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Board of Education

The Board of Education is the chief policy-setting body overseeing K-20 education in Rhode Island. Through its designated powers and duties, the Board helps shape the course of public education to ensure that all of the state's students receive the best possible education.

The Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, race, color, religion, national origin, or disability.

Board Members

Barbara S. Cottam, Chair - R.I. Board of Education

Barbara Cottam portraitBarbara Cottam is executive vice president, Rhode Island market executive and head of Corporate Affairs at Citizens Bank.  She has corporate -wide responsibility for directing government affairs, public affairs, corporate giving and marketing sponsorships throughout the company's commercial and retail banking footprint. In addition, she serves as chairman of the Citizens Charitable Foundation.

Cottam joined Citizens in 1994 as Rhode Island director of Public Affairs after 12 years in senior policy and communications positions in state and municipal government.  She was responsible for directing media, social media and public relations; government affairs; public affairs; corporate giving and marketing sponsorships.  Previously, she had been director of communications and press secretary to Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun from 1991 to 1994.

Cottam is chairman of the Rhode Island Board of Education and is a member of the Rhode Island Commodores, a group of business and civic leaders appointed by the governor.  She serves on the Providence College President's Council as a member of the strategic planning committee of the college's board of trustees.  Cottam is a member of the board of directors of Crossroads Rhode Island and serves on the La Salle Academy board of trustees.  She is a former vice chairman and present executive member of the board of directors of Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island and an executive member of the board of directors of the Rhode Island Zoological Society.  She was a founding member of the board of directors of Rhode Island Kids Count and served in that capacity for 10 years, the last three as chairman.

Cottam received her B.S. in business marketing and business management from Providence College and has completed executive development programs at Harvard Business School, INSEAD and Wharton's Aresty Institute.

Appointed to the RI Board of Education: January 2015

Term Expires: Serves at the Pleasure of Governor

Michael Almeida, Ed.D. - Council on Elementary and Secondary Education

Dr. Michael Almeida is currently the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of OSS Apparel, LLC. He has and continues to lead the design and implementation of company policies, practices and procedures. He also leads and facilitates the development and implementation of the company’s strategic plan, including marketing, software design and integration, financial oversight, growth initiatives and human capital development.

From 2015-2020, Dr. Almeida held leadership positions in two software companies, partnering with school districts throughout the United States. At Titan School Solutions, he was the East Regional Director, leading and managing partnership development between Titan and school districts throughout the east coast of the United States. At Achieve3000, Dr. Almeida was the Vice President of Corporate Partnerships where he managed the development and implementation of all design plans for district literacy programs. He also served on Achieve3000’s Educational Leadership Cabinet, consulting with worldwide leaders and researchers in the field of education.

Prior to transitioning into the business world, Dr. Almeida served as the Superintendent of Coventry Public Schools in Coventry, Rhode Island. As Superintendent, Dr. Almeida led the development and implementation of a strategic plan focused on research-based instruction, curriculum adoption and implementation, and integration of technology and school safety. He also supervised the development of annual budgets, negotiated labor contracts, led the development of a Google Summit, and managed associated projects.

Dr. Almeida also served in the following roles:· Principal, Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School of Coventry, Coventry, Rhode Island; Principal, Riverside Middle School, East Providence, Rhode Island; Teacher, Warwick Public Schools, Warwick, Rhode Island; Teacher, Providence Public Schools, Providence, Rhode Island

Dr. Almeida is currently an Adjunct Professor at Providence College where he teaches EDU 513 Supervision of Instruction, EDU 530 School Administration Internship 1 and EDU 536 School Administration Internship II.

Appointed to the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education on: December 2020

Term Expires: January 2021



Amy Beretta, Esq. - Council on Elementary and Secondary Education

Amy Beretta is a 1989 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law.  In 1997 she formed a law office performing work exclusively for, and employed by, MetLife Auto & Home.  Her office is responsible for litigating cases in state and federal courts in Rhode Island and interpreting insurance contract language.  In addition to handling litigation matters, she manages and oversees office administration and she acts as an arbitrator in personal injury litigation. 

