Staff

Wendy Joering

Executive Director

Wendy Joering has spent 13 years working in both the Jewish and larger communities in Rhode Island as the Director of Community Security, Community Concierge and Membership Director at the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and has created meaningful personal and professional connections around the state. As Director of Community Security for the Jewish Alliance for four years, Wendy created a strong relationship with the Law Enforcement community and often was the first person called when there had been a threat or incident regarding anti-Semitism or hate. Wendy’s work as Community Security Director also afforded her opportunities to work with a broad swath of the interfaith community as well as state legislators, mayors and other government officials. Wendy has served on many committees and task forces including “Project Safe Neighborhoods,” the Providence Police Advisory Board and the Hope Street Merchants Association and helped to create the “Securing Your House of Worship” statewide program.

Kelly Alpert Vest

Director of Programs and Community Engagement

Kelly has been a pioneer in the field of cross-cultural and interfaith programming. Her award-winning initiatives have changed the lives and attitudes of many while helping to foster sharing and understanding among some of the most conflicted communities in the world. She conceived and led HAMSA (Heroes Are Made Through Service and Action). Her Seeds of Change program was awarded honors by the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center. She is the creator of the No Place for Hate® campaign.