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Providence Regional Benefit Office

Meet Our Leadership Team

Director: Earl J. Hutchinson

Earl Hutchinson was appointed Director of the Providence Regional Office  (RO) effective Nov. 22, 2010. Prior to this position, Mr. Hutchinson served as Assistant Director of the New York RO from May 2009 to November 2010. Mr. Hutchinson is a U.S. Army Veteran with combat service in the first Gulf War as part of the 1st Battalion 41st Field Artillery of the 24th Infantry Division. 

IDES Rating Activity Site Manager: Kenneth T. Gareau

Kenneth Gareau took this position in July 2013. He is responsible for providing benefits to Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and survivors in Rhode Island and five counties in southeastern Massachusetts. He is responsible for administering $18 million in monthly benefits to more than 18,000 beneficiaries. He is a decorated Veteran of the U.S. Army.

Veterans Service Center Manager: Stephen V. Pina

Stephen Pina was appointed to this position in April 2013. He began his VA career in 2006 as a Veterans Service Representative at the Boston RO. He served in the U.S. Army from 2000 to 2004 and again in 2005 in the Individual Ready Reserve.

Vocation Rehabilitation and Employment Officer: Nicole S. Rinaudo

Nicole Rinaudo took this position in February 2012. Before this, she was Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at the Hartford RO.