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Meet the Team

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 PACE Organization of 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 from Stanford University School of Business. From 2013-2016 Joan served as the Chair of the Board of the National PACE Association.

SENIOR MANAGEMENT

Lynda M. Gilbert

Chief Financial Officer

Lynda provides oversight for the financial management and federal reporting requirements for PACE 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.

Tom Boucher

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.

Betsy Canino

Chief 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.

Liz Boucher

Chief of Organizational Performance

Liz oversees human resources, professional development and compliance. Previously, she worked at CareLink as chief operating officer and in clinical and project management positions, and at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work in project management. Liz obtained a B.A. in political science from Rutgers University, an M.S.W. at Boston College, and a certificate in project management from Bryant University’s Executive Development Center. Liz is also a licensed, certified social worker and a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.

Maryellen Girard

Vice President of Enrollment

Maryellen has worked in the health and human services industry for nearly 20 years. She began her career in the mental health sector in 2003—working with adolescents in a therapeutic residential facility in Connecticut. In 2006, Maryellen moved to Rhode Island to serve as a case manager at an adult group home facility. She joined the PACE Organization in 2008 as an Intake Coordinator before moving into the role of Health Center Manager. She now serves as Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing Operations. Maryellen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Connecticut in 2003.

Ryan Girard

Vice President of Operations

Over the past 20 years, Ryan has helped a vast array of individuals in the human services field.  He began his career working with children as a homebased therapist and moved into the mental health field as a case manager and eventual program manager, running several facilities.  He joined the PACE Organization of RI in 2013 as the Day Center Director for the Westerly location and moved to the Providence site in 2018.  Ryan serves as the Vice President of Operations and oversees the operations across all PACE RI sites. Ryan received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Rhode Island in 2003.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS - LEADERSHIP

Kim Denny

Chair

Johnny Luo, MD

Vice-Chair

Sandra Wilkerson

Treasurer

Meredith Eckel, RN

Secretary

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

Maria Allen

Rosa Baier, MPH

Kim Denny

Edward D’Arezzo

Frederick Eckel, Esq.

Meredith Eckel, RN

Erica Estus, PharmD

Samuel Havens

Owen Heleen

Denise de Hertogh

Skye Leedahl, PhD

Julie L’Europa, DNP

Johnny Luo, MD

Jeff Meyer

Marianne Raimondo, PhD

Sandra Wilkerson

Chris Woulfe