Collins Center Staff

Collins Center Leadership

Stephen McGoldrick, Interim Director of the Collins CenterStephen McGoldrick, Director
617.287.4824
stephen.mcgoldrick@umb.edu

Stephen McGoldrick is the director of the Collins Centerand practices in the areas of management, organizational, and governance issues. 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. He 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
617.287.4876
michael.ward@umb.edu

Michael Ward practices in the areas of 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. 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. He holds a master in public policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor of arts in sociology from Amherst College.

Robert O'Keefe, Director of Operations
617.287.6226; FAX: 617.287.5566
robert.okeefe@umb.edu

 

Collins Center Staff

Rob Addelson
robert.addelson@umb.edu

Rob Addelson practices in the areas of management of accounting, treasury, collection, assessing and purchasing functions, operating and capital budget development, debt issuance and management, revenue and expenditure forecasting, and assessment of muncipal financial management organization and capacity. From 2006 to 2017, Addelson served as the Assistant Town Manager for Finance in the Town of Lexington responsible for the management of all aspects of the Town’s financial operations and as a member of the Town’s Appropriation (Finance) Committee and the Lexington Retirement Board. From 2003 to 2006, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Arlington Public Schools with responsibility for the development and monitoring of the school department’s annual operating budget and capital budget as well as accounts payable, purchasing, transportation, building maintenance, custodial services and food services. From 2001 to 2003, he served as Chief Financial Officer for the Town of Framingham and from 1995 to 2001 as the Director of Finance for the Town of Needham. From 1987 to 1995, he served in various positions in the Division of Local Services of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, the last of which was as Chief of the Municipal Data Management and Technical Assistance Bureau . Rob served as Chair of the Legislature-created Lawrence Fiscal Oversight Board from 1990 t0 1995 working with the Mayor and City Council to bring fiscal stability to the City of Lawrence, MA. He served as a member of the Massachusetts Municipal Associations’ Fiscal Policy Committee from 2000 to 2005 and as a member of the Massachusetts Government Finance Officers Association during his tenure as a local official. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina State University and a Master’s Degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in City and Regional Planning.

Susan Adler
susan.adler@umb.edu

Attorney Susan Adler practices in the areas of Human Resources, labor relations, job classification and compensation, and benefits administration. She served as Human Resources director for the Town of Wellesley for more than fourteen years. Susan 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 Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School and a bachelor of arts in politics from Brandeis University.

Mary Aicardi, Collins CenterMary Aicardi
mary.aicardi@umb.edu

Mary Aicardi practices in the areas of Human Resources including policy, training, organizational review, classification, compensation, and recruitment. She 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, Mary has worked as the assistant personnel director for the Town of Barnstable and as a recruiter for a nonprofit agency. She has served as an Interim Human Resource Director for the Town of Braintree and Lasell College. 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 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 more than 50 municipalities. Mary is also an elected Town Meeting Member in her home town of Shrewsbury. She holds a master of public administration and a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Michael Berardino
michael.berardino@umb.edu

Michael Berardino practices in the areas of  educational data and policy analysis. His academic research focuses on the impacts of language instruction and high-stakes testing policies on English Language Learners, with special attention to Latino student outcomes, school discipline, and civic engagement. Michael also serves as the Coordinator of the English Language Learner Task Force of the Boston Public Schools. He holds a M.S. in Public Policy from University of Massachusetts Boston and is currently a doctoral candidate in Public Policy at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies.

John Brackett
john.brackett@umb.edu

John R. Brackett practices in the areas of executive searches, leadership development, and k-12 education. His career has included serving as superintendent of schools for 22 years, as well as high school math teacher, high school principal, assistant superintendent, researcher, leadership coach, and consultant in Massachusetts, Michigan and California. He also was VP-General Manager of a manufacturing company in Indiana. His school district leadership resulted in demonstrated success in creating high performing leadership teams at the school and district level, a collaborative and continuous improvement culture that leads to student success, and an emphasis on data-driven decision making, responsible and sustainable budgeting and resource allocation and strong school committee-administration working relationships. John recently served as transitional superintendent for the Weston Public Schools and Watertown Public Schools where, among a number of collaboratively identified initiatives, he supported the local School Committee and district in recruiting and selecting its next superintendent. John holds a Doctorate in Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University, a MA in Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a BS in mathematics from Central Michigan University.

Sandra Charton
Sandra.Charton@umb.edu

Attorney Sandra Charton practices in the areas of classification plans/compensation surveys, job descriptions, human resource policies, employee handbooks,  human resources administration, 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. She holds a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Brandeis University.

