Board of Directors

The Board of Directors serves to establish the vision and mission of the Center for Reconciliation, provide oversight, support the Center’s staff and volunteers, and assist in raising funds.

  • Rt. Reverend W. Nicholas Knisely, Chair & President
  • Rev. Dr. David A. Ames, Vice-Chair, pro tem
  • James DeWolf Perry, Secretary
  • Robert P. Naparstek, M.D., Treasurer
  • Imam Farid Ansari
  • Princess Sirleaf Bomba
  • Rev. Patrick Campbell
  • Hon. Edward C. Clifton
    • Rev. Canon Michael Horvath
    • Ferdinand Jones, PhD
    • Rev. Nathan Humphrey
    • Rabbi Sarah Mack
    • Rev. Dr. Jeffrey A. Williams
    • Joseph Wilson, Jr.


    The Center for Reconciliation staff manage the daily operations of the Center, plan public programs and exhibitions, and build partnerships with community organizations with the support of the Center’s team of volunteers.

    To contact the staff of the Center for Reconciliation, call 401.383.8035 or email

    Debra Sharpe

    Executive Director

    Debra Sharpe’s longtime passion for social justice and deep roots in the Episcopal Church brought her to the Center for Reconciliation. She has focused on non-profit management and resource development throughout her career. Most recently, Debra served as the Executive Director for the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island; prior to that, she worked for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and South Coast Health Systems. Debra received her Masters in Human Development from the University of Illinois.

    Julia Renaud

    Program Manager & Curator

    Julia Renaud is a public historian and curator with a focus on the history of slavery and race in America. She received her Masters degree in 2019 from Brown’s Public Humanities program, where she focused on collaboratively researching, interpreting and amplifying under-represented and contested histories. Julia served as the Graduate Public Programs and Exhibitions Fellow at the Center for Reconciliation during Summer 2018. She previously worked as an archivist at the Calder Foundation in New York and also spent time at American Repertory Theater, Whitney Museum of American Art, and D. E. Shaw Research. Julia holds an A.B., summa cum laude, in American History and Literature with a minor in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University.

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