Staff Directory

Our Team

We’re passionate about community and art. Firestarters, literally. We’re committed to making Rhode Island a place where people are proud to live and work and visitors love.

We endure rain really well. Creative placemakers. We’re timeline wizards.

Leadership
Barnaby Evans
Barnaby Evans
Executive Artistic Director
(401) 443-5511
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Peter Mello
Peter Mello
Managing Director
(401) 443-5512
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Laura Duclos
Laura Duclos
Director of Creative Services
(401) 443-5551
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Paul Kochanek
Paul "PK" Kochanek
Director of Events & Operations
(401) 443-5521
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Admin
Marguerite Bernier
Marguerite Bernier
Office Manager
(401) 443-5501
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Mary Gagnon
Mary Gagnon
Chief Financial Officer
(401) 273-1155
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Jean Giorgio
Retail Associate
(401) 443-5555
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Tim Blankenship
Tim Blankenship
Interactive Media Manager
(401) 443-5552
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Portrait of Melanie Steinbrecher in the WaterFire Providence office space at the WaterFire Arts Center.
Melanie Steinbrecher
Creative Services Assistant
(401) 443-5556
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Ed Cabral
Ed Cabral
Manager of Sponsorships and Corporate Relations
401-443-5546
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Bess Butterworth
Bess Butterworth
Development Associate
(401) 443-5544
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Nicole Nehiley
Nicole Nehiley
Development Assistant
(401) 443-5543
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Kim Zoppo
WaterFire Arts Center, Venue and Corporate Relations Liaison
(401) 443-5531
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Events & Operations
Jose Docen
Jose Docen
Building and Operations Assistant
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Portrait of Devanshi Ved
Devanshi Ved
Special Events Assistant
(401) 443-5524
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Volunteer
Katherine Entwistle
Katherine Entwistle
Assistant Volunteer Coordinator
(401) 443-5533
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Jerry Suggs
Jerry Suggs
Manager of Educational Programming and Partnerships
(401) 443-5532
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Doggos
Zane
Zane
Assistant to the Managing Director
Zeus
Head of Security