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The RI State Labor Relations Board

Robyn H. Golden, Administrator

Ms. Golden has served as the Administrator of the RI State Labor Relations Board since December 2003. In her capacity as Administrator, Ms. Golden oversees the daily operations and responsibilities of the RI State Labor Relations Board’s Administrative Office, and is responsible for implementing policy and procedures to aid in the Board’s mandated obligation of ensuring that the public policy of the State of Rhode Island, as it relates to labor relations, is achieved.

Ms. Golden began her State career in 1987 working for the Department of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals (MHRH) Legal Department, (BHDDH) leaving as her legacy the development of the State arbitration database – a  one-stop informational tool still used today throughout the State of Rhode Island. Ms. Golden has also worked for the Department of Administration’s Child Support Enforcement Legal Department as a Child Support Administrative Officer, representing the State of Rhode Island in paternity matters. During this time frame, Ms. Golden became President of the Department of Administration’s Local 2881, RI Council 94, AFSCME, AFL-CIO Bargaining Unit, representing over 646 bargaining unit members, for three (3) years. During her tenure with the Union, Robyn initiated and effectuated the current statewide Sick Bank Policy and Procedures.

Ms. Golden is the current President Elect of the RI Chapter of LERA, and has served as an Executive Board Member for the New England Consortium of State Labor Relations Agencies since 2004, taking an active and instrumental role in the planning and implementation of conferences for the Consortium since 2009, as well as maintaining the roles of Facilitator, Moderator and Presenter for the Consortium. Prior to Robyn’s State career, she was the Proprietor of Twin Vending Service, Inc. for eleven (11) years. Ms. Golden has also held various Management positions within the retail field for the last forty (40) years.

Ms. Golden is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Marketing Management.

Walter J. Lanni (Representing Management), Chairman

Walter J. Lanni was appointed to the Board as a member representing Management, by Governor Lincoln C. Almond, effective January 24, 2000. On March 20, 2000, Mr. Lanni was appointed by Governor Almond to serve as the Board’s Chairman, a position which he continues to occupy.

Mr. Lanni began his career in the public sector as a Cranston Fire Fighter in 1971, starting as a Hoseman and working his way through the ranks of the Fire Department to become Chief in 1997; a position he held until his retirement in 2000. Mr. Lanni served on several Boards throughout his career, beginning in 1973 as an Executive Board Member of Local 1363, a position that Mr. Lanni held for 23 years. Mr. Lanni also served on the Safety Services Committee for the City of Cranston from 1996-1999 and on the City of Cranston’s Site Planning Review Committee from 1996-1999.

(Vacant) (Representing Management)
(Term Expiration Date: August 1, 2021)

Kenneth B. Chiavarini (Representing Management - Local Government)
(Term Expiration Date: August 1, 2023)

Kenneth B. Chiavarini was appointed to the Board as a member representing Management/Local Government, by Governor Gina M. Raimondo, effective June 15, 2017. 

Attorney Chiavarini has been with the City of Providence Solicitor’s Office since 1999, and is the City’s primary legal counsel for labor and employment matters. Attorney Chiavarini has extensive experience in drafting and reviewing collective bargaining agreements, and has represented the City of Providence in countless labor arbitrations and employment matters. While his primary agency focuses are the City of Providence Retirement and Worker’s Compensation Boards, he provides the benefit of his expertise to many City entities, including the City of Providence Departments of Public Safety, Human Resources, and School Department. Attorney Chiavarini also advises the City of Providence Board of Canvassers and oversees municipal elections, responding to inquiries concerning possible improprieties.

Attorney Chiavarini attended the University of Rhode Island and New England School of Law. 

Scott G. Duhamel (Representing Labor)
(Term Expiration Date: August 1, 2020)

Scott G. Duhamel was appointed to the Board as a member representing Labor, by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, effective May 8, 2013.

Mr. Duhamel joined the International Union of Painter’s and Allied Trades, District Council 11, Local 195, in 1985. In 2003, Mr. Duhamel was appointed as an Organizer in the International Union of Painter’s and Allied Trades, as well as becoming the Union’s Business Representative in 2006. Most recently, Mr. Duhamel was appointed to the position of Political Director of the Eastern Region for the International Union of Painter’s and Allied Trades, effective April 2015. Mr. Duhamel currently holds the positions of: Vice-President of the District Council; Trustee on the Local 195 Health Fund and the District Council Labor Management Cooperative Fund; serves as the  Secretary-Treasurer of the RI Building and Construction Trades Council since 2009; member of the AFL-CIO Executive Board since 2007, member of the Building Futures Advisory Council since 2007; Fund-raising Chair of RI Jobs with Justice since 2008; Board member of RI Blue Cross Blue Shield since 2011; Board member on the RI State Council on the Arts since 2013; as well as a member of the Build RI Executive Committee since 2008. 

Mr. Duhamel graduated from Rhode Island College in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

Aronda R. Kirby (Representing the Public Generally)
(Term Expiration Date: August 1, 2021)

Aronda R. Kirby was appointed to the Board as a member representing the Public Generally by Governor Gina M. Raimondo, effective May 28, 2015.

Ms. Kirby comes to the LRB with an extensive background in Business and Information Technology, having thirty (30) years experience working for and consulting with companies to design, develop and deliver computer systems to meet a variety of business needs. In addition, Aronda has been active in the community, including recently serving on several of Mayor Elorza’s transition committees, fund-raising event committees for the Women’s Fund of RI, a 2013 Fellow of The Women’s Fund Policy Institute, co-founder and board member of The Play It Forward Sport Foundation, Inc., member of the North Smithfield Budget Committee and NS Youth Soccer Board, Vice President of the PCD Parent Council and Athletic Boosters.

Aronda has also spent fifteen (15) years in hockey operations and for the last three (3) years served as the General Manager and Director of hockey operations for the Boston Blades, the only women’s pro hockey team in the US, garnering two (2) Clarkson Cup championships for the franchise in that time.

(Vacant) (Representing Labor)
(Term Expiration Date: August 1, 2020)

Derek M. Silva (Representing Labor)
(Term Expiration Date: August 1, 2021)

Derek M. Silva was appointed to the Board as a member representing Labor, by Governor Gina M. Raimondo, effective February 15, 2018.

Mr. Silva started his career with the Providence Fire Department in January 2007 and presently holds the position of Fire Lieutenant.
Mr. Silva is a member of the Providence Fire Fighters IAFF Local 799 Union and had served as an Executive Officer (Secretary) for over three (3) years. In 2014, Mr. Silva was elected to the position of Vice President, which Derek still currently maintains. Mr. Silva also serves as the Union’s Legislative Agent and is a member of the Rhode Island Ambulance Service Advisory Board.

Mr. Silva received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science from Anna Maria College and is expected to complete the requirements for a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 2018.


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