Staff

Sidra Amir
Role: Director of Technology
What She Does: Responsible for making the code, equipment, and people behind our technology run smoothly.
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 a MS in Computer Science.
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
Bartosz Maj
Role: Web Application Developer
What He Does: Responsible for building and maintaining online applications.
Background: Graduated from Old Dominion University with a BS in Computer Science, worked as a CRM Developer for 3.5 years.
Outside of Work: Books, boards games, computer games and painting miniatures.
Little Known Fact: Bart has lived and worked in 4 different countries.
Phone: (401) 831-8099 x0123
Adi Uppalapati
Role: System Administrator
What He Does: Supporting Network and Infrastructure needs for Web Application Developers
Background: Aditya Holds a Master in Information Security from the University of Cumberlands and a Bachelor in Bioinformatics from Vellore Institute of Technology. Adi worked in Dst Systems as a Centrify Consultant.
Outside of Work: Playing Cricket and enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Little Known Fact:Wants to run a happy life and be friendly with everyone
Matt Klosinski
Role: UI/UX Designer
What He Does: Designs UI/UX Interfaces
Background: Matt has worked with multiple tech companies, designing, developing and supporting enterprise software solutions. Prior to joining RI.gov Matt was a developer for a commercial real estate software company.
Outside of Work: Matt enjoys shooting photography, camping, and hanging with his wife and daughter.
Little Known Fact: Matt has lived in 6 states and has expert-level ear-wiggling abilities.
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
Rosie Herreid
Role: Customer Support/Office Administrator
What She Does: Provides support for citizens and subscribers to online services, maintains subscription accounts and accounts receivable.
Background: Rosie holds a B.A. in Political Science from Thomas More College in Merrimack, NH. She has worked as a call center rep, deli clerk, writer, editor, and factory worker.
Outside of Work: Rosie loves daytrips with her husband and 4 kids, quilting, writing, and reading.
Little Known Fact: Rosie got married before she was drinking age.
Phone: (401) 831-8099 x1
Jeff Safier
Role: Developer
What He Does: Create, update, and maintain applications for the Rhode Island DMV using Ruby on Rails.
Background: B.A & M.A in Computer Science, 25+ years in C+, and 9 in Ruby on Rails.
Outside of Work: Jeff enjoys spending time with family and friends, and online learning.
Little Known Fact: Jeff and his wife got engaged after two weeks of dating.
Phone: (401) 831-8099
Evan Vergano
Role: Project Manager / Business Analyst
What He Does: Manage projects while always focusing on continuous improvement.
Background: BS in Project Management from Colorado State University, AS in Business Management from University of New Hampshire, Business Analysis Certificate from Bryant University. Spearheaded a major regional retailers first e-commerce site.
Outside of Work: Evan enjoys all things sports, mountains, and finding great local restaurants
Little Known Fact: Evan is a huge lacrosse fan, and has coached at every level, most recently being the assistant coach at Wheaton College in Norton, MA.
Phone: (401) 831-8099
Nicole D'Agnenica
Role: CMS Project Manager
What She Does: Manages the implementation of Rhode Island's new content management system designed to enhance Rhode Islander's online experience with State government.
Background: Nicole takes an interdisciplinary approach to Information Technology and has experience in Digital Art, Software Engineering, Project Management and Product Development.
Outside of Work: Enjoys spending time with her children. Loves taking walks on the beach.
Little Known Fact: During her youth, Nicole competed in the state of Rhode Island for the United States Gymnastics Federation.
Phone: (401) 831-8099
Sam Foster
Role: Director of Operations
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.