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Board of Directors

 Members of the Board are appointed by the governor and serve four-year terms. 


David A. Darlington, Chairman

Mr. Darlington is a partner in the public and government relations firm Gildea, O’Connell & Darlington, LLC, with offices in North Providence, R.I., and Boston, Mass. He has served in numerous executive and management positions in both the public and private sector, including the Office of the Governor in Rhode Island and Fortune 500 companies such as AT&T, Merrill Lynch, Verizon Communications, and 3M Corporation.

Formal positions while in the service of the state include Special Assistant to the Governor of Rhode Island, Director of Municipal Affairs, Director of Constituent Affairs, Director of Advance, and Director of Federal Affairs. Also during his time in the governor’s office, Mr. Darlington was responsible for the planning and execution of a number of noteworthy statewide events including the Rhode Island Statehouse Centennial celebration, several meetings of the New England governors and eastern Canadian premiers, and the 2001 summer meeting of the National Governors Association, held in Providence and Newport.

Mr. Darlington also coordinated the state's response to several emergencies, including the North Cape oil spill and 1996 Eastern Equine Encephalitis outbreak. In addition, he has managed a number of successful political campaigns, including gubernatorial and state legislative elections.

The chairman also currently serves as president and Board chairman of the New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, a 501(c)3 corporation that provides funding and facilitates consulting services to New England companies adversely affected by foreign imports.  He also serves on the Board of the New England Advance Vehicle Consortium, is a member of the Rhode Island Yachting Commission, and is a founding board member of the American Business Council, in Washington, D.C.  He has previously served as director of the Quonset Point Port and on the Business Park management board.

A North Kingstown, R.I., native, Mr Darlington was educated at Bishop Feehan High School, in Attleboro, Mass., and Marquette University.

Mr. Darlington was appointed to the R.I.T.B.A. Board by Gov. Lincoln Almond, and his present term expires in April 2014.


Stephen C. Waluk, Co-Vice Chairman

Mr. Waluk, a Newport native, was elected to the Newport City Council in 2001 when, at age 24, he became the youngest person ever to serve on the Council. He was sworn in as Mayor of Newport, R.I. in January 2007. He is presently the research and policy analyst for the Minority office in the R.I. House of Representatives.

A 1999 graduate of Merrimack College, he attends St. Augustin’s Church and is a member of the Newport Knights of Columbus. In addition to serving on the R.I.T.B.A. Board, Mr. Waluk also serves on the boards of the Newport Lions Club and the Edward King House Senior Center.  He is a past board member of the Fort Adams Foundation, East Bay Habitat for Humanity, and the Newport Zoning Board of Review.

Mr. Waluk was appointed to the R.I.T.B.A. Board by Gov. Donald Carcieri, and his present term expires in April 2013.


Michael P. Lewis, Director Department of Transportation 

Michael P. Lewis was named Director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation by Governor Donald L. Carcieri and started work with the agency in mid-March 2008. Director Lewis was an engineer with the Massachusetts Highway Department from 1984 to 1992, when he moved to the Central Artery/Tunnel project.  In 1999, he became a Deputy Project Director for the Big Dig project, responsible for engineering and construction and for reorganization of the project’s management and leadership. From April 2000 through December 2007, he was Director of the project, part of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority.

Director Lewis was a recipient of the Move Massachusetts 2000 Special Engineering Achievement Award and the National Engineers Week-Boston: New England Achievement Award. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Boston Engineering Center Leadership Award.

A member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Boston Society of Civil Engineers, Director Lewis was a member of the Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society.

Director Lewis attended the McGill University’s Civil Engineering program, and is a graduate of the University of Vermont, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.


Deborah M. Brayton

Deborah M. Brayton is the former Chief of Staff to the Hon. David N. Cicilline, Mayor of Providence.  She also served as the legislative director for former U.S. Senator Lincoln D. Chafee and was the executive director of Amos House, a food, shelter and social services agency tending to the needs of Rhode Island’s homeless population. 

Ms. Brayton is the recipient of numerous awards for her public service and humanitarian activities including The Providence Newspaper Guild Community Service Award; the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless Carol McGovern Memorial Award; the National Very Special Arts Advocacy Award; and the Groden Center Humanitarian Award.  

She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island.  

Ms. Brayton was appointed to a four-year term on the RITBA Board by Gov. Lincoln Chafee in 2011.



RITBA Administration



Buddy Croft, Executive Director


Nancy Parrillo, Chief Financial Officer



Jim Swanberg, Director of Toll Plaza Operations, Safety & Security




A. Eric Offenberg, P.E., LEED AP, Director of Engineering


 M. Bonsignore

Michael Bonsignore, Chief Technical Officer

 Kathi O'Connor

Kathryn G. O’Connor, Electronic Toll Collection Manager

James Romano

James R. Romano, Director of Maintenance

Darrell Waldron

Darrell Waldron