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Division of Administration and Finance

Our Staff

  • Christina L. Valentino
  • Sharon Kenyon Blackmar
  • Liliana Costa
  • Linda A. Barrett
  • J. Vernon Wyman
  • Sharon Bell
  • Anne Marie Coleman
  • Maria DiSano
  • Thomas H. Mitchell

Christina L. Valentino is the Vice President for Administration and Finance at the University of Rhode Island where she serves as the chief financial and business officer responsible for matters related to the administration, business, finance, capital development and operations of the University. 

Christina L. Valentino, Vice President, Division of Administration and Finance, Carlotti Administration Building, 75 Lower College Road, Room 108, Kingston, RI 02881 Tel: (401) 874-2433 email: clvalentino@mail.uri.edu

Sharon Kenyon

Sharon Kenyon Blackmar joined the University's Division of Administration and Finance in March 2005 as Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Administration and Finance. Sharon has an extensive administrative background for executive staff in state government (elementary, secondary and higher education) that includes meeting and event coordination, project planning and support, as well as para-legal and research experience. She holds an Associates Degree in Business Administration and Information Systems and is continuing her education at the University of Rhode Island.

Sharon Kenyon Blackmar, Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Administration and Finance, Carlotti Administration Building, 75 Lower College Road, Room 108, Kingston, Rhode Island 02881 Tel: (401) 874-2433 email: sharonk@uri.edu

Liliana Costa

Liliana Costa is the Assistant to the Vice President for Administration and Finance, and joined this division in 1998. Since the construction of the Ryan Center and Boss Arena in 2001, she is also the Contract Administrator of the Global Spectrum management contract. She has 30 years of wide-ranging administrative experience in higher education and town government. She holds a B.A. from Rhode Island College and a Certificate from Brown University’s Management Development Program.

Liliana Costa, Assistant to the Vice President of Administration and Finance, Carlotti Administration Buidling, Room 109, 75 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI 02881 Tel: (401) 874-7440 email: liliana@uri.edu

Linda A. Barrett is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and serves as Director of Budget and Financial Planning. During her tenure at the University, she has also served in interim roles as Associate Vice President for Finance, Controller and Vice President for Business and Finance.

Linda A. Barrett, Director of Budget and Financial Planning, Adams House, 85 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881 Tel: (401) 874-2509 email: lindab@uri.edu

Vernon Wyman

J. Vernon Wyman is the Assistant Vice President for Business Services. He grew up in Rhode Island and enrolled in the University of Rhode Island in the fall of 1971, earning his Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 1975. He pursued graduate work in the University’s Masters Degree program in Community Planning and Area Development from 1976 through 1978, serving as a graduate student employee during this period administering the work of the University’s Space Allocation Committee. Mr. Wyman has worked in the University’s business and finance administration under three University Presidents, Frank Newman, Edward Eddy, and Robert Carothers.  He served twice as “Interim Vice President for Business and Finance” in FY 1994-95 and in FY 1998-99.  He also ran the Facilities and Operations Department as Director from 1995 to 1998, being hired as the Assistant Vice President for Business Services in 1998, the position he holds today. 

J. Vernon Wyman, Assistant Vice President, Business Services, The Surge Building, 210 Flagg Road, Suite 206, Kingston, RI 02881 Tel: (401) 874-2501 email: jvern@uri.edu

Sharon Bell

Sharon B. Bell, CPA, is the University Controller.  She is responsible for Financial Reports, Financial Systems, Accounts Payable, Travel, General Accounting, Payroll, Grants & Contract Accounting and Student Loan. Sharon is a Certified Public Accountant.  She graduated from Bryant University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  After graduation, Sharon worked in public accounting for 5 years and in private industry for 3 years.  Prior to coming to URI in June 2004, Sharon was the Corporate Controller at the RI Airport Corporation, a quasi state agency, for 10 years.

Sharon Bell, Controller, Carlotti Administration Building, 75 Lower College Road, Room 110, Kingston, RI 02881 Tel: (401) 874-2378 email: sbbell@mail.uri.edu

Ann Marie Coleman

Anne Marie Coleman is the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources and is responsible for leading all of the human resource functions including; recruitment, employee benefits, classification and compensation, and labor relations. In addition to her position at the University, Anne Marie also serves as the Director of Labor Relations for the Office of Higher Education where she is responsible for negotiating and administering all of the collective bargaining agreements within the higher education system.

Anne Marie Coleman, Assistant Vice President, Human Resource Administration, 80 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI 02881 Tel: (401) 874-2414 email: amc@uri.edu

Maria DiSano is the Senior Auditor for the Department of Internal Audit. Maria achieves mission critical audit and University objectives by conducting and coordinating internal audit activities in collaboration with the greater University community. Maria is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. Prior to coming to URI in 2004, Maria worked for the State Auditor General's Office and the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education. She holds a B.S. in accounting from Providence College.

Maria DiSano, Senior Internal Auditor, Carlotti Administration Building, Room 118, 75 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI 02881 Tel: (401) 874-7078 email: mdisano@uri.edu

Tom M

Thomas H. Mitchell is the Director of the W. Alton Jones Campus and has over 26 years of experience working in higher education.  Hired at the University of Rhode Island in 1986, Tom previously worked at Rhode Island College as the Assistant Director of the Rhode Island Educational Opportunity Center. He holds a Master's in Community Planning and Area Development from the University of Rhode Island, as well as an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from Rhode Island College. He has also served for over 20 years as an adjunct faculty member in the Computer Studies and Information Processing Department for both Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island.

Thomas H. Mitchell, Director, W. Alton Jones Campus, 401 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI 02817 Tel: (401) 397-3302 ext. 6024 email: mitchell@uri.edu