Meet the people who make this network work.


Daniel Fitzgerald, MPH, ICPS, Network Coordinator, Tobacco Free Rhode Island

Daniel Fitzgerald, MPH, ICPS
Network Coordinator
Tobacco Free Rhode Island

While tobacco has had personal effects on loved ones in his life, Dan's passion for this work stems from a desire to ultimately see the first tobacco free generation within his lifetime. Daniel Fitzgerald has lived in southern Rhode Island his entire life. He graduated from Chariho Regional High School and currently lives in the town of Hopkinton. His educational background is in prevention, social marketing, public health, and nonprofit management. He has been working in the field of behavioral health specific to substance use for over 10 years now. He developed his passion for overall substance use prevention and youth engagement at a very young age. He started a youth based activism organization during at the age of 12 that served the Chariho area. This organization has since rebranded as the Chariho Youth Task Force which mobilizes middle school, high school, and college aged students. Dan continues to invest in the lives of youth in his community and still serves as the Executive Director of this organization. Dan believes strongly in the power of youth and knows firsthand what a single voice can accomplish. In 2013, the Department of Health recognized Dan for his dedication, initiative, and advocacy in effort to improve the health of Rhode Islanders and end youth tobacco use.

In addition to coordinating a youth task force in his community and serving on the board of directors for several local, state, and national organizations; Dan has been employed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as a National Prevention Fellow. He worked for the State of Rhode Island’s Division of Behavioral Healthcare for 2 years, helping redesign the primary prevention delivery system. Additionally, Dan serves as a national activist, trainer, and mentor for the Truth Initiative where he partners with young leaders across the nation to change the culture around tobacco use.

Dan enjoys spending time with family and friends, nature, cooking, and baking. When Dan was 17 years old he won the Martha Stewart Living "Bake the Cake" contest with one of his cupcakes. He then worked at a local cafĂ© as their event baker and baked for weddings for over three years. Feel free to reach out and introduce yourself – Daniel.Fitzgerald@lung.org 



Jennifer L. Wall, CPS, Network Supervisor, Tobacco Free Rhode Island

Jennifer L. Wall, CPS
Network Supervisor
Tobacco Free Rhode Island

Jennifer Wall formerly served as the Network Coordinator for Tobacco Free Rhode Island before accepting the Director of Health Education and Public Policy promotion at the American Lung Association in Rhode Island. The American Lung Association of the Northeast is the fiscal agent for the Tobacco Free Rhode Island (TFRI) grant which is funded by the Rhode Island Department of Health. Jennifer supervises the TFRI Network Coordinator position and oversees the implementation of the grant.

Jennifer is a certified prevention specialist who has worked in the nonprofit field for the last 19 years. An experienced community organizer, advocate, fundraiser, and nonprofit manager, she has honed her skills in several fields including substance abuse prevention, violence prevention, and youth leadership development. Most recently, Jennifer was employed by the East Providence Prevention Coalition (EPPC), a small nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles. She also co-founded and coordinated DICE, the EPPC's youth-led program that empowers young people to make change in their community through leadership development, peer education, and service to the community. For more than a decade, Jennifer has served on the Youth-to-Youth International's Eastern States Conference adult staff. A long-time tobacco prevention advocate, Jennifer spent the first 10 years of her career aiding in the passage of Rhode Island's smokefree workplaces legislation.

Jennifer is a native Rhode Islander who grew up in East Providence and currently lives in Cumberland. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Public and Community Service from Providence College. Jennifer is passionate about social justice issues, traveling and empowering individuals to be the change they wish to see in the world.



Patricia A. Nolan, MD, MPH, Network Chair, Tobacco Free Rhode Island

Patricia A. Nolan, MD, MPH
Network Chair
Tobacco Free Rhode Island

Dr. Patricia Nolan is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services, Policy, and Practice of the School of Public Health at Brown University.  Her teaching role includes undergraduate and masters level courses in population health practice and advising students completing their theses.  She chairs the Tobacco Free Rhode Island network and the Providence Mayor’s Advisory Council for Healthy Communities.  She is a member of the Board of Hallworth House (a skilled nursing facility) and of the Board of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute.

Dr. Nolan retired from her position as Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health in 2005 after serving two five-year terms. She has previously held public health leadership positions in Colorado as Executive Director of the CO Department of Public Health and Environment, Arizona as Director of the Pima County Health Department and later as Medical Director of the AZ Health Care Cost Containment System, and Illinois as an Associate Director for Health Regulation and Environmental Health in the Illinois Department of Public Health.  She began her public health career in New York City in the 1970’s.  She was graduated with a BS and an MD degree from McGill University in 1969, and with an MPH degree from Columbia University in 1973.


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