MEET OUR TEAM

OSDRI prides itself on providing veterans a “HAND UP…NOT A HANDOUT” and with over 215 years of military experience on our staff we follow the time honored tradition of “Veterans Serving Veterans.”

Tony DeQuattro

President & Chairman of the Board

Anthony DeQuattro, a native of Johnston, Rhode Island, is the founder and President of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island (OSDRI).  Formed in 1993, with a mission to provide homeless and at risk veterans a “hand-up not a hand-out,” OSDRI has grown to become the State’s largest provider of supportive services for veterans.

Tony, who served in the United State Marines, is one of the most recognizable veteran advocates in the State.  His leadership in 2001 lead to the construction of the State’s first permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans.  In 2010 Tony oversaw the completion of the Lance Corporal Holly Charrette Home, Rhode Island’s first and only transitional housing for homeless female veterans.

Over the years, Tony has served on numerous veteran advisory boards including those of Senator Jack Reed and Congressman Patrick Kennedy.  He is a past State Commander and State Adjutant of the American Legion.  In 2017, Tony was inducted into the Rhode Island Italian American Hall of Fame.

Tony resides with his wife Winnie in Cumberland, Rhode Island and has five children.

Erik B. Wallin, Esquire

Executive Director & General Counsel

Captain, USAF (Fmr.)

Mr. Wallin serves as the full-time Executive Director and General Counsel for Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, Inc. A native Rhode Islander, after graduating from Roger Williams University School of Law in 1997, Mr. Wallin joined the United States Air Force and served as a Captain in the Department of the Judge Advocate General. He returned to Rhode Island and was appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General in the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General. Subsequently he opened his own law practice and also served on the Board of Directors of OSDRI. He assumed his current position with OSDRI in 2011. Mr. Wallin is admitted to practice law before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and is a member of the bars of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Rhode Island. In 2010 he was sworn in as a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court.

401-383-4730 (office)
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erikwallinesq@osdri.org

John J. McDonough, IV

Director of Supportive Services

Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, (Retired)

John J. McDonough, IV is the Director of Supportive Services. He retired after completing 36 years of active duty military service with the Rhode Island Army National Guard, having served for the final seven years as the State Command Sergeant Major. Born in Rhode Island, John has seen service in Germany, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Grantham University, is a graduate of the US Army Sergeants Major Academy, and is credentialed in numerous Staff Supervisory Programs. John is the recipient of the prestigious “Legion of Merit.”

800-861-8387 (office)
401-383-9107 (fax)
jmcdonough@osdri.org

Dee DeQuattro, Esquire

Director of Development and Veteran Legal Services

Dee DeQuattro serves as the Director of Development and Veteran Legal Services. Ms. DeQuattro earned a B.A. in Communications and Political Science from Roger Williams University; an M.A. from Providence College; and a J.D. from the University of Massachusetts Law School in Dartmouth. She is licensed to practice law in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and is accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in the handling of disability claims. In addition to her responsibilities at OSDRI, Ms. DeQuattro is a Captain in the Rhode Island Army National Guard assigned to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. In 2016, Ms. DeQuattro founded the Boots on the Ground For Heroes Memorial and serves as the president of its board of directors.

Prior to joining OSDRI full-time, Ms. DeQuattro had a career in Rhode Island media spanning print, digital, radio and television. Her work earned the 2012 Associated Press Award: Best Website; and, 2009 and 2010 Associated Press Award – Best Talk Show.

800-861-8387 (office)
401-500-6031 (Media Inquiries Only)
401-383-9107 (fax)
deedequattroesq@osdri.org

Tyrone Smith

Director of Veteran Housing and Employment

Tyrone Smith (Ty) serves as the Director of Employment & Housing for Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. Mr. Smith is originally from Columbia, South Carolina, where he joined the U.S. Army immediately after graduating Irmo High School in 2002. Ty served over 6 years as a Military Policeman. During his service he was stationed in Virginia and Germany and deployed to Baghdad, Iraq from 2006-2008 with the 1st Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Cavalry Scouts. In 2008, Ty served as a Subject Matter Expert for the Virtual Army Experience, a mobile video game simulation, while working on his Associates Degree from Bristol Community College (BCC) in Fall River, MA. After graduating BCC he transferred to Brown University where he received his BA in English.

Before coming to Operation Stand Down Rhode Island Ty served as U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s Veterans Affairs Coordinator. Ty comes from a family of those who have served their country in the military and in law enforcement. He and his wife have two children and a Labrador, Bohdi.

800-861-8387 (office)
401-500-6031 (Media Inquiries Only)
401-383-9107 (fax)
tyronesmith@osdri.org

Brian P. Sullivan

Associate Director of Veteran Outreach

Master Sergeant, U.S. Army (Retired)

Mr. Sullivan is the Associate Director of Veteran Outreach for Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. Raised in Newport, he graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Mr. Sullivan served on active duty with the United States Army National Guard for thirty four years obtaining the rank of Master Sergeant. He was recognized nationally with four awards for top production as a recruiter and top career counselor. He graduated from the Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas in 2011.

