Formerly known as the Afterschool Leadership Circle, the Rhode Island Afterschool Network (RIAN) was founded in 2002 through the vision of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and supported by United Way of Rhode Island.

RIAN is one of 50 Statewide Afterschool Networks throughout the country supported by C.S. Mott, and together we work to develop partnerships and initiatives that increase educational opportunities, for all children, outside of the traditional school day.

RIAN envisions a Rhode Island that maximizes how, when, and where children and youth learn to ensure their success. To accomplish this goal, we lead policy, practice, and systems changes so that community and school-based learning and youth development opportunities are aligned for student success.

Executive Committee Members

  • Marisa Albanese, Manager, Community and Customer Management, RI National Grid, Executive Committee Chair
  • Terry Curtin, Executive Director, Connecting for Children and Families
  • Adrienne Gagnon, Executive Director, Downcity Design
  • Michael Grady, Deputy Director, Annenberg Institute for School Reform
  • Maryclaire Knight, Owner, Knight Consulting
  • Joe Kowalski, Community Volunteer
  • Jael Lopes, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Providence School Department
  • Jan Mermin, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Manager & Expanded Learning Opportunity Specialist, RI Department of Education
  • Hillary Salmons, Executive Director, Providence After School Alliance
  • Jim Hoyt, Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket

Our National Partners


Our Rhode Island Partners