Stephen Cirillo
stephen.cirillo@umb.edu

Stephen "Steve" E. Cirillo practices in the areas of financial forecasting, capital improvement planning, financial policies, training, budget process, PILOT's, and OPEB strategies. Cirillo progressed rapidly from serving as a budget analyst for the City of New York and the Town of Brookline, to leadership roles including Chief Budget Officer and Treasurer Collector for the City of Newton and Deputy Town Administrator and Finance Director/Treasurer Collector for the Town of Brookline. He has served for 34 years on the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) Fiscal Policy Committee and continues in this role today. Steve was one of the original founders of the Massachusetts Municipal Finance Officers Association and is a past president. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the Suffolk and Northeastern University MPA programs, and is currently serving as an Adjunct Professor for the MMA/Suffolk University Certification Program. Steve has several publications on topics ranging from Revenue and Expenditure Forecasting, Long Range Capital Planning, PILOT Negotiations, OPEB Planning, and Policy Budgeting. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern University and a Master in Public Administration from the Maxwell Graduate School at Syracuse University.

David Colton
david.colton@umb.edu

David Colton practices in the areas of management, HR, energy & housing policy, capital programming and budgeting, public works operations, and collective baragining. His experience includes 12 years as Commissioner of Public Works in the City of Quincy and 12 years as Town Administrator in Milton and Easton. David has gained expertise in infrastructure planning and construction including public buildings, water, wastewate, and stormwater facilities, solar facilities, landfills, and roads and bridges. His experience in public construction includes many projects involving extensive permitting such historic preservation, and environmental protection. He has been a leader in the development of sucessful public/private partnerships such as the Ames Shovel Works development in Easton and the Granite Links Golf Course in Quincy and Milton. He has implemented management and organizational reforms, conducted difiicult negotiations, led master-planning, authored by-laws, steamlined operations, and reimagined communities. He currently serves on the Joint labor Management Committee and the CHAPA Policy Leadership Council. David holds a bacelor of science in Public Administration from Bentley University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts.

Sarah Concannon
sarah.concannon@umb.edu

Sarah Concannon practices in the areas of municipal project management, government data and analytics, performance management, program evaluation, municipal budgeting, and capital planning. She has been with the the since the launch of the Center’s performance management practice. She has led budget document enhancement projects in multiple municipalities, including several that sought recognition through the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation program. Previously she worked as a Development Research Analyst at Clark University in Worcester. She holds a B.A. Phi Beta Kappa from Bucknell University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia.

Marilyn Contreas
marilyn.contreas@umb.edu

Marilyn Contreas practices in the areas of  government structure and organization and regional service arrangements/operations. 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 holds 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.

Elizabeth Corbo
elizabeth.corbo@umb.edu

Attorney Elizabeth "Libby" Corbo practices in the areas of human resources, labor, and employment. Previously she practiced public sector labor, employment and school law at a prominent public sector law firm. In that role, Corbo advised municipalities on HR practice, conducted trainings, drafted polices and represented public employers in all aspects of employment issues, including employment litigation, negotiations and grievances. Corbo also represented school districts in employment issues and student services, including 504 and IEP plans, and student services. In addition to advising municipalities, Corbo also worked as an attorney with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Corbo currently serves as a member of the local School Committee, and is Chairman of the School Building Committee. Corbo holds a Juris Doctor from Boston University Law School and a dual Bachelors degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Elmira College.

Amy Dain
amy.dain@umb.edu

Amy Dain practices in the areas of  data analysis, performance management, and zoning policy. She has coordinated the StatNet initiative for the Collins Center. 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 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 holds 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@umb.edu

Richard "Dick" Daly practices in the areas of Information technology reviews, staff succession planning, strategic planning assistance, municipal/district collaboration/merger analysis, and application systems/process analysis and review. He has over 40 years of information technology experience in the private and public sectors. Dick’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. Dick 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.

Rachel Drew
rachelb.drew@umb.edu

Dr. Rachel Drew practices in the areas of data analysis, quantitative modeling, GIS , and housing markets.  Most of Rachel’s work has focused on housing markets and housing policy, with emphasis on the drivers of homeownership decisions for different populations. She was formerly a postdoctoral fellow and research associate at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, where she was the lead author and project manager for the annual State of the Nation's Housing report from 2005-2009. She has also published research on dynamics in the rental housing market, geographic patterns of housing relocations, and projections of housing demand. Her work in other fields includes analyses of low-income household savings programs offered by nonprofit organizations, the effectiveness of financial literacy classes for immigrant populations, and trends in credit access and debt accumulation among populations underserved by traditional financial services.  Rachel is an active volunteer for her alma mater and local schools, and has served as an officer/board member for several small non-profit and membership organizations. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in public policy from the McCormack School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a B.A. in economics from Dartmouth College.

