Administration and Staff
Board of Directors
LINDA ATAMIAN (co-founder) is an experienced educator and reading specialist who has worked with students of all ages. She serves as Director of Remedial Services and Teacher Training at Middlebridge School in Narragansett, RI.
MARILYN CLEMENTS is a founder of the Clements Foundation, a family foundation with a primary mission of education. She is a professional artist and teacher of meditation and is interested in the role of contemplative practices in supporting creativity in schools and educational environments. Marilyn is the mother of four and grandmother of twelve.
MICHAEL DeCATALDO is the managing partner with Sansiveri, Kimball & Co., L.L.P. and the managing member of SKM Wealth Management, L.L.C., the firm’s fee-only financial planning arm. He is a graduate of Leadership Rhode Island, a program designed to educate leaders to serve as catalysts for positive change in Rhode Island.
LINDA DOBERSTEIN is a former pediatrician and the mother of four children. Her experiences in the practice of general pediatrics, and in raising a family, have led to an interest in the impact early childhood learning can have on an individual.
KATE HINES is an artist, designer, entrepreneur, jeweler, RISD grad and RI resident, who has been working in downtown Providence since 1980. She became passionate about Mariposa after visiting a class and mingling with the students and faculty in November 2015. She currently lives in Tiverton with her husband Chris Hearn.
ISABELLA PORTER is a consultant and principal of Firebrand Advisors. She has worked in higher education, overseeing marketing and research functions at highly focused colleges, such as Johnson & Wales University and Neumont University, and leading complex consulting projects for traditional colleges across the country. Currently, she is a project lead on an initiative to launch a family-owned, semi-independent living program for high-functioning disabled adults in Rhode Island. A strong advocate for making early high-quality early childhood education available to all children, particularly those growing up with fewer advantages, Isabella joined the Board to help Mariposa expand its reach in Rhode Island.
PAULA SAGER (co-founder) is an educator, researcher, and writer. Her work focuses on the role of movement and kinesthetic awareness in learning and cognition. She is also on the board of The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.
BRIAN WILDEMAN is principal of Remington Middle School in Franklin, Massachusetts. His interest in Mariposa is inspired by his passion for the field of education and his own son and daughter.
TATIANA COULOMBE WILDEMAN is a corporate affairs counsel at FM Global in Johnston, Rhode Island. Her interest in Mariposa began in 2008 when she served as pro bono counsel to the organization. Tatiana is inspired by her experience as a mother raising her own son and daughter.