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Blackstone Academy Charter School is an independent charter public school that is an incorporated, private non-profit 501c3 organization governed by a Board of Directors. 

Our voluntary Board of Directors leads our organization by ensuring that the mission and vision of the organization is carried out. They provide oversight for the school and the SPIRIT Educational Program. The Board  is empowered in ways similar to a school committee. Blackstone Academy Inc. is a local educational authority (LEA) and has no formal affiliation with local school districts. 

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Our Board


  • Becky Minard (President), Former BACS Clinical Social Worker, mediator, actor,  activist, attorney

  • Diane Dufresne (Vice President), Director, Pawtucket Prevention Coalition, nurse, substance abuse treatment and research specialist

  • Melissa Flaherty(Secretary), Community activist, former BACS CIP Instructor

  • Melissa Montoya (Treasurer), BACS '08, College of the Holy Cross '12, Accountant 

Board Members 

  • Edward Bishop, CEO, EF Bishop Insurance and Real Estate, Treasurer Emeritus

  • Melissa Flaherty, Community Activist, former BACS CIP instructor

  • Cristian Giraldo, BACS '12 , Bryant University, Investment Specialist Manulife Investment Management

  • Sgt. Detective Terrence Green, Providence Police Department

  • Tiffany Medina, BACS '09, Pine Manor College, human services administrator 

  • Elizabeth Newton, SPIRIT alumni, former Americorps and Perkins Coordinator CF High; Blackstone founding teacher, currently with Epic Decade consulting

  • Gus Silva, former State Representative, City Councilman and member of the School Committee, Central Falls. Alumni parent 

  • Mena Silva, Administrative staff, City of Central Falls Fire Department and alumni parent.

  • Carlos Tobon, Business owner, housing developer, community activist and former youth activist. State Representative, City of Pawtucket

2021-22 General Board Meeting Schedule

All general meetings are Mondays at  5:30 p.m. They are held in room 201 at the school unless otherwise noted. 


Check RI Secretary of State Site  for Zoom Links, Agendas and Minutes: 

The public is welcome to attend any meeting of the Blackstone Academy Charter School (BACS) Board of Directors or its subcommittees. If communication assistance (readers/ interpreters/captions) or any other accommodations are needed to ensure equal participation, please contact Carolyn Sheehan at (401) 726-1750 x102 at least two (2) business days prior to the meeting.


Any changes in the agenda  will be electronically filed with the RI Secretary of State's website at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the meeting. BACS does not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, country of ancestral origin, or veteran status in administration of its admissions or educational policies, curricular programs, other school-administered programs, or in its hiring and employment practices in accordance with applicable Federal and Rhode Island laws and regulations.

 BLACKSTONE ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL:  FY22 Board Revised Budget. Approved 06/14/2021.


Please contact Executive Director Carolyn Sheehan for more details or for Public Information.


Carolyn Sheehan

(401) 726-1750  x 102

Business Manager:

Melissa Cornejo

(401) 726-1750 x 102

We are represented by attorneys at Barton and Gilman

(401) 272-7171 

Follow this link to learn about the Uniform Chart of Accounts: