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Board Members Biographies

KENNETH R. WALKER, ED. D.

CHAIRPERSON

Kenneth R. Walker, Ed.D., Chairperson, began his tenure with the Rhode Island Parole Board in 1980, serving continuously over the past twenty-five years. He has also served as Chairperson of the Board in the past. He is a retired professor of Secondary Education at Rhode Island College and an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education at Johnson and Wales University. Dr. Walker received his B.A. from Providence College in 1957. He earned his M.Ed. from Rhode Island College, where he worked as the Assistant Director of Project Upward Bound, a program for economically and educationally disadvantaged youth. He earned an Ed.D. in 1977 from Boston University and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Social Science from Providence College in 1983.

Dr. Walker’s commitment to youth and public service exceeds teaching. He is a retired basketball referee for the Rhode Island Interscholastic League and the NCAA, officiating games in the East Coast, Big East and Atlantic 10 conferences. He is the Past-President of Big Brothers of Rhode Island, a member of the Teen Drug Court of the RI Family Court, a member of the Board of Trustees of Salve Regina University, a member of the Board of Trustees at St. Mary’s Academy Bay View. He has been recognized and honored by several groups, including the Association of Paroling Authorities International, where he won the 2004 Vincent O’Leary Award for his many contributions to the field of parole.


VICTORIA M. ALMEIDA, ESQ.

VICE CHAIRPERSON

Victoria M. Almeida is an attorney and principal in the law firm of Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. of Providence and Boston. Miss Almeida began her term on the Parole Board in 1984 and served as Vice Chairperson of the Board for 14 years and was reappointed to the Board by Governor Carcieri. Miss Almeida has a record of public service having been the first women in RI history to be appointed Assistant Executive Counsel to the Governor and serving as Associate Judge of the Cumberland Municipal Court.

Miss Almeida is a frequent lecturer and author of various publications on trial techniques, legal ethics and has been recognized by numerous civic and charitable groups for her commitment to public service and the community. She received the distinguished Dorothy Lohmann Community Service Award from the RI Bar Association for her volunteer work on behalf of disabled persons. Miss
Almeida served as the Treasurer of the Rhode Island Bar Association, currently serves as its Secretary, and will serve as its President in 2009-2010. Miss Almeida served as chairperson of the Rhode Island Bar Association’s Committee on Ethics and Professionalism and its Public Relations Committee and is chairperson of its Strategic Planning Committee. She is also a member of its Executive Committee as well as its House of Delegates and is on the Editorial Board of the R.I. Bar Journal. She is a member of the American Bar Association, a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and is on the Panel of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association and the American Arbitration Forum. Additionally, she is listed in Best’s Recommended Insurance Attorneys. Miss Almeida is a lifetime fellow of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation and is on the Board of Directors of the St. Thomas More Legal Society and a member of Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity.

She serves as Vice Chairperson of the RI Health Services Council, the advisory board to the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health. She also serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Dorcas Place, an adult literacy organization and is a member of the Advisory Board of St. Antoine Residence of the Diocese of Providence. She is a member of the Guardian’s Council of St. Francis Chapel & City Ministry in Providence and is a member of the Diocesan Catholic School Board for the Diocese of Providence.


DR. FREDERIC G. REAMER

PAROLE BOARD MEMBER

Frederic G. Reamer is Professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. His research and teaching have addressed a wide range of human service issues, including mental health, health care, criminal justice, public welfare, and professional ethics.

Dr. Reamer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1978) and has served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings. He has also served on the faculties of the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration (1978-1981), and the University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Social Work (1981-1983). Dr. Reamer has served as Director of the National Juvenile Justice Assessment Center of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (1979-1981); as Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor of Rhode Island (1987-1990); and as a Commissioner of the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation, the state housing finance agency (1987-1995). Since 1992 Dr. Reamer has served on the State of Rhode Island Parole Board.

He is the author of many books and articles. His most recent books include: Heinous Crime: Cases, Causes, and Consequences (Columbia University Press) and Criminal Lessons: Case Studies and Commentary on Crime and Justice (Columbia University Press).


RAY RICKMAN

PAROLE BOARD MEMBER

Ray Rickman was appointed to the Rhode Island Parole Board in September of 2013 by Governor Lincoln Chafee. Mr. Rickman is a former State Representative who was elected from the College Hill Neighborhood of Providence and also served as a Deputy Secretary of State under Edward Inman from 2000 to 2002. He is a member of the Rhode Island Council of the Arts and is active in promoting African American history and culture. He is senior consultant to the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society and several other community organizations. Mr. Rickman is the President of the Rickman Group and has been a rare book dealer for thirty years.


CAPT. THOMAS A. VERDI

PAROLE BOARD MEMBER

Capt.Thomas A. Verdi is a twenty-year veteran of the Providence Police Department, the largest police department in Rhode Island (approximately five hundred sworn officers) and the second largest department in New England. Capt. Verdi graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Business and in 1990 earned an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice from the Roger Williams University.

Upon completion of his training at the Providence Police Academy, Capt. Verdi began his career as a rookie patrol officer in 1987 and has subsequently moved up the ranks while working in other areas including narcotics, SWAT, and major crimes. In 1995 Capt. Verdi earned the rank of sergeant and in 2000 he earned the rank of lieutenant. Since 2003, Verdi has been the commanding officer of the Narcotics and Organized Crime Bureau.

Throughout his career Capt. Verdi has routinely collaborated with federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, DEA, ATF and the United States Attorney’s Office. For two years Capt. Verdi was deputized as a Special Agent with the FBI. Verdi continues to work closely with personnel from various agencies in the Rhode Island criminal justice system, including the Department of Attorney General, Department of Corrections, Department of Family Services, and The Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence. In May 2006, Capt. Verdi was awarded the prestigious National Association of Police Organizations TOP COPS Award. Capt. Verdi remains committed to devoting his professional life to public safety, seeking appropriate justice for individuals who violate laws, and assisting innocent victims of crime.


DR. JORGE ARMESTO

PAROLE BOARD MEMBER

Dr. Armesto is a bilingual (English/Spanish) and bicultural clincial and forensic psychologist. He is the founder of the Latino Psychological Institute, Inc., a mental health practice that provides multilingual and culturally-informed psychological evaluations and treatment to children, adolescents and adults. His work also assists individuals, attorneys, corporations, nursing homes and government agencies answer psychological questions to legal matters and help determine disability, worker's compensation, fitness-for-duty, diminished capacity, and vocational rehabilitation needs.

Dr. Armesto holds a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He completed his clinical internship at the VA Boston Healthcare System, Brockton Division/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Armesto completed post-doctorate work in forsenic psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School/Bridgewater State Hospital and the Massachusetts Treatment Center. His post-doctoral training responsibility evaluations and conduct sex offender treatment. Dr. Armesto also holds a Master's Degree in Education with a focus on Children and Adolescent at Risk from Havard University. He is licensed as a clinical psychologist in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Dr. Armesto has served as a clinician in correctional, school and community settings. He completed an administrative fellowship through the National Association of Community Health Centers In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Armesto has authored and collaborated on numerous articles focusing on gender identity development and exploring best practices in conducting capacity evaluations with older adults.