What He Does: Responsible for making the code, equipment, and people behind our technology run smoothly.
Background: After graduating with distinction with a BS in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Joe worked as the Web programmer and systems analyst for projo.com where he re-architected the entire site and developed several award-winning interactive features. Another native Rhode Islander, Joe joined the RI.gov team in the beginning of 2004 and has developed the software for many of our award winning Web services.
Outside of Work: Avid musician who has been playing piano since age 2 and guitar since age 10
Little Known Fact: In the fourth grade, Joe participated in the fifth and sixth grade spelling bee and won third place. The word 'receipt' still perturbs him.
What He Does: Keep us looking good - from the RI.gov homepage to the UI (that’s geek talk for user interface) on our online services
Background: An artist through and through, Dan earned a BA in art history from Hamilton College and worked as a production assistant in New York for several independent and industrial film productions. After graduation, Dan worked for an upstart software company specializing in the summer camp industry before locating to Rhode Island to take graduate courses at RISD. Dan brought his award winning design talents to RI.gov in August of 2004.
Outside of Work: Father and homeowner
Little Known Fact: Born in Wales and has a huge admiration for all things Disney & Hello Kitty.
What She Does: Ensures that things get done on schedule and that people know what we did.
Background: Nicole graduated from Rhode Island College with a BA in Public and Professional Communications. As a student she interned for GTECH Corporation in the public affairs division. After graduation, Nicole eventually worked for GTECH’s National Response Center in training and operations. She left in 2007 to work in client services for a Web site based out of Boston, MA that helps high school students with the college application process. She joined the portal team in December of 2009.
Outside of Work: Foodie and a Yogi and makes the best brownies!
Little Known Fact: Nicole is a 200 hour registered Yoga instructor.
What She Does: Anything and everything Web design-related. Designs, updates, implements and maintains many, many Web sites.
Background: Leslie received her BFA in Graphic Design from Alfred University and worked as a graphic designer for the first part of her career. Deciding to move from print to web, Leslie proudly received her Certification in Web Design from Rhode Island School of Design and joined Ri.gov on the day of her graduation!
Outside of Work: When her eyes are not glued to the computer screen, she heads down to the beach or hits the road, as she loves to travel!
Little Known Fact: She and her husband both have names of famous people, an actress and a director.
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.
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.
What He Does: Gets posed in a variety of interesting places and moves mysteriously from one office to the next.
Background: We think Dan introduced the Web Monkey to our office. Wikipedia defines a ‘Web (or code) Monkey’ as a person only capable of grinding out code, but unable to perform the more intellectually complex tasks of software architecture, analysis, and design. The Web Monkey is also the subject of Tom’s seldom-updated in-house comic The Adventures of Monkey Von Webstien.
Little Known Fact: The employee name “Monkey, Web” was once inadvertently left in a budget as a holding place for a new hire that was submitted to corporate accounting.
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.