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Board Members Biographies

LAURA A. PISATURO, ESQ.

CHAIRPERSON

Laura A. Pisaturo has dedicated a large portion of her career to public service, working in both public and private sectors. A respected attorney and advocate, Chairperson Pisaturo has a wealth of experience through her previous work as a civil litigator ith Hinckley, Allen and Snyder, LLP, as a criminal prosecutor and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division within the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General, as Director of Advocacy & Legal Services with Day One, as a solo practitioner and through service on a number of boards and commissions.

Pisaturo has taught as an adjunct professor for special lecture series at Salve Regina University and The University of Rhode Island on The U.S. Supreme Court as well as topics on Women and the Law. She has instructed on 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 previously served by appointment on the Rhode Island Supreme Court Attorney Displinary Board, the City of Warwick Planning Board and the Rhode Island Commission On Prejudice and Bias.

Chairperson Pisaturo was chosen in 2018 by the National Organization for Italian American Women, Rhode Island Chapter, to receive its “Three Wise Women” award and was also the recipient of a 2016 Woman of Achievement Award from the YWCA Rhode Island for her work promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity. A proud alumna of The University of Rhode Island, she received the Dean’s Distinguished Alumni Award for the College of Education and Professional Studies; the 2015 Justinian Law Society of Rhode Island’s Pro Bono Publico Award; and in 2014 she was recognized by Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly as ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for her tireless advocacy for social issues including the rights of those in the LGBT community and children’s welfare.


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 Patrol, Detectives (Youth Services Unit), Intelligence/Special Services, Gang Intervention Unit, Neighborhood Response Team, Community Police Bureau and the Narcotics and Organized Crime Bureau. 


With a commitment to public safety, community service and devotion to duty, Major Perez has earned several awards and recognitions during his honorable career including the Mayor’s Award, FBI Award, Chief’s Award and the Fraternal Order of Police Award.

A graduate of PERF’s senior management institute class of 2016, Perez also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in the Administration of Justice from Roger Williams University and a Masters of Science 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.


MARILYN CEPEDA SANCHEZ

PAROLE BOARD MEMBER

Marilyn Cepeda Sanchez has served as the Vice President and General Manager of Access Employment of RI, Inc. since 1993, an employment-placement agency in Providence. She is also a member of the City of Providence's Board of Parks Commissioners and has volunteered with a variety of community organizations for over 30 years.

Ms. Cepeda has an associate's degree in accounting from the Community College of Rhode Island and a bachelor's degree in human-resource management from Johnson & Wales University.


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.


BONITA G. CADE

PAROLE BOARD MEMBER

Bonita G. Cade, PhD, JD is an Associate Professor at Roger Williams University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Psychology.

Professor Cade earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at The University of Michigan in Psychology in Ann Arbor, Michigan (1974), a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois (1976), a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa (1981) and JD (law degree) at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis Missouri (1982). She is a member of the bar in Missouri, New York and Massachusetts, licensed to practice law and psychology in Massachusetts.

Dr. Cade has practiced both family and criminal law. She has served as a Guardian ad litem, a Care and Protection Investigator for the Family Court and for the Juvenile and District Courts in Massachusetts. While in private practice as a psychologist she has evaluated criminal defendants, served as a divorce mediator, investigated allegations of sexual abuse and worked with adults, adolescents and children. Dr. Cade has also worked as a Forensic Psychologist in the Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Center in Goshen, New York and at Malcolm Bliss Mental Health Center in St. Louis, Missouri.