800-861-8387 (office)
401-383-9107 (fax)
briansullivan@osdri.org

Jose Gonzalez

Chief Financial Officer

Jose L. Gonzalez serves as the Chief Financial Officer at Operation Stand Down. Jose graduated from Johnson and Wales University with a Master of Science Degree in Accounting. With over 17 years of experience, he’s worked for both private and public companies, across multiple industries, including insurance, media/broadcasting, manufacturing, and foodservice. Born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, he now resides in Rhode Island with his wife and three children.

800-861-8387 (office)
401-383-9107 (fax)
josegonzalez@osdri.org

Sherry Elderkin

Case Manager

Sherry Elderkin is the case manager for OSDRI’s transitional home for homeless female veterans, The U.S. Marine CPL Holly Charette Home. Prior to joining the OSDRI staff in 2011, Ms. Elderkin served for nearly 19 years as a key volunteer assisting homeless veterans and contributing to Stand Down Weekend. She has an extensive employment history in the field of social services. A native Rhode Islander, Ms. Elderkin is the military spouse of a Desert Storm Veteran.

800-861-8387 (office)
401-383-9107 (fax)
sherryelderkin@osdri.org

Ernest M. Pavao

Case Manager

Master Sergeant, U.S. Army (Retired)

Ernest M. Pavao serves as an OSDRI Case Manager. Mr. Pavao retired with the rank of Master Sergeant after completing 28 years of active duty service with the Rhode Island Army National Guard. His last assigned duty position was with the 1st Battlion, 103d Field Artillery as Senior Supply Sergeant. Born in Massachusetts, he attended Roger Williams University and studied Business Administration. Prior to joining OSDRI’s Staff, he worked as a civilian contractor for the Rhode Island Army National Guard as a Human Resource Specialist.

800-861-8387 (office)
401-383-9107 (fax)
ernestpavao@osdri.org

Ernest C. Quarry, Jr.

Case Manager

USMC Veteran

Ernest C. Quarry, Jr. serves Housing Manager for OSDRI’s Permanant Supportive Housing. Prior to joining OSDRI’s Staff, he retired with the rank of Captain after twenty four (24) years with the Rhode Island State Police. His last assignment with the RISP was as the Director of Training for the Rhode Island State Police and the Department of Public Safety. Captain Quarry’s previous assignments include Patrol Commander of the Lincoln Woods Barracks, Shift Sergeant at the Lincoln Woods Barracks and Fleet Operations Officer. He was Commandant of the 2009 Rhode Island State Police Recruit Training Academy and Academy Staff Instructor for the 1997, 2000 and 2005 Rhode Island State Police Recruit Training Academies. Most recently he served as the District “A” Commander of the Division’s Uniform Bureau.

Captain Quarry served in the United State Marine Corps from 1977 to 1981, attaining the rank of Sergeant. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University.

800-861-8387 (office)
401-383-9107 (fax)
ernestquarry@osdri.org

James M. Duncanson, Jr.

Case Manager

Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army

James M. Duncanson, Jr. serves as an OSDRI Case Manager. Mr. Duncanson is currently a Sergeant First Class attached to the 243D Regiment (Regional Training Institute). He has over 22 years of service with the Rhode Island Army National Guard. He is currently D Company NCOIC, Newsletter Publisher and Social Media Administrator at the 243D. His first assignment was as a “gun bunny” with Bravo Battery, 1ST Battalion, 103D Field Artillery in North Smithfield, RI. He served a tour in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Born in Massachusetts, he attended Clark University where received a B.A. in Government. Later, he attended Southern New Hampshire University (formerly New Hampshire College) where he received a M.S. in Community Economic Development. Prior to joining OSDRI’s Staff he worked as an Area Manager in the Circulation Department of the Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, MA.

800-861-8387 (office)
401-383-9107 (fax)
jamesduncanson@osdri.org

Cassi duCharme

Case Manager

Cassi DuCharme graduated from Franklin Pierce University with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre. She has been highly involved in her local community with the Scituate Lions Club, Swamp Meadow Community Theatre and The Bradley Playhouse. Prior to joining OSDRI she was the Executive Assistant at the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund, specializing in Event and Volunteer Management. She is the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran and sister of an OIF Veteran.

800-861-8387 (office)
401-383-9107 (fax)
cassiducharme@osdri.org

George R. Luttge

Employment and Training Specialist

George R. Luttge serves as the Employment and Training Specialist at Operation Stand Down.  He served 8 years with the Rhode Island National Guard and deployed twice, once to Bosnia/Hungary (SFOR8) and most recently to Iraq (OIF 1).   Born in Rhode Island, George resides in East Providence with his wife and four children.  He commits his time to volunteering for veterans and within the community. George is the Commander of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association for chapter 9-1 and is an active member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

800-861-8387 (office)
401-383-9107 (fax)
Gluttge@osdri.org

William C. Jamieson

Case Manager

USMC Veteran

William Jamieson is an OSDRI Case Manager. He served in the United State Marine Corps from 1985 to 1992, deployed to Operation Desert Shield/Storm and attained the rank of Sergeant.  He is the second of three generations in his family that have served in the Marine Corps.

