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. 

2019 - 2020 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

Executive Committee

President
James Carney, PA, DFAAPA
 
President-Elect
Robert Jay Amrien, MPAS, PA-C
 
Immediate Past President
Raymond Cord, MHP, PA-C, DFAAPA
 
Secretary

Jennifer Geremia, MSPAC, PA-C

Treasurer

Christopher Ferreira, MS, PA-C





Executive Director

 Marc Bialek


 


Directors-at-Large

Director-at-Large
Allegra Bernardo, MSPAS, PA-C
 
Director-at-Large
Rodolfo Galinatti, MPAS, PA-C
 
Director-at-Large
Rebecca Ginsberg, MS, PA-C
 
Director-at-Large 
Karen Sclama, PA-C
 
Student Director-at-Large (Bryant)
Cheryl Barber, PA-S

Student Director-at-Large (JWU)

Kendra Dawless PA-S

Alternate Student Director-at-Large (Bryant)

Madison Macaruso PA-S

Alternate Student Director-at-Large (JWU)

To be determined

 

President

Jim Carney PA,DFAAPA

Government Advocacy

 Albany/Hudson Valley PA Prog.

 

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President Elect

Robert Jay Amrien MPAS, PA-C

Internal Medicine, Education

IPAP/University of Nebraska


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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.

Robert Jay Amrien, MPAS, PA-C

Robert “Jay” Amrien is the Founding Program Director of the PA Program at Bryant University.  He arrived at Bryant in 2013 and implemented a successful graduate PA program from the ground up.  He helped develop a state of art facility, hired a world class staff, and has successfully graduated his first two classes.  Jay loves the “start-up” concept and gathering like-minded people together to create success.  He works clinically as a PA at the MGH Chelsea Health Center where he provides care to the wonderfully diverse community of Chelsea.  He also lectures nationally and internationally on topics in cardiac medicine, offers consultation services for PA related matters, and serves as an expert witness in PA related legal cases.  Prior to assuming his role at Bryant, Jay served as a PA and Military Officer in the US Coast Guard where he served for over 22 years. He provided medical care throughout the US, on several Coast Guard Cutters, but also in West Africa, Antarctica, and the remote Arctic Circle.  Jay is currently a member of the AHA Council on Hypertension, is a Cardiovascular Team Member of the American College of Cardiology, and a lifetime member of the Veteran’s Caucus of the AAPA.  Jay received both his BS and his MPAS from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE, where he graduated as the Distinguished Honor Graduate.  He and his wife Donna live in Swansea, MA with two of their three children.  A passionate workaholic Jay finds some free time to support many local causes, pretend to be an amateur photographer, read non-medical, non-threatening, no-thinking involved, fiction novels, rock climb, kayak, raise his wonderful children, and not-often-enough, hang out with his best friend & wife Donna.

Immediate Past 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. 

Secretary

Jennifer Geremia, PA-C

Gastroenterology

MCPHS University, Manchester 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.

Treasurer

Christopher Ferreira, PA-C 

Emergency Medicine, Education

MCPHS University, Boston, MA 


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Christopher Ferreira, MS, 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


Allegra Bernardo, MSPAS, PA-C


Director-at-Large


Rodolfo Galinatti, MPAS, PA-C


Director-at-Large

 Rebecca Ginsburg, MS, PA-C

 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!

Director-at-Large


Karen Sclama, PA-C


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

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!

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.

Student Director-at-Large


JWU To Be Detemined



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