Collins Center Staff

Collins Center Leadership

Stephen McGoldrick, Interim Director of the Collins CenterStephen McGoldrick, Interim Director

Stephen McGoldrick is the interim director of the Collins Center.  He is primarily responsible for developing programs and providing consulting services on management, organizational, and governance issues for state and local government. Before joining the center, he served as the deputy director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. In that position, he was responsible for facilitating strategic alliances among local governments and providing technical assistance to municipalities on a broad range of governance and management issues. He oversaw the largest collective procurement program in New England in partnership with the Greater Boston Police Council and helped to establish the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition. From 1991 to 1996, McGoldrick served as chief of staff to the Chelsea receiver and subsequently facilitated the establishment of Chelsea's post-receivership government. In 1990, he served as the executive director of the Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association. From 1983 to 1990, he held leadership positions in the administrations of the mayors of Everett and Somerville. McGoldrick holds a master of science in management degree from Lesley University and a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Michael Ward, Director of Municipal Services at The Collins CenterMichael Ward, Director of Municipal Services

Michael Ward works on a variety of municipal government projects, including municipal performance management efforts, organizational studies, research projects, regionalization and service-sharing work, and charter reform. He co-founded and currently manages the Collins Center’s Government Analytics Program and has led the New England StatNet program since it moved to the Center. Ward has worked for local government in Massachusetts and New Mexico. As a budget analyst for the Town of Concord, he helped the Town begin integrating performance measurement into its annual budget process, assisted with the financial management of a Recreation Center enterprise fund, and worked on numerous budget and procurement projects. Ward studied innovative urban policy in Curitiba (Brazil) and Singapore as a Thomas J. Watson fellow. He looked at how these cities both managed to reshape themselves through creative public transportation, economic development, and service provision strategies. He has also worked on numerous political campaigns, including managing a mayoral campaign in Massachusetts. Ward has a master in public policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor of arts in sociology from Amherst College.

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Collins Center Staff

Susan Adler

Susan Adler has had an extensive career in Massachusetts state and local government management spanning thirty-five years. She served as human resources director for the Town of Wellesley for more than fourteen years where her work included employee and labor relations, job classification, compensation and benefits administration. Adler also has experience in general government administration, having served as town administrator for the Town of Sherborn and assistant to the town manager in the Town of Lexington. She worked in several capacities including acting general counsel for the then-Department of Personnel Administration, now Human Resources Division of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She has also taught a graduate course in the public administration program at Suffolk University. Adler has a JD from Boston College Law School and a bachelor of arts in politics from Brandeis University.

Mary Aicardi, Collins CenterMary Aicardi

Mary Aicardi brings more than twenty years of experience in public sector human resources administration and labor relations to the Collins Center. She served for more than eight years as the personnel director for the town of Watertown, where she negotiated numerous collective bargaining agreements on behalf of the Town.  Additionally, Aicardi has worked as the assistant personnel director for the Town of Barnstable and as a volunteer recruiter for a nonprofit agency. She is a management member of the Commonwealth’s Joint Labor Management Committee, serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association as a past chair, and is certified by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination as a trainer of discrimination and sexual harassment prevention. Aicardi has conducted numerous training programs on a wide range of human resources topics, including performance appraisal, progressive discipline, and sexual harassment prevention, and has consulted with many cities and towns as a hearing officer in discipline cases and as an advisor in organizational restructuring. She has also reviewed and modernized classification and compensation plans for several municipalities. Aicardi has a master of public administration and a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Sandra Charton

Sandra Charton has an extensive background in all facets of human resources and labor relations.  She has served as the director of human resources in both public and unionized private sector entities, where her responsibilities included collective bargaining, employee and labor relations, employee recruitment and retention, conflict resolution, overseeing compensation and benefits, training and development.  In addition, Charton held the position of Senior Staff Representative for Management at the Commonwealth’s Joint Labor Management Committee, where she facilitated and participated in various methods of alternative dispute resolution to resolve impasses between public safety unions and municipalities.  Charton also has experience as a practicing labor and employment attorney, and worked for a large public sector union, a law firm, and a teaching hospital for a number of years.  Charton has conducted many trainings on subjects such as performance management, diversity, sexual harassment, contract interpretation, discrimination laws, leaves of absence, just cause discipline, wage and hour laws, and personnel records.  She has been the speaker at seminars conducted by various labor relations organizations and bar associations. Charton has a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a bachelor of arts degree in American Studies from Brandeis University. 

Marilyn Contreas

Marilyn Contreas is an associate at the Collins Center. She served as a senior program and policy analyst for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development for over 35 years.  She worked with charter commissions, municipal government study committees, and other local officials on questions of structure and organization of local government.  She also served as the state’s representative to the working group to prepare a new charter for the city of Chelsea as it emerged from receivership.  She has served as a resource on charter-related questions to the Massachusetts Municipal Association, and local Leagues of Women Voters.  She has also designed and administered grant programs for municipal governments, and regional planning agencies.  She received a bachelor’s degree from Webster College in St. Louis, Missouri and a Master of Public Administration from the State University of New York at Albany.

