Community Advisory Board (CAB)

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) is a diverse body of 15 -18 community stakeholders that advise Swearer Center staff on the implementation of the Center’s community engagement practices. The CAB offers support, facilitates partner initiatives, and holds the Swearer Center accountable to living up to its values of community agency and reciprocity. CAB members apply their experiences and perspectives to support the Center’s decision-making, strategic processes, and program development. 

AY20-21 CAB Members

Michelle Cruz, Director of Community Engagement, Trinity Rep, Founder, Natural Creola Farms​

Melissa D'Amico, Educator and Interim Principal, Stephen Olney Elementary School

Michelle Duso, Founder and CEO, Power4Good​

Candace Harper, Deputy Director, West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation

Gloria Johnson, Operations Manager and Risk Analyst, Santander Bank, Board Treasurer, YouthBuild Preparatory Academy

Julius Kolawole, President and CoFounder, African Alliance of Rhode Island

Night Jean Muhingabo, Youth Coordinator, Refugee Dream Center

Lloyd Ocean, Special Assistant Attorney General, Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General

Rosa Sierra, Health and Wellness Coordinator, Progreso Latino

Karisa Tashjian, Director of Programs, Digitunity

Carroll Bernard Webb, Hospitality and Tourism Management Educator, Newport Area Career & Technical Center​

Juan Wilson Jr., Founder, JJTTG Enterprises, LLC and CoFounder, Youth Empowerment Society​


View full CAB member profiles on our Advisory Committees page.

How Do I Join?

If you would like to apply, please submit an application here. If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected].