About Us

Our years of experience working with the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of Rhode Island’s government, as well as municipalities and state agencies, on many industry fronts have given us a diverse and advanced knowledge base to support clients across sectors.

We have experience working with non-profits, national and local trade associations, private companies, and other businesses in industries including, but not limited to:

  • Education
  • Environmental
  • Health care professionals
  • Hospitals
  • Manufacturing
  • Public Utility
  • Social Services
  • Tourism
  • Renewable Energy
  • Medical Marijuana

Joan Panichas Milas, Principal

The founder of JPM & Associates, Joan has extensive knowledge in government relations and lobbying supporting clients in a range of industries including health care, education and non-profit agencies. With more than 25 years of experience as an effective lobbyist, Joan uses her decades of experience and trusted relationships to help her clients navigate politics on both the state and federal levels.

Over the course of her career, Joan has contracted her services to some of the most respected law firms in Rhode Island. She represents the Town of Lincoln as Commissioner of the Narragansett Bay Commission, serves as the Treasurer of the Rhode Island Lobbyist Association, is a member of the Northern RI of Commerce, and is a former planning board member of St. Mary Academy Bay View. Joan is a longtime volunteer and supporter of the Gloria Gemma Foundation and is a Samaritans of Rhode Island volunteer and active in Project GOAL.

Joan is a graduate of Providence College and attended Suffolk University Law School.

Linda Butera Noble

Linda Butera Noble has dedicated her career to public education. Her experience includes teaching in an urban ring school system and pioneering new programs integrating special needs students into the general education classrooms. Ms. Noble taught English to students of various abilities. Ms. Noble then became a special education administrator focusing on transforming a sheltered workshop program for intellectually and developmentally delayed students to a program which enables these students to experience trial work in community settings.

Ms. Noble was active in both her professional and home community. She was a member and chairperson of the budget board for the Town of Lincoln. She also served on the board of directors of the historical home, Hearthside, which is the pride of the town. Currently she is a committeeperson on the Democratic State Committee.

Dennis J. Roberts II, Of Counsel

Dennis J. Roberts II has extensive experience in litigation, government relations, and state government. He has experience in the private practice of law, and previously served as attorney for the R.I. Consumers’ Council with principal responsibility for drafting consumer protection legislation and representation of the public interest before state and federal regulatory agencies. He also maintained an active litigation practice. Mr. Roberts was elected as Attorney General of Rhode Island in 1978 and was re-elected in 1980 and 1982. He currently serves as Chair of the Rhode Island Bar Examiners and of the Diocese of Providence Advisory Board for the Protection of Children and Young People. He is a member or director of a number of civic and philanthropic organizations. Mr. Roberts currently has a general civil litigation responsibility, as well as a government relations practice relating to lobbying and administrative law. Mr. Roberts graduated from Fordham University and Boston College Law School.

Our Work

We provide government relations consultation and lobbying services on a wide-range of issues in many industries. Examples of our success include:

Rhode Island Alliance of
Boys and Girls Clubs

JPM & Associates worked with the Rhode Island Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs, which includes all seven Boys and Girls Clubs in Rhode Island, to secure a significant funding increase despite a challenging fiscal climate that forced many non-profits to experience budget reductions. The Alliance’s budget was increased from $45,000 to $500,000, helping support services to more than 25,000 children and families within a four year period.

American Chemistry Council

Numerous pieces of legislation have been proposed that would adversely affect the plastics industry, including all-out bans on plastic bottles and bags, product stewardship (end of life product recycling, making the manufacturer responsible), BPH bans on plastics, and more. These national issues, brought to the state level in Rhode Island, we were instrumental in halting these initiatives to protect our client’s work.  

RI Association of Nurse Anesthetists

In recent years, we have helped champion the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) legislation, which puts all advanced practice nurses on equal par, eliminating “turf battles” often seen with physicians regarding their scopes of work. Rhode Island has been recognized for these efforts nationally. Our efforts also assisted the Rhode Island Association of Nurse Anesthetists in successfully securing their independence over physician supervision in the state.

Highroad School

JPM & Associates has been providing consulting services to Highroad School, the country’s largest provider of special education services. Since our firm began working with Highroad to provide consultation, the school has significantly grown its enrollment in Providence (from approximately 12 to 125 students), and opened a new and growing Woonsocket school location in 2016.

Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer
Resource Foundation

JPM & Associates was instrumental to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation for the introduction and passage of a Rhode Island commemorative license plate to benefit the Rhode Island Department of Health's Breast Cancer Screening efforts.

Spurwink RI

Although major cuts have been made to programs that support the developmentally disabled populations in Rhode Island, JPM & Associates worked with the General Assembly to halt further budget cuts in the 2014 budget, and even restore some funding.


As part of Lifespan’s lobbying team, JPM & Associates helped stop further cuts to the uncompromised care (DISH) program. Our team successfully fought to disable numerous onerous pieces of legislation that would adversely affect the state’s largest employer.

Examples of current and former clients include:

  • Ameresco
  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Fire Safety Council
  • Association of American Publishers
  • Blackstone Valley Tourism Council
  • Central Boiler, Inc
  • Choicepoint, Inc.
  • Coalition for Natural Health
  • Coastal Aeroponics (medical marijuana)
  • Consumer Data Industries
  • Dunkin' Brands
  • E.I. Dupont de Nemours Co.
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Explore Information Services
  • Gloria Gemma Foundation
  • Highroad School (Catapult Learning)
  • Honda North America
  • Lexis/Nexis
  • Lifespan
  • MERSCORP Holdings, Inc.
  • National Utility Contractors of RI
  • NFL
  • Pascoag Utility District
  • PhRMA - (pharmaceutical research & manufacturers association)
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Project GOAL
  • Providence Auto Body
  • ReInsurance Association of America
  • Rhode Island Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Rhode Island State Nurses Association
  • RI Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • RI Water Works Association
  • Sonafri Pasture
  • SpurwinkRI
  • United Steel Workers


Our work has been seen in local and regional media outlets as we protect and progress our clients’ interests. Examples of these features are forthcoming. 

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    Joan Panichas Milas
    245 Waterman Street, Suite 403
    Providence, RI 02906

    Phone: 401.741.1606
    Fax: 401.274.6500
    Email: joan@jpmandassociates.com

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