Our Staff Members

We believe the Tech Collective team is our greatest asset and benefit to our members. Connect with them today to see how we can help you on your technology business journey.

Joe Devine

Interim Executive Director

Joe Devine is the Interim Exectuive Director of Tech Collective as well as the CTO of Bridge Technical Talent. Joe’s passion is building computer science career pathways in RI, particularly for women and minorities. He serves on several college computer science academic advisory panels and advises the Academy for Career Exploration on their technology curriculum. Joe also serves on the Board of Directors for the Providence After School Alliance (PASA). Joe lives in Narragansett with his wife and is the father of four adult daughters.

Shannon O'Donnell

Shannon O’Donnell

Program Manager

Shannon O’Donnell is the Program Manager at Tech Collective, where she manages the Real Jobs RI grant. Prior to starting at Tech Collective, Shannon worked as a program and affiliate services manager at Keep America Beautiful in Stamford, CT. She spends her spare time teaching yoga and taking short walks with her fiancé and their small rescue dog, Lucy.

Amanda Roman

Marketing & Program Manager

Amanda Roman is the Marketing & Program Manager at Tech Collective. She manages the marketing strategy and social impact programs for the organization. Before joining the Tech Collective team, Amanda worked at an education non-profit dedicated to supporting Providence schools with supplementary programming and tutors. Amanda and her husband live in Providence with their two cats and are a part of the local art and music community.

Joe St. Germain

Director of Finance & Operations

Joe is an experienced financial professional with over 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, human resources and business operations. As an outsourced CFO and finance professional, he is focused on helping startups solve immediate back office problems, so they can focus on core growth. He has worked with companies in a wide variety of industries with life cycles varying from startups and emerging growth stages to dissolution.

Joe is the founder of Company Launch Partners, which provides CFO and financial management services to startup companies through the New York to Boston corridor. He is a member of the Startup Coalition in Boston and participates in panel discussions, monthly pitch reviews and related coalition events.

Monica Kwarta

Business Development Director

Monica is the Director of Business Development at Tech Collective, where she spearheads strategic development efforts while also cultivating relationships with our partners and sponsors. She has managed a small business, spent time teaching in the classroom and has worked in higher education at Molloy College and St. John’s University. She has volunteered for many years with the Boy Scouts of America, Narragansett Council. Monica is the proud mother of three “adult-ish” sons, two of whom are Eagle Scouts.

Kris Turgeon

PTECH Industry Liaison

Kris’ primary role is to be an integral part of the education of the tech sector’s future workforce among youth. She represents the high tech industry in the development of curriculum, mentoring programs, and workplace exposure for P-TECH students. She is also affiliated with a variety of youth initiatives in high tech & education. Kris’ career experience ranges from Fortune 500 software companies and start up firms, to the non-profit education sector. She is also on the BoD for Habitat for Humanity.

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