Your officers and staff, at your service

Your local representatives on the NEARI Delegate Assembly elect officers every two years at the annual meeting in May. Any active 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 2019-2021

  • 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 2022)
    Vin Levcowich, NEA Chariho 

     

*Officers voted in mid-term serve until the vote at the May delegate assembly. 

Open Positions

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)
    Tom Pirnie, Chariho ESP
  • State, Municipal, Retired Personnel (all locals in these categories)
    Raymond Pouliot, Retired

NEARI Staff

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

  • Executive Director
    Robert A. Walsh, Jr.
     
  • Deputy Executive Director
    Jennifer Azevedo, Esq.
     
  • General Counsel
    John DeCubellis,Jr., Esq.
     
  • Business Manager
    Gregory Brennick
     
  • Communications Director
    Stephanie Mandeville
     

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

Assistant Executive Directors/UniServ

  • Mary Barden
     
  • Crystal Bergantine
     
  • Leslie Florio
     
  • Peter Gingras
     
  • Sarah Markey
     
  • Amanda Scott
     

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