JOAN KWIATKOWSKI, MSW
Chief Executive Officer
Joan has worked as a healthcare administrator since the early 1980s in hospital settings and community mental health clinics and currently serves as CEO of both PACE and CareLink. CareLink is a network of nonprofit long-term care providers within Rhode Island. Joan has a degree in psychology and philosophy from Boston College, a Master’s in Social Work at Boston University and a certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in Nonprofit Administration at Stanford University School of Business. From 2013-2016 Joan served as the Chair of the Board of the National PACE Association.
Lynda M. Gilbert
Chief Financial Officer
Lynda provides oversight for the financial management and federal reporting requirements for PACE, CareLink, and Leading Age Rhode Island. She has 20+ years of experience in public accounting, auditing, and financial reporting for nonprofit organizations and commercial entities. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Rhode Island College. She co-chaired the nonprofit committee of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants and served as treasurer for nine years for Providence CityArts for Youth.
Tsewang Gyurmey, MD
Chief Medical Officer/Primary Care Physician
Since joining PACE in 2012, Dr. Gyurmey has served as a primary care physician and geriatrician, and now as Chief Medical Officer. He graduated from the Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi University and completed a residency in family medicine at the University of Connecticut, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, CT, as well as a residency in internal medicine at Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi University. In 2012, Dr. Gyurmey completed a fellowship in geriatrics at the University of Connecticut, and a structural acupuncture course for physicians through Harvard Medical School.
Chief of Marketing and Development
Tom oversees marketing and development initiatives for PACE-RI, while researching and implementing growth opportunities. As a senior executive, he also contributes to the organization’s business development and participates in setting and achieving the strategic goals of the organization. He has over 20 years of experience running effective public relations and marketing programs, improving operational efficiency and managing employee engagement in health care, political and government settings. He earned his B.A. in politics from Fairfield University, and completed a certificate in project management at Bryant University’s Executive Development Center.
Kelly A. Lee
Vice President of Community & Government Engagement
Kelly holds a Master of Science in Health Service Administration from Salve Regina University and has over 20 years of healthcare experience. Kelly joined the PACE team in 2013 after 14 years as the Executive Director of the Adult Day Center of Westerly. She has been named one of Providence Business News’ “40 Under 40,” and is a tireless advocate for outreach in the community. Kelly is an adjunct professor at Rhode Island College, teaching an introductory course in health service administration.
Vice President of Clinical Services
Betsy has been a nurse for 41 years and a nurse practitioner for 15 years. During her career, she has worked in both acute and post-acute care settings as well as in community health in California, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. She has been a part of PACE since 2007 as a nurse practitioner and has served as the Vice President of Clinical Services since 2015. Betsy holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northeastern University and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island.
Vice President of Operations
Bill joined PACE in 2015 and oversees operations across all three PACE locations. He received his Master’s of Social Work from Boston College and a Certificate in Bioethics and Health Policy from the Neiswanger Institute of Bioethics at Loyola University. Kirkpatrick served for several years as the Program Director at the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter. He also worked as the Director of Clinical Social Work in acute care hospitals in Rhode Island for more than 30 years.
Vice President of Education and Research
Cheryl has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years, earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1974 and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration in 1997. Cheryl worked in acute care settings for 10 years as a staff nurse and a Nurse Leader until choosing to change her focus to community-based care. Cheryl has 30 years of experience in home-based care and hospice care. She came to the PACE Organization of Rhode Island in August of 2008.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS - LEADERSHIP
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD
Erica Estus, Pharm.D., R.PH., CGP
Joan Kwiatkowski, CEO
Johnny Luo, MD
Adelita Orefice, Esq.
Sandra Wilkerson, RN