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Linda M. Cannistra, BS, MBA, CCRC, President of the Board of Directors
Linda Cannistra joined the Steere House Board at the Directors' Board meeting on August 26, 2013. Since 2000, Linda has served as CEO of Safe Harbor Clinical Research in East Providence, RI. Throughout her career, Linda has worked extensively in the area of healthcare research, regulatory affairs and ultimately management at a number of healthcare companies throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She holds a MBA with honors from Bryant University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Providence College.
Paul S. Astphan, RN, MBA, Vice President of the Board of Directors
Paul joined the Steere House Board of Directors in the Fall of 2013. He is currently Primary Care Nurse Manager at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Providence. Paul brings extensive healthcare experience to the Board. He has held positions at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Coram Healthcare and Rhode Island Hospital. Twice-awarded the Bronze Star for his service in the Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Paul has a 23 year military career, serving most recently as Commandeer, 399th Combat Support Hospital at Fort Devens, MA. Paul is a MBA graduate, specializing in Health Care Administration, of Bryant University and holds a BSN from Rhode Island College.
Norma J. Owens, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP, Treasurer of the Board of Directors
Dr. Owens is a professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and a Geriatric Clinical Pharmacy Consultant at Rhode Island Hospital. She is an author of the chapter “Drugs and the Elderly” in the fourth and fifth editions of the Clinical Aspects of Aging and is the immediate past Chair for the Geriatric PRN of ACCP. Presently, she is a co-investigator for the Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center at URI and is a member of the Aging and Health Promotion Team of URI’s Health Promotion Partnership. Dr. Owens received her Bachelor of Science, Pharmacy from the University of Arizona, Doctor of Pharmacy, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Hartford Hospital. She served as President of the Steere House Board of Directors from 2004 - 2010 and has been a Board Member since 1999.
Diane Steere Nobles, Ph.D., Secretary of the Board of Directors
Dr. Steere Nobles joined the Board of Directors of Steere House in 2005 and serves on the Ethics and Education and Clinical Research Committees. Professionally, Dr. Steere Nobles is the Director of the Secondary/Postsecondary Articulation for Technology Education Consortium, a statewide technical education reform project, at Community College of Rhode Island. She received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in College Station in Educational Human Resource Development, her master’s degree from Northeastern State University in Community College Education and Student Personnel Services, and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Rhode Island (URI) in Education and Sociology. She serves on several statewide educational boards and is active locally having served on the School Committee and in many church and community leadership positions.
Dr. David Dosa, MD, MPH
Dr. Dosa is a Geriatrician and Health Services Researcher with co-appointments at the Providence VAMC and Brown University's Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research. Since joining Brown University from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003, Dr. Dosa has remained active at Steere House in a variety of capacities - most recently serving on the Board since 2010. Aside from his research and clinical practice, Dr. Dosa is the New York Times bestselling author of the book, Making Rounds with Oscar, a book written in part about his experiences working at Steere House with cognitive impairment patients.
Robert Kohn, MD
Dr. Kohn is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University. He is a geriatric psychiatrist at Butler Hospital in Providence and the Director of the Brown University Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program. He is also a consultant to the World Health Organization. Dr. Kohn received his Bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Illinois and his psychiatry specialty training at Brown University. He also has a graduate degree from Columbia University. Dr. Kohn’s research focuses on geriatric psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology. He has over 60 publications in medical journals and books. He has been a member of the Board of Directors at Steere House since 1998.
Carol C. McMahon, M. Ed.
Carol has been a member of the Board since 2012. She also serves as a member of the Corporate Development Team. Prior to her retirement in 2008, Carol worked for the State of Rhode Island as a Human Resources Administrator for more than 33 years, serving the Department of Education; Transportation; Chidren, Youth and Families; and Corrections. Since 2000, Carol has served as an Executive Committee member and recording Secretary of the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Peter's Church in Warwick.
David M. Mullen, JD, MPH
David was appoint to the Steere House Board of Directors in the Fall of 2013. David is a recent graduate of the Columbia Mailman School for Public Health. He holds a JD from George Washington Law School and a BA with honors from Georgetown University, College of Arts and Sciences.
Timothy J. Reiner
Tim was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2002 and is a member of the Finance Team. He serves on the Executive Board of the Steere Family Association; their roots dating back to before the American Revolution. Tim serves on the Board of the Smithfield Police Pension Committee and Smithfield Fire Pension Committee. Tim’s community involvement also includes working with youth as the Vice-President of the Smithfield Little League and Board Member of the Smithfield Youth Basketball League (SYBA).
Andrew C. Spacone, Esquire, Immediate Past President
Andrew Spacone is currently an adjunct professor of law at the Roger Williams University School of Law. He recently retired as legal counsel to the law firm of Adler, Pollack & Sheehan P.C. Prior to joining Adler Pollock & Sheehan, he was the Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Textron, Inc., where he headed the Litigation Department. He is a 1977 cum laude graduate of the University of Buffalo Law School, and holds a Master’s degree in history from the University of Buffalo, where he was a teaching fellow and PH.D candidate before being drafted into the Army. Andrew retired from the United States Army Reserve with the rank of Colonel. He joined the Steere House Board in 2006.