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.
Melissa Flaherty(President)Community activist, former BACS CIP Instructor, and former School Committee member in North Smithfield
Diane Dufresne (Vice President), Director, Pawtucket Prevention Coalition, nurse, substance abuse treatment and research specialist
Cristian Giraldo(Secretary), BACS '08, Bryant University, BS, Providence College MBA. Investment Specialist Manulife Investment Management
Melissa Montoya (Treasurer), BACS '08, College of the Holy Cross '12, Accountant
Additional Board Members
Celia Contreras BACS '16 , NYU, BA, Development Associate, Rhode Island School of Design
Sgt. Detective Terrence Green, Providence Police Department
Elizabeth Newton, SPIRIT alumni, former Americorps and Perkins Coordinator CF High; Blackstone founding teacher, currently with Epic Decade consulting
Tatiana Reis, BACS '15, Rhode Island College, BA, University of Georgia MA, Rhode Island Coalition to End Homelessness, Youth Initiatives Coordinator
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/community activist
Edward Bishop, Emeritus, retired CEO, EF Bishop Insurance and Real Estate
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 https://opengov.sos.ri.gov/OpenMeetings 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: FY23 Board Revised Budget Summary
Please contact Executive Director Carolyn Sheehan for more details or for Public Information.
(401) 726-1750 x 103
We are represented by attorneys at Barton and Gilman
Follow this link to learn about the Uniform Chart of Accounts: http://www.ride.ri.gov/FundingFinance/