Shannon Spurlock, MA, CPS serves as the Director of the Rhode Island Prevention Resource Center (RIPRC). Shannon has over 25 years of experience in the field of prevention and health education. In addition to her leadership role and overseeing the RIPRC team, she is the lead technical assistance provider and prevention content expert at the Center.
Shannon has provided consultation and training on a national, state and local level in the areas of tobacco control and prevention, coalition development, HIV prevention, comprehensive school-based heath, substance use and abuse prevention, peer recovery supports, and violence prevention.
As a Center Associate, Angelique Higgins, BS provides support to the day-to-day operations of the RIPRC, including updating RIPRC.org’s resource library and training calendar. She also supports training and group technical assistance activities by producing evaluation reports.
Angelique received her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health and Wellness, with a concentration in Health Education. Prior to working with the RIPRC, Angelique worked at Rhode Island Hospital as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
As a Center Associate, Priyanka Bhandari, BSc provides support to the day-to-day operations of the RIPRC, including maintaining RIPRC.org’s online and social media presence and assisting with material development. She also supports training and technical assistance activities.
Priyanka received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health. Prior to working with the RIPRC, Priyanka worked at Doctors Without Borders as a communications intern.
As Materials Development Specialist, Deborah Dean, MA designs fact sheets, brochures and other informational print and web-based materials for the various audiences served by the RIPRC, including substance abuse and other prevention providers, community members, parents, caregivers, and educators.
Deborah majored in psychology and social relations at Harvard College, and received her masters degree in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health. She has over 30 years experience in health communications, curriculum design, health literacy and materials development.
Rachel Morse, M.S.H.S. serves as a consultant and provides additional support to the RIPRC website. She holds a Masters Degree of Science in Health Services (M.S.H.S.) with an emphasis in Health/Wellness Promotion. She has 20 years of experience in the public health field around prevention and education, which includes projects on HIV/AIDS, tobacco control, substance use, and cancer prevention and education. In addition, Mrs. Morse is tri-lingual where she fluently speaks English, French, and Haitian Creole.
Stewart Landers, JD, MCP, serves as a Content Specialist for the RIPRC. Recently, he co-led a RIPRC training session for prevention providers, focusing on proposal development and sustainability.
Stewart has been a leader in strategies to increase consumer involvement in both the HIV/AIDS and substance abuse. His content expertise also includes: HIV/AIDS, substance abuse treatment and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health. Stewart serves as an associate editor of the American Journal of Public Health and he also teaches Evaluation of Health Services Programs at Tufts University for their Master in Public Health Program.
In addition to our core team the Rhode Island Prevention Resource Center has access to a wide range of content & technical experts, consultants and trainers available for RIPRC projects and to help meet the prevention training, technical assistance and capacity building needs in Rhode Island.