer

    Nick’s job is to ensure that all PPSD stakeholders receive accurate, timely information about the District. As Chief Communications Officer, he oversees all internal and external communications, manages the District’s website and social media accounts, oversees translation services, helps prepare presentations and talking points for District leadership, and handles all media inquiries. Prior to joining PPSD, Nick was Communications Director for Rhode Island’s Secretary of State, and prior to that he was an Executive Producer at WPRI in Providence. Nick can be reached at nicholas.domings@ppsd.org.

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    Nick Figueroa
    Chief of Family and Community Engagement

    As the Chief of Family and Community Engagement (FACE), Nick oversees the areas of family engagement, community partnerships, customer service, student records, and District volunteers. Nick’s division continues to improve the way we partner with parents and the Providence community. Focused on the Turnaround Action Plan, FACE works diligently to meet its goals, which include increased parent and community voices that leads to greater student outcomes. Nick can be reached at nick.figueroa@ppsd.org.

    Joan Jackson 

    Joan Jackson
    Senior Advisor to the Superintendent

    As the Senior Advisor to the Superintendent, Joan provides strategic guidance and support to ensure the successful implementation of the Turnaround Action Plan. Joan oversees the Executive Academic and Student Supports teams to determine programs and policies focused on creating high-quality, equitable, data-driven learning environments for all PPSD students. Joan comes to Providence with 35+ years of experience working in Turnaround schools and districts across the country. Joan can be reached at joan.jackson@ppsd.org.

    Matthew X. Joseph

    Dr. Matthew X. Joseph
    Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

    Dr. Joseph provides leadership and vision in the ongoing planning, implementation, development, direction, review, and evaluation of the district’s curriculum and instructional services, and assessment. Additionally, Dr. Joseph develops and implements a compelling vision for the district's instructional and curriculum services and set a compelling vision and goals to ensure rigorous and standards-aligned instruction and instructional support in every classroom for every student.

    He has been a school and district leader in many capacities in public education over his 27 years in the field. Experiences such as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Digital Learning and Innovation, elementary school principal, classroom teacher, and district professional development specialist have provided Matt incredible insights on how to best support teaching and learning. Matt can be reached at matthew.joseph@ppsd.org.

    Krystal Lofton

    Krystal Lofton
    Executive Director of Leadership Development

    As the Executive Director of Leadership Development, Krystal oversees the district's leadership development plan which includes the leadership pipeline, training and development opportunities for aspiring, novice, and experienced leaders, school leaders and district-based administrators that is consistent with the vision and mission of the district. Her primary focus is to support leadership development which includes onboarding, development, retention and career progression of aspiring principals. Krystal has served in various roles in PPSD such as Elementary Transformation Officer, Senior Director of K-12 Literacy & Support and Elementary Director of Instructional Support.

    As the Executive Director of Leadership Development, Krystal oversees the district's leadership development plan which includes the leadership pipeline, training and development opportunities for aspiring, novice, and experienced leaders, school leaders and district-based administrators that is consistent with the vision and mission of the district. Her primary focus is to support leadership development which includes onboarding, development, retention and career progression of aspiring principals. Krystal has served in various roles in PPSD such as Elementary Transformation Officer, Senior Director of K-12 Literacy & Support and Elementary Director of Instructional Support. Krystal can be reached at Krystal.Lofton@ppsd.org

    Salvador Pellerano

    Salvador Pellerano
    Chief Operating Officer

    Sal’s job is to ensure that all PPSD schools are fully operational and ready for staff and students each year. As Chief Operating Officer, he oversees the District’s school operations (student registration, food services, transportation), student support services, and all facilities related items. Prior to joining PPSD, Sal was a Regional Director of Operations for Achievement First Rhode Island, and prior to that he was a Partnership Manager at The MET High School. Sal can be reached at salvador.pellerano@ppsd.org.

     Christopher

    Christopher Petisce
    Executive Director of Finance

    The Executive Director of Finance oversees the Local Budget Department, Non-Local Budget Department (Federal Programs), Purchasing Department, Controllers Department (Accounts Payable, Payroll, Benefits, Fiscal, Asset Management), and Medicaid Department. Chris has been with the district since 2001, all of these years have been spent in the Finance Division. Chris can be reached at Christopher.Petisce@ppsd.org.

    Patricia Royal

    Patricia Royal, Ed.S.
    Elementary Transformation Officer

    In my role as Transformation Officer, I am responsible for recruiting, selecting, hiring, developing, supporting, evaluating, and retaining high quality school leaders for elementary schools in the district. I am responsible for helping principals increase their capacity to improve teaching and learning in their schools by providing coaching and training to improve student outcomes. I collaborate with central office divisions in the oversight of school operations and safety to properly implement district initiatives, policies, and procedures. My role also leads parent communication supports for elementary schools to assure high quality customer service to schools and families in support of the implementation of district turnaround plan, policies, and procedures. I have held positions as Principal, Assistant Principal, Elementary Teacher, Reading Coach, Human Resource Partner, Leadership Specialist K-12 and Executive Director of School Supports for PPSD. Patricia can be reached at Patricia.Royal@ppsd.org.

    Zach Scott

    Zack Scott
    Deputy Superintendent of Operations

    Zack’s job is to oversee the smooth and effective functioning of school and District operations. As Deputy Superintendent of Operations, he oversees the District’s Talent, Finance, and Administration (facilities, food services, transportation, etc.) departments. Prior to joining PPSD, Zack was the Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Human Resources at Boston Public Schools, and has also held roles in the District of Columbia Public Schools and other education organizations. Zack can be reached at zachary.scott@ppsd.org

     Lindsay Shanahan

    Lindsay Shanahan
    Deputy Chief of Staff

    Lindsay's job is to establish and support systems and structures for the successful implementation of the Turnaround Action Plan. As the Deputy Chief of Staff, Lindsay works across the organization to ensure that department goals are met, designs and monitors project progress, and supports cross departmental collaboration to enable a more efficient and successful Central Office. Prior to joining PPSD, Lindsay completed her Masters in Urban Education Policy at Brown University, and prior to that worked as a Senior Education Associate at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT. Lindsay can be reached at lindsay.shanahan2@ppsd.org.

    Sandra Stuart

    Sandra Stuart
    Chief Student Support Service Officer

    Sandra's job is to organize, coordinate, and evaluate student support services ensuring compliance with district, state, and federal policies and regulations. As Chief Student Support Service Officer, she oversees the Office of Multilingual Learners, Office of Specialized Instruction, Office of Early Childhood Education and the Wellness Office. Sandra has served PPSD students and families for over 20 years. Prior to coming to PPSD, she worked in the​ private educational sector. Sandra can be reached at Sandra.Stuart@ppsd.org.

    Jennifer Vorro

    Jennifer Vorro
    Acting Chief Talent Officer 

    Jennifer is currently in the position of Acting Chief Talent Officer for Providence Schools.  She is in her 26th year with the district and has held positions as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, school leader and various leadership positions in the Office of Human Resources.  As the Acting Chief Talent Officer she oversees all functions of the Human Resources office including staffing, employee relations, employee services, evaluation, induction, licensure, educational leadership and the professional learning platform.  Jennifer can be reached at jennifer.vorro@ppsd.org