Kristina Johnson
kristina.johnson@umb.edu

Kristina "Kris" Johnson practices in the areas of performance management and capacity building in local government. She has led a number of efforts to help municipalities use data to identify organizational inefficiencies and to improve service delivery through technology adoption. Recent and current projects include restaurant grading and rental registration in Boston, electronic permitting and rental housing resources in Revere, and evaluating inspections and code enforcement processes in Brockton. She brings to the Center a strong background in quantitative analysis, including large dataset manipulation, statistical analysis, and survey design. Previously, Kris served as a Research Associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Smith College and a Master’s in Political Science from Princeton University.

Tom Kennedy
thomas.kennedy@umb.edu

Thomas "Tom" J. Kennedy practices in the areas of public Safety consolidation, regional emergency communicaations and law enforcement services. He is a retired Lt. Colonel/Deputy Superintendent in the Massachusetts State Police and was the principal planner for the consolidation of the four statewide police agencies into the Department of State Police, an agency that represented 2350 sworn officers and 400 civilian support staff. Shortly after consolidation was completed the Department consolidated 45 towns in Central and Western Massachusetts into three Regional Emergency Communications Centers. As the Chief Administrative Officer from 1992 to 1996 Lt. Colonel (ret.) Kennedy oversaw a budget of $140 million dollars and a capital budget of $50 million. During this time he would oversee multiple technology projects that resulted in the assessment and procurement of radio systems, dispatch centers and information technology. Since retiring Tom has overseen the twelve feasibility studies in Massachusetts for thirty four municipalities and has provided other consulting or project management services to communities that have or are in the process of consolidating those services. He holds a B.S. from Northeastern University, a M.A. in Criminal Studies from The American International College, and a MBA from Anna Maria College.

Frederick Kingsley
frederick.kingsley@umb.edu

Frederick “Rick” Kingsley practices in the areas of municipal finance, local aid, and school/regional school finance. From 1995 to June of 2015, Rick served as Bureau Chief of the Municipal Data Management and Technical Assistance Bureau at the state Division of Local Services. Major responsibilities included supervising the Division’s municipal consulting services, overseeing the distribution of local aid and directing the publication of municipal financial data to the Division’s website. Over his career, Kingsley has managed more than 400 consulting engagements with Massachusetts municipalities that examined issues such as financial condition, municipal management and organizational structure. He was appointed by the Secretary of Administration and Finance to chair state finance control boards for two regional school districts in severe fiscal crisis; the Nashoba Regional School District (2002) and the Athol-Royalston Regional School District (2006). Kingsley was also appointed to serve on the Brockton (1992) and Lawrence (1996) state control boards when these cities faced deep deficits. He holds a Master of Urban Affairs from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

Richard Kobayashi, Collins CenterRichard "Dick" Kobayashi
richard.kobayashi@umb.edu

Richard "Dick" Kobayashi lpractices in the areas of executive recruitment and organizational studies. Dick 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. Dick was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University where he studied urban policy. He holds 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.lamboy@umb.edu

Monica Renee Lamboy practices in the areas of land use planning, strategic planning, organizational development, financial management, data analysis, and community engagement. She 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.  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. She 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.

Joseph MacRitchie
joseph.macritchie@umb.edu

Attorney Joseph A. (Jay) MacRitchie practicess in the area of professional recruitment. He has over 35 years of public sector management experience including 23 years in the City of Quincy Solicitor's Office covering 3 mayoral administrations, as well as 8 years as Executive Director of the Quincy Housing Authority.  He also served 20 years as a Governor's appointee to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Board of Directors overseeing the $4 billion Boston Harbor cleanup, where he chaired the Administration and Finance as well as the Wastewater Policy subcommittees. As Board Secretary, he served 7 years on the M.W.R.A. Employee Retirement Board.  He holds a B.S. from Northeastern University as well as a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from New England School of Law. He has been licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth since 1982.

Bob Rooney
bob.rooney@umb.edu

Bob Rooney practices in the areas of Capital Replacement Programming, Fleet Management, and Organizational Structures. He has over 35 years of hands-on experience at the Federal, State, and Municipal levels in both the building and maintenance of public infrastructure, as well as organizational leadership and management. His has served as the Chief Operating Officer for the City of Newton, where he led the development of a comprehensive capital improvement plan, conducted the organizational evaluation of departments, and was the City's point person on the construction of a new $200M high school. At the State level, Bob was the Deputy Secretary of the Executive Office of Transportation where he directed the Stem-to-Stern inspection of the $15 Billion Central Artery Tunnel, and was DOT's point person to design and initiation of the State's $3 Billion Accelerated Bridge Program, which rehabilitated or rebuilt hundreds of structurally deficient bridges across the Commonwealth. As a teacher-practicianer, Bob developed and taught classes on leadership & management at MIT in concert with the Sloan School of Management as well as teaching at the Military Academy at West Point. He holds a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University, a bachelor's from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a master's in Water Resources Engineering from MIT.

