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Executive Team

Dan Rivera

Dan Rivera

President and CEO

Theresa Park

Theresa Park

Deputy Director and Senior Executive Vice President

Simon R. Gerlin

Simon R. Gerlin

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance

Ricks Frazier

Ricks Frazier

General Counsel

Laura L. Canter

Laura L. Canter

Executive Vice President Finance Programs

Tania Hartford

Tania Hartford

Executive Vice President, Real Estate

Marcos Marrero

Marcos Marrero

Executive Vice President Community Development

Jessica Strunkin

Jessica Strunkin

Executive Vice President Devens Operations

David Abdoo

David Abdoo

Chief of Staff

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David Abdoo

David Abdoo

Chief of Staff

Dave Abdoo is the Chief of Staff of MassDevelopment. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Dave performed 20 years of public service in high profile, publicly accountable organizations in local, state, and federal governments. Most recently, he was the Chief of Staff at the MBTA where he served as senior strategic advisor to the CEO/General Manager. He was responsible for advancing the CEO's vision and priorities with the executive staff on a wide variety of topics including optimizing operations, customer improvements, cost containment, improved safety, resiliency, accessibility, and organizational design. Prior to the MBTA, Dave was the Chief of Staff of the DCAMM providing strategic leadership to an agency charged with direct management of 5.5 million square feet of state buildings as well as the development and maintenance of an annual capital budget more than $450 million. Dave also served in administrative and intergovernmental roles at the US Department of Health and Human Services. He also served four terms on the Lawrence City Council. Dave grew up in Lawrence, graduated from Salem State University, attended the Sawyer School at Suffolk University and served his country in the United States Army/National Guard.

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Ruby Alanoly

Ruby Alanoly

Financial Analyst

Ruby joined MassDevelopment in 2018 as the Financial Analyst. Her role includes managing monthly salary/fund allocations process, budget fund transfers, creating quarterly financial reports, managing contract purchase requisition activities, and responding to various customer requests such as excise tax abatement, deed updates, and municipal lien certificates. Prior to joining MassDevelopment Ruby worked 18 years in the accounting field at Staples, Inc. Ruby holds both Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Arts degrees.

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John Ambold

John Ambold

Director of IT Applications

John grew up in the Texas Panhandle and graduated from West Texas State University.  After college, he entered the U.S. Army and spent eight years working in military personnel and budget offices.  He spent several years in the insurance industry as a Claims Underwriter for a Lloyds of London Greenhouse program before going back to school at Clark University in Worcester for a Certificate in Network Engineering.  John was a Network Administrator for Eastern Connection in Woburn for six years after which he spent two years working for Deva Systems (a Citrix Consulting firm).  MassDevelopment was a client at that time and John personally called on the Boston office every three months before joining the Agency's Information Technology (IT) department full-time where he has maintained software applications since 2007. 

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Rob Anderson

Rob Anderson

Vice President Business Development, Central Region

Rob joined MassDevelopment in 2020 and serves as Vice President for Business Development. Rob's role is to improve the quality of life for residents by working with housing developers, nonprofits, and businesses to address their financing needs. A key point of contact for the organization out in the field meeting potential clients, Rob has been working in economic development in Massachusetts for over 18 years. While working at MassEcon he assisted out-of-state corporate site location consultants considering real estate options for expansion to Massachusetts; as the Metro West Regional Director at the Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD) Rob helped administer and market the state's Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) and acted as coordinator with other state partners; and at the municipal level he worked as Community Development Director for the Town of Billerica assisting companies through their expansion from permitting to occupancy. Rob has a Bachelor's Degree in Archaeology from Hamilton College.

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Hillary Andrews

Hillary Andrews

Recreation/Events Coordinator

Hillary joined MassDevelopment in 2020 as the Recreation/Events Coordinator in Devens. Hillary's main job responsibilities include planning and overseeing all community and sporting events. Hillary also manages UAV/autonomous vehicle testing rentals and works with productions that are filming at New England Studios that are interested in renting outdoor spaces to film in Devens. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Hillary gained experience through employment in Teaching and Employment Specialist positions, working with children ages two through eighteen and adults with mental illness. Hillary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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Roy Angel

Roy Angel

Vice President Commercial Lending

Roy has more than forty years of experience in banking, finance, and economic development. After graduation from college, he began his career in commercial lending with two Worcester-area financial institutions. He also worked with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Business Development prior to joining MassDevelopment in 1998. Roy also has a long teaching career, having served as an adjunct professor of finance and economics at Assumption University for close to 25 years after stints at several other Worcester area institutions including Anna Maria College and Clark University. He has also served in a volunteer capacity with several different community organizations in the Worcester area, including Treasurer and President of the BOD for YOU, Inc. prior to its merger with Seven Hills Foundation in 2020. He also volunteered as a Big Brother and was a member of the BOD and Treasurer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/Metrowest.

