Lt. Gov. McKee announces customers of COVID-19 advisory group

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP/WPRI) — Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee has unveiled the associates of a 20-member panel that will suggest him on the state’s continued reaction to the coronavirus pandemic, which includes vaccination endeavours.

McKee is predicted to consider about as governor if Gina Raimondo is confirmed as President Joe Biden’s commerce secretary.

The COVID-19 Advisory Team declared Wednesday features healthcare experts, lawmakers, municipal and local community leaders and others.

McKee claims he wants to leverage the state’s expertise so Rhode Island’s people can reunite, little ones can return to school, and small enterprise house owners can return to regular.

Down below is info for every member of the Transition COVID-19 Advisory Group from the incoming governor’s business office.

John A. Stoukides, MD, ScD. is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Quality Assurance and Utilization Review. He is Vice Chairman of the Section of Medicine and Main of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medication at Roger Williams Healthcare Centre and also serves as Clinical Director of Utilization Administration for CharterCARE Overall health Partners. He has been overseeing the COVID-19 vaccination application at CharterCARE hospitals. He obtained his pharmacy diploma from the University of Rhode Island (URI) and health care diploma from Tufts University University of Medication together with an Honorary Medical doctor of Science in Geriatrics from URI in 2005. He serves as a Medical Professor of Pharmacy at URI, Assistant Professor of Drugs at Boston University Faculty of Medicine and Warren Alpert Healthcare Faculty at Brown University and is Affiliate Professor of Nursing at URI.

Mayor Joseph Polisena, RN has served as Mayor of Johnston for 14 a long time and is a former condition senator, obtaining served for 12 many years. Polisena, a longtime nurse and former firefighter, has an affiliate diploma in nursing, a bachelor’s degree in health and social products and services, and a master’s diploma in schooling. He has taught at the Community College or university of Rhode Island in the Fire Science EMT System since 1986. He is at this time licensed by the State of Rhode Island as a Registered Nurse and an EMT-C.

Ashish K. Jha, M.D., MPH, Dean of the Brown University College of Community Overall health, is identified globally as an qualified on pandemics and pandemic reaction. He has led groundbreaking investigation all over Ebola and is now on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response, foremost nationwide investigation of key concerns and advising point out and federal plan makers. He will come to the Brown School of Public Health and fitness immediately after leading the Harvard World-wide Overall health Institute and training at Harvard Health care Faculty. He is a typical internist who will proceed his observe at the Providence VA Professional medical Center.

Hemi TewarsonMPH, JD is a Duke-Margolis Checking out Senior Policy Fellow with knowledge in state well being plan investigate and evaluation, specially as it relates to condition-level COVID-19 response. Tewarson previously served as the director for the Overall health Division of the Countrywide Governors Association’s Heart for Best Tactics and as senior legal professional in the U.S. Governing administration Accountability Office environment.

Mike Magee, M.D., served for a decade as Vice President for Worldwide Healthcare Affairs at Pfizer where he regularly interacted with numerous of the world’s community health and fitness leaders and authorities. Throughout that time, he was a Senior Fellow at the Earth Health-related Affiliation in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to joining Pfizer, Dr. Magee was an government in massive health and fitness treatment devices like Baystate Health-related Middle in Massachusetts and as Senior Vice President of Pennsylvania Healthcare facility in Philadelphia. Dr. Magee started his profession as a surgeon in Massachusetts.

John R. Morton, MD is an Obstetrician Gynecologist and Main of Gynecology at Landmark Professional medical Middle. He has served Rhode Island people all through the condition for the previous 18 many years, which include people in Pawtucket and Woonsocket.

Important Typical Christopher Callahan serves as the Adjutant Standard and Commanding General of the Rhode Island Countrywide Guard. Throughout the pandemic, General Callahan has managed the activation of about 700 guard customers to support Rhode Island’s COVID-19 reaction. He led the Nationwide Guard’s attempts to make Rhode Island’s field hospitals operational and protected. Basic Callahan also serves on the state’s present COVID-19 Response Crew

Town Supervisor James R. Tierney has served as the Narragansett Town Manager considering that 2019. He beforehand served as the chief of functions for the Rhode Island General public Transit Authority. Tierney has much more than 30 decades of knowledge in public basic safety owning served with the South Kingstown Law enforcement Department and subsequent to that, as an Inspector Typical for the Metropolis of New York.

