Compulsive hoarding, or “Hoarding Disorder”, is a recognized mental disorder featured in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fifth Edition).



Oak Street Health


Agenda (Speaker order subject to change)

8:30 am        Check in and breakfast

9:00-9:15      Welcome remarks and housekeeping

9:15-10:15    Dr. Maria Mancebo,  Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Clinician Educator Alpert Medical School of Brown University

10:15-10:30  Break

10:30-11:30  Dr. Maria Mancebo

11:30-12:00  Questions for Dr. Mancebo

12:00-12:30 Sarah Lopatka, Chief Program Officer at Westbay Community Action, Inc.

12:30-1:00    Lunch

1:00-2:30      Vincent Quinterno, DSFM, CFI, JFS II Fire Safety Training Officer

2:30-3:00      Questions for Vincent Quinterno

3:00-3:15      Break

3:15-4:15      Steve Shoppa (via Zoom), Senior Technician of Steri-Clean, the Leader in Hoarding & Haphazard Cleanup

4:15-5pm      Emely Portillo, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity


December 2nd, 9-5 pm Check-in & breakfast at 8:30 am

Speakers begin promptly at 9 am.


The event will be hybrid on Zoom and held in-person.

Masks required to attend in person


East Greenwich Veteran Firemen’s Association

80 Queen St

East Greenwich 02818.

Masks will be required. If you would prefer not to wear a mask we are happy to welcome you virtually.

CDC COVID guidance will be followed regarding social distancing.


via Zoom


Pre-Registration is required

(RI Elder Info has support from the Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council to assist with the registration)

Cost $75 per person


7 Continuing Education Units have been approved for the following professions:

Licensed Social Workers,
Mental Health Counselors,
Licensed Chemical Dependency Professionals,
Peer Recovery Specialists,
Community Health Workers,
Building Inspectors,


Speaker info

Maria Mancebo, PhD

Dr. Maria Mancebo is a clinical psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School. She specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder and compulsive hoarding and trains psychology and psychiatry residents to provide these interventions. She also directs the OCD and Anxiety Disorders Program at Butler Hospital, an intensive outpatient program.  She has been treating hoarding for over 20 years and has experience with both individual and group interventions.  Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and she has a number of publications on the outcome of treatments for OCD and hoarding provided in community settings.

Vincent Quinterno
Fire Safety Training Officer, Rhode Island State Fire Marshal’s Office

Vincent Quinterno’s life and career are built on his passion and loyalty to his community.  Simply put Vincent is a deeply driven individual with a rare combination of courage and tenacity.  Vincent tours the community and internationally bringing CRR awareness to all audiences.  Vincent is on the cutting edge of modern fire safety and injury prevention campaign. Vincent has over 34-years’ experience in the fire service, and firmly believes that saving one life would make all his efforts worth it.

Steve Shopa
Field Supervisor, Trainer of Steri-Clean and Hoarders.com

Steve started with Steri-Clean at the beginning of 2012 as a Jr. Field Technician. Since that time, he has been promoted several times from Lead Technician to now Field Supervisor. Steve’s responsibilities include: supervising Jr. and Senior Technicians in the field, training all newly hired Technicians and providing Educational Programs. Steve possesses a lot of on the job expertise having worked to clean hundreds of hoards.

Sarah Lopatka
Chief Program Officer at Westbay Community Action, Inc.

Sarah will discuss the innovative grant WestBay CAP received to assist individuals with hoarding disorder within their catchment area.

Emely Portillo, Esq.
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

Emely Portillo is an Equal Opportunity Specialist at U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity where she conducts civil rights compliance reviews of HUD-funded programs. Prior to joining HUD, she was Sr. Investigator for the City of Boston Office of Fair Housing and Equity where she spent three years investigating allegations of housing discrimination under state and local fair housing laws. She is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Register to attend In-Person at the

East Greenwich Veteran Firemen’s Association Banquet Hall
80 Queen St
East Greenwich, RI

Masks Required




Register to attend via Zoom

Please be sure to have a working camera and to remain in front of your camera during the presentations.


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