Who are we?

We are a small team of talented professionals with a long history of working with Rhode Island Manufacturers. Our goal is to match Rhode Island workers with great jobs in local manufacturing. We are passionate about what we do and extremely proud of our success stories.

Barbara Jackson

Executive Director

Barbara has been working in workforce development for over 15 years. Prior to that, she held key management positions in state and municipal governments including the Budget Director for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She presently serves on the RI Apprentice Council and is an avid sailor.

Email me: barb@wemakeri.com

Gerry Marzilli

VP of Safety

Gerry worked for 28 years as the Safety and Training officer at Toray plastics. He is currently the principal at Safety Coach, LLC. a member of the Board of Directors of the Leadership Partnership of RI and serves as We Make RI’s VP of Safety.

Email me: gerry@wemakeri.com

Priscilla Guertin

Office Manager

Priscilla is our pastor, resident chef, queen and therapist. She has been with We Make RI for 8 years and is committed to helping the community grow through faith, food and education.

Email me: priscilla@wemakeri.com

Rachel Menard

Communications Director

Rachel comes to us from Gloria Duchin, Inc., a RI manufacturer of Christmas ornaments, where she managed the website and design. For press inquiries or comments about the website, please contact her below.

Email me: rachel@wemakeri.com

David Cuccarelli


David is our CNC programming and machinist instructor. He comes to us with over 15 years of experience in water management and machine operations. Prior to WMRI, he worked for the Woonsocket Water Department and EJP.

Email me: david@wemakeri.com

Anthony Meyers


Anthony has been with WMRI for 2 years. As one of our instructors, Anthony instructs our students in Shop Math and Quality/Lean Basics. Anthony is continuing his education through an online university to further improve his education skills and become a more valuable asset to the program and students. 

Email me: anthony@wemakeri.com

Kris Turgeon

Outreach Coordinator

Kris comes to WeMakeRI with a decade of work in the non-profit sector working with youth. At WeMakeRI she is focused on promoting the career opportunities available in the manufacturing sector and supporting those individuals in search of advancing their career. Her specialty is creating strong connections between businesses and their community to build a strong workforce.

Email me: kris@wemakeri.com

Carolina Briones


Carolina is a native Spanish speaker and has been working as an outreach program coordinator for the Providence Community Library for 20 years, creating educational programs and events, and promoting opportunities within the Latino community. She has a long-standing connection with the Latino community in Rhode Island.

Email me: carolina@wemakeri.com

Barkisu Cole

Sewing Instructor

Barkisu has her masters in Human Development and Family Studies from URI and has worked in the community for advocacy of families and students for over a decade. In 2019 she started her own fashion design company, BCV Design, and at We Make RI, she is sharing her passion for sewing and creation with our manufacturing students.

Email me: barkisu@wemakeri.com

Want to work with us?

We don’t have any open positions at the moment, but
we’ll post to our job board when we do.