The Task Force


“We have a single focus in this work: Save lives.”
Governor Gina Raimondo

NEW See the Governor’s Task Force Strategic Plan 2019-2021 Update.

Governor Raimondo’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force sets an ambitious goal to reduce opioid overdose deaths by one-third within three years. In July 2017, the Governor signed an Executive Order that enhances the existing strategies of the Task Force’s Action Plan in the areas of prevention, treatment, rescue and recovery.

The Task Force meets monthly from 11:00am-12:30pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Department of Administration in Conference Room 2A. Task Force meetings are open to the public.

Upcoming agendas and minutes are posted on the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s website the Friday before each Governor’s Task Force meeting.



Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH)

Kathryn Power, M.Ed., Director of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH)


Task Force Expert Advisers


  • Jon Goyer, ANCHOR MORE Program and Recovery Friendly Workplaces
  • Traci Green, PhD, Boston University School of Medicine and Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Jef Bratberg, PharmD, University of Rhode Island, Department of Pharmacy Practice
  • Brandon Marshall, PhD, Brown University School of Public Health
  • Dr. Josiah Rich, MD, MPH, The Miriam Hospital
  • Dr. Brian Daly, Chief Medical Officer, BHDDH


Task Force Members

  • Representative David Bennett, Rhode Island General Assembly
  • Jennifer Bryan, Community member
  • Dr. Alexander Chirkov, State Center for the Office of Medical Examiners, RIDOH
  • Raymond Coia, New England Laborers
  • Dr. Matthew Collins, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
  • Director Patricia A. Coyne-Fague, Department of Corrections
  • Thomas Davis, CVS Pharmacy
  • Dr. Catherine DeGood, Care New England
  • Deb Dettor, The Providence Center and Anchor Recovery Community Centers
  • Heidi Driscoll, South Kingstown Partnership for Prevention
  • Mary Dwyer, MS, M.Ed., APRN-CNS, Rhode Island Nurses Association
  • Honorable Michael J. Feeney, Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Court
  • Dr. Sarah Fessler, Rhode Island Medical Society
  • Honorable John Flynn, Rhode Island Superior Court Magistrate
  • Marie L. Ganim, PhD, Rhode Island Health Insurance Commissioner
  • Barbara Goldner, LCSW, Community member
  • Jane Hayward, Rhode Island Health Center Association
  • Linda Hurley, CEO, CODAC, Inc.
  • Susan Jacobsen, Director of Health Equity Initiatives, Thundermist Health Equity Zones Initiative
  • Scott R. Jensen, Department of Labor and Training
  • Chris Klimecko, Rhode Island Dental Association
  • Dr. Melanie Lippman, Emergency Medicine, Lifespan, Inc.
  • Colonel James Manni, Rhode Island State Police
  • Dr. James McDonald, Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, RIDOH
  • Erin McDonough, Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistance Team and Drug Overdose, Prevention and Rescue Coalition
  • Michelle McKenzie, Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts
  • Senator Joshua Miller, Rhode Island General Assembly
  • Peter Neronha, Attorney General
  • Dr. Patricia Ogera, State Center for the Office of Medical Examiners, RIDOH
  • Teresa Paiva Weed, Hospital Association of Rhode Island
  • Taino Palermo, Commission on Health Equity and Advocacy
  • Director Trista Piccola, Department of Children and Families
  • Peter Ragosta, RPh, Rhode Island Board of Pharmacy, RIDOH
  • Jason Rhodes, Department of Health, Emergency Management Services, RIDOH
  • Mike Rizzi, Harm Reduction Representative
  • Monica Smith, Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts (RICARES)
  • Susan Storti, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CARN-AP, The Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of Rhode Island
  • Chief Brian Sullivan, Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association
  • Patrick M. Tigue, Medicaid Program
  • Acting Secretary Lisa Vura-Weis, Office of Health and Human Services
  • Aaron L. Weisman, Esq., United States Attorney
  • Kasim Yarn, Office of Veterans Affairs