Board of Directors

President

Lauren Yabut
Term ends 2023

lyabut@charlesgateapts.net

Lauren Yabut

Lauren J Yabut, LICSW, NASW member since 2014 and recipient of the 2017 Social Worker of the Year award in aging, is thrilled to begin her term as president of the NASW-RI chapter. Lauren has served the elderly and disabled populations of RI via the provision of stable housing, social services, assisted living, and long term care since 1999 at Charlesgate in Providence. She has served as the administrator of Charlesgate Nursing Center and currently serves as the administrator of Charlesgate Senior Living Center. She believes that provision of stable housing and quality health care services are the keys to maintaining success in community living for marginalized and under-served populations.

When not working, Lauren enjoys gardening, outdoor living, and spending time with her husband of 24 years and their two teenage children.

Vice President

Nicole O’Brien
Term ends 2023


Nicole O'Brien

Nicole O’Brien, LICSW – BSW from Providence College; MSW from Boston College. Clinical Social Worker for Lifespan (Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital) from 2011-2020. Mrs. O’Brien currently serves on the Board of the NASW-RI Chapter as Vice President, and previously served as Secretary and Board-at-Large Member. She was previously chair of the Health Care Settings Committee. Member of NASW since 2011.





Secretary

Maria Friedman
Term ends 2024

Maria Friedman

Maria Friedman, MSW. Maria has a Bachelor's of Individualized Studies in Cultural Studies, Leadership, and Psychology with a Minor in Spanish from University of Minnesota and a MSW from Rhode Island College. Maria currently serves on the Board of the NASW-RI Chapter as Secretary, and previously served as the MSW student representative. Maria has worked on both micro and macro levels, ranging from providing counseling and case management to clients at RI Free Clinic, working on youth development at Boys and Girls Club, working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence as a Law Enforcement Advocate, and now working in the field of non-profit leadership at RI Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (RIHCC). As the Organizational Development and Intern Coordinator at RIHCC, Maria works behind the scenes to ensure that the organization is adapting its programs, services, protocols, and vision to meet the complex needs of Hispanic entrepreneurs and businesses throughout RI. In addition, she has the pleasure of recruiting, training, and supervising student interns and volunteers working on various projects from colleges around RI. Maria's true passion lies in macro level work, helping groups, organizations, and communities reach their full capacity through increased partnership, team cohesion, and innovation while working to address economic, environmental, and racial injustice.

Board Members


Jamilla Allouane
Term ends 2023

Jamilla Allouane

Jamila Allouane, LICSW, is passionate, committed, and dedicated to social justice including access to care for individuals with marginalized identities, and increasing the training of BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) in the field of social work. She graduated with a master's degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles, a master's degree in Communication Studies from the University of Bordeaux, France, and a bachelor of arts in Communication Studies from the University of Algiers, Algeria.

Jamila is currently a psychotherapist at Counseling and Psychological services at Brown University in Providence, RI. Prior to Brown, Jamila worked in community mental health clinics and hospitals including Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Mental Health Association in Maryland, and Day One, RI. She has an extensive background working with survivors of trauma including sexual assault survivors, intimate partner violence, and refugee and political asylum populations. She has been serving on the NASW-RI board for the past three years. She is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.

Matthew Gunnip
Term ends 2024


Matthew Gunnip

SCHOOLS ATTENDED & DEGREES EARNED: 

CCRI, URI & RIC

B.A. Psychology (URI)

M.S.W  (RIC)

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT & FIELD OF PRACTICE:

DCYF - Social Caseworker since 2005

PREVIOUS INVOLVEMENT WITH THE RHODE ISLAND CHAPTER:

MSW Representative; Board Member 


Other Roles:

President, Local 580, SEIU, AFL-CIO: Rhode Alliance of Social Service Employees

Terry Peck
Term ends 2022

service@tpecktherapy.com

Randia Dickerson
Term ends 2024

My name is Randia M. Dickerson, I’m originally from Detroit, Michigan and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Rhode Island. I obtained both my Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees from Rhode Island College School of Social Work. My values as a clinician strongly align with advocacy, social justice, dignity and showing up for those that otherwise would be alone on the road to improved mental health. I am currently working as a Clinical Social Worker at Bradley Hospital on the Adolescent Inpatient Unit, I am an Outpatient Clinician at Next Step Counseling RI, and an Adjunct Faculty at Rhode Island in the role of MSW off-site supervisor, providing supervision to BSW students during their senior year field work. Member of the NASW-RI since 2021. 


Donald Laliberte
Term ends 2023

dlaliberte@gmail.com


MSW Student Representative 

Cameron Landry

Term ends 2024

Cameron Landry

Cameron joins the Board as the MSW graduate student seat. He is currently attending his alma mater, Rhode Island College. In 2020 he graduated with a BA in Psychology, and a BS in Addiction Studies. Cameron is a queer man who is pursuing his education in counseling and policy work, to one day be a clinician and advocate for queer and trans* folks.




BSW Student Representative

Luisa Vasquez

Term ends 2024

Luisa Vasquez

Luisa Vasquez is a rising senior at Providence College, who is double majoring in Social Work and Spanish. She was born and raised in Guatemala, and moved to the United States at the age of twelve. Her interest in Social Work began during the spring of 2019 when she had the opportunity to have an inspiring conversation with a social worker regarding their career. Luisa is very passionate about giving back to her community. She has been interested in assisting those in need since she was very young. During the year, she always finds volunteering opportunities to connect with her community.