Nicholas Obolensky | President
Kevin Gallagher | Treasurer
Kristen Sloan Maccini | Secretary
Justice Patricia A. Hurst (Ret.)
Our Board members represent a wide variety of backgrounds. CMCRI Board members come from local businesses, RI universities, major law firms and many other backgrounds, from mediator to entrepreneur to artist.
The Board members are the lifeblood of the agency, providing advice, ideas, logistical and financial support, and fundraising assistance. CMCRI has a 100% giving board, representing the Board’s commitment to and belief in the mission of community mediation.
Board members serve a three-year term with an option to renew. If you are interested in becoming a Board member, please contact our Executive Director.
Nicholas Obolensky | President
Nicholas Obolensky, Esq. is an attorney and partner at Duarte & Obolensky Law, a general practice law firm in downtown Providence. Nicholas received his Juris Doctor at Roger Williams University School of Law, as well as earning a concurrent master's degree in marine affairs at the University of Rhode Island. Before entering the legal field, Nicholas owned and operated an international seafood trading company, Nobol Trading International LLC, conducting business in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Nicholas grew up in New Bedford, MA, where he established his deep appreciation for the sea, including a passion for environmental conservation, surfing, and sailing. A family man, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and three sons at the beach.
Kevin Gallagher | Treasurer
Kevin Gallagher serves as Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo’s Deputy Chief of Staff. Prior to joining Governor Raimondo’s team, Kevin was an associate at Edwards & Angell (now Locke Lord, LLP), where he practiced in the firm’s Litigation Management Group. Kevin is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Boston College Law School. Before law school, Kevin spent two years teaching middle school as a Teach For America corps member in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to serving as Treasurer for the Center for Mediation and Collaboration Rhode Island, Kevin is also a member of the Year Up Providence Leadership Council.
Kristen Sloan Maccini | Secretary
A civil practice attorney for 27 years and a mediator for the past 5, Kristen Sloan Maccini is principal of K Sloan Maccini Law & Mediation, LLC. She also serves as a mediator for the RI Department of Education mediating matters between school districts and parents on behalf of their special needs children. She has been a member of the CMCRI Board since 2014 and continues to provide volunteer mediation services in both the RI District and Superior courts. She has appeared before the probate, district, superior and supreme courts of the state and the US Court of Federal Claims. She is admitted to the bars of the Federal District Court for the District of RI as well as the US Supreme Court. Kristen spent over a decade coaching high school mock trial students. She is a member of the RI Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Committee as well as of the American Bar Association and its Section on Alternate Dispute Resolution. She resides in Jamestown, RI.
Yvonne Baglini is a Mediator and an ADR Executive. As an Assistant Vice President, she has been a Leader at the American Arbitration Association‘s Northeast Case Management Center since its inception 16 years ago. In addition to her management activities, she is a staff trainer facilitating national trainings for new arbitrators which includes the Core arbitrator training program. She has also served on several Muscular Arbitration panels at in person events and webinars in the New York metro area. As a trained mediator, Yvonne has volunteered as a mediator in Rhode Island District Courts since 2013. Yvonne is an advocate for ADR, particularly mediation as a way to preserve relationships between parties, especially those that find themselves on opposite sides of the court room. As a long term resident of Rhode Island she is committed to giving back to the community and assisting nonprofit organizations. Yvonne is a proponent of innovation both personally and professionally. She has attended several Innovation Conferences and has visited Innovation Labs in the Boston metro area. Yvonne, along with her family, enjoys boating, fishing, and jet-skiing during the summer and snowmobiling, skating, and snowshoeing during the winter.
Justice Patricia A. Hurst (Ret.)
Justice Hurst has nearly 40 years of legal training and experience, 26 of them as a trial court judge before retiring from the Rhode Island Superior Court in 2016. Justice Hurst now serves on the State of Rhode Island Supreme Court Appellate Mediation Program panel of mediators.
Justice Hurst is admitted to practice law (inactive/judicial status) in the State of Rhode Island, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States Federal District Court for the districts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Tax Court and the Supreme Court of the United States. She also has served on the American Arbitration Association panel of construction arbitrators.
Throughout her career, Justice Hurst has been active in legal education, teaching evidence and criminal justice and frequently speaking at local and national educational programs for judges, attorneys, expert witnesses and law students. She is author and co-editor of two Massachusetts Continuing Legal Educational Inc. publications, one of which won an international “Best Publication” award from the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), an association serving the worldwide CLE profession thorough leadership, education and development. Justice Hurst co-authored and edited Rhode Island’s first model civil jury instructions, first copy righted and published in 1998 and now in the second edition. She also served on the Rhode Island Bar Association’s editorial board, on various court committees and as a delegate to regional and national judicial conferences. She also remained active with local non-profit and civic organizations.
Justice Hurst received recognition for her excellence in service including presenting as a speaker at the American Association for Justice’s (American Trial Lawyers’ Association) 50th annual convention, an invitation extended by the Association’s National College of Advocacy. She is a recipient of the Rhode Island chapter of the American Association for Justice’s Judicial Merit Award and of the National Association of Women Judges’ Excellence in Service Award.
