Community Provider Network of R.I. hires executive director after national search

WARWICK – The Community Provider Network of Rhode Island has named Tina Spears as its executive director after conducting a national search.

The group, which represents 22 private providers of services and support to people with developmental disabilities in Rhode Island, said Spears has previously served as government relations director of the Rhode Island Parent Information Network, fiscal analyst for the state Senate, and consent decree coordinator for the state of Rhode Island.

“We were pleased to choose Tina from a pool of highly qualified applicants due to her significant experience advocating for people with disabilities and having worked effectively inside and outside state government,” CPNRI board President Gloria Quinn said in a news release. “We are excited to work with Tina as she leads CPNRI through a pivotal moment in the state’s [intellectual and developmental disabilities] systems transformation, and we are confident she will take our association to its next level of impact and results, and thereby improve the quality of life and outcomes for the people with I/DD in R.I.”

Spears is a lifelong Rhode Island resident and lives with her two sons and husband in South County. She earned a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Rhode Island.

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