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Newly elected RI Governor Chafee names ARHP’s Pablo Rodriguez, MD to transition team



Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, ARHP board leader, has been appointed by newly elected Rhode Island Governor Chafee to his transition team. The official press release appears below:

For Immediate Release
November 9,  2010

Providence, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln D. Chafee today named Patrick A. Rogers, a partner at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, LLP,  as Chairman of his gubernatorial transition team.  He also named Helena Buonanno Foulkes, Pablo Rodriguez M.D. and Margaret E. “Meg” Curran to serve as the initial members of his Transition Advisory Committee.

“I am pleased that Patrick Rogers will spearhead the transition effort,” Governor-elect Chafee said.  “Pat has a long record of public service and strong leadership and organizational skills.  I am confident that he will do an fine job directing the transition effort.”

Patrick Rogers served as General Chairman and Finance Chair of the Chafee for Governor campaign.  A graduate of LaSalle Academy, Holy Cross and Catholic University Law School, Patrick served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon, Central Africa; was a legislative aide to U.S. Senator John H. Chafee in Washington D.C.; and is a business lawyer at Edwards Angell.  He has also served as an elected member of the East Providence City Council, Municipal Court Judge and Town Solicitor.

Governor-elect Chafee also appointed today three initial members of his Transition Advisory Committee to work with Chairman Rogers: Helena Buonanno Foulkes, Pablo Rodriguez M.D. and Meg  Curran.

“One of my goals as governor is to attract outstanding talent to public service: smart, hard-working and energetic leaders to bring new ideas to state government,” Chafee said. “These initial members of my Transition Advisory Committee are proven leaders in their respective fields of expertise, and I thank them for their service and welcome their assistance to help Rhode Island realize it full potential.”

  • Helena Buonanno Foulkes is Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer at CVS Caremark, the largest pharmacy health care provider in the nation.  During more than eighteen years with CVS and now CVS Caremark, Foulkes has amassed an extensive background in retail marketing and strategy holding positions in Marketing and Operations Services, Strategic Planning, Visual Merchandising and Category Management.  She led the development and rollout of “ExtraCare,” the largest retail loyalty program in the country with more than 64 million active cardholders and most recently she led the strategy for the development of new products to leverage the synergies of the combined enterprise.  Prior to joining CVS, she held positions at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Tiffany & Co.  Foulkes graduated from the Lincoln School, Harvard College and received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
  • Dr. Pablo Rodriguez is Associate Chair for Community Relationships in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women and Infants' Hospital, and CEO of Women's Care, a multispecialty medical group. He is the former Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island, and is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University.  He is Past Chairman of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals in Washington, DC. and has also been Chair of the Rhode Island Foundation, the International Institute of RI, the Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee and RI Project AIDS. He has received numerous awards for his community involvement including Community Service Award from the American Medical Association and Planned Parenthood of RI. In 1996 he was named a Community Hero Torchbearer for the Olympic Torch Relay. He received the Bertram Jaffee Award for advocacy in Public Health, given by the RI Public Health Association. The John Hope Settlement House also gave him their highest honor, The Paris Vaughn Sterett Award for community service and the Ministers Alliance bestowed him with the Martin Luther King Service Award. Host of radio and television programs he is currently featured in "Hablemos" and "Nuestra Salud" on WELH 88.1 FM, Latino Public Radio, where he also serves as Chairman and CEO.
  • Meg Curran is the only woman to serve as United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island.  Meg was appointed the state's top federal prosecutor by President Clinton and retained by President Bush, allowing her to continue to lead the Plunder Dome investigation and prosecution of corruption in Providence City Hall.  As U.S Attorney,  Meg worked closely with state & municipal law enforcement as well as all of the federal law enforcement agencies.   After leaving the United States Attorneys' office, Meg spent four years as a federal Monitor, charged with overseeing establishment and maintenance of compliance & ethics programs, as well as adherence to applicable agreements with the Department of Justice; two years at the Roger Williams Medical Center, pursuant to its deferred prosecution agreement, and two years at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, pursuant to its nonprosecution agreement.        Meg received her law degree, with high honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the law review.  She has an M.S. from Purdue University and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.  She graduated from Pilgrim High School.


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