Meet Our Team

Anthony Gallo,


Hannah Creta,
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner


Ken Baris,


Gina D'Aguanno, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health
Nurse Practitioner


Richard Hill,
Addiction and Substance
Abuse Counselor


Michael Burgard,



Rhonda Bessette
Rhonda Bessette, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner


Gabrielle Pesaturo
Gabrielle Pesaturo, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


Alyssa Francis
Alyssa Francis,


Our Leadership Team

Jim Florio, Jr., MBA

Chief Operating Officer, South County Psychiatry

Jim Florio, Jr. is a native of Rhode Island. He is an alumnus of Providence College where he graduated with a Masters in Business Administration.  He is also an alumnus of Rhode Island College where he completed a Bachelors in Computer Information Systems and he currently is enrolled in the Masters of Healthcare Administration degree program.  

After finishing his bachelors, Jim worked at Lifespan for twenty years.  During that time, Jim worked as a financial analyst, senior financial analyst, contract administrator, director of psychiatry operations and business development and vice president of adult psychiatry and behavioral health.  Jim served as the dyad partner to the chief of psychiatry at Lifespan for over a decade.  

Jim values family culture.  He enjoys spending time with his family, daughters and dogs.  In his spare time, Jim loves to demonstrate his carpentry skills.

Franca Rotella

Executive Assistant to Chief Operating Officer

Franca Rotella is a native of Rhode Island.  She has almost 20 years experience in the administration field.  Franca started her career working for the Town of North Providence.  After completing 10 years there, Franca joined Lifespan working closely with the Director of Psychiatry Operations and Business Development. 

In Franca’s spare time she enjoys cooking, traveling, playing the piano and most of all spending time with her family, husband, two daughters, two step-kids and her little furry pup, Enzo. 

Alice Smith

Assistant Coordinator, Administration

Alice Smith, is a Rhode Island native.  She has been in the administrative field for over 45 years.  Her first work experience was with New England Telephone/Verizon where she worked in the Marketing Department handling the large customer base in Rhode Island.  She retired from Verizon in 1998 and worked in different jobs until she joined Lifespan in 2000 working in an administrative role in the Department of Psychiatry for 22 years. 

Alice enjoys time with her family.  She enjoys traveling with her daughter Jaclyn and the new addition to the family who is a mini goldendoodle named Mollie.

Linda Bannon

Practice Manager, North Kingstown RI location

Linda Bannon is a native of Rhode Island. As an alumna of Johnson and Wales she pursued degrees  in Entrepreneurship and Marketing with a concentration in Leadership Studies. Linda has over twenty years experience in healthcare including nursing home staffing and human resources, payroll , electronic claims specialties and quality assurance as well as practice management.

Linda's joy and core values come from her large family including her husband,  3 daughters, two bonus step daughters and a combined 10 grandchildren and much loved lifelong friends.  She is an athlete and  lover of sports and has been a USA Certified Girls’ Softball Coach for 25 years where she continues to  serve as the Director of Player Development for AGS Softball in RI. Volunteering, being artistically creative, event planning, traveling , hiking and a drive to continue learning including ongoing education in Instructional Design/ E-learning add to a gratifying and full life.

Alicia Hedenberg

Practice Director, Cranston RI location

Alicia Hedenberg is a native of Rhode Island. She is an alumnus of the University of Rhode Island where she pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Alicia has over twenty-five years’ experience in a management role. Professionally, she is deeply rooted in employee development, reward and recognition and ensuring the highest customer service standards. In 2017, Alicia joined Lifespan, where she was able to utilize her management skills within the healthcare industry, her ultimate passion. There, she managed both the Neuropsychology and Young Adult Behavioral Health programs for the Department of Psychiatry.

Alicia values family, enjoys spending time outdoors, and is an avid athlete who played both soccer and volleyball. In her spare time, she loves being anywhere near the ocean, spoiling her dog, Chloe, and spending time with family. She is also excited for continued professional development, and plans to pursue a Masters in Health Care Administration in the coming year.

Anthony Sparadeo

Director of Revenue Cycle Management

Anthony is a native of Rhode Island. He is an alumnus of the University of Rhode Island where he studied Psychology and Kinesiology. Anthony is an experienced analytical leader with 12+ years of success focused on driving efficiencies and process controls in various healthcare revenue cycle and electronic health record settings. After beginning his career in billing and private practice management, he took on various roles at Lifespan  developing skills and tactics to optimize billing procedures and improve revenue, including roles within Patient Financial Services, Leading a Financial Quality Assurance Team  for Hospital and Professional Billing, and Psychiatry Business Operations.

Anthony is passionate about kindness, collaboration, employee engagement, and overall well-being. Known as the “the ambassador of fun” by colleagues, he has lead several initiatives and committees focused on wellbeing and resiliency. Work-life balance is extremely important and while Anthony is not working his passions and hobbies include road cycling, family time, soccer, golf and graphic design. He emphasizes and lives by the daily mantra; “Be the reason someone smiles today”.

Paula Tavares

Business Manager

Paula Tavares is a native Rhode Islander.  Paula graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, summa cum laude.

Paula has been in the accounting/finance field for over 30 years.  She’s worked in the telecommunications, education and the healthcare industry.  She worked for Lifespan for eleven years in the Department of Psychiatry.  She started as a Project Coordinator and was promoted to Business Manager.

Paula enjoys spending time with her friends and her four legged child Emerson.  She enjoys traveling, boating and trying different restaurants in her free time.