Meet Our Team
Rebecca Boxx, Director
Rebecca has served as the Executive Director of the Children and Youth Cabinet of Rhode Island since its inception in 2012. In this role she has led the development and growth of the organization to its current $1.8M budget and growing regional and national footprint. An educator by training, Rebecca has over fifteen years of experience including classroom teaching, community-based adult education, nonprofit management, and school district leadership. Prior to her career in education, Rebecca worked in corporate marketing and design. She is bilingual in Spanish and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island.
Matthew Billings, Deputy Director
Matt has focused on relevance and engagement since joining the CYC in 2014. He represented CYC at the Center for Creative
Leadership/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellowship Project, a leadership capacity building program focused on the
capability to create direction, alignment, and commitment across sectors to achieve a higher vision or goal. Matt was previously the program director at Inspiring Minds (IM), a Providence-based nonprofit organization that recruits, screens, trains, and manages volunteers to serve as no-cost mentors and tutors for Providence Public School students. Matt has also served as program director at Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education (RISE), one of the first programs in the US to focus on supporting the needs of children with an incarcerated parent. A Providence College grad, he also spent two years as program director for City Year Rhode Island, and respective one-year stints at AmeriCorps Habitat for Humanity in Durham, North Carolina, and AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps in Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth Guillen, Implementation Manager
Elizabeth was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the Unites States at age six. As the 1st person in her family to graduate college, she holds a B.S. in Community Health and Wellness from Rhode Island College. Elizabeth has over ten years of experience in community education and outreach with diverse populations. During that time she has advocated
for students and parents, engaged parents to improve educational goals for students, facilitated diversity trainings, and developed/implemented after-school programs for youth. She serves as the Implementation Project Manager at the CYC.
Ashley Reyes, Implementation Manager
Ashley serves as CYC Project Manager supporting the implementation of evidence-based implementation since 2017. She has over 10 years of experience working with children ages birth to 18 in both the State of New York, where she holds a teaching certificate, and Rhode Island. During her time at the RI Association of Education of Young Children as a Program
Assessment and ECE Specialist, she earned certificates in early childhood rating scales. This led to developing teaching qualifications standards for the states quality rating improvement system, BrightStars. Ashley has also managed youth programs for the Greater Providence YMCA. She oversaw community partner collaborations, grant funded summer camps, afterschool programs, employee training, and developed enrichment programs for all ages. She enjoys leading community projects and supporting the development of community youth initiatives.
Dahiana Rodriguez, Implementation Manager
Dahiana heads up the implementation of Familias Unidas, an evidence-based program focused on improving outcomes for Hispanic adolescents. As a Dominican immigrant herself, she has a deep passion to serve the Latino community and remove the barriers to equal opportunity. She’s seen what a huge impact the right services can have in allowing these hard-working
communities to become self-sufficient. With degrees in psychology and social work, and multiple certifications in addressing domestic violence, trafficking, unaccompanied minors, and mental health training, she also brings a research-backed rigor to her approach combined with the practical knowledge gained from her previous work with immigrant populations at Dorcas International Institute.
Jerron Seymour, Finance Manager
Jerron ensures that purchasing, invoicing and subcontracting all run smoothly for our many programs and initiatives. A native of Miami, he received a degree in finance from Vanderbilt University. His experience as a college athlete balancing a full course load and a rigorous training schedule contributed to his team ethic and discipline. Jerron has worked in various positions in youth development and finance including summer camps in North Carolina and Connecticut and in positions in the gaming industry.