Our Adjunct Faculty are seasoned community practitioners who bring specialized knowledge and experience to the special topics courses that they teach.
Tonya Glantz, MSW, Phd, earned her Social Work degree from Rhode Island College and her doctorate from the Joint Ph.D. in Education Program at the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College. She is currently employed as the Director of the Institute for Education in Healthcare at Rhode Island College’s School of Management. Tonya has worked in the human service and child welfare fields since 1990. She enjoys her role as an adjunct faculty member at both Providence and Rhode Island Colleges, where she teaches in the social work and early childhood education programs. Tonya’s research interests include creating opportunities for collaboration across consumer and service organizations, empowerment work with disenfranchised fathers, school success within child welfare, organizational development within faith-based communities, and the evolution of spiritual identity in young children. Tonya has served as a presenter at local and national conferences.
Bruce Rollins, MSW, MPA, received his MSW from Boston University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Connecticut. He retired in 2011 as the Director of the Rhode Island Child Welfare Institute in the School of Social Work at Rhode Island College (RIC). Previously, he was Chief of Staff Development and Training in the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF). Prior to working for DCYF, he was for 10 years on the faculty of the School of Social Work at RIC, where he was Director of Field Education. Mr. Rollins is a Special Lecturer for the Department of Social Work teaching SWK 360: Social Policy.
Jill Sabatine, MSW, MPH, earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Connecticut and her master's degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her current practice experience includes working as the Social Service Director at AIDS Care Ocean State in Providence, working as part of the trauma team at Rhode Island and Hasbro hospitals, and working with students in the West Warwick school district. Jill is the Chair of the Advisory committee of the National NASW HIV Spectrum project, which provides training to social workers on issues related to HIV and AIDS and has provided trainings nationally on HIV and ethics and HIV, mental health, and substance abuse. Ms. Sabatine is a Special Lecturer for the Department of Social Work teaching SWK 101: 21st Century Social Work , SWK 220: Culture and Diversity in Social Work Practice, and SWK 301: Current Issues in Social Work (HIV-AIDS).
C. Kelly Smith, MSW, received her MSW in Administrative and Clinical Social Work, Children and Families, from Rhode Island College. She also holds a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. For the past 25 years, she has worked with numerous nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island in both consulting and administrative capacities, including full time commitment to the state’s domestic violence prevention movement for 12.5 years. She has mentored and supervised undergraduate and graduate social work students for 15 years. She has also worked extensively with LGBTQQ youth and indigenous people. Her consulting practice has been focused primarily upon nonprofit organizational development and strategic planning efforts. In her leisure time, she is an activist for social justice, a community gardener, a beekeeper, and a devoted PawSox fan. Ms. Smith is a Special Lecturer teaching SWK 301: Violence Against Women and SWK 220: Culture and Diversity in Social Work Practice.
Barry Noel, MPA, MSW, has been working in the field of child welfare for over 30 years in Rhode Island where he is currently a supervisor in Child Protective Services. Mr. Noel holds graduate degrees in Social Work and Public Administration. As part of his graduate work in social work, Mr. Noel co-facilitated a fatherhood support group and provided clinical support to adolescent fathers at the R.I. Training School. Mr. Noel’s experience includes work with the Southeast Asian community as a former member of the Board of the Socio-Economic Development Corporation for Southeast Asians (SEDC) now Center for Southeast Asians (CSA). In 2014 Governor Lincoln Chafee appointed Mr. Noel to the Rhode Island Board of Social Work Examiners.
Rosemary Maher, MSW has been a social worker in the Rhode Island community for over 40 years. Prior to pursuing a Masters Degree in Social Work at Boston University in 1980, Rosemary was first employed at the Blackstone Valley for Retarded Citizens as a case manager providing services to the families of severely and profoundly retarded children and their families. Subsequent to that, she was a social worker with the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families. Upon receipt of her MSW, Rosemary continued at Bradley Hospital where she had trained as an outpatient therapist continuing to focus on the treatment of sexual abuse. This focus on sexual abuse and trauma continued when she moved from Bradley to Sophia Little Home and St. Mary’s Home for Children. In 1992, she pursued advanced training in addiction studies at Boston University where she received a Post Graduate Certificate in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. This led to focusing her clinical work on addictions, employee assistance and intervention with impaired professionals. She was the Clinical Director for the Rhode Island Employee Assistance Program and later was the Director of the Impaired Health Care Professionals Program of the Rhode Island Medical Society. Twice recognized as Social Worker of the Year by the Rhode Island Chapter of National Association of Social Workers-in 1996 for Chemical Dependency and in 2011 in Health and Mental Health, she began teaching Introduction to Social Work at Providence College in the Fall of 2015.
Jessica Bisiak, MSW, LICSW, has over 7 years of experience working in the field of social work in a wide variety of intensive and community-based practice settings. Mrs. Bisiak graduated from Providence College with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a minor in Business, and then obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work at Rhode Island College. She works in her private practice with children, adolescents, and adults. Her philosophy of care is to provide strength-based, comprehensive treatment to all clients. Mrs. Bisiak previously worked as a behavioral health clinician in a pediatric office, as a clinical supervisor and program manager of the Family Care Community Partnership’s wraparound team, and as a clinician at North American Family Institute in RI, serving in diverse practice settings ranging from post-hospitalization acute levels of care to community-based programs preparing youth for the next step of independent living.