Advocate, Position

Patricia Panciera (Vice Chair)

Patricia Panciera vows to continue to make a difference in the realm of education and to give back to the community that has provided her so much.  As a former educator, Patti’s guiding principle is that providing a premier quality of instruction will create students who will, in turn, become lifelong contributors to our community.

Patti earned a B.A. French and English from the University of Rhode Island and completed graduate study in Education. She taught French and English for 28 years in Westerly Public Schools. Several of Patti’s students had work published in the Providence Journal, Monsters, Mysteries and More and in state-wide poetry contests. She has edited numerous works for publication.

Patti is a current Westerly School Committee Member and Vice Chair; she completed RIASC’s (Rhode Island Association of School Committees) Collective Bargaining Session II in advance of serving on the team that negotiated WTA’s (Westerly Teachers’ Association) Contract effective 9/1/18.

Patti serves her community as a member of the Westerly Hospital Foundation Board, Westerly College Club and Church of St. Clare’s “Helping Hands Ministry” and is a former Dante Society Officer.

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.

Photo courtesy of Stephen Cersosimo, Granite Photo.

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.


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)

Westerly School Committee

Photo courtesy of Stephen Cersosimo, Granite Photo.

Photo courtesy of Stephen Cersosimo, Granite Photo.

Rebecca (Haik) Greene

Fiscal Responsibility

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

Strategic Planning

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.