Ms. Beretta is a board member and Treasurer for the Defense Counsel of Rhode Island; was previously a board member for the Rhode Island Bar Foundation; and served on the Rhode Island Bar Association Ethics Committee and the Rhode Island Supreme Court ADR Task Force.  At the local level she has served as a board member, secretary, and treasurer of the Providence Animal Rescue League and, along with her husband, has chaired the Bishop’s Ball for St. Joseph’s Health Services. 

She lives in Jamestown with her husband, Richard and their two children. She was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2005 and chaired the Board’s Appeals Committee.  She was appointed to the Board of Governors for Higher Education in 2011.

Appointed to Council on Elementary and Secondary Education: June 2014

Term Expires: January 31, 2016 

Reappointed: January 2017 

Term Expires: January 2019

Colleen A. Callahan, Ed.D. - Council on Elementary and Secondary Education

Colleen Callahan portraitA former sixth-grade and special education teacher in Lincoln, Rhode Island, with 21 years of classroom experience, Colleen Callahan currently serves as the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals (RIFTHP) Professional Issues Director.  As Director of Professional Issues, Dr. Callahan coordinates the organization's professional development networks, including its statewide Education Research & Dissemination and Redesigning Schools Networks and its partnerships with institutions of higher education.  She is responsible for direct service to members through coursework and on-site presentations and assists local union leaders in negotiating for and supporting professional issues and school-improvement initiatives.

Dr. Callahan works regularly with the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and other state agencies on education policy and represents the RIFTHP on numerous state and national boards and commissions, including the RI College Crusade and the Northeast Regional Education Labs Boards of Directors.  Currently, Dr. Callahan is serving as the program director for the RIFTHP/AFTs Innovation Fund initiative on teacher evaluation, working with labor-management teams from six RI urban districts, national experts, and RIDE to create a model teacher evaluation and support system. 

Dr. Callahan served as Secretary of the RI Board of Regents and chaired the Board's Committees on Academic and Student Programs and Secondary Regulations. She holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Rhode Island College and recently earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Johnson and Wales University.

Appointed to the RI Board of Education: January 2013

Appointed to the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education: June 2014

Term Expires: January 2017  

Reappointed: Through 2020

Reappointed: January 2021

Term Expires: January 2024




Karen Davis - Council on Elementary and Secondary Education

Karen Davis portrait

Retired Senior Vice President, Global Philanthropy & Social Impact, Hasbro, Inc.

As Senior Vice President for Global Philanthropy and Social Impact, Ms. Davis has led Hasbro's employee engagement as well as Hasbro's global philanthropic programs, including grantmaking, product donations, employee volunteering and giving, cause related marketing and strategic philanthropic relationships, employee networks, events, and global engagement activities.  

During her tenure, Karen has worked tirelessly to lead Hasbro's efforts to change the global communities in which the Company has a presence and to positively impact the lives of families and children in need around the world. Most recently, Ms. Davis spearheaded the company's signature philanthropic initiative "Be Fearless Be Kind," which is designed to inspire and empower kids to have the compassion, empathy and courage to stand up for others, to be inclusive and to take action when they see a problem. Under her leadership, Hasbro has been recognized as one of the most community minded companies by the Civic 50. In addition, the corporation has achieved a #1 ranking for their overall CSR efforts. She has been recognized by her professional association in 2019 with the Trail Blazer Award for her contributions and leadership in the field of corporate citizenship. 

She has inspired a culture of volunteerism through Team Hasbro, Hasbro's global employee volunteer network.  Ninety four percent of Hasbro's global employees participate in volunteer opportunities to support communities in need.  The average participation for corporate volunteer programs is 30%. Additionally, as President of the Hasbro Children's Fund, Ms. Davis has created a sense of community and giving back that is pervasive across Hasbro.

Karen has also led the HR function of employee engagement, working to make Hasbro the best place their employees have ever worked. Her role oversaw employee recognition, engagement strategies and measurement, resource networks, and events.

Ms. Davis currently serves on the RI Board of Education, SOS Children's Villages USA Board of Directors, and served on the Providence Chamber of Commerce. She has served on numerous boards throughout her career and is a highly respected leader in the philanthropic field having presented at the White House, the United Nations, and numerous conferences, she is a co-founder and past Chair of the Association of Corporate Contribution Professionals, as well as co-founder and past president of the Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island.

