Shannon Spurlock, MA, CPS serves as a Co-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.
Rachel Morse, MSHS, CPS serves as a Co-Director of the Rhode Island Prevention Resource Center (RIPRC). In her leadership role, Ms. Morse serves as the liaison for training providers and manages all facets of training provision. She also provides TA and budget management. She holds a Master’s Degree of Science in Health Services (M.S.H.S.) with an emphasis in Health/Wellness Promotion. Ms. Morse is also a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS). She has over 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, Ms. Morse is tri-lingual where she fluently speaks English, French, and Haitian Creole.
Angelique Croce (she/her), MS, CPS serves as the evaluator for RIPRC, supporting RIPRC’s efforts to assess and evaluate the outcomes of its training and technical assistance by coordinating with the Community Research and Services Team (CRST) at the University of Rhode Island. She also leads the biannual implementation of RIPRC’s needs assessment and workforce development survey to better understand the behavioral health and prevention environment in Rhode Island.
Angelique received her masters degree in Healthcare Administration from Salve Regina University. She came to the RIPRC from a direct patient care background, providing care to high-acuity medical-surgical patients. She has 13 years of experience working with individuals experiencing substance use disorder, including in direct patient care and on training and technical assistance (TTA) and research and evaluation projects.
As a Center Associate, Hannah Meharg, BS, BA provides support to the day-to-day operations of the RIPRC, including maintaining RIPRC.org’s online presence, developing e-newsletters, and assisting with material development. She also supports training and technical assistance activities.
Hannah received her bachelor’s degree in Integrative Physiology and Ethnic Studies. Prior to working with the RIPRC, Hannah worked as a direct care counselor at a group home for young adults.
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.
Hannah Zweig, BS serves as a Project Associate at the RIPRC. She supports the day-to-day operations of the RIPRC, as well as its training and technical assistance activities.
Hannah received her bachelor’s degree in Public Health and International Affairs from George Washington University. Previously, Hannah worked as an intern at the Sabin Vaccine Institute in their Vaccine Acceptance & Demand program, and was a contact tracer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
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.
In the event of a mental health or substance use crisis, call to connect with a licensed counselor, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bilingual support and medications to assist with recovery are available.