Amy Dain

Amy Dain has been coordinating the StatNet initiative for the Collins Center since 2008. Previously, Dain managed Pioneer Institute's Housing and Middle Cities Initiatives. At Pioneer, Dain created an online database with answers to 130 questions about zoning, subdivision, wetlands, and septic regulations in the 187 communities within 50 miles of Boston. She authored two papers on land use regulation, presented the findings at 30 events, and garnered more than 70 media hits about the research. Prior to Pioneer, Dain coordinated government affairs at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston where she recruited more than 400 participants for the annual lobby day at the State House, served as an intern at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, volunteered in Israel, and worked as an environmental organizer in the Berkshires. Dain wrote her masters thesis on EPA’s regulation of municipal departments of public works. She has a master of public policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor of art in Russian studies from Wesleyan University.

Richard Daly, Collins CenterRichard (Dick) Daly

Richard Daly comes to the Collins Center with over 40 years of information technology experience in the private and public sectors. Daly’s experience includes management of IT organizations, IT integration, and commercial off-the-shelf software implementation project management. He has managed IT-related activities from software implementations to moving data centers, turned around and restarted projects that had stalled or failed, facilitated vendor selection, mentored newly appointed project managers, and undertaken extensive IT system reviews and assessments. Daly has worked extensively with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, providing functional application consulting,project management, and implementation planning services as an independent consultant, and also with IBM Global Services. Industry experience ranges from consumer products to aerospace to municipal government.  From 2006 to 2010 he served as project manager for an ERP implementation project with the City of Springfield, comprising full financials, purchasing, tax billing, work orders, labor collection and payroll/human resource applications. Daly is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute. He holds an MBA in finance  from the A.D. Barney School, University of Hartford, and a BS in business administration from Rider University.

Richard Kobayashi, Collins CenterRichard (Dick) Kobayashi

Richard Kobayashi leads the center’s executive recruitment practice and contributes to other Center based management consulting projects. Kobayashi served for over a decade as director of the Commonwealth’s technical assistance programs for municipalities, as aide to the mayor in Malden, as director of planning and development in Lawrence, as a staff member of the Community Development Department in Cambridge, and as a senior planner at the MWRA. He created the Commonwealth’s Incentive Aid program, which professionalized over one hundred municipal positions and while in Lawrence authored the Lawrence Plan, a comprehensive plan for physical and social development.  At the MWRA, Kobayashi oversaw development of the Sewerage Analysis and Management System (SAMS) that provides system-wide hydraulic modeling capability. He has also served as an elected official in his hometown of Belmont. Kobayashi worked as an independent consultant from 1995 to 2004 serving municipalities in the US and former Soviet Union. Between 2004 and 2007 Kobayashi served as Resident Municipal Advisor under USAID auspices in Kosovo. In 2008, he joined the Collins Center. Kobayashi was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University where he studied urban policy. He has a master of public administration from Northeastern University and a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Monica R. Lamboy, Collins CenterMonica R. Lamboy

Monica Renee Lamboy comes to the Collins Center from her most recent position as executive director of the City of Somerville’s Office of Strategic Planning & Community Development. She brings twenty five years of progressively senior management experience in municipalities across the country, including stints as chief operating officer of the Washington, D.C. Department of Health and chief administrative officer of Oakland, California’s Community & Economic Development Agency.  Lamboy has extensive experience in long range and strategic planning, public sector administration and financial management, organizational change, and program design and implementation. In Oakland, she was co-leader of an organizational change initiative, “Moving Oakland Forward,” that involved 350 employees who evaluated and made recommendations on how to improve internal and external city services. In Somerville, in preparation for the extension of the Green Line through the city, Lamboy initiated preparation of the city’s first Comprehensive Plan and drafted innovated zoning to promote transit oriented infill development. During her time in Washington, D.C., she managed $1.7 billion Department of Health budget. Lamboy has a master of City and Regional Planning from the University of California Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, in Civil Engineering with a certificate in Architecture, from Princeton University.

James Purcell, Collins CenterJames Purcell

James Purcell has over thirty eight years of experience as a public official in Massachusetts, including twenty eight years in a chief administrative officer capacity. In that role, he proposed and administered long range goals and policy directives that ensured the financial health and performance of municipal and county governments, reorganized numerous agencies and reassigned their respective duties among new internal or regional entities, prepared and administered annual operating and capital improvement budgets, and planned and executed a wide range of tax base diversification programs. As an Appointing Authority, he carefully supervised, evaluated and trained general government personnel. Purcell served on the Oxford Board of Selectmen from 1983-1988, was a Peer Counselor for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, is the past Chairman of the Southeastern Mass Health Group, and is a longtime member of the Mass Municipal Association. Purcell has served as the chief executive for the towns of Norton and Leicester, and the County of Worcester, and, reflecting his depth of experience, was a contributor to the MMA’s second edition of ‘Managing Small Towns’. Purcell has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Anthony J. Torrisi

Anthony J. Torrisi brings more than thirty-eight years of experience in Massachusetts municipal finance and administration to the Collins Center. From 1979 to 2010, Torrisi served as the director of finance and budget for the Town of Andover, responsible for the management and planning of the Town’s $150 million annual budget. During this period, he also served two lengthy terms as acting town manager. Prior to his service in Andover, Torrisi worked for the City of Worcester and the Town of Danvers.  Torrisi is a founding member of the Massachusetts Government Finance Officers Association, was elected its first president, and served as the state association’s representative to the national association. He is often invited to speak before many governmental and non-governmental groups and has won many significant awards over the years from a variety of professional organizations, including the National Government Finance Officers Association, the Association of Town Finance Committees, and the Massachusetts Municipal Association. Torrisi earned an MBA from Northeastern University and a bachelor of political science and urban affairs from Boston College.

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