Prior to joining Hasbro, Karen worked in higher education in the advancement area, leading student engagement with philanthropy as well as annual and major gifts to support scholarships, construction projects and professorships. Ms. Davis graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Rhode Island where she holds a Master's Degree in Training and Development and a B.S. in Management. She holds advanced certificates in executive leadership from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and is a certified Franklin Covey trainer.

Appointed to the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education: June 2017

Term Expires: January 31, 2020 

Timothy J. DelGiudice, Chair - Council on Postsecondary Education

Timothy DelGiudice

In the role of Strategic Initiatives Program Manager at Raytheon, DelGiudice is responsible for coordination and management special projects strategic importance to the stability of the business which often involves leading cross enterprise teams.  DelGiudice also served as the Seapower Staff Executive supporting the growth and execution of a $1B business with locations in several states and countries.  His ‘hands-on’ position and required management and interpersonal skills combined with Profit & Loss exposure to bring together strong cohesive teams to keep the operational aspects of the business running smoothly.

Prior to joining Raytheon in 2007, DelGiudice served as the Deputy District Director for Rep. Jim Langevin (R.I.02) while he was Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, Science and Technology. DelGiudice began his career with Congress in 1997 as a caseworker in the office of former Rep. Bob Weygand (R.I.02).  During this time, DelGiudice also supported the White House Advance Office, occasionally assigned to the traveling staff of President Clinton.

He is the Chairman of the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA), having taken the organization from an all-volunteer group to a fully funded, professionally staffed national model of industry, government and academic collaboration. DelGiudice as Chairman is responsible for setting the strategic vision while managing the Board and Executive Director.

DelGiudice earned a Bachelor Degree in Leadership from Providence College. He has also completed several Raytheon professional development programs, including the Strategic Development Program, the President’s Cultural Initiative, Game Changer Program, and the Principals of Program Leadership.

Appointed to the Council on Postsecondary Education: June 2016

Appointed Chair: June 2018

Term Expires: January 2019

Reappointed: January 2019

Term Expires: January 2022



Patricia DiCenso - Council on Elementary and Secondary Education

Patricia Dicenso has spent 37 years in education beginning in the classroom and moving forward with school counseling, school building leadership, and Superintendent of Schools. She has focused her career on a never-wavering commitment to working for students and families, including winning the RISCA advocate award for school year 2010-2011, as well as the RI Principal of the year for 2010.

Throughout her career, Pattie has led major shifts in urban communities that include high school reform, high quality instruction and curriculum, implementation of Dual Language programs and State Preschool. Everyone who worked with and for Superintendent DiCenso can attest to her resolve, loyalty to the community, and rapport with all stakeholders.

Ms. DiCenso challenges everyone she interacts with to work in a collaborative manner, respecting all expertise, and steering the way with a moral compass. As a result, relationships with the city leadership, school committee, city council, teacher unions and families all had a voice that led to best outcomes for students. Graduation rates, budget increases for schools, and safe and state of the art school construction were built under her leadership and vision. The state of Rhode Island and Rhode Island public schools are fortunate to have Patricia DiCenso on the K-12 Council of Education.

Appointed to the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education: December 2020

Term Expires: 2023

Dennis J. Duffy, Esq. - Council on Postsecondary Education

Dennis is Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Energy Management, Inc., a Boston based-energy infrastructure development firm and is responsible for the company’s regulatory and legislative affairs, legal strategy and industry trade group relations.

He has more than twenty-five years of experience as a corporate and regulatory attorney in New England.

He has also served as special counsel to the Rhode Island Energy Facility Board and was formerly a partner in the law firm of Partridge, Snow & Hahn.

He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and Columbia University Law School.

Appointed to the RI Board of Education: 2014

Appointed to the Council on Postsecondary Education: June 2014

Term Expires: January 31, 2017

Jo Eva Gaines - Council on Elementary and Secondary Education

Jo Eva GainesJo Eva Gaines is vice chair of the Newport School Committee, on which she has served since 2000. She is a member of the Policy Sub-committee and chairs the School Committee’s Building Committee and the Strategic Planning Sub-committee. Gaines has also served on the Executive Board of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees since 2001, during which time she has held the roles of president, secretary treasurer, and vice president.  She also serves as a Eucharistic minister, lector, and past president of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church parish council and has held a number of other active roles in her community.

