Meet the Staff


Frank Carini


Frank has 28 years of journalism experience, and has spent time as both a reporter and an editor. He has worked at a variety of publications, from a metropolitan daily to a small daily newspaper to several weekly papers. As sports editor for The Cincinnati Post, he realized his boyhood dream of working in the field of sports journalism at a major daily newspaper. His more recent passion, however, is telling the stories — the good, bad, and ugly — of our environmental successes and failures. He left the mainstream media to launch ecoRI News. He believes the key to success and happiness is to protect the voiceless and vulnerable.

Joanna Detz
Executive Director/co-founder 



Joanna has an interest in social-justice journalism that stems back to the first time she read Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle,” a book that also, incidentally, set her on the path to a beef-free lifestyle. After a brief foray into journalism, which included a stint at CNN’s Washington bureau during the 1996 presidential election, she turned to a career in graphic design. A designer for more than 10 years now, she still has mixed feelings about Helvetica. Joanna has a passion for the free press and believes in the power of community journalism.

Tim Faulkner
Senior Reporter



Tim has been a community newspaper reporter in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts for more than 10 years. Prior to joining ecoRI News, he was a reporter for the Taunton (Mass.) Daily Gazette. Tim spent several years in the financial services sector before returning to graduate school, where he earned a degree in writing and publishing. He grew up in Barrington, R.I., where he lives with his wife and two daughters.


Grace Kelly

Grace has been covering the local lifestyle scene for the past few years, first as a journalist at Rhode Island Monthly magazine and later as a freelance writer. Branching into environmental journalism will allow her to hone in on her interest in sustainability, particularly in the food and farming industries, and focus on inequality in green space distribution among urban populations. When she isn't working, you'll find her foraging near the East Bay bike path (sustainably, of course), experimenting with food and drink in her tiny Riverside kitchen, or creating linocut prints.


Sarah Puschmann
Reporting Fellow

Sarah is a science journalist with a passion for environmental news. Before joining ecoRI News for a three-month reporting fellowship, she taught English in South Korea, Argentina, Sweden, and Germany. She holds degrees in physics and creative writing.



Krystine Ritzen
Krystine is a senior measurement and optimization consultant at MetLife, as well as a passionate eco-warrior. A self-proclaimed hippie, she owns and runs a homestead and often climbs on a soapbox to talk about the benefits of composting and recycling to anyone who will listen.

Ayla Fox
Vice President
Ayla is the owner and principle of Shed Light Productions

Emily Migliaccio
Emily is an associate attorney at Cervenka Green Ducharme Antonelli LLC.

Drew Carey
Drew is the CEO of INSPIRE Environmental.


Chuck Allott
Chuck the executive director of Aquidneck Land Trust.

Bari Freeman
Bari is the executive director of Bike Newport.

Gloria Kostadinova
Gloria is a science communications professional.

Carl A. Santucci
Carl is the director of sales at Start Traffic Inc.

Mike Stanton
Mike is a journalism professor at the University of Connecticut and was a longtime reporter at The Providence Journal, where he won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. The author of two books, The Prince of Providence and Unbeaten, he still lives in Rhode Island.