Meet the Staff
Lt. John Reis (Retired) - P.A.V.E. President/Founder
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Sue has a Bachelor of Science degree in
Human Development and Family Studies from the University
of Rhode Island.
My 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
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
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 is 28 year veteran of the
high school classroom, a former Teacher of the Year for
creating the anti-bullying
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
This summer, her
lessons for teens go public as she offers the first of a
series of motivational seminars for recent high school
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.