After studying Music Education at Xavier University in New Orleans, Gaines received a B.A. in Education from Salve Regina University; an M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from Providence College; and a C.A.G.S. in Career Counseling/Secondary Administration from Bridgewater State College.  Her long teaching career included music education in Georgia, South Carolina, and Middletown, RI; guidance counselor and director of guidance in Middletown; and academic advisor at Salve Regina University. 

Gaines also served as secretary and vice chair of the Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education between 1985-2005, as well as a member of the Brown University’s Annenberg Institute Urban Education Task Force, Newport MLK Center Board of Directors, RI Commission on Women, Big Sisters RI, and several advisory boards for education evaluating and funding.  Gaines’ honors and awards include the NAACP Outstanding Educator Award and the RIASC Howard Kay Award for Outstanding School Committee Service.

Appointed to the RI Board of Education: January 2013

Appointed to the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education: June 2014

Term Expires: January 2017  

Reappointed: Through 2020

Reappointed: January 2021

Term Expires: January 2024

Rachelle Green, Esq. - Council on Postsecondary Education

Rachelle Green, Esq., is a founding partner at Cervenka Green & Ducharme, LLC, specializing in litigation and employment law.  She previously was a partner at Duffy & Sweeney, LTD for fourteen years, after working as an associate attorney at McGovern, Noel & Benik, and then at Holland & Knight.  Green earned her law degree from the Georgia State University College of Law, finishing her last year at Northwestern University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross.

Green is a former President and member of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State, and a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women and the Rhode Island Public Radio Community Advisory Board. She has served in advisory and volunteer capacities in numerous other non-profit organizations in Rhode Island since she moved here in 1998.

Appointed to the Council on Postsecondary Education: June 2016

Term Expires: January 31, 2019

Reappointed: January 2021

Term Expires: January 2023


The Honorable Thomas Izzo - Council on Postsecondary Education

Thomas Izzo portraitIn January of 2003 Senator Izzo completed fourteen years of service in the Rhode Island State Senate, having first been elected in 1988.   He served as Chair of the Committee on Health, Education and Welfare, and served on both HEW and the Committee on Finance throughout his tenure in the Senate.  As Chair, and prior as Vice Chair, of the Permanent Legislative Oversight Commission on the Department of Children, Youth and Families he sponsored significant child welfare reform legislation as well as legislation regarding adoption, termination of parental rights, juvenile justice and the creation of the Children’s Cabinet.  Senator Izzo also was the prime sponsor of successful legislation dealing with youth access to tobacco, Rite Care, childhood lead poisoning, affordable housing, contractor registration, and the creation of charter schools.  Additionally Senator Izzo co-chaired the 2000 Special Commission on Health Care Reform and the Rhode Island System of Care Task Force. 

Senator Izzo served three terms as the Senate representative on the RI Board of Governors for Higher Education, where he chaired the Committee on Academic and Student Affairs.  In the past he has served as a board member of Adoption RI, Hope, Alzheimer Center, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, the Childhood Lead Action Project, and RI Kids Count.  Senator Izzo presently serves on the Board of Directors of Healthcentric Advisors, serves as the Community Chair of the RI Global Waiver Implementation Task Force and is a member of the Coastal Medical ACO Advisory Committee.

Completing an undergraduate degree in education at Rhode Island College and an MA degree from New York University, Senator Izzo retired from the Cranston Public Schools in 1997 after thirty-two years as a junior high and middle school teacher, guidance counselor and as an Assistant Principal for Student Services.

In recognition of his legislative efforts Senator Izzo has received a number of awards from such diverse groups as the American Cancer Society, United Way of RI, the Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Rhode Island College Alumni Association, Rhode Island Housing, the American Heart Association, the College Board, the RI Coalition for the Homeless, Childhood Lead Action Project, the RI Department of Health, and Life Span.