Prior to joining OSDRI’s staff, Mr. Jamieson retired from the Rhode Island State Police.  His last assignment with the RISP was Major of Inspectional Services.

800-861-8387 (office)
401-383-9107 (fax)
wjamieson@osdri.org

Jessica Miller

Executive Assistant

Jessica Miller serves as the Executive Assistant. Jessica graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science Degree, with her concentration in Human Development and Family Studies. Jessica started with Operation Stand Down as an Intern while in her senior year at URI. Jessica has always wanted to work with helping veterans and their families. Her inspiration in this field stems from her military background. Jessica is the wife of a member of the Rhode Island Air National Guard, the sister of an Active Duty Marine, and the daughter of a Vietnam Era Veteran.

800-861-8387 (office)
401-383-9107 (fax)
jmiller@osdri.org

Timothy M. Ruel

Employment and Training Specialist

U.S. Army Veteran

Timothy Ruel serves as an employment and training specialist at Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. Tim served in the Army National Guard for 23 years. In his 23 years Tim deployed to Fallujah Iraq with the 115th Military Police Company from 2003-2004. Tim was also deployed a second time to Baghdad Iraq with the 43rd Military Police Brigade as a Chaplain Assistant from 2005-2006. One last deployment for Tim and that was to Guantanamo Bay Cuba where Tim served as a Military Policeman with the QRF Platoon.

Born in Rhode Island Tim resides in Cumberland, with his wife Cheryl. Tim commits his time to volunteering for Veterans within his community. Tim is also Chapter Captain for Team Red White and Blue, where his job is to get Veterans back into the community with social and physical activities.

401/383-4730 (Office)
401-383-9107 (FAX)
truel@osdri.org

Lindsey Arigno

Employment and Training Specialist/
Recovery Housing Specialist

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

Lindsey Arigno is an Employment and Training Specialist along with being the Recovery Housing Specialist. Lindsey joined the Army National Guard in 2011 and is currently serving as a Staff Sergeant in Joint Force Headquarters. She deployed in 2017-2018 with the 126th Aviation Battalion to Kuwait and Iraq. Born and raised in Connecticut, Lindsey moved to Rhode Island in 2013 to attend The University of Rhode Island where she graduated in 2016 with a Bachelors in Psychology. Lindsey currently resides with her boyfriend, an OEF veteran, and their black lab, Hope.

401/383-4730 (Office)
401-383-9107 (fax)
larigno@osdri.org

Kailey L. Wildenhain, Esquire

Managing Attorney, Disability Division

Ms. Wildenhain is the Managing Attorney for the Disability Division at Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. Ms. Wildenhain graduated from Roger Williams University in 2010 with a B.A. in Legal Studies and Clinical Psychology, as well as a minor concentration in Philosophy. Ms. Wildenhain went on to attend Roger Williams University School of Law, where she graduated with a J.D. in 2013. She is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Federal District of Massachusetts, and before the Administration for Veterans Affairs. She is an active member of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates (NOVA).

Ms. Wildenhain assumed her current position with OSDRI in 2019. Prior to joining OSDRI, Ms. Wildenhain was the managing attorney for the VA division at Rob Levine & Associates, where she established a division dedicated to helping veterans in their pursuit of disability compensation through the VA for injuries sustained during military service. She is the granddaughter of two Korean War Era Veterans, and her brother is a Chemical Biology and Radiology Nuclear Specialist for the Massachusetts Army National Guard.

401-600-1236 (office)
401-383-9107 (fax)
kwildenhainesq@osdri.org

Kaylin M. Pelletier, Esquire

Staff Attorney

Kaylin M. Pelletier, Esq. serves as a Staff Attorney for Operation Stand Down Rhode Island.  Kaylin is a Rhode Island native and alumna of Johnson & Wales University (B.S. in Criminal Justice, Magna Cum Laude, May 2014) and Roger Williams University School of Law (J.D., Magna Cum Laude, December 2017).  She is admitted to practice law before the Rhode Island Supreme Court, Massachusetts Supreme Court, United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, and is also accredited through the Board of Veteran’s Affairs.  For OSDRI, Kaylin provides free and low-cost legal services in a vast array of civil legal fields, but her primary focus is in that of disability law.  Kaylin helps veterans secure both VA service-connected disability benefits as well as federal social security disability benefits.  She is the granddaughter of an Air Force Veteran.

401-383-4730 (office)
401-383-9107 (fax)
kpelletieresq@osdri.org