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GoLocalProv | Business | People on the Move: PACE-RI appoints Dr. Nikolopoulos as new chief marketing officer, Cranston appoints chief financial officer

Monday, October 24, 2022

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Dr. Nikolopoulos joins PACE-RI as Chief Medical Officer


PACE-RI CEO Joan Kwiatkowski announced today that Dr. Nicholas Nikolopoulos, DO has joined PACE-RI as Chief Medical Officer. A talented physician, business executive and leader, Nikolopoulos brings more than a decade of experience as a practitioner to his new position. He joined PACE-RI during a period of rapid growth. Over the past year, the nonprofit opened a new center and headquarters in East Providence and increased its count by 17%.

“Knowledgeable, personable and mission-focused are three of her standout characteristics,” Kwiatkowski said. “We are also inspired by Dr. Nikolopoulos in that he pursued a lifelong dream and attended medical school after a successful career of nearly 20 years in business. His unique combination of experiences and genuine joy in practicing geriatric medicine make him the right medical leader for PACE today.

As Marketing Director, Nikolopoulos is a member of the PACE-RI leadership team and is responsible for medical direction and oversight of primary care and paramedical health services. Nikolopoulos oversees quality improvement through protocol development, education, and best practices.

Nikolopoulos previously worked as a physician at Oak Street Health, South Shore Medical Center and Prima Care. He received his degree in osteopathic medicine from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at Kent Hospital. Nikolopoulos is board certified in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts and served six years on the board of the Rhode Island Society of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. He is a board member and vice president of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Pawtucket.

Nikolopoulos resides in Pawtucket with his wife, Stacey.

Cranston appoints chief financial officer

Cranston Mayor Ken Hopkins welcomed Thomas Zidelis as Cranston’s new chief financial officer who will take office on October 17.

“I am very pleased to welcome Tom Zidelis to City Hall as he joins my administrative team to work with us on the critical CFO functions. Tom brings a wealth of experience to this position and will be invaluable as we move forward with our plans to maintain Cranston’s strong financial position,” said Hopkins.

Zidelis’ most recent experience in public finance was a long career in finance for the city of Worcester, Massachusetts. His tenure at Worcester spanned some thirty-two years in various capacities as treasurer, tax collector and finally chief financial officer. After retiring in 2020, Zidelis worked on city council before agreeing to join the Hopkins administration.

“Tom’s extensive experience will serve the taxpayers of Cranston extremely well in the day-to-day financial administration of the town, but will also help plan for and succeed in our future economic challenges.”

“Tom Zidelis brings a deep understanding of public finance, will bring a fresh approach and has worked with rating agencies on public finance issues. Together, we will keep Cranston in the right direction with a solid long-term financial plan. »

Hopkins noted that in the spring he undertook spending controls and a reorganization of city government, which resulted in downsizing and substantial long-term savings. He said: “I will be working with Tom Zidelis on other fiscal strategies to improve our financial health.”

Hopkins emphasized, “As we recover from the pandemic, we face tough fiscal times and historic inflation that are impacting our municipal government, as are the ratepayers of Cranston. The tough choices and priority spending decisions will continue,” Hopkins said.

The mayor said the new chief financial officer joins an experienced team of division heads and dedicated staff who perform critical functions such as valuation, tax collection, purchasing, auditing and cash management. . “Tom will benefit from their institutional knowledge and day-to-day experience.”

The mayor thanked City Comptroller Michael Igoe for his service as interim chief financial officer since the retirement in April of Robert Strom, Cranston’s former chief financial officer.

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Ellen Ford inducted into the Cooperative Credit Union Association Hall of Fame

Former People’s Credit Union President and CEO Ellen Ford was recently inducted into the Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA) Hall of Fame. The honor was presented to Ford as part of the Excellence Awards presentation at CCUA’s 7th Annual APEX event at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT on Oct. 13. As defined by the CCUA, “The Awards of Excellence honor individuals who make a difference through their personal adherence to the credit union system, its values ​​and principles – the heroes and ‘legends of credit unions’ among those who set an example for all. » .

Ellen Ford worked thirty-seven years at the People’s Credit Union, rising from a junior cashier to president and CEO for her final seventeen years. Under Ford’s leadership, the People’s Credit Union doubled in size and implemented significant technological improvements. Ford has also contributed to the local community and credit unions through its volunteer work serving:

• Robert Potter League for Animals Board of Directors

• Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Community Deposit Advisory Board

• Board of Directors of the Credit Union Association of RI for 10 years as Treasurer, Vice President and President

• Board of Directors of the Cooperative Credit Union Association as member and president

• Trustee of the Credit Union Legislative Action Council for Rhode Island

“On behalf of everyone at the People’s Credit Union, sincere congratulations to Ellen on her recognition. It’s well deserved and we’re very happy for her,” said Sean Daly, President and CEO, People’s Credit Union. “We are so grateful that Ellen has been there to lead the growth of the organization and its impact on the community for as long as she has,” Daly added.

“Ellen Ford is one of a kind, and People’s owe her an incredible debt of gratitude for all of her service to Credit Union and beyond,” added Dr. Christopher S. Ottiano, MD, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. People’s Credit Union.

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  • People on the Move: PACE-RI appoints Dr. Nikolopoulos as new chief marketing officer, Cranston appoints chief financial officer

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