Senior and Program Leadership

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Meet the Tri-County Team of dedicated, experienced individuals who are passionate about bettering the lives of others in their community, and treating others with dignity and respect, regardless of their financial situation. Led by President and CEO, Joseph DeSantis, the Leadership Team takes a hands-on approach to daily operations.


President and CEO

Joseph R. DeSantis

(401) 519-1900

Executive Assistant

Paula Morris

(401) 519-1900

Chief Operating Officer

Brenda Dowlatshahi

(401) 519-1900

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Kristen Edward

(401) 519-1943

Human Resources Director

Lori Mahoney

(401) 519-1902

Chief Information Officer

Nghia Tieu

(401) 330-5583

Communications and Corporate Compliance Director

Jennifer Papagolos

(401) 330-5579

Director of Community and Legislative Affairs

Richard DelFino, III


Executive Coordinator for Washington County Programs

Margaret (Peggy) McGovern

(401) 789-3016 ext. 2321

Facilities and Grounds Director

Joseph Russo

(401) 519-1997


Health Center Director

Brenda Dowlatshahi

(401) 519-1900

Medical Director

Karen Lachapelle, APRN

(401) 519-1940

Director of Integrated, and Outpatient Behavioral Health

Jennifer Caffrey, LICSW

(401) 519-1940

Director of Practice Management, Health Center

Jessica Gormley

(401) 519-1990

HIT and Quality Director, Health Center

Ann-Marie Barone

(401) 519-1940

Dental Director

Daniel Kane, DMD

(401) 519-1940

Head Start Director

Rhonda Farrell

(401) 519-1926

Emergency Services and Energy Program Director

Stephanie DiTusa

(401) 519-1917

Employment, Education and Training Director

Justin Waranis

(401) 351-2750

Senior and Disabled Adult Services Director

Regina Spirito

(401) 709-2643

Family Care Community Partnership Director

Margaret Teehan

(401) 789-3016 ext. 2315

Joyful Learning Child Academy Program Director

Laurie Armando, M.Ed.

(401) 789-2244

Victims of Crime Advocacy Program (VOCA) Director

William Morrissette

(401) 519-1916

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Director

Casey Sardo, RD, LDN

(401) 519-1933

Prevention Director, SPC Regional Prevention Task Force Director

Patricia Sweet

(401) 519-1903

Health Equity Zone Director, Serving Johnston, Smithfield, North Providence

Lisa Kennedy

(401) 349-6969