Meet our Staff
Dr. Robert Billington
Serves as President and CEO of the Council and for over thirty years has led the charge to bring the Valley communities together to create outstanding tourism in the Blackstone Valley through pride of place, education, development along the Blackstone River, community development, and job creation.
Director of OperationsEmail
Serves as Director of Operations, Business Manager, and grant writer. Co-chairs the Blackstone Valley and Amber Valley Compact, an international relationship with the Amber Valley in England.
Serves as Office Manager as well as coordinates the Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival and Blackstone Valley Heritage Golf Tournament, and serves as our Portuguese and Spanish translator.
Director of MarketingEmail
Oversees general tourism promotion of RI's Blackstone Valley as well as the branding and messaging of the Tourism Council's programs, social media management, web development and graphic design
Director of Environmental EducationEmail
Manages Explorer River Tours and our youth education program - RiverClassroom.
Director of FundraisingEmail
Oversees fundraising and sponsorships of Blackstone Valley Tourism Council events and programs
Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful CoordinatorEmail
Oversees our beautification projects, litter clean-ups, and recycling education
Oversees group tour development as well as manages Blackstone Valley Culinaria Food Tours, our rack card distribution program, and maintains office database.
Visitor Center ManagerEmail
Serves as Manager of the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center and coordinator of visitor center projects.
Assists with Blackstone Valley Tourism Council marketing and river programs as well as manages Blackstone Valley Visitor Center rentals and Blackstone River State Park Visitor Center volunteers
Special Projects ManagerEmail
Serves as coordinator of the Train Excursion through the Blackstone Valley and assists our visual library and archive.
Michael P. Martin
Manages logistics and development of Blackstone Valley Tourism Council events and programs