Currently, Justice Hurst is an active member of the National Association of Women Judges and the International Association of Women Judges. In the past, she served on the National Association of Women Judges’ Board of Directors, Executive Committee and other leadership committees. She continues to serve on one or more of that Organization’s committees. Justice Hurst also is a member of the American Bar Association Judicial and International divisions and has served and Rhode Island’s delegate to the American Bar Association’s National Conference of State Trial Judges. She also is a member of the American Judges’ Association. She currently serves on the Board of Directors/Trustees for the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association and Center for Mediation and Collaboration RI.
Jud Perkins brings extensive work experience to the mediation and arbitration field.
He worked for the Walt Disney Company at Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt
Disney World. He chaired the Walt Disney World Director's Operating
Committee, was General Manager of Vista-United Telecommunications, Vice
President of WED Transportation Systems and Director of Finance and
Administration at Walt Disney Imagineering. Subsequently he entered the
Sports World as President of the Facilities and Development Group of Madison
Square Garden responsible for the operation of the Garden and a $200 million
renovation. He was President of Kiel Center Partners responsible of the
development and operation of Kiel Center, home of the St. Louis Blues. He
then became President of the Events and Attractions group at the National
Basketball Association, Sr, Sr. Vice President of Hillwood Development,
President of Querencia Properties in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and VP
Development for the Sacramento Kings. He moved to Connecticut where he was
Project Director of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority's Project Horizon
before retiring. Upon retiring he became active in the alternative dispute resolution field
as an arbitrator and mediator with the American Arbitration Association, an
arbitrator with FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), an
arbitration of the National Center for Dispute Settlement, an arbitrator and
mediator for the ADR Center of Connecticut and a mediator for the Community
Mediation Center of Rhode Island where he has mediated over 250 cases.
Rich is the Director of Learning and Advisory services at the Boston based national non-profit Health Leads. In this role Rich has led the development of learning and consulting solutions that enable Health Care institutions across the country to build and scale sustainable social needs programs for their patients. He is thrilled to help health care organizations create meaningful programs that uncover and address social health issues such as food insecurity, homelessness, education. Previously, Rich served as the national manager of volunteer engagement at Health Leads. He designed systems and curriculum used to recruit and train a national cohort comprised of hundreds of undergraduate volunteers who provide case management services. Prior to his role at Health Leads Rich was part of the leadership team at a community mental health center in Chicago where he managed residential treatment and crisis stabilization services. In this role he worked to expand treatment-based transitional housing programs for individuals living with mental illness and substance abuse. As a practicing therapist and organizational coach, Rich is passionate about working with individuals, groups and organizations to help them maximize their own potential. He holds a BA in psychology/theater from Providence College and an MA in counseling and organizational psychology from Adler University.
Andy Wunsch is a mediator and an investment advisor. He began his career in 1986 as a stockbroker trainee with Moseley, Hallgarten, Estabrook & Weedon and worked as sales manager, corporate trainer and branch complex manager with regional and national investment brokerage firms including Prudential Securities, Advest and Janney Montgomery Scott. In 2009, Andy founded South County Financial Advisors LLC, a registered investment advisor. After completing training with CMCRI in 2009, Andy began volunteering as a mediator in Rhode Island District and Family Courts. In 2010, Andy became a Financial Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) mediator, where he combines his mediation skills and in-depth understanding of the financial services industry to help investors, broker-dealers and their attorneys evaluate and resolve pending arbitration claims. In addition to volunteering as a mediator and serving on the board of CMCRI, Andy strives to promote mediation as a profession through his work as a FINRA mediator and service as a director of Rhode Island Mediators Association. Andy graduated from University of Hartford in 1986 with a BS in Business Administration.
A lifelong resident of Rhode Island and an experienced mediator and trainer, Tonya Harris has served the people of Rhode Island in many capacities over the last three decades. She rose to the rank of detective sergeant in the Providence Police Department, serving as supervising officer of the School Resources Bureau, where she used her leadership and collaborative skills to rebuild and strengthen relationships between the PPD and the community.
Ms. Harris has a passion for community work which she brought to her leadership roles at the Providence Black Repertory Company, OIC of Rhode Island, and most recently to the YMCA of Rhode Island where, as Operations Director, she served in a senior management capacity overseeing the programs, budgets, and day to day operations of the 3,000 member organization.
Certified as a non-violence and conflict resolution trainer, Ms. Harris has used her CR skills to train police officers in South Africa, as well as hundreds of Rhode Island residents.
After graduating from Syracuse University, Rhonda began her career in Northern Virginia where she worked in communications, supervising national brands and PR campaigns for clients including Amtrak and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
It was not long before Rhonda’s entrepreneurial spirit took over and she was among the very first to launch her own virtual public relations firm. For more than a decade, Rhonda specialized in the upscale travel industry, gaining national recognition for dozens of inns throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.
Rhonda’s passion for communication was never fully quenched until 2014 when she discovered mediation at Roger Williams School of Law. She describes her studies and practice in mediation as the best gift she has ever given herself. Embracing this life skill as the secret to world peace, Rhonda has been an active mediator and has taught mediation through the Center for Mediation and Collaboration RI (CMCRI) as well as at Brown University and URI.
Rhonda currently leads all of CMCRI’s programming including the Court Mediation Program, the RI Agricultural Mediation Program, Peer Mediation program and the community center.
Rhonda lives in Portsmouth, RI with her fiancé and three teenage daughters. In her free time, she enjoys boating, traveling and coaching lacrosse.