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Board Members

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Susan Gunter

Board President

Principal
The Gunter Group, Inc

Susan Gunter is the Principal/Owner of Gunter Group, Inc. – a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and organizational design for small to mid-size organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Susan has served on the Board since 2020 and enjoys working as part of a dynamic team to forward the mission of Rhode Island Coalition to End Homelessness.

John DiBari

Board Treasurer

CFO
The Escher Group

As Chief Financial Officer, John oversees all financial activities at the Escher Group, including strategic financial planning, funding initiatives, risk management, financial strategy and analysis, auditing, and financial reporting. A seasoned financial executive who has worked across multiple industries, John is also responsible for streaming business processes, strengthening company culture, and implementing Escher’s strategic vision.

Before joining Escher, John held leadership positions in closely held and private equity-backed companies. He has a proven track record of increasing shareholder value, successfully acquiring and integrating organizations, developing high-performing teams, and building world-class financial business processes. John holds an MBA from Babson F.W. Olin School of Business and a BA from Hobart College.

Nathan Nagbe-Lathrobe

Board Secretary

Assistant Inspector General
RI National Guard

Nathan Nagbe-Lathrobe is the Assistant Inspector General of the RI National Guard.

Kimberley Rohm

Board Member

Assistant Vice President
Gatehouse Management, Inc.

Kim is an Assistant Vice President at Gatehouse Management, Inc., an industry leader in the development and management of affordable apartment communities. She earned a Graduate Certificate from Northeastern University in Project Management, a Bachelor of Music in voice performance from the University of Rhode Island, and studied voice at Boston University and New England Conservatory’s Extension Division. A passionate public-school advocate, she was a member of the East Side Public Education Coalition, the Providence Parent Advisory Council, and has served on the leadership team of the PTOs of her children’s elementary, middle and public schools. She looks forward to working with the Board as it works with RICEH and its partners to end homelessness.

Neville Bedford

Board Member

Attorney
Law Office of Neville Bedford

Neville Bedford is a dedicated attorney-at-law with a steadfast commitment to serving his community. Since 2003, Neville has practiced law in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, specializing in family law. Over the years, his focus has evolved to concentrate on advocating for children in care, juveniles, and young adults.

Throughout his career, Neville's dedication to assisting those in need has been unwavering. He has actively engaged in efforts to address pressing societal issues such as housing insecurity, addiction, and poverty that affect many members of his community. Neville's passion for supporting his neighbors and extended family underscores his deep-rooted commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of others. As a valued member of the board, Neville brings both legal expertise and a compassionate perspective to the table, ensuring that the voices of those most vulnerable are heard and represented.

Davin A. Lewis

Board Member

Strategic Finance Associate
Commonwealth Care Alliance

Davin is a 12-year Navy submarine veteran, graduate of Brown University, former Deloitte strategy consultant and now helps lead strategy/growth initiatives for a large insurance provider in Massachusetts. After experiencing poverty firsthand throughout his childhood, he now has a strong passion for helping those in need. As a board member he hopes to continue his commitment to serving his community by supporting the Coalition in its mission to end homelessness.

Andre Marines

Board Member

Realtor/Recruiter/Education Director
The REALPro Group

Hello, I am Andre Marines, a highly skilled and dedicated licensed real estate agent, bringing a wealth of experience and a passion for serving clients to REALPRO By The Water. Raised in a prominent "real estate family" in Providence, Rhode Island, I have had the privilege of being immersed in the industry from an early age, developing a deep understanding of its intricacies.
With a solid background in hospitality and customer service, I excel in catering to my client's unique needs and providing exceptional experiences. I am committed to maintaining the utmost professionalism in every interaction and always prioritize my clients' goals and satisfaction. Building strong and lasting relationships is at the core of my approach, ensuring that each client receives personalized attention and guidance throughout the real estate process.
In addition to my dedication to real estate, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, as their support and inspiration drives me to succeed. During my leisure hours, you can often find me engrossed in the melodies of music, delving into motivational and informative books, and continuously honing my real estate skills to better serve my clients.
I am truly passionate about helping individuals and families, and I would be honored to serve the less fortunate, ensuring a seamless and rewarding experience every step of the way.

