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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 nonprofit long-term care providers within Rhode Island. From 2013-2016 Joan served as the Chair of the Board of the National PACE Association. Joan has a degree in psychology and philosophy from Boston College, completed her Master's degree in Social Work at Boston University and completed a certificate in nonprofit 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 

Chief of Strategy and 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 the University of South Florida as well as the Fundraising Certificate Program at Boston University.


Lynda M. Gilbert

Chief Financial Officer

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.



Tsewang Gyurmey, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Since joining PACE in 2012, Dr. Gyurmey has served as a primary care physician and geriatrician in the medical clinic. In his role as Chief Medical Officer, he directs patient care and provides administrative oversight of PACE’s medical program.

Dr. Gyurmey began his career as a volunteer medical doctor at the Tibetan Self Help Refugee Center and the Tibetan Geriatric Clinic and Extended Care in Darjeeling, India. He graduated from the Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi University and completed a residency in family medicine at the University of Connecticut, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, CT, as well as a residency in internal medicine at Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi University.  In 2012, Dr. Gyurmey completed a fellowship in geriatrics at the University of Connecticut, and a structural acupuncture course for physicians through Harvard Medical School.


Kelly A. Lee

Vice President of Community Engagement & Enrollment

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.