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 2023-2026

  • President
    Valarie Lawson
  • Vice President
    Amy Mullen, NEA Tiverton
  • Secretary
    Sue Warburton, NEA North Kingstown
  • Asst. Secretary
    Jamie Grissom, Scituate Paraprofessionals
  • Treasurer
    Kristin Chase, EP Secretaries
  • Asst. Treasurer
    Brian Nelson, NEA South Kingstown
  • NEA Director (three-year term, expiring 2025)
    Vin Levcowich, NEA Chariho

Open Positions

Our Open Positions

Regional Vice Presidents


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
  • Membership
    Rhonda Muncey
  • Member Data Organizer
    Samuel G. Howard

Assistant Executive Directors/UniServ

  • Crystal Bergantine
  • Leslie Florio
  • Peter Gingras
  • Alexander Lucini
  • Fil Eden
  • Amanda Scott