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Fiscal Responsibility


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Patricia Panciera (Vice Chair)

Patti is a lifelong resident of Westerly and is drawing upon her life's experience in education to serve her community as a member of the Westerly School Committee. A product of Westerly education--Elm Street School, Babcock Junior High School and Westerly High School, Patti holds a BA Degree in French and English from the University of RI and completed her graduate study in Education. Patti, the mother of three children educated in Westerly and seven grandchildren, spent twenty-eight years in total as an educator in the local schools in several different capacities, most significantly as a teacher of English. Generations of students cite Panciera's solid instruction in writing and composition as the foundation of their success; she, herself, has edited works for publication. Fair-minded and practical, after retirement in 2003, she continued her lifelong interest and passion by remaining active both in the educational sphere and in the community organizations where she put her teamwork, collaborative, organizational and fundraising skills to use in effective and results oriented work. These organizations include the Dante Society, the Westerly Yacht Club, and the Helping Hands Ministry at her church. For years, Panciera has employed her extensive creativity and crafting skills in an independent entrepreneurial way, honing her budgetary, management, marketing, and business skills. Patti believes in producing a good student product, whatever that takes. Her guiding principles include student focus and quality instruction. She is improving the community by improving the education of Westerly's young people so that they, like she, will become lifelong contributing members of society.


Diane is a life-long resident of Westerly and graduated from Westerly High School. She has a Master’s Degree in Management/Marketing from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Diane has two children -- a son who graduated from Westerly High School in 2009, and a daughter who will graduate from Westerly High School in 2017. Diane has been very active in serving our community’s youth programs for about 20 years as a member of Westerly National Little League, Westerly Pee Wee Football and Westerly Youth Basketball League. She has been employed as a Senior Program Representative at Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, CT for 15 years. Prior to that Diane spent 14 years in various positions at the former Analysis & Technology, Inc. in North Stonington, CT. The combination of Diane’s education, career experience and dedication to the development of our youth has ensured a positive contribution to Westerly School Committee. Diane will begin her second four-year term with the Westerly School Committee in November 2016.

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Rebecca was raised in Ashaway, RI.  She lived there for 22 years.  She married Ian Greene in 2008.  She became a resident of Westerly, RI with her husband and two children in 2015.  Westerly has always been a second hometown for her.

Rebecca is a graduate of Chariho Regional High School and received her business management degree from the University of New Hampshire.  As a student of the university she completed an internship at Disney's Animal Kingdom during its grand opening in 1998.  Upon graduation she was employed at Foxwoods Resort Casino.  She worked in the special events and project management departments.  Rebecca and her husband opened a Cold Stone Creamery franchise in Westerly in 2009.   

Rebecca is very proud to have served on the Misquamicut Business Association board since 2011.  As a board member Rebecca has assisted Misquamicut and the town compliment and improve the busy summer tourist season.  Rebecca believes in helping other organizations by participating in annual events such as Dancing With the Stars and Relay for Life.  After being involved in making positive changes that improved national theme parks, resorts and one of the region’s most visited recreational areas over the years she feels that it is now time for her to help the youth of our community.

Her personal life revolves around her family.  The education her children will receive will be a major focus of hers for years to come.  She follows one simple self-professed ideology: “ If one desires to voice an opinion, one needs to get involved.”  Rebecca had the honor of being asked to run for the Westerly School Committee.  After months of research she has accepted and made this very important commitment to the parents and townspeople of Westerly, RI.

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Provide students with the best resources to obtain a quality education.

Expect that all students graduate from Westerly High School with skills necessary to be successful in their future endeavors.

Create more opportunities for regular dialogue and information sharing between the Westerly School Department and the public.

Strengthen working partnerships with the Town Council, Finance Board, Chamber of Commerce, and other community groups.

Attract and recruit quality personnel to Westerly Public Schools; support and recognize to retain those personnel.

Diane Chiaradio Bowdy (Chair)

Our School Committee 

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Rebecca (Haik) Greene 

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Rebecca (Haik) Greene

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Develop budgetary controls and reports that help support increased understanding, better financial management and appropriate resource allocation.

Develop innovative options for school facilities that create savings and improve the care of these important assets.

Commit to a meaningful code of ethics that would apply to all Westerly Public Schools employees, appointees and elected officials. 

Working Together for Westerly’s Future