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Lt. John Reis (Retired) - P.A.V.E. President/Founder

Lt. John Reis (retired) of the Partnership to Address Violence through EducationLt. John Reis (Retired) was with the Providence Police Department for 18 years, working in the Patrol, Narcotics, Vice, Homicide, and he eventually became Commander of the Youth Services Bureau after obtaining the ranks of Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant and Detective Lieutenant.

Lt. Reis orchestrated many new initiatives throughout his career within the Providence Police Department.  He developed the first ever Community Intervention Team which led to the initial placement of School Resource Officers and the first Gang Unit established in the department.  In addition, Lt. Reis was responsible for the first ever Community Policing storefront in the Olneyville section of Providence.

Lt. Reis was instrumental in introducing several gang prevention and intervention initiatives to the City of Providence, including the GREAT program, operation Great Choice and SWOOP (Street Warriors Organization of Peace), a football league solely comprised of opposing gang members. SWOOP was organized with the assistance of Officer Michael Wheeler and Retried Sergeant Timothy Patterson.

For all of his dedicated work with the Providence Police Department, Lt. Reis was a two-time recipient of the Police Officer of the Year award and received numerous letters of commendation and other awards for outstanding service to the community.

Upon retirement, Lt. Reis spent several years concentrating his efforts on educating parents, youth, law enforcement and the community in the areas of gang prevention and intervention.  During this time, he was appointed the first ever Crime Prevention Specialist for the state by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who was then Rhode Island State Attorney General. 

In 2007, Lt. Reis founded P.A.V.E., a non-profit organization, to address the ever-growing incidence of bullying and violence among youth in schools and the community.  Since the inception of the program, Lt. Reis has addressed thousands of youth in schools throughout the state, providing interactive assemblies and classes on bullying and youth violence and cyber bullying.   He has presented to hundreds of adults, including parents, teachers, principals and fellow officers in several formats, including workshops, community meetings and the municipal police training academy.   

Lt. Reis has had a great impact on all those who have participated in his lectures, workshops, classes and assemblies.  He is driven by his passion to educate children and families on how to stay safe and “draw the line” on cyber bullying, bullying and violence.

Sue Taglianetti - Operations Director

Sue Tagilanetti is the Operations Director of PAVESue officially began working as P.A.V.E. Operations Director in February 2011.  With almost 20 years experience in Human Services, Substance Abuse Prevention and Grants Administration and Management, Sue plays a role in the day-to-day operations of P.A.V.E.  Although only working for P.A.V.E. for several months, she has collaborated with Lt. Reis and P.A.V.E. (in previous positions with the YWCA Greater Rhode Island and the Silver Lake Community Center) on the development and implementation of several grants for victims of bullying and hate crimes. 

Sue has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island.  

Kobi Dennis

Hello Everyone!

Kobi Dennis of the Partnerhip to Address through ViolenceMy name is Kobi Jason Dennis. I was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. I am the proud father of three beautiful children and happily married to the woman of my dreams.

My human services positions include: Teacher Assistant, Providence, RI, Athletic Director, BGC/PHA Providence, RI, Maryland Job Corps, Randallstown, Md., Residential Camp Director, Charleston, RI., Greene County Residential Living, Dayton, OH., Partnership to Address Violence through Education, Providence, RI.

In the fall of 2008 I became partners with the founder of the non-profit street savvy, bullying program, PAVE. Alongside of my business partner Lt. (retired) John Reis, I have been able to reach and positively impact the lives of thousands of “at risk” youth personally and electronically.

I am extremely fortunate to have fulfilled my life’s dream by inspiring others. My lofty ambition and acumen will allow me to serve and provide for many years to come.

Steve Bernard - Educator

Just over twenty years ago, Steve Bernard, of Bristol, R.I., was a high school football player who said he commanded respect with the way he carried himself in the halls of his high school. For one student, though, Steve said he was a nightmare. He said he would push the schoolmate into lockers and even threw a few punches. He said he didn't really understand what he was doing.

However, that changed in 1988 when that student Steve said he had bullied ,shot him in the head. Steve said friends had to tell him what had happened. He said they watched as the student confronted him, pulled the trigger and watched as he collapsed.

The shooting left Steve paralyzed on the left side of his body. He now spends his time going into schools throughout Rhode Island to educate high school students about the tragic consequences bullying can potentially have on both victims
Marianne Douglas - Web Designer

Marianne is 28 year veteran of the high school classroom, a former Teacher of the Year for creating the anti-bullying leadership/success program Strategies for Success.  She has been named a RI Distinguished Educator, national finalist in the Cable in the Classroom Leaders in Learning and is the recipient of Special Congressional Recognition by the United States Senate. 

She helped write the Kaleidoscope Theatre play "High School BULLY" using lessons from the Strategies for Success program which won the Justice Award from the Attorney General's office and appears in the play portraying the teacher.  She Co-Chaired the Anti-Bullying Summit Planning Committee for Rhode Island in the fall of 2010.

She travels the country providing professional development seminars for teachers and principals, most recently presenting a seminar at the  annual National Association of Secondary School Principals Conference in San Francisco based on her book for teachers "When Am I Ever Going to Use This? 75 Teaching Tips to Survive and Thrive in the High School Classroom".

This summer, her lessons for teens go public as she offers the first of a series of motivational seminars for recent high school graduates - Success for Life 101: A How-To Guide for Life After High School in the Rhode Island area.

Marianne designs and maintains web sites for a variety of clients to help support her work in spreading the Strategies for Success program throughout the country.  She was nominated in 2010 as a hero for The Oprah Winfrey Show for her work with teens.

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