Meet the team!
Laurie Moïse Sears is the Healthy Communities Office Director for the City of Providence. Mrs. Moïse Sears joined the Healthy Communities Office in April 2021. Her public health interests include combating healthy equity issues, addressing substance use disorder within the BIPOC community and maternal health.
Prior to joining the Healthy Communities office, she worked at a local community development corporation where her primary focus was expanding the impact of the Central Providence Health Equity Zone and other community-building efforts aimed at eliminating barriers set by social determinants of health. A Massachusetts native, Mrs. Moïse Sears previously served many roles that focused on addressing homelessness and substance use disorder in the city of Boston.
Mrs. Moïse Sears holds a Master’s in Public Health from St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies and a Bachelor’s in Healthy Policy and Management from Providence College. She is of Haitian descent and deeply values the opportunity to support families from the Caribbean. She is fluent in Haitian Creole and currently lives in the Smith Hill neighborhood of Providence.
Rachel Newman Greene serves as the Healthy Communities Office Deputy Director for the City of Providence since early 2016. Her work focuses on increasing equity in Providence residents’ access to healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate foods, opportunities for physical exercise and other resources to lead healthy lives.
Prior to joining the office, she spent more than a decade in community development organizations in Providence’s South Side and West End, including developing and managing resident engagement and leadership programs, urban agricultural initiatives and comprehensive community improvement and health coalitions.
Ms. Newman Greene holds an MA in Urban Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. She and her family are residents of Providence’s Washington Park neighborhood. Ms. Newman Greene loves learning about the food traditions of Providence’s culturally rich community and connecting with nature and her neighbors in Roger Williams Park.
Drug Free Community Program Director
Obed Papp is the Healthy Communities Office’s Drug Free Community Program Director for the City of Providence. She joined the office in 2011, working predominantly on tobacco public health issues. For more than ten years Obed has been committed to working on two important areas in public service, community development and drug prevention.
Mrs. Papp currently serves as the Providence Regional Coordinator and MSAPC Coordinator. She has been very active in the greater Providence community serving as an ambassador of goodwill as well as volunteering with many community organizations, including Praise Tabernacle Church, CODAC Behavioral Healthcare, West Broadway Neighborhood Association, Federal Hill House Association, and the Rhode Island Professional Latino Association.
Mrs. Papp has a Master’s in Public Administration from University of Rhode Island, a Bachelor’s in Economics, a Specialist degree in Public Government Administration and she is certified as a Prevention Specialist Supervisor. Mrs. Papp is of Colombian descent and speaks fluent Spanish; therefore, she offers a cultural perspective for the Providence community.
Tanya Gilbert is the Healthy Communities Office Program Manager for the City of Providence. She joined the office in December 2020, and her work focuses on preventing the use of alcohol, tobacco/nicotine in youth ages 12-17 years. She also is educating alcohol and tobacco/nicotine retailers, youth, their families and our community on the laws, risks and harm associated with the use of these substances in youth and young adults.
Before Tanya joined the Healthy Communities Office, she served more than a decade in the Providence community providing community outreach and youth development with The King’s Cathedral (formerly Cathedral of Life Christian Assembly) and the YMCA of Greater Providence.
Ms. Gilbert holds a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Global Management and Organizational Leadership, as well as a Bachelor’s and Associate’s degree from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. Tanya resides in the Washington Park neighborhood with her family.