Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Inc.

Message from the Board of Directors

The Blackstone Valley is a special place created by nature, history, and hard-working people. The U. S. Congress has recognized our Valley as the "birthplace of America’s Industrial Revolution." Here historic factories and farms, distinctive mill villages, rural communities, and urban centers are connected by shared history and the landscape created by the Blackstone River.

This historic valley also is a place where families live, people work, and communities seek to prosper. The Board invites our Blackstone neighbors and visitors from out-of-town to explore the Blackstone Valley and discover extraordinary historic sites, preserved landscapes, the recreational greenway along the river and people who live their heritage every day.

Board of Directors

Executive Subcommittee

  • Donna Williams, Chair, Grafton, MA
  • Richard Gregory, Vice-Chair, Providence, RI 
  • Harry T. Whitin, Vice-Chair, Westborough, MA
  • Gary E. Furtado, Treasurer, Smithfield, RI
  • Todd Helwig, Secretary, Worcester, MA

National Park Service

  • Michael Caldwell, Regional Director, Northeast Region


Dr. Robert D. Billington
Blackstone Valley Tourism Council
Pawtucket, RI

John C. Gregory
Northern RI Chamber of Commerce
Lincoln, RI

Jeannie Hebert
Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce
Whitinsville, MA

Aaron Herzberg
Pawtucket Foundation
Pawtucket, RI

Gaytha Langlois
Bryant University
Smithfield, RI

Stephen Larrick
City of Central Falls
Central Falls, RI

Senator Richard T. Moore
Massachusetts State Senate
Boston, MA

Dennis Rice
Alternatives Unlimited, Inc.
Whitinsville, MA

Dennis E. Stark
Pawtucket, RI

Government Advisors

Greg Bialecki
Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development
Boston, MA

Janet L. Coit
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
Providence, RI

Edward Sanderson
Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission
Providence, RI

Brona Simon
Massachusetts Historical Commission
Boston, MA

Rick Sullivan
Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
Boston, MA

Marcel Valois
Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation
Providence, RI