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Board Members Biographies

Kenneth R. Walker, Ed. D.


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.


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


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).

Charles Denby II, M.D.


Dr. Denby is a graduate of Princeton University and the Brown University School of Medicine. He has practiced adult and clinical psychiatry for over twenty years. Collectively, he has served on the Rhode Island Parole Board for over fourteen years.

In the past, he has served as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Brown University. At the present time, he is a member of the Butler Hospital Corporation and the Bradley Hospital Board of Governors. Dr. Denby is in private practice in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Captain Thomas A. Verdi


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.

Margaret Ellen Curran, Esq.


Margaret Ellen (Meg) Curran is an attorney and lives in Providence. She was appointed to the Parole Board in April, 2011 by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee.

Ms. Curran was United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island from 1998 through 2003. Prior to that appointment, from 1986 through 1998, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Rhode Island.

Ms. Curran attended public schools in Warwick, graduating from Pilgrim High School. She has a B.A. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. She received an M.S. in Anthropology from Purdue University. She also completed additional, advanced graduate work in Anthropology at Purdue.

Ms. Curran received her J.D., with high honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Connecticut Law Review. After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya, in the United States District Court for the District of RI, and for the Honorable Thomas J. Meskill, in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Ms. Curran is a member of the American Law Institute and an advisor on the Model Penal Code: Sentencing Project. She is a member of the First Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Advisory Committee. She also belongs to the National Association of Former United States Attorneys. Ms. Curran received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the Roger Williams University School of Law in 2003. In 2004, she received a John H. Chafee Memorial History Maker Award for Service.

Since 2008, Ms. Curran has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence. She was certified by ISPN as a nonviolence trainer in January 2011.

Ms. Curran is also Chair of the Rhode Island Health Benefits Exchange Advisory Board.

Anne M. Nolan


Anne Nolan serves as Crossroads Rhode Islandís President and C.E.O. with the responsibility for overall management of the agency. Crossroads Rhode Island is the largest provider of comprehensive services to the homeless and disconnected in the State of Rhode Island. Dr. Nolan joined Crossroads in December, 2000. She received her Doctorate from the University of Illinois and her Masterís degree from McGill University. Her nearly 30 years of senior level experience prior to becoming President of Crossroads Rhode Island in January, 2001 includes:

Vice President of Administration for Fluor Daniel GTI, an international environmental engineering consulting firm;

Senior Vice President of Training & Organizational Development for Fleet Financial Group;

Manager of Human Resources for Digital Equipment Corporation;

Visiting Associate Professor of Group & Organizational Studies at the University of Massachusetts; and

Independent Consultant to various companies, universities and social service organizations including: New England Telephone, the Ontario Ministry of Colleges & Universities and Big Sisters.

Anne was recently profiled in US News and World Report for her work with the homeless.