John Shea is the Executive Director of the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission (AIPC). Prior to joining AIPC, John led a fiscal policy think tank in Concord, NH, was Head of Policy and Economic Advisor to the Government of the Falkland Islands, and owned his own company formed to promote foreign investment in the New England clean energy and high technology sectors.
But the bulk of John’s career has been spent at the New England Governors’ Conference, Inc. (NEGC), a regional governors’ policy institute focused on economic development, energy, environmental issues and conservation. John held several positions while at the NEGC, most recently as its Executive Director. While at the NEGC, John led the development of the world’s first multi-jurisdictional, international climate change action plan, and a regional mercury program that has served as a model for similar efforts throughout the world.
John’s international work experience includes Siberia, the Falkland Islands, China and Australia. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Harvard University. John was born in Brooklyn, New York and currently resides in Newport, Rhode Island.
A self-described technology geek, STEAM booster and proponent of universal internet access, Allison received a B.S. in Management from Salve Regina University and an M.S. in Information Technology Management from the UVA McIntire School of Commerce. Professional IT gigs in global enterprises spanning healthcare, social services, telecommunications, intelligent transportation systems and yes, even beer, have lead her to use her powers for good, diversifying our communications, transportation and transit systems to move people, not just motor vehicles. Allison believes in the exquisite simplicity of active transportation to transform our communities and our lives.
George W. Johnson, AIPC’s part time Consulting Planner since 2015, retired as Assistant Chief of Rhode Island’s Statewide Planning Program in 2008. In his 32 years with Statewide Planning he was involved with the Program’s Natural Resources, Land Use, Transportation and Comprehensive Planning units, and administered the Program’s Planning Challenge Grant program. His interest in working with Aquidneck Planning represents a strong belief that a regional planning perspective is vital to the success of the island community.
Richard Adams is a 35-year Middletown resident, a retired naval officer and retired Electric Boat program manager and engineer. He is a former member of the Middletown Town Council and Middletown Planning Board and has served on numerous Middletown Committees. His civic activities and memberships include Middletown Rotary, Aquidneck Land Trust, Save the Bay, Lucy’s Hearth, Potter League for Animals, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Preservation Society of Newport County, Navy League, Naval War College Foundation and Middletown Congregational Church. He's been working with AIPC in different roles since 2005.
Peter M. Janaros, P. E. has been the Director of Engineering of RITBA since 2001. Prior to joining RITBA, he was the RIDOT Chief Special Projects Manager for the construction of the new Jamestown Bridge, T. F. Green Airport reconstruction, the Freight Rail Improvement Project and also served as its Chief Of Staff. Before that he was the Division Chief for DEM’s Divisions of Land Resources and Planning & Development. Early in his career, He worked for the Perini Corporation and Bethlehem Steel Corporation on the construction of the Newport Bridge.
He also served in the US Air Force and The RI Air National Guard for more than 30 years, attaining the rank of Colonel as their Engineering Officer.
He is a Registered Professional Engineer who graduated from URI with a BS degree in Civil Engineering and from the University of Arkansas with a Masters degree in Civil Engineering.
Originally from Spain, Lola moved to Rhode Island 14 years ago when she was accepted at URI to study a Masters in Marine Affairs. As a researcher at the Polytechnic University in Barcelona, she has been on a couple of Antartica scientific expeditions and has worked internationally in Latin America on several coastal sustainability and livelihoods projects. As an oceanographer, Lola loves Newport and being surrounded by this beautiful island and sea. She likes to ride her bike in summer as she used to do in La Mancha, Spain when she was a child. She is committed to coastal conservation and would like to make our city a place where everybody feels proud to belong to.
Sara received her BS in Interpretation and Education from Northwestern University and her JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law. She is presently the District Manager for the Eastern RI Conservation District and Coordinator for the RI State Conservation Committee. She brings her legal, financial, and networking expertise to AIPC.
A veteran of the military, banking and real estate industries, and former board member of many community organizations, Keith brings his broad experience to AIPC. A Portsmouth resident, he is a graduate of Brown University and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
Kate Wilson first moved to Rhode Island in 1983 from Canaseraga, NY to work at Raytheon in Portsmouth. She later came to find out she has several great, great, grandfathers such as Thomas Hazard, Joseph Clarke and James Babcock who settled or founded Aquidneck Island. Each grandfather had positions in state, local government – she guesses community service is in the blood.
A civil highway engineer by trade, Kate has worked at the Rhode Island Department of Transportation since 1993. She has an educational background in highway engineering, holding an AAS, BS, MS and PhD, with a minor in planning. She currently sits on the Board of the Governor’s Commission on Women, Portsmouth Planning Board, Office of Local 400, IFPTE, and AIPC.