Amy S. Gottlieb, MD, Workshop Co-Leader, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and Attending Physician, Child Protection Program, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Providence, RI. She is the Chair of Women & Infants Hospital’s Domestic Violence Task Force.
Sarah C. DeCataldo, Workshop Co-Leader, is the Legal Advocacy Services Coordinator for Day One, Rhode Island’s sexual assault and trauma resource center. Ms. DeCataldo coordinates the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and provides advocacy to victims throughout the criminal justice process. Additionally, Ms. DeCataldo coordinates and presents trainings on domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking to local law enforcement, hospitals, colleges and community agencies.
Deborah DeBare, MMHS, Workshop Facilitator, is Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Warwick, RI. She is responsible for collaborative planning and statewide networking on behalf of the state’s battered women’s shelters. She also advocates for state and federal legislative initiatives affecting domestic violence issues.
Mary Reich Cooper, MD, JD, is a Senior Vice President and the Chief Quality Officer of Lifespan, and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Research) at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. In her current position, Dr. Cooper is responsible for articulating the quality and safety strategy for Lifespan and working closely with the state government and quality organizations in Rhode Island to improve safety and quality of care for the citizens of Rhode Island. She is Co-Chair of the Women’s Health Council of RI.
Amy Goldberg, MD, serves as Attending Physician in the Child Protection Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Providence, RI. She is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and actively engages with a number of community partners to improve recognition, response and prevention of child abuse and neglect.
Yvonne M. Heredia, MSN, RN, CDOE, serves as Adult Clinical Team Lead, Case Management at the Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, Providence, RI. She is CEO and founder of the Black Nurses Association, Inc. which promotes health and wellness to underserved populations in RI, and advancement of nursing leadership among minorities.
Margaret Howard, PhD, is the Director of the Postpartum Depression Day Hospital at Women & Infants Hospital, Providence, RI. She is also Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Department of Medicine, Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Howard has published and lectured widely on the topic of perinatal psychiatric disorders.
Constance A. Howes, JD, FACHE, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Women & Infants Hospital. She serves as chair of the Innovation Providence Implementation Committee. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Board of Directors of Day One, and a founding member of the Women’s Health Council of RI.
Jennifer E. Lang, MSW, LCSW, is a Clinical Social Worker in the Emergency Departments of Rhode Island and Hasbro Children’s Hospitals where she performs biopsychosocial assessments and screenings for abuse and neglect in adults and children. She also serves as Adjunct Faculty for Bachelor and Master level programs at Rhode Island.
Detective Sgt. William Merandi, is Commanding Officer of the Special Victims Unit, Providence Police Department, Providence, RI. His focus has been on improving the Department’s response to domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as investigating abuse in the elderly community. In 2010, Det. Sgt. Merandi formed the Domestic Violence TriageTeam which reduced the number of domestic violence homicides from 8 in 2009, to 2 in 2010.
Sandra M. Shaw, MSN, RN, is a faculty member of the VA Nursing Academy. In this role, she is a clinical instructor at Rhode Island College School of Nursing, teaching public health nursing with an emphasis on the care of veterans and their families. Formerly Health Services Coordinator for the Women’s Center of Southeastern Connecticut, she has helped providers develop their capacity for screening and responding to individuals living with domestic violence.