A seven member Providence Water Supply Board of Directors determines corporate policy. It is the mission of this Board to ensure that water customers receive a safe and reliable water supply for drinking and fire protection. This group is comprised of dedicated private citizens and public officials and is committed to fair and equitable service to all customers and property owners in our service area. Four board members are appointed by the mayor, two are appointed by the city council and the city's finance director is an ex-officio member.
Xaykham Khamsyvoravong, a Providence native and resident, has served as Chairman of the Providence Water Supply Board since his appointment in 2013. Xay brings to the Board a strong background in government and infrastructure. Over the course of his financial career, Xay has handled over one billion dollars in financings for government borrowers across the country, with nearly half of those transactions funding water and wastewater projects. He currently works as a vice president of government and institutional banking at Webster Bank.
Joseph D. Cataldi
Joseph D. Cataldi, who was appointed in 1997, is the longest serving member of the Providence Water Supply Board. Mr. Cataldi has served as Vice Chairman of the Board since 2005 and has also served as Chairman Pro Tempore. Vice Chairman Cataldi, a Providence native and resident who is currently retired, spends his time involved in community service.
Michael J. Correia
Council President Pro Tempore
Councilman Michael Correia has been a member of City Council since 2011. In January of 2019 he was elected by a majority of his peers to serve as the Council’s President Pro Tempore. He represents Ward 6, which includes the neighborhoods of Manton and Mount Pleasant. Councilman Correia is the Chairman of the Committee on Public Works; Vice Chairman of the Committee on Urban Redevelopment, Renewal, and Planning; and is a member of the Committee on Claims and Pending Suits.
Board Member (City Councilperson)
Providence City Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan has represented the Mt. Pleasant and Manton neighborhoods of Ward 5 since 2014. She currently serves as Majority Leader and brings more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry to her role on the Council. In addition to her service for the City of Providence, Councilwoman Ryan has coordinated a variety of community activities and engagement projects.
Ms. Silveria has enjoyed a 7-year career with the City of Providence and was recently appointed Director of Finance effective December 5, 2019. In her capacity as Finance Director, she has primary responsibility for the City’s municipal budget, as well as developing executive-level budget strategies and solutions to complex budgetary issues. Ms. Silveria participates in all major policy undertakings and decisions within the Finance Department and is highly regarded among government leaders, colleagues and elected officials. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rhode Island College.
Cristen L. Raucci
Cristen L. Raucci was appointed as a member of the Providence Water Supply Board in 2016. Ms. Raucci has worked as an attorney for the past decade, currently in the capacity of Council for the Loan Servicing and Asset Management Division of the RI Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation. Ms. Raucci, who resides in Providence, serves on the Board of Directors of various professional associations and charitable organizations including RI Legal Services, Preserve RI and Junior Achievement of RI.
William E. O'Gara, Esq.
William E. O'Gara, Esq. was appointed as Legal Advisor to the Providence Water Supply Board in 2012. A partner in the firm of Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC, Attorney O’Gara is a well-respected labor and employment law practitioner who also possesses a Masters Degree in Industrial Relations. In addition to his two decades of professional experience, Attorney O’Gara has a history of probono involvement with various community organizations.