Staff

Matthew Erhard
Role: Director of Development
What He Does: Responsible for making the code, equipment, and people behind our technology run smoothly.
Background: Matt holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He was a Summer 2013 graduate of Launch Academy, a 10-week immersive bootcamp to learn web development.
Outside of Work: Matt spends his time snowboarding, bowling, and playing tennis.
Little Known Fact: He has been to Africa twice, but has never been to Canada.
Phone:(401) 831-8099 x0123
Sidra Amir
Role: Lead Web Application Developer
What She Does: Builds Online Applications!
Background: She holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Punjab, Pakistan, where she was in top five position holders. Sidra is a Brown Graduate with MS in Computer Science with 3.88 GPA.
Outside of Work: Loves to fly at Horizon Aviation, interested in politics and likes to watch cricket.
Little Known Fact: Wants perfection in whatever she does.
Phone:(401) 831-8099 x0118
Tania Allen
Role: Web Application Developer
What She Does: Responsible for building and maintaining online applications.
Background: Tania holds an AAS in Radiologic Technology from Massasoit Community College. Tania worked as a Senior Specialist for the Imaging and Therapeutic Services application and the Physician Care Manager application at MEDITECH in Westwood, MA. She was a Summer 2016 graduate of General Assembly, a 12-week immersive bootcamp to learn web development.
Outside of Work: Tania loves spending time with her family, gardening and reading.
Little Known Fact:She ran in the first Run for Your Lives 5k: a zombie apocalypse themed race in Maryland.
Phone:(401) 831-8099 x0124
Matthew Troiano
Role: Web & Graphic Designer
What He Does: Designs UI/UX Interfaces.
Background: Matt holds a AAS in Fine Art from CCRI. He has spent over a decade designing and developing for the web. Prior to joining RI.gov Matt worked at Mediacom Communications corporate headquarters in NY as their lead web developer.
Outside of Work: Matt enjoys playing the drums, photography, and painting.
Little Known Fact: Growing up Matt attended the Bristol Fourth of July Parade 13 years in a row.
Phone:(401) 831-8099 x0119
Priscilla Nebot
Role: Office Manager
What She Does: Makes sure our users are happy and our business is running smoothly
Background: Priscilla is the person you will most likely communicate with if you need assistance with our many online services. She has a bookkeeping certification from Rhode Island College. She worked as a teaching assistant for the Providence School District in the bilingual department. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Outside of Work: Enjoys spending time with her family and loves to watch 80's and black and white movies.
Little Known Fact: She describes herself as a closet shoe fashionista.
Phone:(401) 831-8099 x0121
Mary Manseau
Role:Project Manager
What She Does: Manages projects!
Background: Mary graduated from Bryant University with a BA in business management and minor in communications.
Outside of Work: Loves outdoor activities and spending times with family and friends.
Little Known Fact: Cheerleading is life.
Phone: (401) 831-8099 x0125
Sam Foster
Role:Director of Marketing
What He Does: Makes sure the portal operates effectively and that our value is communicated.
Background: Sam graduated from the University of Maine, Orono with an MBA (Management Focus) and a BA in New Media. In college, he worked for ASAP Media Services, a technologies research and development lab, as a developer, project manager, and general manager. After graduation, he joined Maine.gov as a project manager.
Outside of Work: Reading, hiking, programming, and gaming.
Little Known Fact: Sam has walked on a runway during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City.
Phone:(401) 831-8099 x0122
Thomas Viall
Role: General Manager
What He Does: Juggles many things at once.
Background: Before switching careers to the Internet, Tom worked for 12 years in local television as both a producer and production manager. In 1998 he left TV to join the original launch team of Ocean State Online, an early Web portal dedicated to his native Rhode Island. He first became involved with RI.gov in 2003 as a freelance consultant. He thought he would stay less than six months, but he quickly became enamored with their mission and took over as general manager late in 2004.
Outside of Work: Loves to write and tries to paint
Little Known Fact: During his TV years, he directed over 100 episodes of the Bozo the Clown show.
Phone:(401) 831-8099 x0120
NIC Corporate
Role: Our parent company
What they do: Support our local operation - and operations in 20 other states - from corporate headquarters in Olathe, Kansas.
Background: The Portal Operations Division of NIC employs over 100 professionals in accounting, technology, human resources and legal. They are dedicated to making sure that our small Providence-based team can focus on our core mission of developing online services and working with the state of Rhode Island.
Little Known Fact: NIC used to stand for the National Information Consortium but now it just stands for NIC.