Our Team

Andres Heredia  

Middle School Program Coordinator 

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Andres is currently a first year undergraduate student at Providence College, class of 2023. He is majoring in Political Science, but also wants to double minor in Business Innovation and Public and Community Services Studies. He is passionate about social justice and education equality. Having come from a low income immigrant family, Andres hopes that his education will not only broaden his knowledge in government/law and gain experience in community service, but will give him the power to advocate for people like him. Fun facts about Andres; he surprisingly good at playing the piano and was born in the Domincan Republic. In his spare time you can catch him listening to music or riding his bike.


Danika Bebe 

College Bound Program Coordinator 

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Danika is currently a first year undergraduate student at Providence College,  Class of 2023. While she hasn’t decided on a major yet, she is passionate about finding ways to alter the narrative of how underserved communities think of themselves.  She hopes that her college education will help pave the way for her to help transform these individuals narratives. Danika is surprisingly good at giving herself manicures and prides herself on all the money she is saving by doing it herself. Fun facts about Danika; she has a red belt in taekwondo and only eats tortilla chips with guacamole. In her free time she likes to sing with her three other siblings and she likes to go get coffee especially from Blue State Coffee. 


Carlos Tejada

Bonner Community Fellow

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Carlos is currently a pre-law student at Brown University, he is double majoring in International and Public Affairs and Environmental Studies, he is set to graduate class of 2022.  His education helps him become a more informed citizen of the world. He also has a passion for learning different languages so he can communicate with the world. Here are some fun facts about Carlos; he is surprisingly good at dancing, he is multilingual, he is abnormally flexible, and he has an encyclopedia of random facts about nature or the universe. When he’s not studying for school or working here, he can be found dancing, going on adventures with friends, and binge watching Netflix Shows (he’s always looking for recommendations.)

Emma Heintz

AmeriCorps VISTA

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Emma hails all the way from West Hartford, CT, joining the BTP Team as Brown University Americorps Vista Fellow. She graduated in 2018 from Wheaton College MA with a double major in English and Women’s and Gender Studies. She also studied abroad at DIS – Study Abroad in Scandinavia, in Copenhagen, Denmark. While she always considered herself a feminist, it was after taking her first Women’s and Gender Studies class that she decided to find a career where she could promote equity and equality in American society. Before joining our team, she was the communication intern at Hands On Hartford. When Emma isn’t fighting the patriarchy she collects rubber duckies, knits scarves, and writes poetry.

Jerome Thompson

Middle School Program Director

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Jerome recently grew a beard, he refuses to shave it in fear that it won’t grow back. Jerome’s scholarly look goes beyond face value; he has dedicated his entire career working in the education field. Whether it be from implementing youth programming for community development corporation or as a special education teacher it has been his professional goal to pursue careers that promote social justice, equity, and improve the quality of life of the individuals he encounters. Jerome’s felt this connection to Providence’s youths, having grown up in a low-income family here, he’s committed to making his community a better place. While his passion resides in education, he also enjoys playing football, rugby, and boxing. 

Jeronima Nix

College Bound Program Director

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Jeronima has been a part of the BTP team in a variety of roles in just over two years!  Before joining our team she received her M.A. in Higher Education in Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut to pursue her goals of changing the way education is done in this country. Since then she’s focused her passions into making Providence a better place for its residents, especially after seeing her old neighborhood gentrified. When Jeronima isn’t trying to tear down systems to create an improved one, she is looking for the best concerts to go to, figuring out what presents to get for her niece and nephew, and trying to become a Pokemon master.

Drine Paul 

Executive Director

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Drine is a committed change-agent dedicated to working for youth and elevating their collective power to impact change in their communities. Her passion for Social Justice, Education and Youth Development informs her work and approach to disrupting systems that are ineffective. Before entering her current role with Breakthrough Providence, she served as an AmeriCorps member, Impact Manager and Impact Director with City Year Providence. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Drine enjoys traveling, being in nature, and cozying up to a great book.

Advisory Council 2019-2020

Dacia Read, Chief of Staff, Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Nicole Arias, Office of RI Attorney General

Carrie Bridges Feliz, Director, Community Health Institute Lifespan

Stephen Schweich, Managing Director, Mooreland Partners

Abby Stranahan

Kerri Ullucci, Associate Professor of Education, Roger Williams University 


Allison Gaines Pell, Head of School, The Wheeler School

Michele Sczerbinski DiazDirector of Institutional Advancement, The Wheeler School

Mark Harris, Director, Aerie Program Wheeler School

William Prescott, Former Head of School, Wheeler School

Young Un, Head of Strategic Innovation and N-8 Divisions