Board of Directors
The Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6, non-profit organization, governed by a Board of Directors that is elected by the membership. The group is comprised of dynamic, accomplished and selfless volunteers who share a passion for executing the chamber mission. Their leadership helps promote and advance the economic, civic, commercial, cultural, industrial, and educational interests of the two-state region we serve.
Future-focused governance and guidance from our Joint Executive & Finance Committee helps ensure that we make the best decisions as an organization to simultaneously accelerate the success of our members, while advancing the impact and strength of The Chamber as a vital community organization.
Chairman of the Board - John Layton
1st Vice Chairman - Joanna Valentini
2nd Vice Chairman - Frank Ritacco
Treasurer - Michael Benevides
Benevides & Turano, LLC
Secretary- Beth D'Amato
Immediate Past Chairman - Maria Pucci
Bella Vita Salon
Jen Brinton - Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Kelsey Byrne - Zoe & Co.
Wendy Carr - Amigos Taqueria Y Tequila
Jan Chamberlain - First Physical Therapy
Matt Cunningham - First Financial Advisory Services, Inc.
Chris DiPaola - 1230 WBLQ and 103.1 FM
Paul Donahue - Westerly Paints
Nick Ferraro - Hoof's Restaurant
Susie Flores - Mechanic Street Marina
Beth Frenette - The Washington Trust Co.
Melanie Goggin - Mel's Downtown Creamery
Shannon Haeseler - Jewett City Savings Bank
Carrie Kenyon - Westerly Hospital
Dan Lathrop - Lathrop Insurance
Beth Markowski-Roop - ServiceMaster By Mason / Service Master of South County
Bruce Morrow - Valenti Subaru
Michelle Plante - Arrowhead Dental Associates
Dale Sowle - Shoreline Painting