The booth. Team

“As a minority- and women-owned business, our mission is to provide a physical space and platform for Black and brown artists, entrepreneurs, and creatives to be able to express themselves and share their stories,” explains Silva. “We want to create a space where folks can just be.”" -@heyrhody

Miellette McFarlane

Miellette McFarlane is an Oakland, California native and currently works remotely from Pawtucket, RI as a Partner Alliance Manager in the technology industry. Miellette pivoted into tech after completing the full-time MBA program at Georgetown University in 2020.

Miellette initially moved to Providence in 2015 to join Governor Gina Raimondo's administration on the policy team. She then took a position at the RI Department of Labor & Training as a Grant Adviser for the Real Jobs Rhode Island program, and acted as Interim Director before leaving for graduate school. Prior to moving to RI, Miellette worked as an analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Salt Lake City. Miellette has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California Riverside and also completed a Global Economics study abroad program in Florianopolis, Brazil.

During her MBA, Miellette co-founded
@mxrcocktails, a box cocktail kit company, in conjunction with her partner Michael’s pop-up cocktail business, @baspvd. MXR’s mission is to create community through connection and shared experience, one cocktail at a time. MXR allows you to become your very own bartender and turn your home into the newest bar in the neighborhood. Each box includes recipe cards and all the ingredients to make two sets of unique and delicious craft cocktails. All you need is your spirit.

Tatiana Baena

Tatiana Baena was born in Medellin, Colombia, and migrated with her family to the United States, arriving in Central Falls at the age of 8. She serves as the Director of Enrichment Opportunities for the Central Falls School District, writing and managing grants, creating partnerships and providing internships, out-of-school time enrichment, and other learning and growth opportunities to students in the district.

Prior to her current position, she worked in US Congressman David Cicilline’s District Office, where she led services and policy efforts for women, Veterans, and youth, managed the Congressman's schedule, and was able to make important connections that will last a lifetime.

Tatiana has a Bachelor’s in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island and has stays active in the community by combining her love of soccer and service to organize the @_mundialito, a soccer tournament which brings community together, awards scholarships to Rhode Island student-athletes, showcases local talent, promotes local businesses and organizations. She is a member of the Central Falls Alumni Association's board of directors and is a newly elected City Councilperson in Central Falls.

Michael Silva

Michael was born in Providence and has lived in Pawtucket for most of his life. He is a full time special education teacher at Seekonk High School with South Coast Education Collaborative, whom he’s been with since graduating with his BS in Human Development and Family Planning from the University of Rhode Island in 2013. Upon graduating, Michael began coaching high school boys' basketball with Burriville High School team and then another brief season with the boys basketball team at Charles E. Shea High School in Pawtucket, RI. In 2015 he took a job with Lutheran Social Services and moved to New York City where he discovered his passion for mixology and hospitality.

In 2018 started and founded
@baspvd, a fully licensed and insured cocktail catering company that aims to educate and familiarize an underrepresented demographic in the cocktail culture. Using storytelling as a gateway to mixology, BAS hopes it can provide an alternative to the greater-Providence nightlife. Michael hosts pop ups in various spaces in RI and establishes relationships with restaurants and bars while doing so. Michael is the beverage director at the Dean Bar. Michael also co-founded @mxrcocktails with his partner and our other team member, Miellette McFarlane.

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