ATEL Committee Members

§ 39-23-1 Committee – Composition. – There is hereby created a permanent committee to be known as the adaptive telephone equipment loan program committee. This committee shall advise on the program and shall consist of fifteen (15) members.

Eleven Governor Appointees:

Seven consumers (including one from each of the following communities: the hard of hearing or deaf community, the speech impaired community and the neuromuscular impaired community):

Jeanne Panarace - Hard of Hearing/Deaf Community

James Litvack-Hard of Hearing/Deaf Community 

Ellen Lenox Smith - Neuromuscular Disability Community
RI Arthritis Foundation Ambassador
US Pain Ambassador

Christine Constantineau - Hard of Hearing/Deaf Community

Elaine Pesce - Hard of Hearing/Deaf Community

One professional member (an audiologist, physician or speech pathologist):

Laurie Duffy - Audiologist/Professional Member

Three members of the general public:

Melissa Rosenberg -General Public/OSCIL

Alexander Laferriere - General Public

Four Other Appointees:

One from the House of Representatives (appointed by the speaker):

Eileen Naughton
Rhode Island House or Representatives, District 21, Warwick
House Finance Committee
Room 07B Statehouse
Providence, Rhode Island 02903

One from the Senate (appointed by the president of the senate):

Senator Hanna Gallo
Care of Senate Chamber
Rhode Island State Senate
82 Smith Street
Providence, RI 02903

One representative of the telephone company (appointed by its chief executive officer):

Joe Pereira, Field Service Supervisor
Cox Communications
9 J.P. Murphy Highway
West Warwick, RI 02893

One representative of the public utilities commission (appointed by the chairperson of the public utilities commission):

Rudolph Falcone- Chief Financial Commission 
Alan Nault- Public Utilities Analyst

89 Jefferson Boulevard
Warwick, RI 02888

Non-members (but informed of all activities):

Denise Corson - ATEL Program Coordinator
40 Fountain St.
Providence, RI 02903-1828

Melanie Sbardella - Assistant Administrator - SBVI
40 Fountain Street
Providence, RI 02903-1828

Bob Cooper -Executive Secretary -Governor’s Commission on Disability
Pastore Center
13 Cherrydale Court
Cranston, RI 02920 

Earnest Covington- Executive Director CDHH
One Capitol Hill, Ground Level
Providence, RI 02908