Appointed to Council on Postsecondary Education: June 2014

Term Expires: January 31, 2017

Reappointed: July 2019

Term Expires: January 2022


Marta V. Martinez - Council on Elementary and Secondary Education

Marta founded the Hispanic Heritage Committee of RI. (HHCRI) in 1988 and served as the Chair until 2013, when she was hired as the Executive Director of the organization (now called R.I. Latino Arts).  She is the founder of the Latino Oral History Project of R.I. and is a member of the National Oral History Association, the National Storytellers Network and the American Folklife Society.  In August 2014, she published a book entitled Latino History of R.I.: Nuestras Raíces, based on her work with the Latino oral history project.

She was the Coordinator/Developer of Coming to Rhode Island – Dominican Gallery, and exhibition based on the oral history project of Dominicans in Rhode Island at The Providence Children’s Museum in Providence, R.I.  In 2014, she was also Coordinator/Co-Curator of an exhibition on Latino History of Rhode Island at the gallery of The Rhode Island Foundation.

Marta was honored by the Providence Journal as “Woman to Watch” in 2000; recipient of 2005 Education Award by the R.I. Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission; recipient of 2008 Community Engagement Award by the Center for Hispanic Policy & Advocacy; honored by the Providence Journal as a “Person to Watch” in 2010; and recipient of the Hispanic Community Leader of the Year by the R.I. Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce in 2011.  In 2014, Marta was selected by the National Association of Latino Art & Cultures (NALAC) for their Leadership Institute and in 2015 was awarded a fellowship by the R.I. Foundation.

Marta is a graduate of Providence College.  She has a minor in Broadcast Journalism (she worked at WPRI TV12) and a Master’s degree in print Journalism from George Washington University.  She was a regular contributor to the Providence Journal in the 1990s, and has been published in the National Hispanic Journal, Boston Globe, Hispanic Link and other news publications, writing about topics that focus on Latino culture and lifestyles.  She was a contributor to Caribbean Connections:  The Dominicans of Rhode Island (a bilingual publication), published Summer 2005.

Marta served as the Director of Publications at the Rhode Island Historical Society, the Executive Director of the Hispanic Social Service Association (HSSA) of R.I., which later became the Center for Hispanic Policy & Advocacy (CHisPA), Assistant Director of the R.I. Indian Council, and as the Communications Director at Progresso Latino.

She has served on a number of boards, among them the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities; The Pawtuxet Village Association; Friends of Pawtuxet Village; Governor’s Health Exchange Board; Paul Cuffee Charter School, Providence Mayoral Academy; Coalition of Advocates for Student Opportunities (CASO), César Chavez Scholarship Fund, the Juanita Sánchez Community Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation, WSBE (RI-PBS) Community Advisory Committee and Community MusicWorks.

Marta is fluent in Spanish and of Mexican heritage.  She is also fluent in Sign Language.

Appointed to the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education: January 2015

Term Expires: January 31, 2018

Reappointed: June 2018

Term Expires: January 2021


Michael Mello - Council on Postsecondary Education

Michael Mello is Vice President Global Government Relations & U.S. Business Development, where he is responsible for protecting and expanding existing business and pursuing new business opportunities. He manages the company’s global network of government relations consultants and all international, federal, and state political efforts. Mike has been working with IGT in the government relations department since December 2006. For nearly 20 years, Mike Mello has had an active career in politics and government.

In 1994, Mike was named the District Director in Rhode Island for U.S. Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy where he managed the congressman’s Rhode Island office and served as the chief liaison between the Rhode Island and Washington offices. From 1998-2002, he was the Chief of Staff to former Rhode Island General Treasurer Paul J. Tavares. While serving in the General Treasurer’s office, Mike was the Treasurer’s principal advisor on all policy, planning, and strategy; and was responsible for managing nearly 100 employees and managers in the four different departments of the Treasury.

From 2002-2006, Mike was the Chief of Staff to Providence Mayor David Cicilline. As the Mayor’s top advisor, he supervised staff and operations for the City with a $550 million budget, more than 5,000 employees, and 176,000 residents. Mike left the Mayor’s Office in 2006 to become President of the Rhode Island Independent Higher Education Association before joining IGT in 2006 as the Senior Director of Global Government Relations.

Mike graduated from the University of Roger Williams in Bristol, R.I. with a bachelor’s degree in public administration.

