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Board of Directors

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




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