Advisory Committee

Statement of Purpose

The BrightStars Advisory Committee has members from both the public and private sectors that form a partnership to build a strong foundation for Rhode Island’s Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System and to support BrightStars’ work with the early care and education programs participating across the state’s quality continuum. 

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Members of the committee guide and assist BrightStars’ on-going work by:

  • Reviewing BrightStars’ participating data and outcomes.
  • Suggesting improvements to BrightStars operations based on shared data.
  • Sharing a voice of the community that BrightStars serves.
  • Spreading  the word that quality matters for children
  • Being an active participant in implementing BrightStars standards.


The group is composed of a respected community & early care/education leaders.

Name: Email: Affiliation:
Leanne C. Barrett Advocate
Sarah Nardolillo State
Ruth Gallucci State
Brenda Potter TA
Khadija Lewis Khan Provider
Lori Wagner Provider
Amy Vogel Provider
Dulari Tahbildar TA
Mary Varr Provider
Lauren Bush Provider
Emily Squillante Provider
Theresa Spengler Provider
Sabrina Uribe Ruggiero Provider
Kerry Gallup Provider
Hyunjin Kim Higher Ed
Carol Patnauade Higher Ed
Rosemary Raygada Higher Ed
Zoe McGrath State
Lisa Hildebrand TA
Alyson Panzarella TA
Joyce Laramee Provider
Diane Nelson Provider
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Previous Meeting Materials

Beginning August 2021, the BrightStars Advisory Committee began soliciting feedback and proposals from child care providers and the general public. Each proposal will be thoroughly reviewed by the BrightStars Steering Committee, and recommendations will be presented to the Advisory Committee. Proposals may be submitted to