Your officers and staff

Your local representatives on the NEARI Delegate Assembly elect officers every two years at the annual meeting in May. Any member is eligible to run for any post, with the exception of the regional vice presidents, each of whom must belong to the membership category or region he/she represents. There are no limits to officer terms.

NEARI Officers 2021-2023

  • President
    Lawrence E. Purtill

  • Vice President
    Valarie Lawson, East Providence Education Association
  • Secretary
    Sue Warburton, NEA North Kingstown
  • Asst. Secretary
    Jamie Grissom, Scituate Paras
  • Treasurer
    Amy Mullen, NEA Tiverton
  • Asst. Treasurer
    Kristin Chase, EP Teacher Asst.
  • NEA Director (three-year term, expiring 2025)
    Vin Levcowich, NEA Chariho 


Open Positions

Vice President - email Executive Director Mary Barden (mbarden with interest.

Regional Vice Presidents 

  • Region I (teacher locals in Barrington, Bristol-Warren, East Providence)
    Nick Shattuck, EPEA
  • Region II (teacher locals in Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Newport Special Ed., New Shoreham, Portsmouth, Tiverton)
    Joe Cassady, NEA Portsmouth
  • Region III (teacher locals in Chariho, Narragansett, South Kingstown, Westerly)
    Brian Nelson, NEA South Kingstown
  • Region IV (teacher locals in Burrillville, Cumberland, Davies Career and Technical High School, RI School for the Deaf, Smithfield, North Smithfield)
    Michael Twohey, NEA Smithfield
  • Region V (teacher locals in East Greenwich, Foster, Glocester, Ponaganset, Exeter-West Greenwich, North Kingstown, Scituate)
    Paul McDonald, NEA North Kingstown
  • Higher Education (all higher education locals with the exception of ESP)
    Marian (Mimi) Fattore, CCRI PSA
  • Higher Education ESP (all higher education ESP)
    Debra Coty, URI ESP
  • K-12 ESP (all K-12 education support professionals and para-professionals)
    Sue Allienello, East Providence Secretaries 
  • State, Municipal, Retired Personnel (all locals in these categories)
    Raymond Pouliot, Retired


The NEARI staff keeps the association running smoothly, and represents your interests at the local and state level.

  • Executive Director
    Mary K. Barden
  • Deputy Executive Director
    Jennifer Azevedo, Esq.
  • General Counsel
    John DeCubellis,Jr., Esq.
  • Business Manager
    Gregory Brennick
  • Communications Director
    Stephanie Mandeville

  • Government Relations 
    Patrick Crowley
  • Administrative Assistant
    Cheryl A. Hawes
  • Children's Fund Coordinator
    Valerie Staples
  • Membership
    Rhonda Muncey

Assistant Executive Directors/UniServ

  • Crystal Bergantine
  • Leslie Florio
  • Peter Gingras
  • Alexander Lucini
  • Sarah Markey
  • Amanda Scott


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Use the number on your membership card as your login for the Access Member Benefits program.

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99 Bald Hill Road
Cranston, RI 02920-2631

P: 401-463-9630
F: 401-463-5337

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