André comes to the Child Welfare Institute, armed with a lifelong passion for learning, and a belief in the transformative power of education. His formal schooling includes a Bachelor of Arts, with a concentration in Photography, earned at Rhode Island College in May, 1993. He also obtained a Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, with a concentration in College Student Personnel, from the University of Rhode Island in May, 2006.
Since 1994, André has worked for the State of Rhode Island, first as a Juvenile Program Worker at the Rhode Island Training School, followed by an eleven year stint as a Probation and Parole Officer II in the Department of Children, Youth and Families and, most recently, as a Probation and Parole Officer II for the Department of Corrections, Adult Investigation Unit.
While the day-to-day duties of these professional experiences slightly differed in scope, each role was enhanced by André's open method of communication, used to develop personal relationships and gain trust. It is this same style of active listening and spirited discussion that André brings to his duties at the Child Welfare Institute, as Clinical Training Specialist and co-chair of the Fathers and Family Network.André's specific areas of interest and expertise include:
André welcomes opportunities to collaborate with stakeholders and partners in human services.