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Posted 9/8/21

Hollmann appointed president of American Geriatrics Society Brown Medicine, a primary care, specialty outpatient and sub-specialty medical group practice with over 200 physicians and multiple patient care locations across the state, announces that Dr.

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Hollmann appointed president of American Geriatrics Society

Brown Medicine, a primary care, specialty outpatient and sub-specialty medical group practice with over 200 physicians and multiple patient care locations across the state, announces that Dr. Peter Hollmann, MD, FACP, AGSF has been named 2021-22 president of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS).

Hollmann assumes responsibility to lead this national nonprofit organization representing more than 6,000 geriatrics healthcare professionals across the country. Established in 1942, the AGS is dedicated to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people. Members include geriatricians, geriatric nurses, social workers, family practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and internists.

In addition to his role as chief medical officer at Brown Medicine, Hollmann continues to practice medicine locally and as part of Brown Medicine’s Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine.

An AGS member since 1983, Hollmann is a fellow with the Society and has been instrumental in the organization’s efforts to promote payment policies that address the needs of Medicare beneficiaries, particularly those with complex and chronic conditions. He founded the AGS Practice Management Advisory Group, and was a founding member of the AGS Quality Committee. He has served as a member and chair of the Public Policy Committee, a member of its quality advisory group, and a member of the AGS Board of Directors for more than eight years.

Hollmann also serves as vice chair of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) RVS Update Committee to advise Medicare on valuing the work of clinicians who bill for their services on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, and served on the AMA’s Current Procedural Terminology Editorial Panel. He is a member of the National Committee for Quality Assurance Geriatrics Measures Advisory Panel.

Statewide, Hollmann co-chairs the multi-payer Patient-Centered Medical Home demonstration project (Care Transformation Collaborative of Rhode Island) Data and Evaluation Committee and is a delegate to the American Medical Association House of Delegates from the Rhode Island Medical Society where he serves on the Executive Committee.

“I consider myself incredibly lucky to have not only found the field of geriatrics, but a supportive and encouraging professional home with the AGS,” Hollmann said. “Like good geriatrics care, the AGS recognizes the value of teams and diverse expertise, and the importance of making the older adults we serve our number one priority. Over the past year, I have been collaborating with an incredible team of AGS colleagues on our important endeavor to eradicate discrimination in healthcare and research with an initial focus on the intersection of structural racism and ageism.  I look forward to continuing to work alongside our outgoing AGS President and others. I know it will take all of us working together to achieve meaningful and lasting change.”

Hollmann is a 1979 graduate of Brown University and resides in Cranston.

Guglietti promoted at East Bay CAP

East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) is pleased to announce the promotion of Cory Guglietti, of Cranston, to vice president of assets and property management. Since 2018, Guglietti has served as EBCAP’s director of administration coordinating daily operational functions and improving organizational efficiencies.

In his new role, Guglietti will oversee all agency-wide projects and output related to purchasing, facility management, and non-clinical agency support staff. His duties include managing the coordination of all agency programs to ensure development and maintenance of an integrated service delivery system; coordinating all maintenance, licensing, federal government regulations, environmental assessments, and federal reporting requirements; and supervising all maintenance and construction activities.

Guglietti earned his B.A. from Rhode Island College and his MBA with a focus on project management from Capella University. He brings 13 years of experience in operations and facilities management to his new position.

Bhatia named membership director at RI Hospitality Association

Caroline Bhatia
Caroline Bhatia

The Cranston-based Rhode Island Hospitality Association (RIHA) is pleased to announce that Attleboro, Massachusetts, resident Caroline Bhatia has been named its director of membership.

In her role, Bhatia is tasked with managing all aspects of RIHA’s membership operations including recruitment, retention, and program services. Bhatia’s responsibilities also include closing sales on all endorsed partner referrals and allied membership investment inquiries, supplying information for member billings and processing, serving as the main point of contact for individual members seeking information or assistance on programs and services, and overseeing the maintenance of membership records.

“Caroline has proven to be a valuable member of our team and an excellent resource for her colleagues and for our members,” said Dale J. Venturini, president/CEO, RIHA. “She has been integral to our mission since joining our team last spring and has made a positive impact on our operations while working in close liaison with RIHA’s 800-plus members.”

Before joining the association, Bhatia served as a business travel sales manager for The Providence Marriott Downtown from 2019 to 2020. Prior to that, she held the same role at The Omni Providence Hotel from 2018 to 2019. She has also served as a sales manager for The Capital Grille in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and as a care manager and assistant front office manager for Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia-Valley Forge in Pennsylvania.

Bhatia graduated summa cum laude from Pennsylvania’s Cairn University Langhorne with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies.

Bates elected national vice commander of American Legion

An Army and National Guard veteran from Post 81 in Coventry was elected national vice commander of the American Legion during the organization’s national convention in Phoenix recently.

Cory D. Bates has been a life member of the Szelag-Peitras-Rekus-Mageria Post 81, Coventry, since 2000. Bates served in the Army and National Guard from January 1982 through July 1992. He served with the Yankee Division, 26th Air Cavalry then with the 2nd Infantry Division and the 1st Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment. He is also a member of Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Riders with West Warwick Post 2 in West Warwick.

