The staff of RIPEC - the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council

Rhode Island Public Expenditures Council

About Us


  • John C. Simmons

  • Executive Director
  • John C. Simmons has served as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council since January 2008. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, Mr. Simmons served as Chief of Administration for the City of Providence. He has also previously served as the City of Boston's Chief Finance Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Associated Industries of Massachusetts and Deputy General Treasurer for the State of Rhode Island. Mr. Simmons has a Master's of Public Administration from the University of Hartford and a bachelor's degree from Central Connecticut State University.
  • Lachen Chernyha

  • Director of Research and Policy
  • Lachen Chernyha joined the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council in August of 2015.  Before joining the team, Lachen received her BA and MA in political science from Brandeis University, and completed advanced graduate and research training in political science at Brown University.  Lachen’s prior research topics include democracy, inequality, and ethnic conflict; her work has been published in the journals of Comparative Political Studies, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and the Latin American Studies Association Forum.  Her current research interests include education policy, governance and bureaucracy, and economic development.  
  • Marguerite Paredes

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Marguerite Paredes joined the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council's team in 1984 as the Secretary/Receptionist. She is responsible for a wide range of office procedures and maintains a positive working relationship with co-workers and the general public. Her work reflects impeccable judgment and dedication.