The Partnership's Leadership 

The Partnership is governed by a Board of Directors elected annually from among the Provider Membership. The daily management of the association is overseen by our Executive Director, Nicholas Oliver. The Board of Directors meets monthly and its committees, which are open to all members of The Partnership, meet regularly to further The Partnership’s strategic mission, goals and objectives. There are twelve members of the Board of Directors with eleven Directors elected by the Provider Membership. The President of the Board of Directors is Vincent Ward of Home Care Services of Rhode Island.

Officers

President 
Vincent Ward
President and Chief Executive Officer
Home Care Services of Rhode Island
Based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Vinnie has operated Home Care Services of Rhode Island since its founding in 1999 and had previously worked in the home care industry after retiring as police officer for the Woonsocket Police Department. He has a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement from Bryant College. He is a member of the Partnership because “the Partnership’s members are dedicated advocates that work together to improve the business climate of the industry”.

Vice President
Michael Bigney, CPA
Chief Executive Officer and Administrator
Home Health and Hospice Care of Nursing Placement
Headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island 

Secretary-Treasurer 
Cheryl Levesque
Executive Director of Patient Care Services
HomeCare Advantage
Based in Cranston, Rhode Island

Cheryl has worked for HomeCare Advantage, a family-owned business, for over 15 years. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University. She is a member of the Partnership because of its “teamwork to address issues and offer solutions and that its members have similar public policy concerns in which we advocate as one voice for the industry”.

Immediate Past President
Laurie Ellison, RN, BSN
Administrator and Co-Owner
Cowesett Home Care
Based in Warwick, Rhode Island 

Laurie has operated Cowesett Home Care since its founding in 2004 and had previously worked in the home care industry. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rhode Island College. She is a member of the Partnership because she believes in “working together for the betterment of the industry”.


Directors

Dean DeNuccio, JD, CPA
General Manager
A Caring Experience Nursing Services
Based in Cranston, Rhode Island 

Colin Hanrahan
President and Chief Executive Officer
Independence Health Services
Based in Providence, Rhode Island

Dawn Porreca Antaya
Chief Operating Officer for Southern New England
M.A.S. Home Care and Medical Staffing
Operates Locally in North Providence, Rhode Island

Kathleen Peirce, RN, BSN, MS
Vice President of Operations, Executive Director and Chief Nursing Officer
Visiting Nurse Association of Care New England
Based in Warwick, Rhode Island

Kathy was appointed to lead her hospital’s home care and hospice agency in 2016 after a career dedicated to the industry. She has an Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Anselm College and a Master of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Hartford. She is a member of the Partnership because of its “leadership for the industry”.

Irene Qi, RN
Executive Director
Hope Nursing Home Care
Based in Cranston, Rhode Island

Ashley Sadlier
State Director of Government Relations for Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York
Bayada Home Health Care
Operates Locally in Warwick, Rhode Island 

Bethany Skinner
Assistant Administrator 
Health Care Services
Based in Providence, Rhode Island

Nicholas Oliver, MPA, CAE
Executive Director
Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care

In February 2013, Nicholas became the fourth Executive Director of the Partnership since its founding in 1990. His career spans over 20 years in government affairs, public relations and nonprofit management. He previously worked for the American Heart Association, Massachusetts Association for 766 Approved Private Schools, Sierra Club, and The Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island. He also has experience working in state government on health and environmental policy and has worked on multiple Presidential races and state office election campaigns. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economics with a minor in Public Relations from the University of Hartford and a Master of Public Affairs from the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His master’s thesis examined provider payment models under state Medicaid programs and offered solutions at the time for cost-effective delivery of services while financially sustaining providers of healthcare and education to pediatric patients with exceptional disabilities. He is a Certified Association Executive by the American Society of Association Executives and received the 2013 Rising Star Award from the New England Society of Association Executives. Nicholas is also a Freemason and a Shriner and spends his time volunteering to support Rhode Island's children that need the services of Shriners Hospitals for Children in nearby Boston and Springfield, Massachusetts, as well as Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence.