Our Staff

Missy Menders
Director

Missy Menders is the Director of Providence Talks. She oversees all direct operations internally, as well as with outside stakeholders and vendors for Providence Talks services.

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@rwu.edu

Kevin Slattery
Research and Data Coordiantor

Kevin Slattery is the Research and Data Coordinator for Providence Talks, having been with the program since November 2014.

Kevin coordinates and manages all research collaboration, data collection, reporting, and data analysis for the program.

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@rwu.edu