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)

Rebecca Boss, MA, Director of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH)

Tom Coderre, Senior Advisor to Governor Gina M. Raimondo


Task Force Expert Advisers

  • Jef Bratberg, PharmD, University of Rhode Island, Department of Pharmacy Practice
  • Brian Daly, MD, Chief Medical Officer, BHDDH
  • Jonathan Goyer, Access to Recovery
  • Traci Green, PhD, Boston University School of Medicine and Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Brandon Marshall, PhD, Brown University School of Public Health
  • Josiah Rich, MD, MPH, The Miriam Hospital


Task Force Members

  • Acting Director Kevin Aucoin, Department of Children of Youth and Families
  • Jennifer Bryan, Community member
  • Alexander Chirkov, MD, State Center for the Office of Medical Examiners, RIDOH
  • Raymond Coia, New England Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund
  • Matthew Collins, MD, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
  • Director Patricia A. Coyne-Fague, Rhode Island Department of Corrections
  • Thomas Davis, CVS Pharmacy
  • Catherine DeGood, DO, Care New England
  • Heidi Driscoll, South Kingstown Partnership for Prevention
  • Mary Dwyer, MS, M.Ed., APRN-CNS, Rhode Island Nurses Association
  • Representative Jay Edwards, Rhode Island General Assembly
  • Ryan Erickson, Policy Advisor, Office of Governor Gina M. Raimondo
  • Honorable Michael J. Feeney, Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Court
  • Sarah Fessler, MD, Rhode Island Medical Society
  • Marie L. Ganim, PhD, Rhode Island Health Insurance Commissioner
  • 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
  • Melanie Lippman, MD, Emergency Medicine, Lifespan, Inc.
  • Colonel James Manni, Rhode Island State Police
  • Laurie MacDougall, Parent Support Network of Rhode Island and Family Task Force
  • James McDonald, MD, MPH, 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, Preventing Overdose and Naloxone Intervention (PONI)
  • Senator Joshua Miller, Rhode Island General Assembly
  • Peter Neronha, Attorney General
  • Director Patricia Ogera, MD, State Center for the Office of Medical Examiners, RIDOH
  • Taino Palermo, Commission on Health Equity and Advocacy
  • Peter Ragosta, RPh, Rhode Island Board of Pharmacy, RIDOH
  • Jason Rhodes, Department of Health, Emergency Management Services, RIDOH
  • Mike Rizzi, Harm Reduction Representative
  • Honorable Kristin E. Rodgers, Associate Justice, Rhode Island Superior Court
  • 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
  • Teresa Paiva Weed, Hospital Association of Rhode Island
  • Aaron L. Weisman, Esq., United States Attorney
  • Secretary Womazetta Jones, Executive Office of Health and Human Services Secretary
  • Kasim Yarn, Office of Veterans Affairs
  • Stephanie Yarnell-MacGrory, MD, PhD, Assistance Chief of Psychiatry, BHDDH