Elana Rosenberg, Executive Director

After growing up in Kentucky, Elana moved to Rhode Island in 2007 and began working at YPI as the GSA Network and Programming Coordinator. In that role, she organized center programming, provided professional development to Rhode Island school educators and administrators, and managed the statewide GSA Network for five years. After a three-year stint as a member of the Community Investment team at United Way of Rhode Island, Elana returned to YPI in November 2017, to become the organization’s 6 th Executive Director. She holds a BA in sociology from Smith College and a MS in College Student Personnel from Miami of Ohio University. When she’s not hard at work at YPI, you can find Elana practicing with her dog for agility competitions or hiking in the woods.

Elana can be reached at: elana@youthprideri.org

Jesus Holguin, Youth Worker

12195936_939664502786447_6347486085215789058_nJesus has been a leader at YPI since he was a sophomore in high school many years ago, and has been an organizer in many different capacities. He also works with the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, most recently serving as the Youth Leadership Director, educating and mobilizing youth to fight toxic infrastructure in their communities. Originally born in Manhattan, he now resides in Providence, RI. Jesus identifies as a Cisgender Queer Afro-Latino Youth. Through community connections, he was introduced to Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) shortly after his mother was incarcerated and deported on February 11th, 2010. He quickly became passionate about organizing and changing the community. Due to this passion for justice, he was selected to attend the National Youth Organizer Training Institute with SOUL in California, and became a member of a coalition called Right to the City. Recently, he was selected to be part of a national group called Beyond the November Movement, also known as Black Youth Project 100 #BYP100. His main areas of activism are issues of LGBT Rights, Gender Justice, Environmental Racism, Food Justice, and Immigration Rights.

Jesus can be reached at: jesus@youthprideri.org

Tiffani Carcieri, Administrative Coordinator

Tiffani is YPI’s newest team member! She grew up in Providence and received her double major in Psychology and Health Studies from the University of Rhode Island in 2017. Currently, Tiffani is working towards earning her Master of Social Work with the long term goal of opening a privet practice to provide counseling for marginalized groups. Prior to YPI, Tiffani worked for three years at the University of Rhode Island’s Gender and Sexuality Center where she gained great insight and understanding of the LGBTQ community and its unique needs. Outside of work, Tiffani can be found reading horror novels, painting, relaxing outside, or spending time with her cat!

Tiffani can be reached at: tiffani@youthprideri.org

Molly Heller, LICSW Clinician/Counselor

Molly Heller is a social worker with a special interest in working with underserved populations. She grew up in Connecticut, received her Masters degree from Simmons School of Social Work, and relocated to Rhode Island in 2005.

Her career has included working with foster children and adoptive families, serving as a supervisor of high risk teens in a residential setting, and establishing and staffing the position of school social worker at a charter school in Cambridge, MA and was the founder of the the school’s GSA.
She has been a clinician at a mental health center in Providence with children, youth and families, and currently works at Youth Pride, Inc. as a clinician serving GLBT youth. With her sister, nearly 30 years ago, she founded a national organization (COLAGE) serving children with GLBT parents.

Molly enjoys being a activist, loves yoga, yearns to travel more, enjoys eating yummy food (or simply talking about food,) adores hanging with her two children and husband, and (more recently) two furry animals. She appreciates art and music and loves working with young people!

Board of Directors

Lisa Carcieri
Vice Chair
Jennifer Porcelli
At-large members:
Chris Botelho
Aaron Buckley
Benjamin Chaplin
Teneka Cooke
Tiffany Hogan
Jeffrey LaValle
Adam Vareika
Manny Valentino