Appointed to the Council on Postsecondary Education: July 2019

Reappointed: January 2021 

Term Expires: January 2023 


Marianne F. Monte - Council on Postsecondary Education

As chief people officer, Marianne Monte drives human resources and business strategy for Shawmut Design and Construction, a $1.2 billion construction firm with nine offices nationwide. 

She is a strategic human resources executive with a proven track record in effective executive coaching, talent management, and business partner leadership. 

Her leadership was integral to Shawmut being named a back-to-back Best Workplace by FORTUNE Magazine. Recently, Marianne co-hosted a webinar with the CEO of MindGym titled, “Constructing Success: The Talent Story at Shawmut.”

Prior to joining Shawmut, Marianne was the vice president of human resources at the Hanover Insurance Group and a senior vice president at BankRI. She also served on the transition team for Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo.

In addition to her work with Shawmut, she serves on The Gordon School Board and formerly served on the Rhode Island Retirement Board, where she was appointed by Rhode Island General Treasurer, Seth Magaziner. She also spends time volunteering with Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD). Marianne is a Providence College graduate, and has a juris doctor degree from Suffolk University. She was the recipient of the 2017 Providence Business News C-Suite Chief Human Resources Officer Award.

Appointed to Council on Postsecondary Education: June 2018

Term Expires: January 2020

Reappointed: January 2021 

Term Expires: January 2023


Lawrence Purtill - Council on Elementary and Secondary Education

During his tenure as president of National Education Association Rhode Island, Larry Purtill has held numerous positions of leadership on statewide boards and commissions, in both the labor and education communities.  He currently is secretary treasurer of the Institute for Labor Studies and Research, chair of the Certification Advisory Committee, and is on the board of directors of the Working Rhode Island coalition.

Purtill is a member of the Executive Committee Rhode Island AFL-CIO. He taught history in Exeter-West Greenwich for 22 years prior to taking office in 1999.


Appointed to the RI Board of Education: January 2013

Appointed to the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education: June 2014

Term Expires: January 31, 2016 

Reappointed: Through January 2019 

Reappointed: January 2021

Term Expires: January 2024



Reverend Jeffery A. Williams - Council on Postsecondary Education

The Very Reverend Doctor Jeffery A. Williams, a native of Englewood, New Jersey, and graduate of the famed A Better Chance Program at Simsbury High School (Simsbury, CT) whose forward-thinking ideals are helping to reshape the social and spiritual landscape of Rhode Island and beyond. In 1981, Williams attended Brown University (Providence, R.I.) and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Environmental Analysis, a concentration he personally created. In May 2007, Williams received his Doctorate of Ministry degree in Urban Complex Settings from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Hamilton, MA. His completed dissertation entitled: Urban Leadership Development Through the Practical Truth University: A Case Study in the International Role and Practice of Metanoia for Personal and Community Transformation; is a manual for much of the work he does today. Dr. Williams graduated in 2010, with a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Williams was consecrated as Overseer of the New England Diocese by His Grace Donald Hilliard II, in 2008. He is married to Lelani (Bonner) Williams. Dr. Williams is an enthusiastic father of two daughters in college, Joy Victoria and Grace Noelle Williams.

His commitment to helping others understand the connection between principle and practice, led to the founding of the Cathedral of Life Christian Assembly in 1999, which is now called “The King's Cathedral.” Under Dr. Williams' leadership, the Cathedral now owns five properties, including a historic church located in the Olneyville Square neighborhood of Providence and has distributed over 70 tons of food and tens of thousands of articles of clothing, household goods and furniture to those in need. As Chief Empowerment Officer, his congregation in Providence has grown from nine members to well over 500 hundred, with 30 different ministries and programs. Internationally, Dr. Williams oversees 43 congregations in six nations and has established the The Well-Life Project, which is the funding arm to create 12 fresh water wells in Kitwe, Zambia.

Dr. Williams has been a regular chapel speaker for the New England Patriots as well as other professional football and soccer teams since 2005.

Appointed to the Council on Postsecondary Education: June 2014

Reappointed to the Council on Postsecondary Education: January 2015

Term Expires: January 31, 2018

Reappointed: June 2018

Term Expires: January 2021

Reappointed: January 2021

Term Expires: January 2024