Our mission is to empower PAs through advocacy and education; providing resources for physician assistants as well as the community in the pursuit of excellence for team-based medicine. 

RIAPA MEMBERS

2018 - 2019 RIAPA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mission Statement

To provide the leadership necessary to carry out the mission of the Academy by:

    • Adhering to and adopting policies and procedures which are consistent with ethical and legal standards; are in the best interest of the Academy; and are sustainable
    •  Strategic planning
    •  Ongoing performance evaluation
    • Mentoring current and future leaders
President
Raymond Cord, MHP, PA-C, DFAAPA
 
President-elect
James Carney, PA, DFAAPA
 
Immediate Past President
James Carney, PA, DFAAPA
 
Secretary
Mary Furlong, PA-C, MSPAS
 
Treasurer
Robert Jay Amrien, MPAS, PA-C
 
Director-at-Large
Rebecca Ginsburg MS, PA-C
 
Director-at-Large
Christopher Ferreira, MS, PA-C 
Director-at-Large
Joseph Desrosiers, MSPAC, PA-C
 
Director-at-Large
Jennifer Geremia, MSPAC, PA-C
 
Student Director-at-Large (Bryant) 
Cheryl Barber, PA-S2
 
Alt. Student Director-at-Large (Bryant) 
Madison Macaruso, PA-S1
 
Student Director-at-Large (JWU)
Jessica Wood, PA-S2

Alt. Student Director-at-Large (JWU)
Kendra Dawless PA-S1
 
 

President

Ray Cord PA-C, DFAAPA

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Northeastern University

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Ray Cord MHP, PA-C, DFAAPA

I have been a PA for 25 years starting at MHRI in General Surgery then moving into Cardiac Surgery at the Miriam Hospital.  I also worked in private practice doing Internal Medicine specializing in Nephrology before returning to Cardiac Surgery at RI Hospital.  I've served as President of the RIAPA in the past as well as President for the American Academy of Nephrology PAs.  My goals are to continue to make RI the best state to be a PA as well as a goal of building membership and improving communications for PAs in Rhode Island. 

President Elect / Past President

Jim Carney PA,DFAAPA

 Government Advocacy

  Albany/Hudson Valley PA Prog.

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Jim Carney PA, DFAAPA

Jim Carney has once again stepped into the drivers seat at the RIAPA.  For those of you that don't know Jim, he has had a distinguished career first serving our country in the Military then becoming a PA in 1981.  He has spent his professional life serving RI working in Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Behavioral Health and Cardiac Surgery.  He is one of the reasons that RI is one of the best states to practice in.  When not at home working on the RIAPA you can usually find him at the RI State House advocating for PAs across Rhode Island.

Secretary

Mary Furlong PA-C

Bryant University

Class of 2017


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Mary Furlong PA-C

I graduated Bryant University (Go Bulldogs!) class of 2017. I grew up on Long Island and graduated from Fordham University with a BA in Biology. This past year I served as Bryant's student representative for RIAPA and have thoroughly enjoyed my time participating in government affairs. 

Treasurer

Robert Jay Amrien MPAS, PA-C

Bryant University

Director, PA Program


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Robert Jay Amrien PA-C

Robert Jay Amrien brings over 20 years of experience as a physician assistant, Coast Guard medical officer, and emergency medical technician to his role as founding director of Bryant's graduate program in physician assistant studies.

Director-At-Large

Christopher Ferreira PA-C

Bryant University PA Program Faculty

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences - Boston 

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Christopher Ferreira PA-C

My name is Chris Ferreira – I am a lifelong Rhode Islander and who keeps the best interests of this state, as well as the PA Profession in RI, as top priorities.  I am originally from Providence, RI and now reside in Warwick.  I attended PA school at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (Boston, MA) and graduated in May 2008.  I have practiced in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts in Urgent Care, ENT/Otolaryngology, Emergency Medicine, and now I am full-time faculty at the Bryant University PA Program as the Director of Clinical Education and a Clinical Assistant Professor (while maintaining per-diem clinical work in the ED and outpatient ENT).

