Elana Rosenberg, Executive Director
After growing up in Kentucky, Elana moved to Rhode Island in 2007 and began working at YPI as the GSA Network and Programming Coordinator. In that role, she organized center programming, provided professional development to Rhode Island school educators and administrators, and managed the statewide GSA Network for five years. After a three-year stint as a member of the Community Investment team at United Way of Rhode Island, Elana returned to YPI in November 2017, to become the organization’s 6 th Executive Director. She holds a BA in sociology from Smith College and a MS in College Student Personnel from Miami of Ohio University. When she’s not hard at work at YPI, you can find Elana practicing with her dog for agility competitions or hiking in the woods.
Elana can be reached at: Elana@youthprideri.org
Tiffani is YPI’s newest team member! She grew up in Providence and received her double major in Psychology and Health Studies from the University of Rhode Island in 2017. Prior to YPI, Tiffani worked at the University of Rhode Island’s Gender and Sexuality Center as Building Manager where she gained great insight and understanding of the LGBTQ community and its unique needs. Outside of work, Tiffani can be found reading horror novels, painting, relaxing outside, or spending time with her cat!
Tiffani can be reached at: Tiffani@youthprideri.org
Molly Heller, LICSW Clinician/Counselor
Molly Heller is a social worker with a special interest in working with underserved populations. She grew up in Connecticut, received her Masters degree from Simmons School of Social Work, and relocated to Rhode Island in 2005.
Her career has included working with foster children and adoptive families, serving as a supervisor of high risk teens in a residential setting, and establishing and staffing the position of school social worker at a charter school in Cambridge, MA and was the founder of the the school’s GSA.
She has been a clinician at a mental health center in Providence with children, youth and families, and currently works at Youth Pride, Inc. as a clinician serving GLBT youth. With her sister, nearly 30 years ago, she founded a national organization (COLAGE) serving children with GLBT parents.
Molly enjoys being a activist, loves yoga, yearns to travel more, enjoys eating yummy food (or simply talking about food,) adores hanging with her two children and husband, and (more recently) two furry animals. She appreciates art and music and loves working with young people!
Jessica Peters, PhD Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Jess has worked as a clinician at YPI since August of 2016, facilitating the Way Out and Thirteen and Under groups and providing individual counseling services on Thursday evenings. She is originally from the Boston area and obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She moved to Providence to complete her clinical residency and postdoc at Brown University Med School, where she continues to research adolescent emotional functioning. Her specialized clinical training includes helping people manage difficult emotions, decrease risky behavior (like self-harm, substance use), and deal with challenging relationships. She is also an experienced mindfulness teacher. Throughout her clinical career, she has been an advocate for LGBTQ+ issues and is thrilled to be part of the YPI team. When not working, Jess loves creating and experiencing art, reading, inventing new recipes, and hanging out with her cat.
To make an appointment with Jess, speak with staff or use the above email. Individual appointments may be available for walk-ins. Older youth coming in for appointments during the 13 and under time should notify staff that they are here to see Jess.
Michelle Saunders – Chair
Chris Botelho – Vice Chair
Mary Benvenuto – Treasurer
Jennifer Porcelli – Secretary
At Large Members:
Benjamin Chaplin*, Teneka Cooke*, Jeffrey LaValley, Amanda Valentino
* = Youth Members