Peter Rowe
peter.rowe@umb.edu

Peter Rowe practices in the areas of schools finance and schools operations. He has served more than forty year career as a school administrator in Massachusetts, where he served in the role of Chief Financial Officer as Deputy Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools (1988-1993) and the Public Schools of Brookline (1993-2015). Mr. Rowe has worked as Interim Finance Director of the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (2015-2016) and the Harvard Public Schools (2016-present). Mr. Rowe has experience teaching school finance and facilities/operations management in educational administration programs in a number of programs for aspiring administrators. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Boston University, Master of Education degrees from Simmons College and Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ray Shurtleff
ray.shurtleff@umb.edu

Dr. Ray Shurtleff practices in the areas of schools human resources, schools recruitment, schools management. He is also a human resource management consultant for Massachusetts school districts, with a focus on school/district leadership searches and coaching, labor/management collaboration and facilitation, recruitment and retention strategy development, human resource audits, and employee misconduct investigations. In addition to 22 years’ experience as a high school administrator, Ray has been a Director of Human Resources in Boston and Newton, and an interim HR Director in Fall River, Watertown, and the Boston Renaissance Charter School. Ray has also served as a labor/management collaboration coach with the Rennie Center/Massachusetts Education Partnership’s District Capacity Project from 2012 - 2017 and with the NEA Foundation’s Institute for Innovation in Teaching and Learning from 2012-2016. As an adjunct faculty member, he has taught a graduate human resource management course at UMass Boston, Boston College, Bridgewater State University, and Cambridge College. He also has been an instructor in the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials’ Licensure program, affiliated with Worcester State University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History degree, a Master of Education in Secondary Education degree, and a Doctorate in Education degree from Northeastern University, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from Boston University.

James Stark
jamesw.stark@umb.edu

James Stark practices in the areas of Evidence Based Programs to address crime issues, Community Policing, Community Engagement, Performance Management, and Program Management.  He has experience providing technical assistance and training with diverse constituencies including government leaders, law enforcement and community-based partners identify and collect data that can be used to inform community driven strategies and resource deployment. He has also co-authored several resource guides that provide roadmaps, real-life examples, and evidence-based programs to engage high-risk and gang-involved youth. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Tanya Stepasiuk
tanya.stepasiuk@umb.edu

Attorney Tanya Stepasiuk practices in the areas of organizational structure, constituent services, and planning and implementation. She is a co-founder of the Massachusetts 311 Working Group, has helped plan and implement new 311 Departments in Everett, Revere, and Haverhill, and has been instrumental in major charter changes in Framingham, Amherst, East Longmeadow, and Fall River. Her background includes time as an Assistant District Attorney, private practice of employment and construction law, and a Traffic and Parking Commissioner. She has published in the area of civic technology. She holds a a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Bates College, a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University, and is  PhD Candidate in Public Policy at the McCormack School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

James Sutton
james.sutton@umb.edu

James Sutton practices in the areas of  Public Libraries and Public Library Networks and Consortiums, He has 35 years of public library experience, including 30 years as a public library director in the municipalities of Natick and Andover. Jim has experience in budgetting, staff development, goal-setting, as well as experience working with other community's libraries and departments within a town on goal-setting and mission development. Having served as president of the state-wide regional library system and two library networks, he is particularly interested in helping organizations develop and implement shared goals. He holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, a Master of Library Science from Simmons and a Master of Public Administration from Framingham State College.

Anthony J. Torrisi
anthony.torrisi@umb.edu

Anthony Torrisi practices in the areas of Municipal Financial Management, Budgeting, Forecasting, Capital Programs, and Policy Development. He has over 40 years of experience in municipal government. This experience included 32 years as the Director of Finance and Budget for the Town of Andover, four years as a Budget Assistant in the City of Worcester, and one and a half years as intern/acting assistant town manager in Danvers. In Andover, he was responsible for the Town’s financial planning including the development of the annual budget and 5-year capital improvement plan. Torrisi often served as town manager during town manager absences and was appointend by the Board of Selectmen to two lenghty periods as Acting Towm Manager during the recruitment process for Andover town managers. He was a founding member of the Massachusetts Government Finance Officers Association and its first president. During his appointment in Andover, the Town received the GFOA Budget Presentation Award and a AAA bond rating from S&P. Tony has been invited to give many presentations over the years to various state and local associations on many government finance topics including budget presentation, capital planning, goal setting and financial forecasting. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College and a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University.

Kimberly Wells
kimberly.wells@umb.edu

Kimberly Wells practices in the areas of strategic visioning and planning, meeting facilitation, software implementation project management, performance management, data analysis, and policy evaluation experience in Public Safety, Public Works, and Buildings and Facilities departments. She has also worked with municipalities on budget analysis and budget documents and capital planning. Her previous experience includes working as a claims analyst for a regional insurance company and working in development and donor database management for a Boston-based nonprofit organization. She holds Master of Public Administration and Master of Science in Political Science degrees from Suffolk University.

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