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
Ms. 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, Sports, 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 25 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 96-year-old mother to keep her from getting too set in her ways.
Joharlen Carvajal
Director of Student Support Services
Joharlen oversees student services and wellness at Charette. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rhode Island College before beginning her career working with families and children. She has many years of experience working with individuals as an agent of support and guidance. 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 assist her students in breaking those barriers and becoming 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 and serves on the board of directors for Grand Flourish, a non- profit organization in RI . What she loves most about Charette is supporting and encouraging students to face their challenges and appreciate their progress. Joharlen is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in School Counseling at Providence College and hopes to continue inspiring students to be the best they can be.
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
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. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, photography and a blend of sports.
Amy Tucker
School Nurse/COVID-19 Coordinator
Amy Tucker, RN, holds an Associate's Degree in Nursing from the Community College of Rhode Island.
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.
Silvino Escaler
Building Mitigation
Sobeida Villanueva
Natalif Rodriguez
Food Services