McKee announces first round of transition team members

"My transition team will be a map of Rhode Island. Every single one of our 39 cities and towns will be represented, and its membership will reflect Rhode Island’s diversity. I believe that every voice counts and that everyone can make a contribution to defeat COVID-19, reopen our economy, and get our children back in the classroom safely."
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Incoming Governor Daniel McKee announced the first round of his transition team members on Saturday.

“My transition team will be a map of Rhode Island. Every single one of our 39 cities and towns will be represented, and its membership will reflect Rhode Island’s diversity. I believe that every voice counts and that everyone can make a contribution to defeat COVID-19, reopen our economy, and get our children back in the classroom safely. I will value every single transition member’s unique perspective and I look forward to working with them,” McKee said in a statement.

Incoming Governor Daniel McKee is set to announce additional transition advisors within the next few weeks. McKee said he plans to meet virtually with a grassroots group of over 250 Rhode Islanders from all 39 cities and towns to identify issues and decide how to engage them in his transition.

“Everyone involved in this transition knows the stakes are high, and we won’t let Rhode Islanders down. The COVID-19 pandemic has closed schools, devastated small business, caused record unemployment, and created a significant budget shortfall. This team and my administration are ready to tackle those challenges from our first day in office. We all look forward to getting to work,” McKee said in a release.

McKee’s office shared a list of initial transition officials and their descriptions on Saturday. Those members include the following:

Initial members:
Transition Chairperson 
Joseph Rodio, Jr.
Transition Organizing Directors 
Paulette Hamilton, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Lt. Governor
Anthony Silva, Chief of Staff, Office of the Lt. Governor
Elizabeth Tanner, Director, RI Department of Business Regulation
Transition Communications Team
Brian Jencunas, Volunteer
Andrea Palagi, Communications Director, Office of the Lt. Governor
Michael Trainor, Volunteer
Transition Staff 
Cheyenne Cazeault, Special Projects Manager, Office of the Lt. Governor
Craig Dwyer, Senior Policy Advisory, Office of the Lt. Governor
Rosa DeCastillo, Policy Analyst, Office of the Lt. Governor
Tabatha Dube, Executive Secretary, Office of the Lt. Governor
Senior Advisors
Representative Mia Ackerman, Deputy Majority Whip
Lincoln Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond
Rev. Dr. Chris Abhulime, King’s Tabernacle Church
Former Lieutenant Governor Roger Begin
Channavy Chhay, Executive Director, Center for Southeast Asians
William Conley, Jr. Esq.
Caswell Cooke, Executive Director, Misquamicut Business Association
Senator Louis DiPalma, Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules, Gov. Ethics & Oversight
Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean, Brown University School of Public Health
Corey Jones, Executive Director, Black Lives Matter New England PAC
North Providence Mayor Lombardi
Ana Bess Moyer Bell, Founder, Creating Outreach About Addiction Support
Representative Robert Phillips, Deputy Majority Leader
Jennifer Ortiz, Owner, Executive Cuts
Chris Parisi, Founder/CEO, Trailblaze Marketing
Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena
Senator Ana Quezada, Deputy Majority Whip
Armand E. Sabitoni, LIUNA General Secretary-Treasurer & New England Regional Manager
Chief Brian Sullivan, Lincoln Police Department
James Vincent, President, NAACP Providence Branch
Inauguration Co-Chairs 
Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien
Cumberland Mayor Jeff Mutter
Members of Incoming Governor McKee’s transition team and past government officials have been meeting with state department leaders to discuss departmental operations, time sensitive short-term initiatives that may be impacted by the transition, and agency budgets. Participants include:
Tony Afonso, Esq.
Lisa Andoscia, President, Rosewood Consulting
Scott Avedisian, CEO, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority
Lt. General Centracchio (Retired)
Channavy Chhay, Executive Director, Center for Southeast Asians
William J. Conley Jr., Esq.
Rosa DeCastillo, Policy Analyst, Lt. Governor’s Office
Colonel Brendan Doherty (Retired)
Erin Donovan Boyle, Executive Director, Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce
Paulette Hamilton, Deputy Chief of Staff, Lt. Governor’s Office
Former Lieutenant Governor Richard Licht
Charles Roberts, Founder/Executive Director, Rhode Island Slave History Medallions
Anthony Silva, Chief of Staff, Lt. Governor’s Office
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