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Sherry Nelson, JD, MS, RN

Sherry Nelson, JD, MS, RN, has assumed the daily activities of president of Kent Hospital. Her appointment formalizes this leadership role while ensuring oversight of the duties required of the position, as well as some of the external obligations, such as the Kent representative on the Hospital Association of Rhode Island Board. During her short time at Kent, Sherry has worked diligently to build relationships among staff as well as lead our focus on clinical and operational excellence.

Deb O'Brien, RN

Deb O’Brien, RN

Deb O’Brien is the vice president and chief operating officer at The Providence Center, but she didn’t begin her journey in business school; she started as a nurse. A lifelong Rhode Islander, Deb has been at TPC for over 20 years and has been in the psych field for over 30.

Deb’s interest in health care started at the age of 12, when her father passed away from a heart attack at age 41 and she decided she wanted to help people live a healthier life. When she was in high school, her mother was a nursing assistant in a pediatrician’s office, where Deb started working with physicians to help with cardiac research. “I had mentioned that I wanted to work in health care, and the pediatrician convinced me that nursing was a great career that I’d be good at.”

Kathy Pierce, RN

Kathleen Peirce, RN, BSN, MS

Kathleen Peirce, RN, BSN, MS is vice president of operations, executive director and chief nursing officer of the VNA of Care New England. Kathy has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years. Her experience includes acute care and 18 years of Home Health and Hospice care. Kathy joined the VNA of Care New England in 2014 after working for Hartford HealthCare and Masonicare Home Health and Hospice in Connecticut, serving as Chief Operating Officer. She is a graduate of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, and Rensselaer at Hartford, in Hartford, CT, where she earned a Master of Science in Management. Kathy has served on a number of community boards and committees. Currently, she is serving as vice chair of the Visiting Nurse Association of America Leadership Group. Kathy is originally from Rhode Island.

Matt Quin, RN

Matt Quin, RN

Matt Quin was named senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer in 2015. He joined Women & Infants in 2013 as vice president for nursing operations. Previously, Quin served in several roles at Brigham and Women's Hospital including the director of the Surgical, Burn and Trauma Intensive/Intermediate Care and director of Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care, where he led the units’ clinical discipline of nursing.

A graduate of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Quin earned a master's of science in nursing at Simmons College. He is a America's Essential Hospitals fellow in the 2015 cohort and is a member of America's Essential Hospitals.