Michael Nina is a Group Wellbeing Worker and Marketing Associate at Neighborhood Wellbeing Prepare of Rhode Island. Michael has been a reliable and dependable chief inside of the Hispanic group in Providence for lots of many years and carries on to advocate for access to high-quality products and services and alternatives for Rhode Island’s culturally diverse communities. Nina holds a bachelor’s diploma in Small business Administration and Strategic Leadership Scientific tests.

City Manager James J. Cunha has served as the Barrington City Supervisor due to the fact 2016. Cunha is a retired U.S. Navy captain who has knowledge doing the job with municipal governments. He is a member of the Rhode Island Unexpected emergency Management Advisory Committee.

Dola Adesina, MSN, RN is a local nurse doing work to assistance Rhode Island’s pandemic response. She has been helping on situation investigation, quarantine and an infection command training, and COVID-19 source management. Adesina has labored in the two hospital and senior residing configurations. She holds a Grasp of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Mayor Frank Picozzi is the recently elected Mayor of Warwick. He formerly served as Chairman of the Warwick School Committee just after serving various decades as a school committee member. Picozzi has a history in little company.

Lynne Urbani Representing the RI Dwelling of Representatives Lynne Urbani is the Coverage Director to the Speaker of the Rhode Island Home of Reps. Urbani holds a Learn of Science in Health Providers Administration and worked in healthcare and managed treatment organizations for above 25 years. She earlier served as President/CEO of the Rhode Island Totally free Clinic.

Senator Bridget Valverde Symbolizing the RI Senate Rhode Island Condition Senator Bridget Valverde signifies Senate District 35: East Greenwich, North Kingstown, South Kingstown and Narragansett. She is the Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Wellbeing and People Solutions and a member of the Senate Committee on Natural environment and Agriculture.

City Administrator Jamie Hainsworth has served as the City Administrator of Jamestown considering the fact that 2020. He is a previous U.S. Marshal who has experienced a long occupation in community safety serving 30 years with the Glocester Law enforcement Office. Hainsworth also earlier served on the Glocester Town Council.

Robert Walsh, Jr. is the Government Director of the Nationwide Training Association Rhode Island, which signifies more than 12,000 instructors, education and learning guidance pros, increased instruction faculty, graduate college students and team, and state and municipal workers. Walsh holds levels in Political Science and Organizational Actions and Administration from Brown College and has his Master of Science in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Rhode Island.

Channavy Chhay is the Govt Director of the Heart for Southeast Asians, a regional business which helps Rhode Island’s Southeast Asian group navigate the state’s governmental, healthcare, human expert services, lawful, and economical companies devices. In the course of the pandemic, Chhay has led outreach and advocacy efforts to assistance the Southeast Asian neighborhood in accessing tests, housing, foodstuff and other important resources.

Joseph A. Andriole is the President of the Rhode Island State Association of Firefighters, which represents more than 1,400 firefighters and EMS employees in 31 municipal departments all through the condition. He also beforehand served as the President of Nearby 1950, Worldwide Affiliation of Firefighters and served 22 several years inside the Johnston Fire Office, reaching the rank of Battalion Main.

Mayor Roberto DaSilva has served as Mayor of East Providence considering that 2019. He earlier served the inhabitants East Providence and Pawtucket as a State Agent. DaSilva worked in the Pawtucket Law enforcement Office for in excess of 25 a long time. DaSilva holds a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from Roger Williams College.

M. Teresa Paiva Weed is the President of the Healthcare facility Affiliation of Rhode Island. In 2009, Paiva Weed grew to become the to start with woman to provide as President of the Rhode Island Senate immediately after approximately 2 decades of company as a Condition Senator. All through her tenure at the Point out House, she led endeavours to tackle psychological health and fitness and substance abuse and played a vital position in setting up Rhode Island’s wellbeing insurance plan exchange.