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Rosamaria Amoros Jones was appointed Director of the Division of Elderly Affairs on February 25, 2019, by Governor Gina M. Raimondo. Through her advocacy and with the support of the Governor and General Assembly, the Division was officially renamed, Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging, on July 1, 2019 – signaling a shift in how the state views and invests in aging. Under her leadership, the Office developed and implemented a comprehensive strategic plan to guide its work through 2023.

Director Jones has served in several key leadership roles during her State government tenure. She previously led the division of Policy & Public Affairs at the Executive Office of Health & Human Services, where she helped shape the Governor’s policy agenda for older Rhode Islanders and people living with disabilities. She also led the Governor’s Let’s Talk Mental Health initiative – an effort to erase the stigma around mental illness and addiction by encouraging open dialogue in every community (and population) across the state.

Throughout her professional career, the Director’s work has touched upon themes of significant importance to older Rhode Islanders – including transportation, healthcare, wellness, food and economic security, and environmental justice. She brings a depth and breadth of experience, energy, and advocacy to the Office of Healthy Aging, ensuring all Rhode Islanders have an opportunity to age strong and have their voices heard.

Director Jones is a life-long Rhode Islander, growing up between the South Side and West End neighborhoods of Providence. She believes in lifting as you climb and commits much of her free time to mentoring young people from her hometown. Director Jones earned her undergraduate degree Summa Cum Laude from Providence College. She possesses an MBA from Salve Regina University.


Staff contacts

Michelle Szylin
Associate Director
Phone: 401.462.0546
[email protected]
Mary Ladd
Elder Rights & Safety Unit Director
Phone: 401.462.0510 x3
[email protected]
Dana McCants Derisier, MS
Community Living Director
Phone: 401.462.0561
[email protected]
Azade S. Perin-Monterroso, MPA GWS APS
Engagement & Equity Manager
Phone: 401.208.8525 (work cell)
[email protected]
Kathleen A. Zaroogian
Assistant to the Director
Phone: 401.462.0501
Fax: 401.462.0503
[email protected]