Providence Water, although a department of the City of Providence, is regulated by state and federal agencies in addition to city policies and procedures. The quality of our treated drinking water is regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Rhode Island Department of Health. Our revenue and rate structure is regulated by the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission.

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Board of Directors

A seven member Providence Water Supply Board of Directors determines corporate policy. It is the mission of this Board to ensure that water customers receive a safe and reliable water supply for drinking and fire protection. This group is comprised of dedicated private citizens and public officials and is committed to fair and equitable service to all customers and property owners in our service area. Four board members are appointed by the mayor, two are appointed by the city council and the city's finance director is an ex-officio member.

Board Members:

Xaykham Khamsyvoravong
Chairperson
 
Xaykham Khamsyvoravong, a Providence native and resident, has served as Chairman of the Providence Water Supply Board since his appointment in 2013. Xay brings to the Board a strong background in government and infrastructure. Over the course of his financial career, Xay has handled over $1.5 billion in financings for government borrowers across the country, specializing in water and wastewater projects. He currently works as a Senior Vice President and Head of Government Lending for Webster Bank.
Joseph D. Cataldi
Vice Chairperson
 
Joseph D. Cataldi, who was appointed in 1997, is the longest serving member of the Providence Water Supply Board. Mr. Cataldi has served as Vice Chairman of the Board since 2005 and has also served as Chairman Pro Tempore. Vice Chairman Cataldi, a Providence native and resident who is currently retired, spends his time involved in community service.
Lawrence J. Mancini
Ex-Officio
 
Lawrence J. Mancini is the Finance Director for the City of Providence and an Ex-Officio member of the Providence Water Supply Board since 2011. As the Director of Finance, Mr. Mancini also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Investment, the Board of Contract and Supply, and the Providence Public Buildings Authority. Mr. Mancini has held various senior management positions throughout the course of his lengthy career in public service to the City of Providence.
Luis A. Aponte
Board Member (City Councilperson)
 
Providence City Councilman Luis A. Aponte has represented the lower South Providence and Washington Park neighborhoods of Ward 10 since 1998. He is a former Council President and the first Latino to serve in that capacity in Providence’s history. In addition to his service for the City of Providence, Councilman Aponte has served on numerous community boards and commissions.
Jo-Ann Ryan
Board Member (City Councilperson)
 
Providence City Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan has represented the Mt. Pleasant and Manton neighborhoods of Ward 5 since 2014. She currently serves as Majority Leader and brings more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry to her role on the Council. In addition to her service for the City of Providence, Councilwoman Ryan has coordinated a variety of community activities and engagement projects.
Cristen L. Raucci
Board Member
 
Cristen L. Raucci was appointed as a member of the Providence Water Supply Board in 2016. Ms. Raucci has worked as an attorney for the past decade, currently in the capacity of Council for the Loan Servicing and Asset Management Division of the RI Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation. Ms. Raucci, who resides in Providence, serves on the Board of Directors of various professional associations and charitable organizations including RI Legal Services, Preserve RI and Junior Achievement of RI.
Kerri Lynn Thurber
Board Member
 
Kerri Lynn Thurber was appointed to the Providence Water Supply Board in 2013. Ms. Thurber, a Providence resident, not only has a career background in personal lines insurance but has served in various capacities for the past 16 years in the National Guard. She has served as a ballistic meteorologist, a military technician at the Massachusetts Army National Guard and re-enlisted with the RI National Guard, joining the 169th MP Co. in Warren. She is also a professional equestrian, having competed in many A-rated horse shows.
William E. O'Gara, Esq.
Legal Advisor
 
William E. O'Gara, Esq. was appointed as Legal Advisor to the Providence Water Supply Board in 2012. A partner in the firm of Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC, Attorney O’Gara is a well-respected labor and employment law practitioner who also possesses a Masters Degree in Industrial Relations. In addition to his two decades of professional experience, Attorney O’Gara has a history of probono involvement with various community organizations.