Policy Board

The Public Safety Grant Administration Office Policy Board meets a minimum of four times a year to review and approve planning and grant funding recommendations from various advisory committees and the Steering Committee. In this fashion, the Policy Board and Steering Committee ensure the strategic planning and coordination of all the aforementioned grant programs administered by the Public Safety Grant Administration Office as well as to develop criminal justice system policies and priorities.


  • Major Michael Quinn - Chair
    Director, Johnson & Wales University - Campus Safety & Security
  • Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell
    Superintendent, Rhode Island State Police
  • Honorable Peter F. Kilmartin
    Rhode Island Attorney General
  • Honorable Alice B. Gibney
    Presiding Justice, Rhode Island Superior Court
  • Maria Montanaro
    Director, Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities& Hospitals
  • Brother Brendan Gerrity
    Ocean Tides
  • Daniel Beardsley
    Directory, Rhode Island League of Cities & Towns
  • Mary S. McElroy, Esq.
    Rhode Island Public Defender
  • Honorable Jeanne E. Lafazia
    Chief Judge, Rhode Island District Court
  • Colonel Hugh Clements
    President, Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association
  • Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott
    Director, Rhode Island Department of Health
  • Melba Depena-Affigne
    Director, Rhode Island Department of Human Services
  • Honorable Paul A. Suttell
    Chief Justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court
  • Jonathan Houston
    Executive Director, Justice Assistance
  • Jack Chartier
    Rhode Island State Fire Marshal
  • Honorable Haiganush R. Bedrosian
    Chief Judge, Rhode Island Family Court
  • TBD
    Director, Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families
  • A.T. Wall
    Director, Rhode Island Department of Corrections
  • Robert O'Neil
    Private Citizen Member
  • Vacant
    Private Citizen Member
  • Chief Vincent Vespia, Jr.
    South Kingstown Police Department
  • Carl Weinberg
    Private Citizen Member
  • Deborah DeBare
    Executive Director, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Barbara Cottam
    Chair, Rhode Island Board of Education
  • Daniel J. Knight, Sr.
    Associate Professor, Salve Regina University