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TEN MEN In Action

Meet The Men

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John Youte is the Director of Outreach, Admissions and Student Services at Year Up and has over 15 years of experience in career/social services. Youte is fluent in Haitian-Creole.

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W. Scott Walker, MD, FACOG, is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Ob-Gyn Associates. He graduated from Harvard University and received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. Walker is fluent in Spanish.

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Rev. Don Anderson was raised in Cranston, Rhode Island and is an Executive Minister at the Rhode Island State Council of Churches.

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Rilwan Feyisitan is the Director of Program Operations at Community Action Partnership of Providence. He graduated from Roger Williams University in 1999 and has since been a prominent advocate for community and youth health.

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Edgar Moya is the Account Executive at Telemundo Providence. He graduated from the INTERAMERICAN University of Puerto Rico with a degree in Accounting in Science in Business in 1999 and a Science in Business (Accounting) degree at CCRI. Moya is fluent in Spanish.

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Rafael Zapata is the Associate Vice President/Chief Diversity Officer at Providence College. He is fluent in Spanish and has been involved in diversity and cultural work at both Swarthmore College and Providence College since 2002.

Rev. Olusegun Martins is a pastor at Salem Gospel Mission International in Providence, Rhode Island. He received his Doctor of Ministry at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling in 2014. He has previously received his Bachelor of Theology, Master of Arts in Theology, and Master of Religion.

Jay Gotra is the CEO at Alliance Security, Inc. He lives in Providence, RI. Gotra graduated from UMass Dartmouth and was previously CEO of VMS Alarms.

Travis Escobar is the Scholarships and Special Grants Administrator at the Rhode Island Foundation. He attended Rhode Island College and has been involved in non-profit work since 2012 at The Providence Plan and Inspiring Minds until he joined the Rhode Island Foundation earlier this year.

Why I joined TEN MEN...

"As a father of a six-year-old daughter, I am here to stand beside her to assure that she will not live in a culture where violence is the norm. We as men must become agents of change to spread the message to men in our state. This cause needs all of our efforts and advocacy to change mindsets of a culture that limits us and promotes violence against those we love dearly." - John Youte

"I've literally held men as they have broken down in tears reflecting on their role as abusers. They see their sons and grandsons going down the same path they set for them as their role model. I now stand shoulder to shoulder with some of them in answering the call to be more than just well-intentioned men. The TEN MEN project allows many of us to give a face and voice to the male response needed to end domestic violence. My hope is men throughout my state will stand with me to stop intimate partner violence and develop healthy, positive, loving relationships." - Rilwan Feyisitan

"I strongly believe that it is possible to break the cycle of domestic violence if everybody gets involved, including the men in our community." - Edgar Moya

Thursday, June 12, 2014


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