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Governor's Workforce Board
Center General Complex
1511 Pontiac Avenue, Building 72-2
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 462-8860 | Fax: (401) 462-8865 | TTY via RI Relay: 711

Meet the Staff

Rick Brooks, Executive Director

Rick Brooks has served as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Workforce Board since November, 2011. Rick is responsible for developing policies and programs to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the State’s workforce development system, increase the education and skill levels of RI workers, and address the workforce needs of RI employers.

Prior to coming to the Governor’s Workforce Board, Rick served for 17 years as the executive director of United Nurses and Allied Professionals, where he co-founded and guided the Stepping Up program – a health care career ladder program for entry-level employees and unemployed workers. Rick also served for seven years as associate director of the Institute for Labor Studies and Research, where he developed and delivered numerous worker education programs.

Rick received his undergraduate education at Brown University and Empire State College, SUNY. Rick also has a Master’s Degree in Labor Relations from the University of Rhode Island. Rick can be reached at (401) 462-8782.

Elizabeth Jardine (Ed.M., TESOL Program, Boston University), Chief of Program Development

Prior to joining the Governor’s Workforce Board, Elizabeth worked as a senior research associate for MPR Associates, Inc. in the Washington DC office managing a national standards implementation project for adult educators. She also produced a guide for Career and Technical Education state and local administrators on Programs of Study. Work included researching best practices to assist states with the design of career pathway programs in one or more of the 16 career clusters. At MPR, Elizabeth created performance-based funding formulas for six states. Elizabeth was part of the team that established the office of Adult Education at RIDE. Through this work she oversaw 38 funded programs and developed program and performance standards for adult education programs in RI. From 2006 to 2009, program performance increased 50%. Other work has included designing and implementing career pathways programs in healthcare and other high demand industries, integrating education and training with input from employers, labor, and educators.  Elizabeth can be reached at (401) 462-8778.

Dan Brown, Chief Implementation Aide

Dan provides program support to a variety of GWB initiatives, including overseeing tax credit awards. Dan comes to the GWB from the Rhode Island State House, where he served as administrative assistant/chief protocol officer for five years. Dan can be reached at (401) 462-8823.

Amelia-Anne Roberts, Office Manager

As office manager, Amelia serves as executive assistant to the GWB Executive Director and the Board and provides logistical and administrative support to the GWB staff. Amelia can be reached at (401) 462-8864.

Hillary Feeney, MBA, Coordinator of Employment and Training Programs

Before joining the Governor's Workforce Board, Hillary oversaw operations at Stepping Up, a nonprofit workforce development organization within the healthcare industry. Hillary also worked in marketing communications at Marriage Equality Rhode Island and WaterFire Providence, and wrote for several community newspapers. Hillary plans to use her knowledge of nonprofit operations and social entrepreneurship to strengthen ties between the public and private sectors in the state. She looks forward to making a positive impact by helping others obtain the training and education they need to enter and advance in their careers.

Hillary graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's in journalism with an option in public relations from California State University, Chico. She holds a Master of Business Administration with a management concentration from Providence College. Hillary can be reached at (401) 462-8735.

Sherri Carello, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Sherri comes to GWB from the State Workforce Investment Office where she served as the Senior Monitor and Evaluation Specialist for a little over two years. Sherri has an extensive background in the non-profit sector with particular focus on workforce development and education programming. As Senior Monitor and Evaluation Specialist for the Governor’s Workforce Board, Sherri will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of the monitoring and evaluation activities for programs and initiative that improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the State’s Workforce Development System. Sherri can be reached at (401) 462-8856.


Governor's Workforce Board-Rhode Island
Center General Complex
1511 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920

GWB is an equal opportunity employer/program - auxiliary aids and services available upon request
Phone: (401) 462-8860
Fax (401) 462-8865
TTY via RI Relay: 711
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