"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one." - Malcolm Forbes
Because at the end of the day, someone’s school system has to be the best, why not ours?
Biography & Experience
Born 1963 in Cranston. Educated in Cranston Public Schools - George Peters Elementary (formerly West View School); Hugh B. Bain Junior High; Cranston High School West Class of 1981.
Graduated Providence College 1985 - B.A. Political Science (while working 30-35 hours a week to put myself through college).
Employed as a Buyer in the Foodservice Distribution industry from 1986 - 2012.
Since 2013 a Category Leader at Gordon Food Service, a $13 billion dollar, family-owned food service distribution company. Responsible for managing a $160 million category - including 28 staff, budgeting, marketing.
Resident and homeowner in Warwick since 1992, when I married my high school sweetheart, Laura (Petrone), of Warwick. We have three daughters - Julia (earned her BA'19 and MA'22 from RI College; graduated Pilgrim HS'15), Georgia (earned her BA'22 and working on her MA at RI College; graduated Pilgrim HS'18), and Abigail (proud, final graduating class of Aldrich Jr. HS 2016; graduated Pilgrim HS2020; in third year at RI College). All our children attended Warwick Public Schools K-12.
Communicant of St. Peter’s Church, Warwick, 1992 to present.
Chairperson Parent Communication Advisory Committee (PCAC) from 2009 until my election to the School Committee 2016.
Original member of the Warwick Schools Long Term Facilities Planning Committee (LTFPC) 2009-2013.
Active in our Warwick Public Schools via PTA, School Committee meetings, other WPS committees, letter writing and more since 2002.
Elected member to the Warwick School Committee since 2016; currently Vice Chair. Also Chair of the WPS Building Committee 2020-present and the WPS Achievement Committee 2016-present..
Serve as Executive Board member of the RI Association of School Committees, 2018 to present.
Elected President of the RI Association of School Committees (RIASC) May 2022.