Republican Elected Officials
Senate District 38
(Westerly, Charlestown, South Kingstown)
Dennis Algiere is a Westerly native who graduated from Westerly High School and now works as a senior vice-president for The Washington Trust Company in downtown Westerly. He began his political career in 1990, when he was elected to the Westerly Town Council. He was elected Senator in 1992 and appointed Senate Deputy Minority Leader in 1995. In 1997, the Republican caucus elected him Minority Leader. In that capacity, he is an ex-officio member of all Senate committees. Dennis serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Chorus of Westerly and The Westerly Old Town Hall Museum. He is chairman of the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park capital campaign and building committee. He also served as chairman of the Westerly Police Department building committee, and served on the board of Westerly Hospital, on the President's Advisory Council on the Arts at the John F. Kennedy Center and on the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Dennis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Providence College in 1982, a M.S. degree from Northeastern University and J.D. from Southern New England School of Law.
Westerly Town Council
Jean Gagnier has spent more than two decades serving the community. Jean served on the former Westerly Public Works committee, as well as on the Alternative Energy and Affordable Housing committees. He is currently the owner of Fix-It Home Services. Prior to becoming a small business owner, Jean worked for over twenty-five years in Information Technology where he gained extensive experience in project management, vendor management, and systems design with Washington Trust, Stanley Works, and Accenture Consulting. Jean earned a bachelor's degree in History from the University of Rhode Island and a certificate in computer programming from the Computer Processing Institute. He received an honorable discharge as a US Marine Non-Commission Officer, and attended USMC Radio School in Camp Geiger, North Carolina. Jean is President and co-founder of the Wilcox East Neighborhood Association. He serves on many boards and committees including the Immaculate Conception Church Finance Board, is a Fort Building Leader for the Ocean Communities YMCA's Camp Watchaug, and is a member of the South County Habitat for Humanity. Jean is also a Student Mentor for Westerly Public Schools and a substitute Middle School Teacher. Jean lives in Westerly with his wife Lily.
2014 to present - Member of the Westerly Town Council, Westerly, RI.
1979 to 1983 - United States Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class, E-5,
1983 to Present - The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Financial Planner.
2005 - The American College of Financial Services, Bryn Mawr, PA. Earned the Chartered
Financial Consultant professional designation.
1995 - The American College of Financial Services, Bryn Mawr, PA. Earned the Chartered
Life Underwriter professional designation.
1994 - The College for Financial Planning, Denver, CO. Earned the Certified Financial
Planner professional designation.
1982 - Mohegan Community College, Norwich, CT. Earned an Associate in Science degree
in Business Administration.
The Financial Planning Association of Rhode Island.
PADI technical/recreational certified Dive Master. Certified in TDI advanced shipwreck
penetration, advance nitrox and decompression procedures. Specializing in shipwreck
Westerly School Committee
Christine Misto is a Westerly High School graduate, and is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Westerly Hospital. She holds a Master of Arts degree in communications from Emerson College in Boston, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Providence College.
She has served on the Westerly Parent Academy Committee, and on the district's Health and Wellness and Strategic Communications subcommittee. Last fall she helped organize the first Civics Bee at Westerly High School and was a guest speaker at a "Get Out the Vote" event to encourage Westerly High School Seniors to exercise their right to vote and get involved as citizens.
She is the proud parent of a nine-year old son.
She says, "A community is only as strong as its school system. For many years, I have been an outspoken advocate for the importance of ensuring that our school budget is furthering the mission of providing our students with a world-class education, and will continue to advocate for this if I am elected to the Westerly School Committee. I will also use my education, background and expertise in communications to better engage parents and members of our community with the Westerly Public School Committee, an area upon which I feel can be greatly improved."
Marianne Nardone has more than forty years in a public school system in many different capacities - as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Grants Coordinator, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Instruction, and Acting Superintendent - she understands firsthand what works and what doesn't work in a classroom and in a school district. Marianne is committed to making our schools stronger by ensuring that our students become responsible adults and are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. She believes that this can only be accomplished by developing a long-range strategic plan/vision for Westerly schools and by prudently and effectively managing our limited budget and resources, whether in investing in educational programs or staff, capital improvements, or maintaining our schools. Her ultimate goal is ensure that Westerly can provide a positive and safe learning environment for every student. Marianne holds a B.S., M.A., C.A.G.S.; Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) in Educational Administration, Policy and Planning. She served as secretary of the Westerly School Facilities Committee which oversaw an $18.3 M bond for the renovating/wiring of seven schools, as well as the building of Springbrook Elementary School. She was served as a member of Westerly Hospital's Personnel and Compensation Board, on the Westerly Library and Park Capital Campaign, as the Chairperson for the Shelter Harbor Fire District, Clerk, member of the Board of Governors, a Rotary International Member. She is a Paul Harris Fellow and member of the Westerly College Club.