Board Members

The Rhode Island Parole Board is made up of one full-time chairperson and six part-time members. Parole Board members are appointed by and report to the governor and may be reappointed. Four of the members must meet the following qualifications:

  • member of law enforcement
  • psychiatrist/psychologist
  • experience in social work/corrections
  • attorney in good standing

Laura Pisaturo was first appointed as full-time chairperson of the Parole Board in 2014 by Governor Lincoln Chafee and reappointed by Governor Gina Raimondo. Chairperson Pisaturo is a seasoned attorney and advocate previously working as a civil litigator, criminal prosecutor and as director of victim advocacy in the non-profit sector. She has also practiced law independently in her own law firm where she worked in a variety of legal issues in family law, estates & probate, personal injury and criminal defense.

In addition to chairing the parole board, Ms. Pisaturo currently serves on the board of directors for Mentor RI, the Justinian Law Society of Rhode Island, and as a member of the RI Bar Association House of Delegates. She teaches as an adjunct to the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program at The University of Rhode Island and previously taught in the Administration of Justice Department at Salve Regina University. Other government appointments include 2021 Legislative Commission to Study Reducing Incarceration of Women, 2016 Legislative Commission to Study the Use of Solitary Confinement, 2015 Governor’s Justice Reinvestment Working Group, Rhode Island Supreme Court Disciplinary Board, City of Warwick Planning Board and the Rhode Island Commission on Prejudice and Bias.

Chairperson Pisaturo has worked on a number child welfare, LGBTQ community rights and other social justice issues and has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by The University of Rhode Island, in addition to recognitions by the National Organization for Italian American Women, YWCA Rhode Island, Justinian Law Society of Rhode Island (Pro Bono Publico award), and as Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly 2014 Lawyer of the Year.

Victoria M. Almeida is an attorney and principal in the law firm of Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. of Providence and Boston. She serves as the attorney-designee to the Parole Board,  and has also been designated by the chairperson as the Board's vice-chairperson. Ms. Almeida has held several terms on the Rhode Island Parole Board, beginning in 1984 when she was appointed by Governor J. Joseph Garrahy; and has been reappointed at various times by Governors Carcieri, Chafee and Raimondo. She is currently the longest serving member of the Board.  Ms. Almeida has a record of public service having been the first women in RI history to be appointed Assistant Executive Counsel to the Governor.

As the former president of the Rhode Island Bar Association, attorney Almeida is a frequent lecturer and author of various publications on trial techniques, legal ethics and has been recognized by numerous civic and charitable groups for her commitment to public service and the community. She received the distinguished Dorothy Lohmann Community Service Award from the RI Bar Association for her volunteer work on behalf of persons with disabilities. She remains on the Bar Association’s House of Delegates committee and the editorial board of the RI Bar Journal.

Ms. Almeida also currently serves as Chairperson of the RI Health Services Council, the advisory board to the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health. Other board service has included Dorcas Place, St. Antoine Residence of the Diocese of Providence, St. Mary’s Academy Bay View, and the Diocesan Catholic School Board for the Diocese of Providence.

Bonita G. Cade, PhD, JD is an Associate Professor at Roger Williams University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Psychology. She was first appointed to the parole board in 2016 by Governor Gina Raimondo and re-appointed by Governor Dan McKee in 2021 to serve as the board’s psychologist-designee.

Professor Cade earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan (1974), a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois (1976), a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa (1981) and law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis Missouri (1982). She is a member of the bar in Missouri, New York, and Massachusetts, licensed to practice law and psychology in Massachusetts.

Dr. Cade has practiced both family and criminal law. She has served as guardian ad litem, a Care and Protection Investigator for the Family Court and for the Juvenile and District Courts in Massachusetts. While in private practice as a psychologist she has evaluated criminal defendants, served as a divorce mediator, investigated allegations of sexual abuse, and worked with adults, adolescents, and children. Dr. Cade has also worked as a Forensic Psychologist in the Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Center in Goshen, New York and at Malcolm Bliss Mental Health Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Marilyn Cepeda Sanchez has served as the Vice President and General Manager of Access Employment of RI, Inc. since 1993, an employment-placement agency in Providence. She is also a member of the City of Providence's Board of Parks Commissioners and has volunteered with a variety of community organizations for over 30 years.

