Resident Support Staff

  • Alex Mayer, C-TAGME - Program Administrator

    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, and have recently completed hiking all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-footers in the White Mountains.

    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 Rachel Simmons, MD, Beth Gentilesco, 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, Jen, and Ross, 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.

  • Robert Houston - Training Program Coordinator

    I joined the team at Lifespan as Training Program Coordinator in July 2022.

    After working for several local community-based organizations for more than 20 years, I was ready to take on new challenges while still being able to help people grow and develop. Working in this role has been a great fit to accomplish those goals.

    While not at work, I love spending time at home with my wife or enjoying the many beautiful golf courses that surround us. I was raised as a diehard New England sports fan, so when it’s too cold for golf, you will find me enjoying the games with friends and family.

  • Louise Tetreault - Training Program Coordinator

    I joined the Internal Medicine Residency Program in January 2018 and am very happy to be part of such a diverse, supportive, and enthusiastic team. In my new role, I coordinate block schedules, assist with recruitment, coordinate our Intern and Sr. Resident Research Days as well as a host of other projects. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Journalism from Keene State College in Keene, N.H. My career has taken me on diverse paths including human resources, newspaper reporter, feature and sports writing, theater critic, and government constituent liaison.

    Theater and singing are my passions and occasionally I’ll blend the two by performing in semi-professional musical theater productions. During the holidays I manage two a cappella Christmas caroling groups; one performs in Victorian caroling costumes while the other focuses on contemporary arrangements and clothing. We sing all over New England and love bringing some joy during the holiday season. When I’m not performing you’ll find me enjoying a host of other interests including traveling, sporting events, the beach, historical venues, and baking.

  • Vanna Thlang - Administrative Assistant

    Growing up in California then moving to Rhode Island in 1989 after I got married was a big transition. I love living in Rhode Island, the best state to raise my six children. So many things to do that don’t require a long drive. My favorite little getaway is taking the ferry to block island to ride the moped, sightseeing at Cape Cod, camping & hiking in New Hampshire and Maine. If I don’t get to travel, I like to spend most of my summer at the beach, watching my children boogie boarding. Weekends I love spending time with my family by cooking and having a nice meal together when we can gather. I began my career in the Department of Homeostasis and Thrombosis, Pediatric/Hasbro Children Hospital and Adult Oncology/Rhode Island Hospital in 2006-2010. In 2011 I was transferred to the Division of General Internal Medicine. I am beyond blessed to be part of an awesome team.

  • 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 17 years.