Board of Directors

Welcome to Segue!

We hope that you will find in these pages abundant evidence of our diverse and dynamic community.

We pride ourselves on the many offerings we extend to students and their families.

Whether it’s a chorale performance or a student government debate or a point won by one of our many athletic teams or a weekend outing with College Crusade, rich opportunities for personal challenge and growth abound.

And whether it’s an evening class in ELL run in collaboration with Dorcas Place or a weekend business training session offered by the Rhode Island Justice League, parents will find also find at Segue significant opportunities for skill-building and empowerment.

Because that’s the Segue belief: engaged, committed adults who believe in lifelong learning support resilient, ambitious, successful students. Together-- from our youngest scholars to our oldest grandparents-- we all have the power to be agents of change in our schools, communities, and beyond.

We also believe in educational choice. There is a robust process that starts long before graduation: Segue staff work closely with students and parents to identify secondary programs that are a best fit for their academic profile and interests. And our Alumni Program then keeps up with graduates as they progress through high school and navigate their way into college and career.

Being a part of the Segue family is for life. I am proud to count myself a member of this family, and I look forward to meeting you, whether you are a prospective parent, a rising scholar, or a returning alum.

Go Falcons!

David Ahlborn
Segue Institute for Learning Board of Directors

Applications in the work, stay tuned.

Thank you for your interest.





DAVID AHLBORN – Chair [Term: December 2015 - January 2022] David Ahlborn is an educator committed to disability justice. He graduated from Brown University in 1988 and received an M.A. in 1995 in English from Boston University, where he was a Presidential Fellow and graduate assistant teacher. He discovered his passion for teaching students with specific language-based learning differences at Landmark School, where he taught from 1988-90 and 1995-99. He currently directs an academic support program for students with LD at The Wheeler School in Providence. He is married, has two grown children, and lives with his wife, also a teacher, in Providence. Mr. Ahlborn is a member of the Personnel and Academic Committees.

MARIA CRUZ - [Term: September 2016 – September 2019]. Mrs. Cruz grew up in Central Falls and attended both public and parochial schools in the city. She graduated from Central Falls High School in 1989 and went on to get her BS in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University in 2007.  She is proudly serving in her 17th year as a Pawtucket Police Officer and is currently assigned to the Prosecution office. Along with being the chair of the Nominations and Governance committee of Segue’s board, she is also the President of the RI Hispanic Officers Association and the secretary of the CF Lions club.   

CLAUDIA DEFARIA – [Term: September 2016 – September 2019] Is a Central Falls resident and graduate of Central Falls High School. Claudia graduated from the Community College of RI with an Associates in Science concentration in Law Enforcement. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies from Rhode Island College. She is presently a Program Supervisor for the KEY Program Inc. and has worked with this company for over 20 years in a variety of capacities. An avid basketball player and follower; she was an Associate Head Coach at Rhode Island College and the Community College of RI as well as a Head Coach at Cranston High School West for many years.

KETTIA DORCE - [Term: January 2019 – January 2022] – Ms. Dorce is a parent of a student at school. She is excited to be joining our Board of Directors after having volunteered for the FEC several times last year. Ms. Dorce expects to bring her skills of managing and organizing events and activities as she is also very active in her church.

CAROLINA DUQUE – [Term: September 2016 – September 2019] Born in Colombia, brought to the USA when she was 5 years old and raised in Pawtucket. As a teenager was active in her church youth group. Married at age 18 and is now a mother of 3 kids, obtain her certification as a Medical Assistant in 2006. Has been a resident of Central Falls for 16 years. Carolina is an active parent of two Segue scholars and very active in the Family Engagement Committee.

INGRID FRANCO - [Term: January 2019 – January 2022] Mrs. Franco is a current Central Falls resident where she is very active in her community. Growing up in Providence, she graduated from Hope High School and received her BS in Liberal Arts with Spanish and Italian major in 2004. She has works as an Intake specialist at the Providence Center since 2012. She’s an active mom of two children, one of whom is a Segue alumni. She was a T-ball coach in her kid’s baseball league. She is a Girls Scout leader at the local troop where her daughter attends. And an active member of her local church. Mrs. Franco has a reputation of faithfully joining and serving on every PTA in every school her kids have attended. She is currently an active member of the Segue FEC and serves on the Personnel Sub-Committee of the board. In the fall of 2018, Mrs. Franco was very active in assisting the school acquire the property across the street to create a playground for its students.

KEVIN KAZARIAN – [Term: February 2015 – March 2021] Mr. Kazarian is a Hospitality Management professional with over 20 years of experience in casual and upscale food and beverage operations in a variety of Casino /Hotel and independently owned restaurants. Mr. Kazarian graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an MBA in Hospitality Administration in 2001. Currently he is the Director of Operations for Spumoni’s Restaurant in Pawtucket and Twelve Acres of Smithfield. Mr. Kazarian is long time resident of the City of Central Falls. He is the Co-Chair of the Central Falls Zoning Board and sits on the Board of the Pawtucket Central Falls Development Corporation the Central Falls Alumni Association and the Pawtucket Business Development Corporation. A strong supporter of community engagement, Mr. Kazarian was honored to be selected for the Leadership Rhode Island MU 11 class, graduating in 2016. Mr. Kazarian is currently chair of the Finance and Building Committees.

WALTER ORELLANA – [Term: November 2017 – November 2020] Walter Orellana migrated to the United States from Guatemala at the age of ten. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), a Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional (LCDP) and has been working in the field since 2007. Mr. Orellana’s academic credentials include an MSW from Rhode Island College and a B.S. degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island. He currently works providing clinical services to individual living with co-occurring disorders and as an adjunct professor in the Human Services Department at the Community College of Rhode Island. Mr. Orellana’s work experience extends to his work at large non-profit community mental health organizations, where he has managed a behavioral health outpatient clinic and a community support program. In addition, he was an adjunct faculty at Rhode Island College’s School of Social Work and a social and behavioral science faculty member at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Walter contributes to the field of Social Work through his role as a board member of the Rhode Island Board of Social Work Examiners. In 2017, Walter was awarded Social Worker of the Year in Health/Mental Health by the NASW-RI Chapter. He is the first Latino to win this award in Rhode Island. He resides in Cranston with his son Tomas.