Resident Support Staff

  • Alex Mayer, C-TAGME - Program Administrator


    Email: amayer@lifespan.org
    Phone: 401-444-5577

    I grew up in Middlebury, Vermont and attended Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana where I majored in Arts Journalism. I have lived in Providence since 2002, where I initially worked as a freelance music journalist, interviewing performers and leaders in the local arts scene, as well as international DJs and producers. As an avid cyclist, I have a great fondness for Rhode Island’s scenic bike paths and rural local roads. I have also spent numerous summers section-hiking Vermont’s 270-mile Long Trail.

    I have worked in the Internal Medicine residency program since 2008, becoming well-versed in ACGME accreditation requirements, as well as ensuring that our evaluation management system adapts to meet the needs of our program and ACGME reporting requirements.

  • Terry Bomba - Administrative Assistant


    Administrative Assistant to Dominick Tammaro, MD and Jennifer Jeremiah, MD.

    I began my career at Rhode Island Hospital in 1981, working various jobs over the past 35 years. I joined the residency program in 2000, and have stayed ever since. Outside of administrative support for Dom and Jen, I handle a variety of tasks for the program including the noon conference schedule, program verifications, and the scheduling of interviews and all correspondence with the applicants during recruitment season. I am also a notary public. I love the beaches and restaurants in RI, and also spend my free time baking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

  • Donna Pappas - GIM/Primary Care Training Program Coordinator


    I have worked in our program for 6 years. I prepare block schedules for the GIM residents while they are on Ambulatory Block, which involves scheduling a variety of teaching sessions and subspecialty sessions.

    I love working with the residents, from their first year as an Intern, up to their third year as a resident. It is so rewarding getting to know them over their 3 years and to see how much they have grown.

    I have two boys, one who recently just graduated college, while the other is still attending college. In my free time, I enjoy walking, kayaking, skiing and just being with friends and family.

  • Deborah Pratas - Training Program Coordinator


    I am a lifelong Rhode Islander and currently live in North Providence. I’ll be working with you in your second year of residency preparing all categorical block schedules, extra clinics and sub-specialty sites. The thing I enjoy the most about my job - to see your growth and transformation take place within the three years of residency here at RIH. I have three beautiful adult children, grand-puppies and enjoy spending time with them, hiking, running and training for the next race!
  • Vanna Thlang - Administrative Assistant


    Administrative Assistant to Dr. Kelly McGarry.

    I began my career at Rhode Island Hospital in the Department of Homeostasis and Thrombosis in 2006. In 2011 I was transferred to the Division of General Internal Medicine. I am currently attending CCRI, studying HealthCare Management. My husband and I have six children. In my free time, I enjoy travel, boogie boarding, reading and spending time with my family.

  • Luci Trumbull - Training Program Coordinator


    I manage the daily operations of the program at The Miriam Hospital, including providing support to our Chief Medical Residents and Associate Program Directors . I coordinate monthly schedules, as well as our site’s educational and teaching conferences for the housestaff. I also generate a variety of reports for site Program Directors about resident metrics. I enjoy witnessing the residents’ compassion, commitment and dedication to learning – and connecting with them on a personal level.

    I joined the staff in June 2012 and I have worked in healthcare and education for more than 18 years. My interests outside of work include exploring antique and flea markets for treasures and “finds”, music (listening and singing), and spending time with my son and husband.

  • Lily Velez - Training Program Coordinator


    I was born in Medellin, Colombia and I have lived in Rhode Island since 1980. I’m a big sports fan and love all the New England teams: Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox, New England Revolution, Boston Bruins, etc. I have three beautiful daughters who enjoy sports as much as I do. I couldn’t have asked for a better state to live in and raise my family. I have worked in the medical field for the past 25 years as an administrative assistant. I have been very fortunate to be a part of the Alpert Medical School Internal Medicine Residency Program team for the past 15 years.