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Board Members Biographies

LAURA A. PISATURO, ESQ.

CHAIRPERSON

Laura A. Pisaturo was appointed chair of the RI Parole Board effective August 1, 2014. She is a native Rhode Islander who graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School('95), The University of Rhode Island ('91) and Classical High School ('85). A respected attorney and advocate, Ms. Pisaturo has dedicated a large portion of her career to public service, working in both public and private sectors and holding legal position with the Providence office of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, LLP, The Rhode Island Department of Attorney General, Day One, and in a solo private practice. Pisaturo has taught as an adjunct professor for special lecture series at Salve Regina University and The University of Rhode Island and has also instructed in the areas of criminal procedure, domestic violence and sexual assault at training academies for The Rhode Island State Police, The Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy and The Providence Police Department. She serves on the Rhode Island Supreme Court Disciplinary Board and the Warwick Planning Board.

Chairperson Pisaturo has been honored by RI Lawyers Weekly as one of its 2014 Lawyers of the Year and was featured in The Providence Business News' inaugural "Forty Under 40" for her many community contributions.


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.


MAJOR OSCAR PEREZ

PAROLE BOARD MEMBER

Oscar Perez is a Major with the Providence Police Department and The Commanding officer of the uniformed division. Major. Perez was born In Medellin Colombia and spent his childhood in his native country until the age of fourteen when he departed for the USA.

Major Oscar Perez arrived in Providence RI and attended both middle and High school in the city of Providence. Ten years later, He was appointed to the Providence Police Department as a Patrol officer on May 13, 1994. 

During the past 22 years Major Perez has served in the Patrol Division, The Detective division as a Youth Service Detective, the Intelligence/Special Services Division, the Gang Intervention Unit, the Neighborhood Response Team, the Community Police Bureau, and the Narcotics and Organized Crime Bureau. 

Major Perez has a file replete with awards and Commendations for excellent police work and devotion to Duty. During his career he has earned the mayor’s award, FBI award, Chiefs Award, and the Fraternal Order of Police award.

Major Perez is a graduate of PERF’s senior management institute class of 2016. Major. Perez also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in the administration of justice from Roger Williams University and a Masters of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University. 


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.


DORIS DE LOS SANTOS

PAROLE BOARD MEMBER

Doris M. De Los Santos is currently Executive Director of Development, Partnerships and Community Engagement for Providence Public Schools and previously served as Director of the Office Municipal and External Affairs in the Governor's Office. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration, magna cum laude, from Pedro Henriquez Urena University in the Dominican Republic and an associate degree in general studies from the Community College of Rhode Island.

Mrs. De Los Santos is a comitted leader in women's issues, community development and political and civic participation including developing and leading the Latina Leadership Institute, five years of service on the YWCA Greater RI Executive Board of Directors and Vice President of the Community Action Partnership of Providence Board of Directors.


DR. ANNE NOLAN

PAROLE BOARD MEMBER

Dr. Anne Nolan is the former President and CEO of Crossroads Rhode Island, the largest homeless services organization in Rhode Island. She previously served on the Parole Board from 2011-2014. She holds a doctorate of education from the University of Illinois, a Master's of Education from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts from Westfield State College. Nolan also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Rhode Island.