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The PACE Organization is a member of the National PACE Association. NPA is the trade association that provides advocacy and policy support to all PACE programs across the country.

Senior Management

 

Joan Kwiatkowski, MSW

Chief Executive Officer

Joan was the first executive to the PACE program. Joan has worked as a health care administrator since the early 1980’s in hospital settings, community mental health clinics and currently serves as CEO of both PACE and CareLink. CareLink is a network of non profit long term care providers within Rhode Island. Joan has a degree in psychology and philosophy from Boston College, completed her Masters degree in Social Work at Boston University and completed a certificate in non profit administration at Stanford University School of Business.

 

Cheryl A. Dexter, RN, MSCheryl A. Dexter, RN, MS

Vice President of Quality & Compliance

Cheryl has been a Registered Nurse for 35 years, earning her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing in 1974 and a Master's Degree in Health Services Administration in 1997.  Cheryl worked in acute care settings for 10 years as a staff nurse and a Nurse Leader until choosing to change her focus to community-based care.

Cheryl has 25 years experience in home care and hospice in positions ranging from staff nurse to manager to director in clinical and operational capacities.  She came to the PACE Organization of Rhode Island in August, 2008.

 

Cyndi ForcierCyndi Forcier 

Vice President of Marketing & Development

Cyndi Forcier has over 20 years of experience in healthcare marketing and communications. Prior to her position at PACE, Cyndi served as a marketing consultant within the adult day services industry. Prior to that Cyndi worked for ten years at Quality Partners of Rhode Island, during which time she co-founded the Ocean State Adult Immunization Coalition and won national awards for communications and marketing campaigns. Cyndi graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Journalism, and completed the Social Marketing Program at University of South Florida as well as the Fundraising Certificate Program at Boston University.

 

Lynda M. Gilbert, CPA

Vice President of Finance

Lynda provides oversight for the financial management and federal reporting requirements for three related organizations including PACE, CareLink, Inc., and Leading Age Rhode Island. She has 20-years 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 and was named on the 2006 Accounting Honor Roll by the College's Alumni Association.

Lynda is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants. She co-chairs the not-for-profit committee of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants and serves as treasurer for Providence CityArts for Youth.

 

Kelly A. Lee

Vice President of Operations

Kelly A. Lee holds an MS in Health Service Administration from Salve Regina University and has worked in the healthcare field for over 20 years. Before joining PACE she worked as the Program Director for New Horizons Adult Day Center, and as the Assistant Director for the TVCCA Elderly Nutrition Program. She joined the PACE team in 2013 after 14 years as the Executive Director of the Adult Day Center of Westerly. She was named one of Providence Business News’ “40 Under 40” in 2006.

 

Suzanne Ribero-Balassone

Suzanne Ribero-Balassone, RN

Vice President of Clinical Services

Suzanne Ribero-Balassone received her education and training from the University of Rhode Island both in psychology and nursing, receiving a bachelor’s degree in both areas. She has worked as a Registered Nurse at Rhode Island Hospital and in many nursing facilities and assisted livings across the state. She served as the Director of Nurses for the last 10 years of her career and has also worked as an Assisted Living Administrator. It has always been her focus to work with elders and ensure the quality of their care.

Suzanne joined the PACE program shortly before its official opening in 2005. She has served as the Day Center Coordinator, Nurse, Case Manager and Clinical Director while working at PACE.

 

Edward Westrick, MD

Vice President of Medical Affairs

Dr. Westrick has over 20 years of experience as a health care practitioner, administrator, and consultant. His role as the Vice President of Medical Affairs includes direct patient care as well as administrative oversight of PACE’s medical program. In the past, he has worked as Vice President of Medical Management at UMass Memorial Health Care, Chief Medical Officer at Rhode Island Quality Partners, and Health Services Research Advisor at the Roger Williams Medical Center.

Dr. Westrick has also held clinical positions at a number of health care facilities, including Eleanor Slater Hospital, Roger Williams Medical Center, and Hospice Care of Rhode Island. He completed his medical training at the New Jersey Medical School, and holds a MS in Psychology from Rutgers University as well as a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacoeconomics from the University of Rhode Island.