Kathleen Pierce

Board Member

Integra

Wilma Smith

Board Member

Public Speaker
Self-Employed

Wilma Smith is a dauntless community leader. Wilma’s passion to create a brighter future for those who live in her community stems from own personal experiences Wilma spent the majority of her childhood in the foster care system and had her first child at age 15 after aging out of the system at age 18 into homelessness. Wilma’s life experiences fuel her tireless work to create a world where everyone has access to safe and healthy housing. Wilma has previously worked as a CNA case manager, a residential counselor and has worked towards obtaining her Bachelors degree in social work. Wilma serves on the board of Pawtucket Central Falls Development where she advises on plans for affordable housing development. Wilma turns her passion for increasing access to safe and healthy housing into action with the Health Equity Zone. After being trained by HousingWorks Rhode Island as a HEZ Housing Ambassador, Wilma went on to organize a “Save the Block Party '' Housing Resource Fair at the Pawtucket Family YMCA. Wilma reached out to invite public officials to speak and over 12 community organizations to provide free housing services to Pawtucket & Central Falls residents. Beyond spearheading this community housing event, Wilma provides education and outreach to community members on housing resources such as-the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at food pantries, schools, and social service organizations. She works hand in hand with HEZ leads, PCFD and City leaders to examine avenues to advance policies to encourage the production of quality affordable housing She uses her personal testimony to be a voice of change and educate on the stereotypes and misconceptions associated with homelessness. Wilma was most recently awarded the Health Care Heroes Award from PBN for her efforts as a community volunteer and contribution as part of the HEZ .

Wendy Thomas

Board Member

Public Speaker
Self-Employed

Wendy is a community leader with the RI Organizing Project (RIOP) on transportation issues. She has worked with RIOP to save the No Fare Bus Pass and improve conditions at Kennedy Plaza. Wendy is a peer-to-peer counselor and is a regular speaker on “Breaking misconceptions about homelessness.” She shares her story about homelessness to churches, community groups and schools. Wendy is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Providence Community Health Centers. She is also a member of the state of Rhode Island Implementation Council for dual eligible Medicare & Medicaid recipients and the Neighborhood Health Plan Member Advisory Board. Wendy provides input and advice on both the progress and continuing issues facing the homeless community. She has performed community outreach in the homeless community for the constituent advisory committee. Wendy works with the 134 Collaborative in Providence to provide peer- to- peer support for community residents at the Friday Community Meal for Better Lives RI. She also provides information on social services and programs available in Providence County.

Tyesha West

Board Member

Coach
Nutrition Matters

Tyesha West brings a rich blend of personal experience and professional dedication to her role as a board member of the Rhode Island Coalition to End Homelessness. Her previous involvement with Durham Public Schools and their DINE program in North Carolina highlights her commitment to practical community health solutions. Through her Nutrition Matters coaching program, Tyesha has empowered children and families to understand the impact of nutritional choices on cognitive behavior, fostering healthier communities from a young age.

Tyesha is currently enhancing her expertise by pursuing a master’s degree in Global Inclusion and Social Development at UMass Boston. This academic pursuit deepens her understanding of the complex issues surrounding homelessness and social equity.

With a personal connection to the homeless community and a professional background that includes initiatives for equity in urban education and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in workplace culture, Tyesha is driven to make impactful changes. Her collaborative spirit and dedication to social justice fuel her commitment to the Coalition’s mission to end homelessness and promote a more equitable, inclusive society.

Susan Gunter

Susan Gunter

Board President

The Gunter Group, Inc

Neville Bedford

Neville Bedford

Board Member

Law Office of Neville Bedford

Wilma Smith

Wilma Smith

Board Member

Self-Employed

John DiBari

John DiBari

Board Treasurer

The Escher Group

Davin A. Lewis

Davin A. Lewis

Board Member

Commonwealth Care Alliance

Wendy Thomas

Wendy Thomas

Board Member

Self-Employed

Nathan Nagbe-Lathrobe

Nathan Nagbe-Lathrobe

Board Secretary

RI National Guard

Andre Marines

Andre Marines

Board Member

The REALPro Group

Tyesha West

Tyesha West

Board Member

Nutrition Matters

Kimberley Rohm

Kimberley Rohm

Board Member

Gatehouse Management, Inc.

Kathleen Pierce

Kathleen Pierce

Board Member

Integra

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