Bates has held many offices at the post level as well as being SPRM Post 81 commander for the last 12 years. At the department level, Bates has been the sergeant-at-arms, junior and senior vice commander. He was elected department (state) commander in 2012 and achieved 100 percent membership for 2012-13. He also served as Rhode Island’s Alternate National Executive Committeeman and National Executive Committeeman. He has held department chairmanships for the Oratorical, Children and Youth and Finance commissions and is currently The American Legion Baseball chairman for Rhode Island.

Bates is a 2010 graduate of the National American Legion College. He has served on national committees including National Security Council member, National Legislative Council member and as a current member of the Media and Communications Council.

Bates has a daughter and five grandchildren. He has been employed at Coventry Lumber since 2005 and is currently the president of the PNA Golf League.

He is one of 12 constitutional officers for the American Legion.

BankNewport names Norigian vice president, call center manager

Aimee Norigian
Aimee Norigian

BankNewport is pleased to announce that Aimee Norigian has been promoted to vice president, call center manager. With more than two decades of experience, Norigian oversees a team of service providers responsible for customer service inquiries, online banking support and initiating fraud claims, as well as specialists who focus on ATM/debit card service and the bank’s personal teller machines.

Norigian joined BankNewport in 2016 as assistant call center manager and was promoted to assistant vice president, call center manager in 2017.

“We are thrilled to announce Aimee’s promotion,” said Mary Leach, Executive Vice President, Director of Consumer Relationships, BankNewport. “She has been integral in providing our valued customers with the service and expertise we pride ourselves on at BankNewport, and know that she will continue to thrive in her new position.”

A native and current resident of Cranston, Norigian attended the Community College of Rhode Island and completed management courses throughout her 22-year career in banking.

BBBSRI welcomes Cox’s Fernandez to board

Rosie Fernandez
Rosie Fernandez

Cranston-based Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island (BBBSRI) is pleased to welcome Rosie Fernandez to its Board of Directors.

“Both personally and professionally, Rosie demonstrates the spirit of our mission and the attitude we need to get it done,” said Katje Afonseca, chief executive officer. “Rosie is an experienced community relations professional with a passion for building and maintaining relationships across the state. We are lucky to have her join our talented Board of Directors.”

As the manager of community relations for Cox Communications’ Northeast Region, Fernandez is responsible for all charitable giving programs and initiatives throughout the service area of Connecticut, Ohio and Rhode Island, and she also manages the company’s charitable giving program, Cox Charities. She currently serves as the president of Rhode Island Latino Dollars for Scholars, an all-volunteer organization providing scholarships to Latino students pursuing a post-secondary education, and additionally serves as an advisory member of the R.I.S.E. Women’s Leadership Conference. Rosie is a proud alum of the University of Rhode Island.

“I’m thrilled to join the team,” said Fernandez. “BBBSRI has an impressive history of building community and providing the support young people need to fulfill their potential. That’s the future we need, and I feel excited, privileged, and pumped to do my part.”

“We expect Rosie will be a phenomenal fit,” said Paul Oberg, board president. He goes on to add, “For the past five years, Jay Allbaugh, senior vice president and region manager of Cox Communications, was an active BBBSRI board member. When his term expired, Jay was glad to pass the torch to Rosie, and we’re excited to have her with us.” The entire BBBSRI staff is pleased to welcome Rosie on board, and we wish her the best of luck as we move forward towards a brighter future together.

Greenwood Credit Union welcomes LaFrance, Brown

Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown

Greenwood Credit Union has hired seasoned financial IT services veteran Jennifer LaFrance as its new senior vice president, chief operating officer and Andrew Brown to be its new chief financial officer.

Most recently the senior vice president of retail banking, operations and technology at First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union, LaFrance brings a wealth of expertise to the credit union, including more than 25 years of experience in the financial and IT industries.

In addition to her time at First Citizen’s FCU, LaFrance was also previously first vice president, retail, operations and technology at BankFive in Massachusetts. She holds a B.S. degree in business administration from Roger Williams University, has served on the Finance Advisory Board for New Bedford High School, and served on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army.

Brown’s three-decade career began at Bank of New England, Old Colony, where he was senior staff accountant. He has since worked in management positions at the FDIC, People’s Mortgage Corp., Prime Mortgage Financial, Abington Bank and City of Boston Credit Union. At Greenwood, he will report directly to CEO Fredrick Reinhardt and be a member of the Senior Leadership team.

Brown holds a BS degree in accounting from Bentley College, and earned his MBA from Providence College. He is also an active member in a number of organizations, including the Financial Managers Society, both the Boston Chapter and the National Finance Committee.

“We’re extremely excited to welcome Jennifer to our team,” said Greenwood CEO Fredrick Reinhardt. “Jennifer will be an integral part of our executive team and will be responsible for overseeing the entire scope of Information Technology and Operations for the Credit Union. We have big plans to expand our capabilities, and we’re confident she is just the right person to help us achieve our goals.”

Reinhardt added: “Andy brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to our team with over thirty years of progressive experience in the financial services industry. We’re eager for him to join our team and help us continue to expand our ability to meet the ever-changing financial needs of Rhode Islanders. The Greenwood brand has become synonymous with fair and honest banking practices for people and small businesses, including locally-based lending and decision-making. I look forward to Andy’s financial stewardship as we continue to grow. It’s an exciting time for us.”

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