Tomaquag Staff

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Loren M. Spears, Executive Director

Loren is not only the executive director of Tomaquag Museum, she is also an educator, activist, author, and indigenous artist.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1989 and master’s degree from the University of New England with a focus on elementary education. She founded the Nuweetooun School affiliated with the Tomaquag Museum (closed in 2010 due to flooding) and was a teacher in Newport public schools for 12 years. A 2017 winner of the Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities from the Rhode Island Council on the Humanities, she was honored for her “compelling work as an advocate of Indigenous People’s history and cultural heritage in preservation, the arts, and education.” In 2010, Spears was named as one of 11 Extraordinary Women honorees for teaching and education.

Tomaquag Staff Left to Right:

Lynsea Montanari, Educator;       Quanah LaRose, Marketing;        Anthony Belz, Archivist;        Samantha Cullen-Fry, IEN Coordinator;               Silvermoon LaRose, Assistant Director


Board Members


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Rachel Sayet, BOD Co-Chair

Assistant Librarian at Mohegan Tribe

**Mohegan tribal member**


Mary Vieira, BOD Co-Chair

 Director, Learning Leader Network at Center for Leadership & Educational Equity


Katie Kirakosian, BOD Corresponding Secretary

Department of Anthropology at UMass Amherst


Emily Manning

Self Employed

**Narragansett tribal member**


Chrystal Baker

Office Support Assistant at Narragansett Indian Health Center

**Narragansett tribal member**


Mikki Wosencroft

Assistant Vice President at L’oreal

**Narragansett tribal member**


Alexandrea Fortin

Adjunct Professor of Geology at University of Hartford; Collegiate Health Service Corps Coordinator/AmeriCorps Member at Eastern CT Area Health Education Center



Wanda Hopkins

Sr. Word Processor at URI Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies

**Narragansett tribal member**


Elisabeth Dove Manning

Sales Management at Avon

**Narragansett tribal member**


Tom Orvosh

Ship Electronic and Marine Technician at University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography


Amy Pickworth

Editor of Publications at Rhode Island School of Design


Siobhan Senier, PH.D

Professor of English Literature at the University of New Hampshire

Tomaquag Museum has a vibrant Board of Director's from all walks of life. As a Native American organization it must be a majority American Indian. Our Board governs our organization working in conjunction with our Executive Director to fulfill our mission and strive toward our vision. If you are interested in pursuing Board leadership please submit your resume and Bio Attn: BOD Recruitment Committee