About East Greenwich News

East Greenwich News provides news and information about East Greenwich and nearby neighborhoods. It’s a place to find out what’s happening on Main Street, in the schools, at Town Hall, and with the police and fire departments, as well as learn about the people, things and places that make East Greenwich, Rhode Island, unique.

East Greenwich News, originally launched as an LLC in 2014, reincorporated as a nonprofit in 2017 after a two-year hiatus. Today we are a Rhode Island not-for-profit tax exempt 501(c)(3) corporation. We accept and appreciate donations to help us bring you local news you can rely on.

Mission Statement

East Greenwich News is committed to building an informed community through thoughtful, relevant and objective reporting about the people, places and events in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

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“I’m so grateful for East Greenwich News. Like many residents, I rely on them to provide information on town activities, School news and Town government news. Thank you for this important service!”

– J. G.

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Board Members

Debra Gold, board chair, moved to EG in 2017. She was the director of Global Talent Development at IGT before retiring, specializing in leadership development at Swarovski, IBM, and Bose. She is honored to have been a Heart Association “Woman of Impact” in 2021, and has served on other local boards. Email: [email protected]

Greg de Groot, treasurer, has lived in East Greenwich since 1984. Greg retired from U.S. Trust – Bank of America Private Wealth Management in 2019. He has been active on a variety of boards in Rhode Island.

Michael Balsamo, C.P.A., was born in Rhode Island but raised in the Washington D.C. area. He is owner and president of Balsamo Accountants based in East Greenwich.

Len Iannuccilli has lived, worked and invested in Rhode Island communities for more than 46 years. He is Co-Owner/Broker of RE/MAX Professionals, and a longtime supporter of initiatives to raise funds for breast cancer research. Len is an ongoing contributor to the Children’s Miracle Network with a deep appreciation of the mission and work of Hasbro Children’s Hospital where he is a member of the Board of Governors.

Joannie Hinman and her husband Chuck raised two children in East Greenwich. Joannie’s quarter century in broadcasting including hosting WSNE’s the “Jones and Joan” morning show; she now works in commercial banking operations. Joannie served as a Girl Scout leader and in other volunteer capacities in EG.

Bridget Zech Shapiro grew up in East Greenwich and after living out of state for a time, settled back in EG with her husband Mark to raise their son. Bridget’s professional background is in operations and client success in the corporate preventive health/wellness and digital accessibility industries. She’s an active volunteer and has served on several local boards over the years.

 Mary Ward is a self employed general management consultant with over 30 years experience working with Fortune 500 and Technology Companies more recently with Green Energy start ups and has lived in East Greenwich since 2000 with her husband and two kids. She’s volunteered with many local organizations including GBSA, The CJ Buckley Foundation, Avenger Sailing, East Greenwich Education Policy Subcommittee. Loves living in East Greenwich’s thriving and vibrant community and keeping up with local news.


Lisa Sussman, past chair, moved to Rhode Island twenty years ago. She is a freelance writer and editor, she has served on many committees in the community. 

Find out more about all of our board members HERE.


Elizabeth McNamara, editor, has been in writing and reporting about East Greenwich since 2009, when she joined my02818.com, where she developed a deep love of community reporting. A California native, she has lived in East Greenwich since 1989. She and her husband, Neal McNamara, have three adult children. Email: [email protected]

Deron Murphy, business manager, moved to East Greenwich in 2007 after previously living in Virginia and growing up in Connecticut. With a background in business he’s excited to contribute to the success of East Greenwich News. He enjoys volunteering his time protecting our local cemeteries, planting trees around town and helping to clean up the bay. His interests include movies, pickleball, going for hikes around the state and traveling with his wife and daughter. Email: [email protected]

Corinne Steinbrenner, events and development manager, is pleased to be helping donors support the vital work of EG News. She moved to East Greenwich with her husband, Derek, and their two sons in 2016 and has since been active in the community, serving as president of the East Greenwich-Cowesett Neighbors Club, the Frenchtown Elementary Parent Teacher Group, and the Eldredge Elementary Parent Teacher Group. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University and has written news and feature articles for trade magazines and university alumni publications. Email: [email protected]

Stephen Susi, social media manager, is a former firefighter and current man-around-town keeping followers and readers informed of the latest and greatest on social media while loving EG life with his wife and two young boys. Email: [email protected]

Andrew Disa, sales manager, comes from a strong business and sales background where he believes in honesty, integrity and building long-lasting relationships within the community. Andrew is an avid musician playing guitar and drums in his spare time. Andrew loves living in East Greenwich with his wife, Jessica, and raising their two children, Henry and Jonathan, and their dog, Copley. Email: [email protected]

Our Editorial Independence Policy

We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

  • Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.
  • We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.
  • Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.
  • Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN’s membership standards
  • Find EG News Bylaws HERE.

“East Greenwich News is important because its factual, insightful, and timely. If one wants to keep up with what’s going on in town it’s a must read.”

– R. B.


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