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OSDRI prides itself on providing veterans a “Hand Up… Not a Hand Out” and with over 215 years of military experience on our staff we follow the time honored tradition of “Veterans Serving Veterans.”
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.

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.

Office: 401-383-4730
Fax: 401-383-9107
Email: erikwallinesq@osdri.org

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.”

Office: 800-861-8387
Fax: 401-383-9107
Email: jmcdonough@osdri.org

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.

Office: 800-861-8387
Media Inquiries: 401-500-6031
Fax: 401-383-9107
Email: deedequattroesq@osdri.org

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.

Office: 800-861-8387
Media Inquiries: 401-500-6031
Fax: 401-383-9107
Email: tyronesmith@osdri.org

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.

Office: 800-861-8387
Fax: 401-383-9107
Email: briansullivan@osdri.org

MASTER SERGEANT, U.S. ARMY (RETIRED)

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.

Office: 800-861-8387
Fax: 401-383-9107
Email: josegonzalez@osdri.org

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.

Office: 800-861-8387
Fax: 401-383-9107
Email: sherryelderkin@osdri.org

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.

Office: 800-861-8387
Fax: 401-383-9107
Email: ernestpavao@osdri.org

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.

Office: 800-861-8387
Fax: 401-383-9107
Email: ernestquarry@osdri.org

Stefanie Perreault serves as a paralegal for the legal division of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island and also represents veterans in pursuit of disability compensation as an Accredited Claims Advocate credentialed through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Stefanie graduated from Roger Williams University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology.

Prior to joining OSDRI, Stefanie worked as an Accredited Claims Advocate and Team Lead at Chisholm, Chisholm & Kilpatrick, LTD in Providence, RI for five years. There, she helped veterans appeal claims for disability compensation. She has also worked as a child support processing clerk in Plymouth, MA.  She is the granddaughter of a WWII veteran. She lives in Cumberland with her husband and son.

Office: 800-861-8387

Fax: 401-383-9107
Email: sperreault@osdri.org

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.

Office: 800-861-8387
Fax: 401-383-9107
Email: gluttge@osdri.org

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.

Office: 800-861-8387
Fax: 401-383-9107
Email: wjamieson@osdri.org

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.

Office: 800-861-8387
Fax: 401-383-9107
Email: jmiller@osdri.org

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.

Office: 800-861-8387
Fax: 401-383-9107
Email: truel@osdri.org

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.

Office: 800-861-8387
Fax: 401-383-9107
Email: larigno@osdri.org

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.

Office: 800-861-8387
Fax: 401-383-9107
Email: kwildenhainesq@osdri.org

Kaylin M. Pelletier-Koenig, Esq. serves as a Staff Attorney for Operation Stand Down Rhode Island and is a Rhode Island native. Kaylin graduated magna cum laude from Johnson & Wales University in May of 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice and minor concentrations in Psychology, Sociology, and History. Kaylin then went on to attend and graduate magna cum laude from Roger Williams University School of Law with her Juris Doctorate in December 2017. At Roger Williams Law she was a member of the Honors Program, an Associate Editor of the Roger Williams University Law Review, and Justice of the Madison Chapter of Phi Alpha Law Fraternity, International. Kaylin 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 accredited as a VA Claims Representative. For OSDRI, Kaylin provides free and reduced-fee legal services in multiple civil legal fields. Kaylin’s primary focus is Social Security Disability Law where she assists veterans at all levels of the SSDI/SSI application and appeals process from initial claims to appeals before the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. In addition, she also handles private and subsidized evictions in Rhode Island District and Superior Court and other miscellaneous housing law matters. Kaylin additionally assists veterans with SNAP application and appeals, uncontested family law matters, criminal record expungements, and assistance with Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal cases.

Prior to joining OSDRI’s team, Kaylin was an Associate Social Security Disability Attorney at Marasco & Nesselbush in Providence, RI where she learned the ins and outs of Social Security. From there she was chosen to serve as an Equal Justice Works Veterans Legal Corp Fellow via a cooperative between OSDRI and Rhode Island Legal Services, an organization for which she had been working and volunteering since her second year of law school. Kaylin is the wife of a Rhode Island Army National Guard paratrooper and the granddaughter of a Vietnam-Era Air Force Veteran.

Office: 800-861-8387
Fax: 401-383-9107
Email: kpelletieresq@osdri.org

U.S. ARMY

Martin Kemp has served as an SSVF housing case manager at Operation Stand Down Rhode Island since 2019. Mr. Kemp is grew up locally in Warwick RI where he attended Warwick Veterans Memorial High School. Once graduating high school in 2010 Mr. Kemp enlisted in the Rhode Island Army National Guard as an infantryman with C.co 1-143 Airborne Infantry. Mr. Kemp did one tour in Uruzgan Afghanistan from 2011-2012, when he returned home he attended Rhode Island College where he earned a BA in history.

Mr. Kemp has backgrounds in logistics and marketing from his time as Marketing Operations NCO for the Rhode Island Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battallion.

Martin transitioned careers in an effort to more directly support other local veterans in his community.

Office: 800-861-8387
Fax: 401-383-9107
Email: mkemp@osdri.org

U.S. ARMY (FMR.)

Barbra serves as a case manager at Operation Stand down Rhode Island. She has an associate’s degree from Community College of Rhode Island. She served 10 years in the Rhode Island National guard as a military police officer. Military is in her family, between her husband, 2 brothers, father and herself there are over 109 years of military service.
Born in Rhode Island she now lives in Massachusetts with her husband, 2 kids and her Shih Tzu, Oreo. She is an avid runner and enjoys playing softball

Office: 800-861-8387
Fax: 401-383-9107
Email: bthibault@osdri.org

U.S. ARMY (FMR.)

Arturo Ramirez serves as the Health Care Navigator for Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Mr. Ramirez grew up in Texas, California and Virginia, as the son of a US Marine. He joined the US Army upon graduating from high school serving in the 75th Ranger Regiment and 173rd Airborne Brigade.

During his 7 years in the US Army, he was stationed in Savannah, Georgia with 1st Ranger Battalion and in Vicenza, Italy with the 1/508th ABCT.  As a civilian, he had the pleasure of living throughout Italy and Germany, including Landstuhl and Bavaria.

His professional experience includes 5 years as a correctional officer for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Chief of Security for a European data-recovery company, Lead Clinician for a community mental health center and Team Leader of an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program where he coordinated client care.

Mr. Ramirez holds a BS in Psychology/Philosophy from the University of Maryland Global Campus Europe and an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.

He lives with his wife and children in Rhode Island enjoying the outdoors, good food and music on a daily basis.

Office: 800-861-8387
Fax: 401-383-9107
Email: aramirez@osdri.org

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