Since 2014, I have worked with Jim Carney, PA-C on the RIAPA Advocacy & Government Relations Committee, becoming familiar with (some of the) ins-and-outs of PA legislation and the legislative process in general.  It is absolutely crucial that PAs, as a profession and individually, never cease to participate in the process of defining themselves on the local and national levels.  We are only allowed to practice medicine as PAs because legislatures grant us that ability; this is true for all medical professionals, including the physicians with whom we collaborate so well.  I am honored to work for you to continue to maintain and promote the PA Profession as we all continue to show the public and our legislature the truly excellent patient care we all provide day-in and day-out on healthcare teams across the State of Rhode Island.

Director-At-Large

Jennifer Geremia, PA-C

Gastrointestinal Medicine Associates

Mass College of Pharmacy, NH


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Jennifer Geremia, MSPAC, PA-C

I am a Rhode Island native and have been practicing in RI for over 10 years after graduating from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Manchester, NH. I am currently practicing in Gastroenterology with Gastrointestinal Medicine Associates.  In addition to spending my time in private practice I lecture and serve as a Preceptor for UNE and MCPHS PA programs.  I am excited to have this opportunity to be a member of the RIAPA BOD and look forward to further building upon the great work the academy has done for RI PAs and further advance our profession.

Director-At-Large

  Joeseph Desrosiers, MSPAC, PA-C



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Joseph Desrosiers MSPAC, PA-C

Bio Pending

Director-At-Large

  Rebecca Ginsburg, MS, PA-C

 RIH / Cardiac Surgery

 George Washington University

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Rebecca Ginsburg MS, PA-C

I am a New England native who has spent my career working in RI. After graduating from The George Washington University in 2001 I worked at Kent Hospital as a critical care/hospitalist PA, at TMH in cardiology and at RIH initially as a hospitalist, and now as a cardiac surgery ICU PA. This is my second time acting as a Director at Large for RIAPA. I am very excited to have another chance to serve the PA community of RI, and hope to motivate my colleagues to get involved in this great organization!

Student Director-At-Large

Cheryl Barber PA-S

Bryant University

Class of 2020

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Cheryl Barber PA-S

Cheryl Barber is a native Rhode Islander and is currently in her didactic year at Bryant University’s PA Program. She graduated from Trinity College with a bachelor of science degree in Neurochemistry and a minor in Music. Prior to starting PA school, she served as a volunteer EMT-C and as a medical assistant at the Rhode Island Free Clinic. Cheryl is excited to join RIAPA and advocate for the PA profession in the state of RI. 

Student Director-At-Large

Jessica Wood PA-S

Johnson & Wales University

Class of 2019

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Jessica Wood PA-S

Bio Pending

Alt Student Director-At-Large

Madison Macaruso PA-S

Bryant University

Class of 2021

Madison Macaruso PA-S

Madison joined the RIAPA in March of 2019 and currently serves as the student representative for the class of 2021 at Bryant University.  A RI native, Madison received her B.S in Athletic Training at Keene State College in 2014.  Madison still holds her athletic training certification and has been a member of both the NATA and RIATA since 2012.  Her patient care experience includes her work as a pharmacy technician, physical therapy aid, and athletic trainer at both the high school and junior college level.  Before she was accepted to Bryant, her most recent position consisted of a dual role as a medical assistant and physician extender / ATC, under the guidance of Dr. Philip Salko at University Orthopedics.  After graduating from Bryant, Madison hopes to work in orthopedics.  She is excited for her clinical year and everything her future rotations have to offer.

Alt. Student Director-At-Large

Kendra Dawless PA-S

Johnson & Wales University

Class of 2020

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Kendra Dawless PA-S

I am a native Rhode Islander from West Greenwich, RI and graduated from La Salle Academy in Providence, RI in 2011 and the University of New England in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in medical biology and a minor in neuroscience.  I worked at Tufts Medical Center as a Clinical Care Technician after college. I'm presently in my first year of the Johnson & Wales PA Program.

In my spare time I love spending time with my family, friends and two dogs. I also enjoy cycling and traveling!


     


           

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