Ms. Cepeda has an associate degree in accounting from the Community College of Rhode Island and a bachelor’s degree in human-resource management from Johnson & Wales University. She was appointed to the parole board in 2017 by Governor Gina Raimondo.

Anne Nolan, PhD, M.Ed. is the former President and CEO of Crossroads Rhode Island, the largest homeless services organization in Rhode Island. She earned a Doctor of Education from the University of Illinois, a Master of Education from McGill University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Westfield State College. Dr. Nolan also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Rhode Island.

Prior to her work at Crossroads, Dr. Nolan served as Principal Consultant with Cumberland Consulting, as a Vice President with Fluor Daniel GTI, and a Senior Vice President with Fleet Financial Group. Nolan previously served as a Board member of both the Highland Charter School/Dunn Institute and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she has worked with the Rhode Island Hospital’s Community Affairs Committee, the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, and The Village for Families & Children, Inc., in Hartford, CT.

Dr. Nolan was first appointed to the parole board by Governor Lincoln Chafee in 2011. She was re-appointed to serve on the board by Governor Gina Raimondo in 2016 and again in 2019. In addition to her work on the parole board, Dr. Nolan also serves as the chairperson of the Rhode Island Housing Resources Commission, created by the legislature to be the State's planning and policy, standards, and programs agency for housing issues.

Oscar Perez is a Major with the Providence Police Department and the commanding officer of the Administrative Division. He was first appointed to the parole board in 2016 by Governor Gina Raimondo and serves as the law enforcement-designee to the board.

Major Perez was born in Medellin, Colombia and spent his childhood in his native country until the age of fourteen when he departed for the USA; he attended both middle and high school in the city of Providence. Ten years later, he was appointed to the Providence Police Department as a Patrol officer on May 13, 1994. During the past 28 years Major Perez has served in Patrol, Detectives (Youth Services Unit), Intelligence/Special Services, Gang Intervention Unit, Neighborhood Response Team, Community Police Bureau, the Narcotics and Organized Crime Bureau, Office of professional responsibility, Commanding Officer of the community relations bureau, the Providence Police training academy, and the Administrative Division.

With a commitment to public safety, community service and devotion to duty, Major Perez has earned several awards and recognitions during his honorable career including the Mayor’s Award, FBI Award, Chief’s Award, and the Fraternal Order of Police Award.

A graduate of The Harvard Kennedy school for senior executives in state and local government and PERF’s senior management institute class of 2016, Perez also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in the Administration of Justice from Roger Williams University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Boston University.

Peter Slom, LICSW, recently retired after 25 years of service with the Department of Children, Youth and Families for the State of Rhode Island. He has served as an associate director of the Rhode Island Training School (RITS), the State’s juvenile detention center, and in 2018 became the Department’s Associate Director/Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Liaison. He was appointed to the Parole Board in 2021 by Governor Dan McKee (as the board’s designee in social work/corrections) and he is the first formerly incarcerated person appointed to serve on the Rhode Island Parole Board.

Mr. Slom earned his undergraduate degree from Providence College (1978) and his Master of Social Work Degree from Rhode Island College (1996) as well as completing the University of Rhode Island’s Substance Use Certification Program in 1994. From 2004-2006, he chaired the Right to Vote campaign that successfully worked to allow individuals on probation or parole the right to vote in all elections.

Currently Vice President of the Board of Directors of the WARM Center in Westerly, Peter also serves on the Board of Directors for the Re-entry Campus Program. He has received numerous community awards including the 2021 Ocean Tides LaSallian Service Award, the 2020-2021 Social Worker of the Year-Addictions from National Association of Social Workers (RI Chapter) and the 2020 RI Parent Support Network Prevention Partner of the Year. In addition to his service on the Parole Board, Mr. Slom manages a private counseling practice focusing on substance use disorders, mental health, and anger management.