The Partnership's Leadership 

The Partnership is governed by a Board of Directors elected annually from among the Provider Membership. The daily management of the association is overseen by our Executive Director, Nicholas Oliver. The Board of Directors meets monthly and its committees, which are open to all members of The Partnership, meet regularly to further The Partnership’s strategic mission, goals and objectives. There are twelve members of the Board of Directors with eleven Directors elected by the Provider Membership. The President of the Board of Directors is Michael Bigney, CPA of Home Health and Hospice Care of Nursing Placement.

Officers

President
Michael Bigney, CPA
Chief Executive Officer and Administrator
Home Health and Hospice Care of Nursing Placement
Headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Michael was raised in his family’s business. Nursing Placement was founded in 1976 by his mother, Marcia and her business partner, Maria Barros. He came into the business in 1983 right after earning his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Boston University. He is a member of The Partnership because “our industry cannot afford to sit on the sidelines in hopes of a better business climate, a stronger workforce and a greater system for patients and clients to access our high quality care. Only through The Partnership can we wake up our lawmakers and regulators to create the necessary reforms that support home care as the foundation of our long-term care system." 

Vice President
Cheryl Levesque
Executive Director of Patient Care Services
HomeCare Advantage
Based in Cranston, Rhode Island

Cheryl has worked for HomeCare Advantage, a family-owned business, for over 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University. She is a member of The Partnership because of its “teamwork to address issues and offer solutions and that its members have similar public policy concerns in which we advocate as one voice for the industry”.

Secretary-Treasurer 
Ashley Sadlier
Northeast Director of Government Affairs
Bayada Home Health Care
Operates Locally in Warwick, Rhode Island

Ashley joined Bayada Home Health Care in 2012. She was the director of one of the largest nursing offices within the company before transitioning into government affairs. She has a Bachelor of Science in Communication, specializing in Speech and Hearing Science from Rhode Island College. She is a member of The Partnership because of its “resilient advocacy and education of high quality home care services provided by a licensed workforce”.

Immediate Past President
Vincent Ward
President and Chief Executive Officer
Home Care Services of Rhode Island
Based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Vinnie has operated Home Care Services of Rhode Island since its founding in 1999 and had previously worked in the home care industry after retiring as police officer for the Woonsocket Police Department. He has a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement from Bryant College. He is a member of The Partnership because “The Partnership’s members are dedicated advocates that work together to improve the business climate of the industry”.

Directors

Kelechi "K.C." Agwunobi
Managing Director
HomeCare Networks
Based in Cranston, Rhode Island

K.C. is a Rhode Island native and graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He joined HomeCare Networks, his family’s business in 2017 as a Managing Director. He is a member of The Partnership because he “believes in the the goal of advancing quality care and advocating for home care agencies across the state through policy. Only cooperation between agency leaders can lead toward progress for our industry, which is imperative for the ever-growing demand for our services."

Naomi Cotrone
Chief Executive Officer
Right at Home Rhode Island
Based in Warwick, Rhode Island

Naomi has owned and operated Rhode Island’s Right at Home franchise since 2014. She has over 15 years of home care leadership experience. Naomi earned her Associate of Science in Tourism and Travel Services Management from Bay Path University. She is a member of The Partnership because “every member of our industry needs to advocate for our patients, clients, caregivers and families in a coordinated way through our association."

Dean DeNuccio, JD, CPA
President and General Manager
A Caring Experience Nursing Services
Based in Cranston, Rhode Island 

Dean has been operating A Caring Experience Nursing Services for almost 25 years and is a member of The Partnership because “its collaboration to improve the industry's business climate”.

Colin Hanrahan
Chief Executive Officer
Independence Health Care Services
Based in Providence, Rhode Island

Colin is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Independence Health Care Services, which he started in 2005 with his business partner Marc Harrison, who is a survivor of the Cambodian Holocaust. The company was started to address the need for quality culturally competent health care among the Cambodian and Southeast Asian Refugee population of Rhode Island. He has a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and is a retired Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training Senior Workers Compensation Fraud investigator. He is also an Army Veteran having served as a Military Police officer in the first Gulf War in 1991 in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait. He is a member of The Partnership because of its “dedicated advocacy for both the home care workforce and the patients we serve”.

Bethany Skinner
Chief Executive Officer 
Health Care Services
Based in Providence, Rhode Island

Bethany has worked at Health Care Services, a family-owned business for over 20 years. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. She is a member of The Partnership because of "the commitment of the members to advocate for the betterment of the industry".

Nicholas Oliver, MPA, CAE
Executive Director
Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care

In February 2013, Nicholas became the fourth Executive Director of The Partnership since its founding in 1990. His career spans over 20 years in government affairs, public relations and nonprofit management. He previously worked for the American Heart Association, Massachusetts Association for 766 Approved Private Schools, Sierra Club, and The Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island. He also has experience working in state government on health and environmental policy and has worked on multiple Presidential races and state office election campaigns. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economics with a minor in Public Relations from the University of Hartford and a Master of Public Affairs from the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His master’s thesis examined provider payment models under state Medicaid programs and offered solutions at the time for cost-effective delivery of services while financially sustaining providers of healthcare and education to pediatric patients with exceptional disabilities. He is a Certified Association Executive by the American Society of Association Executives and received the 2013 Rising Star Award from the New England Society of Association Executives. Nicholas is also a Freemason and a Shriner and spends his time volunteering to support Rhode Island's children that need the services of Shriners Hospitals for Children in nearby Boston and Springfield, Massachusetts, as well as Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence.