Candidates for Block Island Health Services Board

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 1:30pm

Block Island Health Services (BIHS) is holding an election for two seats on the Board of Directors. The terms are for 4 years and the electors are the voters and taxpayers of New Shoreham. Two community members applied to be candidates; both have been approved for the slate. They are Robert Agricola and Gordon Nelson.

Due to the pandemic, the Board adopted procedures for a contact-free election. If you are a registered voter or property taxpayer in New Shoreham and wish to receive a ballot, send an email request to BIHS Election Committee at: Please give the name under which you are registered to vote in New Shoreham. If you are not a voter but own taxable property, provide the name under which your property may be found on the tax rolls. You must also provide the address to which your ballot should be mailed. Ballot requests can be made now and must be made no later than November 4. The committee will respond quickly to send ballots to all qualified applicants.

Please request your ballot soon and return it promptly. Ballots must be received by November 20.


ROBERT AGRICOLA has been a Block Island homeowner for 25 years and is now a fulltime resident. He received a BS in engineering from WPI and an MBA from Columbia. He spent most of his career at AT&T where he was a vice president and managed diverse areas such as business offices and construction operations.

Bob has served on boards of a number of Block Island groups including those focusing on building affordable housing and community facilities. He also served on the board of BIRA and is currently on the Senior Advisory Committee.

Robert writes: “My interest in being on the board of BIHS is gratitude for the wonderful care my wife received from BIHS in her final years. I also believe that I have the experience, skills and time to do more to help BIHS.”

GORDON NELSON has spent 32 years in financial analysis, working first at the Bank of Boston, then at the Jordan group of companies. Most recently, he was the Chief Investment Officer of Jordan/ Zalaznick Advisors, Inc., an advisor to a group of private equity investmentors. 

Gordon has contributed his financial expertise as a volunteer, serving for many years on the board of the Nashoba Brooks School, a pre-K through eighth grade school in Concord, Massachusetts. He was Treasurer for six years and was active in the month-to-month running of the school, working closely with the Chief Financial Officer to review historical data and facilitate planning efforts.

Gordon and his wife Jane have been coming to Block Island for 35 years and have owned their current island home since 2013. While their time here was necessarily limited when both were employed fulltime, in recent years they have been here all summer and are now here increasingly year-round.

Gordon writes: “I believe my significant financial background, coupled with my previous board experience, will make me an attractive candidate for the BIHS board.”