2016-04-21 / Around Town

MEN who make a DIFFERENCE

Domestic violence affects people from all walks of life

Chuck, of Middletown, one of the founders of Aquidneck Land Trust in 1990, is now the executive director. He has taken an active role in the Newport Health Equity Zone Project spearheaded by the Women’s Resource Center and is deeply concerned about improving physical and mental health of the underserved communities of Newport.
Charles Allott Charles Allott

How can boys be inspired to grow up to be Men Who Make a Difference in their communities? Mentoring. Everyone has someone that made a huge impact on them in realizing responsibilities to family, friends and their place in a larger community. I don’t necessarily mean formal mentoring, but just developing a relationship with a kid and maybe just leading by example. You can’t be heavy handed. Kids need to “figure it out” on their own.


David Enstone David Enstone For the past decade, David has been involved with William Raveis, managing a real estate partnership with offices in Newport, Bristol, Providence and Westport, Mass. He is currently a board member of the Potter League.

What does this award mean to you? It is recognition of the continuing need for us to all be committed to the prevention of domestic abuse.

How can boys be inspired to grow up to become Men Who Make a Difference in their communities? By having role models that teach them respect and civility in their relationships and warmth and love in their interaction with their community.

Who has been the most inspirational woman in your life? My mother, Winifred, who grew up with nothing and gave me everything.

As assistant director of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL), Mike helps nearly 
Michael Lunney Michael Lunney 30,000 student athletes enjoy a multitude of high school athletic opportunities. His goal is to create an environment for student athletes to compete at the highest levels possible with integrity, sportsmanship and character. Prior to joining RIIL in 2011, he served as the Portsmouth High School director of athletics and student activities.

How can boys be inspired to grow up to be Men Who Make a Difference in their communities? As educators, it’s extremely important to give boys leadership opportunities so they can develop a sense of service above self. Having positive role models and participation in community service projects can also help them to understand the value of giving back.


Ray Malone Ray Malone A resident of Portsmouth, Ray is a system engineer and cybersecurity professional who has been with the Naval Undersea Warfare Centers in both Newport and New London for nearly 25 years. He is proud of his work in youth outreach, having founded a group to facilitate college tours of historically black campuses, and organized competitive Double Dutch (rope-jumping) programs.

How can boys be inspired to grow up to become Men Who Make a Difference? The inspiration will come from their experience with adults in their family and community, combined with having a natural concern for others.

Pastor Stephen is cofounder of CrossPoint Church in Newport, a multicultural, 
Steve Robinson Steve Robinson interdenominational church that touches the lives of people from around the world. He has a degree in engineering and spent 20 years in the corporate sector before leaving for full-time ministry. The church has fed 10,000 people, and continues to reach out to the homeless and less fortunate.

What does this award mean to you? It means my mother was right when she said I could do great things. It also means that people like myself, who grew up poor and without a father, can still have a positive impact in their community.


Angel Taveras Angel Taveras Angel served as the first Latino mayor of Providence from 2011 to 2015. Under his leadership, the city was recognized with the All-America City Award from the National Civic League. In addition, he won Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge $5 million grand prize for his innovative proposal to improve the vocabularies of pre-school age children. More than 300 cities across the U.S. applied, and Providence was the grand prize winner. Presently a lawyer in Boston, he focuses his practice on litigation and government law and policy. He is also an adjunct professor at Providence College.

Since being named Distinguished Service Professor in 2011, Michael became dean of the 
Michael J. Yelnosky Michael J. Yelnosky Roger Williams University School of Law two years ago. He says there may be no higher calling than working in our communities to support victims of domestic violence, and working to make our country more peaceful for all.

How can boys be inspired to grow up to be Men Who Make a Difference in their communities? I think boys need to be educated about what it means to be a woman in this society and understand the many obstacles women face in trying to live their lives in peace, and achieve their personal and professional goals.


Josue Canario “Josh” Canario, a graduate of Roger Williams University with an associate degree in criminal justice, has served as a Bristol police officer for more than 30 years, progressing through the chain of command to his current position as chief in 2008. He oversees the nationally renowned Bristol Fourth of July parade and festivities. Josue Canario “Josh” Canario, a graduate of Roger Williams University with an associate degree in criminal justice, has served as a Bristol police officer for more than 30 years, progressing through the chain of command to his current position as chief in 2008. He oversees the nationally renowned Bristol Fourth of July parade and festivities.






Alexis Garcia Alexis moved to the U.S. from Puerto Rico at the age of five. He is a certified community support professional who serves the adult mental health population. Alexis is the current “Mister Ocean State” and has used this platform to promote self-care and spread social awareness on the topic. Alexis Garcia Alexis moved to the U.S. from Puerto Rico at the age of five. He is a certified community support professional who serves the adult mental health population. Alexis is the current “Mister Ocean State” and has used this platform to promote self-care and spread social awareness on the topic.






Mike Hudson Mike has been the corporate head of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island for more than four years. He says he has drawn inspiration from great women of history such as Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks and Eleanor Roosevelt, great women teachers throughout his educational years, women he’s worked with, and his mother and wife. Mike Hudson Mike has been the corporate head of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island for more than four years. He says he has drawn inspiration from great women of history such as Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks and Eleanor Roosevelt, great women teachers throughout his educational years, women he’s worked with, and his mother and wife.









Daniel J. McKee Daniel, a lifelong resident of Cumberland, was sworn in as the 69th lieutenant governor of Rhode Island in 2015. Prior to holding this office, he was mayor of his hometown. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Cumberland-Lincoln for 25 years. Daniel J. McKee Daniel, a lifelong resident of Cumberland, was sworn in as the 69th lieutenant governor of Rhode Island in 2015. Prior to holding this office, he was mayor of his hometown. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Cumberland-Lincoln for 25 years.









Mark Rhynard Mark is the Rhode Island director of North American Family Institute, a private nonprofit human service agency specializing in community-based care, where he oversees two residential programs for adolescent boys with significant mental health and/ or behavioral issues. Several years ago, he founded the institute’s flag football league and crisis intervention team. Mark Rhynard Mark is the Rhode Island director of North American Family Institute, a private nonprofit human service agency specializing in community-based care, where he oversees two residential programs for adolescent boys with significant mental health and/ or behavioral issues. Several years ago, he founded the institute’s flag football league and crisis intervention team.






John Rogers When possible, John uses his career skills to help the Women’s Resource Center with repairs to their office and shelters, including landscaping and planting gardens to brighten the property and the residents’ spirits. In addition to owning his own business, John sits on the executive board of the East Providence Chamber of Commerce. John Rogers When possible, John uses his career skills to help the Women’s Resource Center with repairs to their office and shelters, including landscaping and planting gardens to brighten the property and the residents’ spirits. In addition to owning his own business, John sits on the executive board of the East Providence Chamber of Commerce.















The mission of the Women’s Resource Center is to 

“lead domestic violence prevention through the empowerment of individuals 

and the community by providing advocacy, education and support services.”






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