About Us

We are pleased to welcome our 2013 Corporate Partners:



Atomic Catering and JDRF are working together to teach healthy eating habits and helping to bring awareness to T1D!


We are happy to partner with the Pawtucket Red Sox to bring fun and excitement to our families here in Rhode Island.  Together JDRF and the PawSox will work on bring awareness of T1D to the field!  Join us as we celebrate a great partnership with an amazing organization!

Go Red Sox!!!!




About the Rhode Island Branch

The JDRF New England Chapter – Rhode Island Branch opened its doors in 1998. The office was originally located on Eddy St. in Providence but moved to Post Road in Warwick, RI in early December 2002. The JDRF New England Chapter office is located in Wellesley Hill, MA.

The Rhode Island office has one full time Branch Manager, Jenny Reis, one part time Development Coordinator, Celina Valentine and one full time Development Assistant, Mary Ellen Rivet. These ladies are responsible for planning and executing the Walk to Cure Diabetes, the Annual JDRF RI Hope Ball, the Annual Tee Up to Cure Diabetes Golf Classic and the New England Chapter Ride to Cure Diabetes program.

The Walk to Cure for Rhode Island started in 1998 and raised $66,000. In just a few short years we have grown to having over 5,000 walkers raising over $370,000. The growth of the Rhode Island Walk is amazing! Roger Williams Park has hosted our Walk to Cure since 1998 and every year we start and finish the walk at the Roger Williams Temple to Music. Walk Day is always filled with fun activities, live music and food. We hope you gather family, friends and co-workers and join us each Fall for the Walk to Cure Diabetes.

The third Monday in July we host the Annual Tee Up To Cure Diabetes Golf Classic! This event was brought to life with the help of Chris Librizzi, former Board Member and Chairman of the Golf Classic. In 2002 the JDRF Rhode Island office was approached and asked to help with a golf tournament. It has been a success from day one and we haven’t looked back! The tournament includes a LIVE and SILENT auction. We hope to see you Taking A Swing at Diabetes in July.

And in 2010 we added the JDRF RI Hope Ball. A black tie event held at the Newport Hyatt Regency, the Hope Ball is an experience you will never forget. From the unique Silent and Live auctions to the Fund A Cure and dancing…this is a must attend event. Year after year this event proves to be one of the best black tie events in all of Rhode Island. Having raised just over $500,000 in its first three years we have learned how successful a elegant night like this can be. We hope you will join us each Spring as we dance the night away and raise much needed research dollars.

In addition to the three core fundraising events in 2010 we also added the Ride to Cure Diabetes program. Join hundreds of riders at one of the 5 different Ride locations throughout the USA. Test your skills and endurance while raising funds for diabetes research. The Rhode Island Branch office organized the Ride program for the entire New England Chapter. We are excited to see its growth and to learn more about the world of cycling.

And last but certainly not least, we understand that fundraising is a part of any organization working to find a cure BUT its not all we do. Our Outreach Programs allow caretakers and individuals with T1D (type 1 diabetes) to meet others who are living in the world of diabetes. From fun outings to one-on-one meetings, our Outreach activities involve everyone.

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Our Location


New England Chapter, Rhode Island Branch

2350 Post Rd., Suite201

Warwick, RI 02886

Phone: 401-738-9898

Fax: 401-738-7162

Email: rhodeisland@jdrf.org


From 95 North or South

Take 95 to exit 13 – T.F. Green Airport.

Take the 2nd exit Post Road/Route 1

At the end of the ramp take a right onto Post Rd. Our office is approximately 3/10th of a mile up on the left hand side in the Airport Professional Park. (When you see Thrifty put on your left blinker.) The entrance is surrounded by a brick wall. Inside the complex 2350 is the first building on the right. JDRF is on the second floor.

Meet Our Staff

Jenny Mello Reis – Branch Manager
Pumpkin Patch 2013

Jenny started at the Rhode Island Branch in March 2003 after a 6 year run in the media industry. She has taken on the task of raising money and planning the RI events because she has been closely affected by diabetes and its complications. Working at JDRF is not a job for Jenny – it’s a mission. Jenny went to Bridgewater State College and majored in Communications with a concentration in Broadcasting. Jenny is also very active in her community coaching girls softball, singing in her church choir and working with needy children in her home town.

Jenny’s motto is “Do it BIG, Do it RIGHT, Do it with STYLE!”

Mary Ellen Rivet – Development Assistant

Mary Ellen began working for JDRF in 2001. Prior to joining JDRF Mary Ellen worked at Bryant College for 14 years as a Training Coordinator. Until working at JDRF Mary Ellen had not realized the impact that diabetes has on the lives of those living with this disease. She will be very happy the day that JDRF finds a cure for diabetes.


Celina Valentine – Development Coordinator