Christopher Lauth, Executive Director
Chris LauthChris is YPI’s 5th Executive Director, having joined the organization in June of 2016. Originally from New Jersey, Chris moved to RI five years ago to assume the position of Assistant Director of Diversity Programs at the Rhode Island School of Design. His background includes founding and leading a gay/straight alliance from 2006-2009 in Northeast Florida and significant experience in higher education, student development theory, non-profit management and social justice education. Chris has a Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York and a Bachelor of Arts in U.S. Southern Cultural History from Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Florida. When not working, Chris can be found hanging with his dog Bernie, taking day trips to Block Island or reading a good book.

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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.

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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!

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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