Administration and Staff

Kathy Vespia
Executive Director
Dr. Vespia serves as Executive Director. She has a passion for community-led innovation and design thinking. She has created community living options for children, pioneered a local arts center, and designed educational programs aboard one of RI’s premiere tall ships. As Chair of the Education program at Salve Regina University, Dr. Vespia spearheaded the introduction of technology and induction coaching to promote teaching and learning. As a former psychologist at the MET high school, she witnessed the power of self-directed, personalized experiential learning. Leveraging this experience, she designed a new successful alternative secondary program in Attleboro, MA. Born and educated in Providence, she is committed to the future of our city and, especially, to the youth of Charette, who will shape it for generations to come. She has a special place in her heart for Providence and it was a natural choice for the home of the first Urban Planning and Historic Preservation high school in the United States. Born in Providence, she attended high school a short walk from Charette spending many an afternoon exploring the sights and sounds of this design city. When she is not land locked you might find her at the helm of a tall ship for sail training. She sailed on the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry to Cuba in 2017 and wants all of her students to follow their passions and become life-long learners.
Carol Martin
Organization and Planning
Mrs. Martin earned her bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from the University of Rhode Island and her master's degree in Secondary Administration at Providence College. As a life-long educator, she has experience as a high school math teacher, middle school principal, high school principal, district administrator and adjunct professor preparing college students for a career in teaching. Here at Charette, she works closely with Dr. Vespia and the entire team; building a strong school community that focuses on our students' academic and personal growth. Outside of school, Mrs. Martin lives with her husband and her thirteen year old rescue lab mix Waverly. She has many interests, but enjoys most spending time with family and friends.
Jill Holloway
Jill is the School Counselor and wears a lot of hats! On top of working on College & Career Planning with Ms. Claribel, she coordinates the school lunches, the ACN courses (college and community classes for credit), transcript analysis, data reporting to RIDE and supporting many other projects. She moved to Providence to help start the Met School 26 years ago, and went on to also start-up Year Up Providence, the RI Adult Education PD Center and Charette. She loves solving problems with this great team of Charette staff and supporting students in finding opportunities. She also has 3 grandchildren and a 98-year-old mother to keep her from getting too set in her ways.
Joharlen Estevez
Director of Student Support Services
Joharlen has been at Charette since it’s grand opening in the fall of 2018. She strives to build an inclusive and culturally responsive school culture and is responsible for the delivery of social an emotional support. Joharlen earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rhode Island College before beginning her career working with families and children. Being a first generation college graduate she understands the importance of an education in breaking the generational cycle of poverty. “My parents told me I was capable, and I was.” It is her hope to help her students break barriers and become beacons of hope in their families and communities. In addition to her many duties at Charette, she volunteers as a RI Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in state foster care. She has made it her life’s mission to help children gain equal opportunities to succeed. Joharlen is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in School Counseling at Providence College and hopes to continue inspiring student’s to believe that “yes you can!” ¡Si se puede!
Claribel Crews
Career and College Planning
Claribel Crews is the Career and College Planning Counselor for Charette High School. Claribel is a first-generation student who graduated from RIC with a Bachelors in K-12 Special Education and from Providence College with a Masters in Education, M.Ed. As an Afro-Latina woman, she became an educator because she believes representation matters, especially in the classroom! She is passionate about working with her students and their families to ensure success. As well as continuing to be an amazing wife, mom/stepmom to her four children and makes sure they have a positive relationship with their academics. During her free time, she is reading, crafting, and spending time with her family!
Carolyn Taylor
Special Education Director/MLL Coordinator
Carolyn Taylor holds her master's degree in Multicultural Urban Special Education Administration and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educating Students with Autism. She comes to us with experience as a Special Educator, MLL Administrator and a Special Education Director. She also has extensive experience in writing Federal grants, Title IA Administration and overseeing IDEA requirements. She has two grown daughters who are both artists. She enjoys traveling to visit with them and reading the classics.
Sue Grundy
Technology Support Specialist/Athletics Coordinator
Sue Grundy is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration and a minor in German Studies. She has held a technology support role since 2004 in Higher Education and Adult Education settings before arriving at Charette in the summer of 2021. She holds a Google Apps for Education Administrator Certification, managing the one-to-one Google Chromebooks inventory for our students, among many other tech responsibilities at Charette. She has also taken on the role of Athletics Coordinator, handling eligibility for student athletes. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, photography and a blend of sports.
Adelaida Sanchez
Our beloved Adelaida is the receptionist at Charette. She is the first person you see when you enter the building and the last person you see on your way out. She provides excellent administrative support while tending to her front desk duties. Anyone who encounters her would describe her as warm and welcoming and truly a kind soul. Adelaida is always ready to assist when needed! When she is not in school she enjoys spending time with her twin daughters Selenia, Oceana, and son Ahriahs.
Santa Esponisa
Special Projects Assistant
Santa Espinosa has worked in education for over 14 years. Prior to that she worked in finances for 17 years. At Charette High School, Santa is the Special Projects Assistant. You can find her helping with recruitment, enrollment, credit recovery, afterschool support and helping with students and families in any areas of need. If you are ever in need feel free to reach out to Santa and she will answer any questions you have with a smile! She has lived in Providence her whole life! At home she spends time with her husband of 25 years and her two children; Ruby and Ruben. She is in love with the city of Providence and knows so much of the rich history in our small state.
Susana Miranda
RN/School Nurse
Suzie is our devoted School Nurse who first earned her Associates degree in Nursing from New England Institute of Technology March of 2016 and went on to receive her Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Rhode Island May 2019. Suzie is a first-generation college graduate who pursued her college education as an adult all while juggling life as a mom and wife. She believes in the importance of education, lifetime learning and success in young adults and hopes her story can be an inspiration to her students. Her nursing career has been primarily in community health serving the population of Providence, RI before taking on a new role in School Nursing December 2021. Her passion is to foster an inclusive, safe environment, where students can feel comfortable to discuss any issues or concerns they may have. As a mom of a high school student, she and understands firsthand the issues many teens face during their high school years. She is also a devoted wife and truly enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Sobeida Villanueva
Natalif Rodriguez
Food Services