Our Staff

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Caitlin Molina
Executive Director

Caitlin Molina is the Executive Director of Providence Talks.

Previously, Caitlin had served as Deputy Executive Director of Providence Talks since 2014, during which time the program has experienced significant growth and has now graduated more than 100 families. During this time Caitlin has led the program’s approach to curriculum development, quality improvement and the development and roll-out of new models. In addition to the oversight of the day to day operations for the program, she has led the technical assistance and training during the program’s expansion to include 6 agencies and more than 20 staff. Molina previously worked for Meeting Street as an Early Intervention Educator and taught 7th grade math at Gilbert Stuart Middle School while serving with AmeriCorps. She has a degree in early childhood education. Caitlin can be reached at cmolina@providenceri.gov.

Kevin Slattery
Research & Data Coordinator

Kevin Slattery coordinates and manages all data collection efforts for the Providence Talks team, and works to establish data quality improvement plans and practices. Kevin works with Providence Talks’ two primary research and evaluation partners: the LENA Research Foundation, and Brown University.

Kevin holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Roger Williams University, and has prior experience creating and maintaining databases, having independently conducted a review of a state-level welfare to work program for a vendor for Rhode Island’s Department of Human Services. He has over eight years’ additional experience working directly with low-income families, and hopes to help make Providence Talks a sustainable program moving forward. Kevin can be reached at kslattery@providenceri.gov

Missy Menders
Deputy Executive Director

Missy holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston College. She began her career in New York as a Certified Recreational Therapist before becoming a Case Manager for South Shore Mental Health Center in R.I., and then a Project Connect Social Worker. Missy developed expertise in home-based case management, psychiatric hospital care, and substance abuse. She is skilled in working both with children and adults in high risk/low income families. Missy Menders previously worked as the Providence Talks Program Coordinator for Family Service of Rhode Island. She also served as the Social Service Coordinator for Tri-County Community Actions Head Start Program. Missy can be reached at mmenders@providenceri.gov