Sarah Martino, MPA, Deputy 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.
Heather Gaydos, MSW, Reentry Project Manager
Heather received her bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College in 2001 and her master’s degree in macro Social Work at RI College in 2017. 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.
Ashley Truong, Research Assistant
Ashley graduated in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Brown University. Passionate about racial equity and sustainable development work, Ashley joined the CAPAL Scholars and Interns Class of 2016, led Brown University’s GlobeMed chapter, and tutored young children at a local school in Olneyville. During her undergraduate, she interned at various federal agencies, including the RI Department of Health and the USDA Rural Development, and served as a research assistant under Dr. Joseph Braun and Dr. Matthew Mimiaga at Brown’s School of Public Health. Her work in epidemiology and biostatistics culminated in a research project examining HIV risk behavior and minority stress among men who have sex with men in Vietnam during her senior year. Ashley’s research interests include the intersection of substance use and infectious disease, mental illness within correctional health, the cultural confounds of mental illness, and minority health.
Bridget Duffy, Prison and Health VISTA
Bridget received her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences in 2019. Throughout her undergraduate time, she enjoyed getting to know Minneapolis’s diverse community through public health outreach, tutoring youth in literacy programs, being a hospice volunteer, assistant teaching at local elementary schools and family shelters, being a volunteer EMT at her university, and working as a research assistant as Hennepin Health Research Institute. For the past few years, she has enjoyed public speaking at universities and healthcare systems, giving an intimate view into what it can look like for someone to struggle with substance use disorder in hopes to spark discussion/create empathy for how people struggling with drug use are perceived and treated. Her growing passion for the intersection of medicine and the criminal justice system led her to Rhode Island through Americorps after graduating in 2019.
Madi Garvin, Reentry VISTA
Madi earned a bachelor’s degree in historical studies from Bard College in 2017, where she studied the history of medicine and culture in the United States. After graduation, she provided administrative support and assisted with program development at the Center for Advanced Heart Disease at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Her work at the Center focuses on data management for the Rhode Island Reentry Collaborative and support for other reentry projects.