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Kelly Arvidson

Kelly Arvidson

Senior Vice President Business Development

Kelly joined MassDevelopment in 1995 as a Project Manager for Economic Development. Following that role, she moved to the real estate team where she had responsibility for sales and leasing efforts at Devens. Kelly then joined the Central Team as Vice President of Business and Economic Development. In 2019, Kelly assumed the role of SVP of Business and Economic Development. She now manages the BD team and represents the agency on Team Massachusetts, a group of organizations that collectively market Massachusetts to companies and prospects around the world. Kelly and her Business Development team are responsible for generating leads and projects for MassDevelopment funding projects. They also play an integral role on regional teams to promote economic development and business growth across the Commonwealth. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Kelly served as the Director of Marketing for the US Army at the former Fort Devens. Kelly has a Bachelor of Science in Business and Marketing from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.

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Lieutenant Jason Baldarelli

Lieutenant Jason Baldarelli

Devens Fire Department

Firefighter Jason Baldarelli joined the Devens Fire Department in 1996 and currently serves as the Union President of Local S-19. He previously served with the Fort Devens Fire Department.

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David Bancroft

David Bancroft

Senior Vice President Community Investment, North Region

David joined MassDevelopment in 1999 as a regional representative in Community Development. He has worked with the municipal officials and local organizations in MassDevelopment's South and Boston regions and is now focused and working with communities in the North region. He has experience working with the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund, Collaborative Workspace Program, Cultural Facilities Fund, and Transformative Development Initiative. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, David directed the Commonwealth's Housing Innovations Fund and Facilities Consolidation Fund, two affordable housing programs operated by the Massachusetts Office of Housing and Community Development. He started his career as a financial analyst at Bank of Boston concentrating on the Media/Entertainment and Specialized Industries within the National Banking Group. David has an undergraduate degree in Business/Finance from Northeastern University. He received a Massachusetts Commonwealth Fellowship with Suffolk University and a Master's in Public Administration. He has served on the Board and as Board Chair for the AID's Housing Program and Victory Programs, two nonprofits with a mission to address homelessness and recovery.

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Lawrence Bearce

Lawrence Bearce

Utility Financial Analyst

Larry joined MassDevelopment in 2011 as the Utilities Financial Analyst for the Devens Utilities department. Larry's initial responsibility was to bring billing for Devens' gas and electric customers in-house. Larry spent 27 years at Colonial Gas in Lowell, Massachusetts until a merger with Boston Gas in 1998. During the next several years, Larry found the time to hike over 2,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail and accepted an assignment as an independent software developer with S3 Development of Nashua, New Hampshire. The assignment was to develop a software application for the then Fall River Gas Company to allow them to track/bill customers, from the supply side through billing, who took advantage of the newly created unbundling of gas supply in Massachusetts. Larry holds a BS degree in Plastics Technology from Lowell Technological Institute. In his spare time, he and his wife enjoy golfing.

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John C. Beatty

John C. Beatty

Executive Director, MA Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force

Governor Charlie Baker named John C. Beatty as the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force Executive Director in June 2016. A native of South Boston, Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Beatty graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned into the U.S. Army Field Artillery. During his 23 years of military service he led a range of diverse organizations, commanding units in Germany and Kosovo and deploying twice to the Middle East. In 2008, Mr. Beatty served as the Deputy Director for the Governance, Reconstruction and Economic Development Cell for Multi-National Division Baghdad, leading an effort to further an independent, self-governing Iraq. In his capstone assignment as the Inspector General for the Maine National Guard, Mr. Beatty provided policy advice and counsel to three adjutants General while serving the Soldiers, Airmen, and self-less civilians of the Maine National Guard and Department of Veterans services and Emergency Management.

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Taiwo Bello

Taiwo Bello

Investment Banking Associate

Taiwo's most recent role was as a Business Specialist/Relationship Manager with the Bank of America.  Previously, Taiwo worked in banking at Citizens Bank and as a Branch Manager and the Head of Operations with Guaranty Trust Bank, Nigeria.  Taiwo received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a Master of Business Administration from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. 

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Maureen Bennett

Maureen Bennett

Senior Accountant

Maureen joined MassDevelopment in September of 2020, as Senior Accountant. Among her many accounting responsibilities are Devens' Real Estate and Excise Taxes. She is the Financial Liaison to the Devens Fire and State Police Departments, as well as Devens Utility Department. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Maureen was employed, for 22 years, as an Accountant at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, and Avery Dennison Corporation, for 10 years, as a Sales and Use Tax Accountant and AR Reconciler. Maureen holds a Bachelors of Art Degree from Boston College, with minors in both Irish Studies and Spanish.

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John E. Berton

John E. Berton

Vice President Commercial Lending

John Berton has almost thirty-five years of experience in commercial credit, lending and relationship management, assisting small to medium-sized businesses in achieving their financial goals. He was most recently a Vice President of Commercial Lending with BayCoast Bank since 2013, and has previously held commercial banking positions at Citizens Bank, Webster Bank and Rockland Trust Company, after starting his career in Florida with Barnett Bank. He is gratified to have strongly participated in the Small Business Administration lending market during his career; most recently as a specialty team member for the vital PPP Lending Program throughout the COIVD-19 Pandemic. John is experienced in developing and maintaining commercial banking relationships to provide financial solutions for a broad spectrum of businesses, as well as non-profit and government entities in the market; as a result, he successfully increases and maintains diverse loan portfolios and has also managed large municipal relationships. John earned his Bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, and has continued his banking education by staying current through completion of numerous RMA and ABA courses throughout his career.

