Brad Brockmann JD MDiv, Executive Director
Brad Brockmann, the Center’s first Executive Director, received his bachelor’s degree in Asian History and Chinese from Brown University and his Juris Doctor (cum laude) from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor. Brad worked as a Wall Street lawyer for many years before moving to Mexico City in 1998 to work at an AIDS hospice. He also did human rights work in Chiapas, Mexico. Brad returned to the US to attend Episcopal Divinity School in 2000 and received a Master of Divinity degree in 2004. For several years he worked as an itinerant preacher and educator for Partakers, a faith-based not-for-profit that strives to educate the public about prisoner rights and prison reform. From 2004 to 2010, Brad worked as a civil rights attorney with Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts, a public interest law firm that provides free civil legal services to the Commonwealth’s prisoners. He taught Social Ethics and Contemporary Moral Issues at Suffolk University as well as a graduate-level course at the Boston Theological Institute that examined punishment in the US through ethical, sociological, and theological lenses.
Heather Gaydos, Reentry Project Manager
Heather received her bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College in 2001 and is currently finishing her master’s degree in macro Social Work at RI College, with an anticipated May 2017 completion. Heather’s passion for social justice and racial equity has grown throughout her past 15 years of working at community-based organizations in Providence, RI. Prior to joining the Center, Heather worked for 8 years as the Director of Employment & Education Services at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, and for 4 years as the Education Coordinator at Groundwork Providence. She has extensive experience working as both a program administrator and direct service provider for justice-involved and high-risk populations, and she draws upon that experience in her work at the Center building a strategic, community-based and statewide prisoner reentry system for Rhode Island.
Alexandria Macmadu, ScM, Senior Research Assistant
Alexandria graduated from Brown University in 2014 with a bachelor’s in Ethics. In 2015, she earned her master’s in Behavioral and Social Sciences from the Brown University School of Public Health. As an undergraduate, Alexandria served as a research assistant for Dr. Kelly K. Gurka on a study exploring the acceptability of overdose education and naloxone distribution programs to non-medical prescription opioid (NMPO) users in West Virginia. As a graduate student, Alexandria served as a research assistant for Dr. Brandon Marshall on a study investigating transitions to injection drug use among young NMPO users in Rhode Island. Alexandria has also served as a volunteer for Preventing Overdose and Naloxone Intervention (PONI); as a volunteer, Alexandria trained dozens of incarcerated individuals to recognize and appropriately respond to overdose. Alexandria’s interests include the epidemiology of NMPO use and overdose, approaches to reducing overdose risk at prison release, and the intersection of incarceration, drug use, and infectious disease.
Sarah Martino, MPA, Project Director
Sarah completed her bachelor’s degree in Literature in 2007 at Bard College, and her master’s in Public Administration at New York University in 2012. While at Bard, Sarah developed a passion for the rights of incarcerated individuals as a volunteer with the Bard Prison Initiative. She incorporated her interest in criminal justice reform into her graduate coursework, culminating with a capstone project on the intersection of food security and incarceration in New York City. Prior to joining the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, Sarah worked with the Center for Court Innovation in New York where she provided technical assistance to court-based practitioners developing specialized responses to domestic violence, wrote policy papers, and managed the implementation of multiple Department of Justice grants. Previous roles have included serving as Board Chair for SAFER, a volunteer-run organization dedicated to improving university responses to sexual violence, and as communications assistant for a private foundation.