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Providence Regional Office

Meet Our Leadership Team

Director: E. J. McQuade

E.J. McQuade was appointed Director of the Providence Regional Office  (RO) on July 28, 2016. Prior to this position, Mr. McQuade served as Director of the Togus (ME) RO from February 2014 to July 2016. Mr. McQuade served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) as a Communications Officer from 1999-2005 and served in the USMC Reserve until 2012. 

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: Rachel Fuhrman

Rachel Fuhrman took this position on June 24, 2018.  Before this, she was a manager at the Pension Management Center in Philadelphia.

Veteran Readiness and Employment Officer: Nicole S. Robert

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