Meet The Team
James Monteiro, Founder and Director
James Monteiro works both within and outside the Adult Correction Institution of Rhode Island to ensure that adults in transition homes have a college degree pathway that is integrated into the support systems needed upon release. James dropped out of school in the eighth grade and spent most of his adult life in and out of the penal system. The last time James was incarcerated he was doing a ten year sentence in one of the country’s most violent prison systems, Baltimore Maryland’s Penitentiary. It was there that James first went back to school earning an Associate’s degree in Psychology with Honors and, and upon release, earned a bachelor’s degree in Community Development at Roger Williams University’s College Unbound program. James has won the Rhode Island NAACP Joseph Lecount Award for his work founding the Billy Taylor House; a program that provides workforce development and enrichment opportunities to youth ages fifteen to twenty-one in James’ childhood neighborhood, the Mount Hope community of Providence. He has been named as one of Rhode Island’s “15 to Watch” for his work in youth programs that address violence in the city and prepare the next generation of Providence leaders.
Ronald Hopkins, Case Manager / Peer Support Specialist
Ronald Hopkins is a lifelong resident of Providence Rhode Island and a formerly incarcerated returning citizen. He comes from a neighborhood where people "take wrong turns with inadequate guidance" and in turn he was incarcerated for the majority of his adult life. Upon his release he was afforded the opportunity to work in a school setting which helped him realize his need to further his education. He was driven to a field where education is important and would compliment his work experience. He is now in route to change his life through education. He values his experiences helping build individuals up who look like him and come from where he is from. Ron understands it's not how we start, it's how we finish!
Marcus Lopes, Case Manager / Peer Support Specialist
Marcus Lopes was born and raised in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He spent most of his late teenage and early adult life incarcerated in Rhode Island’s justice system. During his last term in prison, from 2012-2019, Marcus decided to refocus his life on the pursuit of higher education. He took CCRI courses, DANTES courses, College Unbound Courses, and also got involved with the ReEntry Campus Program. He received help while inside through a scholarship from the Transcending Through Education Foundation which provided him a mentor and also to pay for some courses. Marcus was released early through parole during the summer of 2019. He initially started working doing car detailing, but was hired by James Monteiro as Recruiter and Coordinator for the Formerly Incarcerated Union. He later transitioned to Case Manager at the ReEntry Campus Program where he currently works. He also is taking courses through Roger Williams to complete his pursuit of education.
Diana Gonzalez, Academic Advisor and Transition Coordinator
Diana Gonzalez is from Milford, Massachusetts. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. There she studied psychology and Spanish and worked as a tutor and academic support specialist. She graduated in 2017 with her Bachelors degree in Psychology. Diana has been volunteering and working with the ReEntry Campus Program since 2019. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree from Bridgewater State University with the hopes of becoming a counselor.
Abigail Lucy Terry, Data and Communications Manager
Abby grew up on the east end of Long Island, New York and has lived in Rhode Island for 4 years. She completed her undergraduate degree in American Politics and Leadership Studies from the University of Rhode Island in May of 2019. She spent her first year post-grad volunteering with AmeriCorps VISTA at the Nonviolence Institute where she met James and Diana, and got introduced to the Reentry Campus Program for the first time. Abby manages the Reentry Campus Program's website and social media accounts, as well as its database. She comes to us with a wide range of nonprofit experiences and looks forward to sharing the story of the Reentry Campus Program throughout Rhode Island and beyond!
Nayeli Candelier, Student Resource Specialist
Nayeli Candelier is from Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated in 2020 from the Providence Career and Technical Academy. She has completed a cosmetology program and joined both dance and modeling agencies. This fall she will be attending the Community College of Rhode Island Liston Campus to continue to pursue her studies as a medical assistant. In addition to pursuing her career Nayeli was awarded a silver medal from the Skills USA Rhode Island Organization. She has been working with the ReEntry Campus Program since 2019.
Nia Monteiro, Student Support Specialist
Nia Monteiro was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated
from Rhode Island College with a B.S in Biology and a minor in Psychology and plans
on pursuing a doctorate in Occupational therapy. After completing a year for
AmeriCorps, a voluntary civil society program supported by the U.S. federal government, she became a Direct Support Professional for young adults with disabilities. Nia has become a part of the team here at Reentry Campus Program as a Student Support Specialist to continue her love for helping others and being a part of the solution to social change.
Kate Dubois, Student Support Specialist
Kate’s work centers around human rights activism and the promotion of equality and justice both at grass roots and international levels. She believes that human’s ability to empathize is perhaps one of our greatest strengths and that it ought to be used as a vehicle for positive and proactive change in creating a kinder, more accepting and just world. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Kate now resides in Rhode Island where she is a Junior at the University of Rhode Island majoring in Mandarin Chinese and International Studies and Diplomacy with a focus in human rights and international law. As President of URI’s chapter of Amnesty International and student body chair on URI’s Social Injustice and Civic Responsibility Committee, Kate has experience working with people ranging from a multitude of socioeconomic backgrounds in both the protection of human rights as well as the promotion of equal opportunity, particularly in access to education. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, language study and traveling.