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
Community Relations Associate
(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
Stacy Afonseca
Stacy Afonseca
Special Events and Volunteer Assistant
(401) 443-5525
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Jose Docen
Jose Docen
Building and Operations Assistant
(401) 443-5563
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Kristina McKenzie
Kristina McKenzie
Special Events Coordinator
(401) 443-5522
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Eric Portrais
Eric Portrais
WFAC Facilities and Exhibitions Associate
(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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Production Team
Levy Rollins (Photograph by Kevin Murray)
Levy Rollins
Production Team Member
(401) 273-1155
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Eusebio Moyet
Eusebio "Angel" Moyet
Production Team Member
(401) 273-1155
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Doggos
Zane
Zane
Assistant to the Managing Director
Zeus
Head of Security