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W. Joseph Bisceglia

W. Joseph Bisceglia

Project Engineer

Joe joined MassDevelopment in December 2002 as a Project Engineer in the Devens Engineering office. Joe oversees construction and demolition projects throughout the Commonwealth in addition to similar projects on Devens along with ensuring compliance with the MS4 stormwater permit. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Joe gained experience at The Entwistle Company as a Project Engineer in the Hydraulic Systems Division and Military Support Division for about a dozen years. Before that as a Project Engineer in Sanitary and Site Design at EJ Flynn Engineers for a few years right after college. Joe holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering from Central New England College of Technology.

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Firefighter Ammie Lee Boucher

Firefighter Ammie Lee Boucher

Devens Fire Department

Firefighter Aimee Boucher joined the Devens Fire Department in 2021 as a certified EMT. She worked previously for the Ashburnham Fire Department.

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Firefighter Mark Boucher

Firefighter Mark Boucher

Devens Fire Department

Firefighter Mark Boucher is also an advanced certified EMT. He has previous firefighting experience working for the Town of Ashburnham and the The College of the Holy Cross. Firefighter Boucher holds an Associates degree in Liberal Arts form Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester.

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Mika Brewer

Mika Brewer

Vice President, Real Estate

Mika joined MassDevelopment in 2001 as Vice President of Real Estate where he is responsible for marketing MassDevelopment's real estate assets at Devens, Massachusetts that are for sale. Mika is the first point of contact for brokers and companies that express interest in relocating to Devens. Mika's responsibilities include site showings to prospective buyers, responding to competitive Requests for Proposals received by the Agency, coordinating meetings between Devens staff a prospective buyer's project team, managing property appraisals, negotiating final sale terms, and he assisting developers with project permitting. Before working at MassDevelopment, Mika was a Portfolio Manager for the Metropolitan Life Insurance's Real Estate Division where he was responsible for repositioning and selling properties. Mika's skills include real estate finance, marketing, and development.

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Christine Brown

Christine Brown

Administrative Assistant

Christine is the Administrative Assistant for the Engineering department. She joined the team in 2010 and is involved in the majority of MassDevelopment's engineering projects across the state. She also assists other departments in aspects of the bidding process, using her decade's worth of experience. Outside of work, Christine is active in her community, teaching at the Black Excellence Academy in Worcester. She is a member of Arts Worcester and the founder of Night Class, a creative organization for local artists.

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Graeme Brown

Graeme Brown

Counsel

Graeme joined MassDevelopment in 2019 as Counsel and provides legal support to key agency programs, including Real Estate (Site Readiness, commercial property sales at Devens and Hospital Hill), Commonwealth Places, the transformational development initiative program (TDI), the taxi & livery business support grant program, Brownfields remediation grant program and the property assessed clean energy program (PACE). Graeme brings a depth and breadth of experience and skills to the Agency, having been a commercial banker before launching his legal career in mid-life, holding significant positions with publicly-traded technology and real estate companies as well as several years practicing construction law, contract law and public procurement with the MBTA. Graeme earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance at the University of Connecticut and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, at New England Law Boston.

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M. Jeff Buckley

M. Jeff Buckley

Portfolio Analyst

In 2016, Jeff was engaged as a contractor for MassDevelopment to resolve valuation issues associated with the Agency's transition from the Loan Ledger software suite to EnAble. Following the software transition, Jeff joined the Lending department's Portfolio team full time as a Loan Administrator. After a few months with the Portfolio team, he was recruited to join the Agency's nascent Credit team and began his training as a Commercial Credit Analyst. After four years with the Credit team, Jeff transitioned to a new role as a Portfolio Analyst, where he is able to use his Excel and SQL query skills to develope and prepare reports on the Agency's various loan and guarantee portfolios; as well as working with various departments to design and improve the reports and queries they use. Prior to joining MDFA, Jeff worked as an Investments Analyst on the Portfolio Management team of John Hancock Life Insurance's Real Estate Finance Group, providing reporting and analytical tools on their $10B commercial mortgage portfolio. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Tulane University and a Master of Liberal Arts in Management with a focus on Finance from Harvard University.

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Patricia Bungkadanara

Patricia Bungkadanara

Corporate Receptionist

Patricia (Trish) Bungkadanara started with MassDevelopment as a corporate receptionist in October 1996. Trish grew up in Ennis, the county town of County Clare, Ireland before making Massachusetts her home.

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Quintin Burks

Quintin Burks

Maintenance Specialist

Quintin joined Mass Development in 1996 as the vehicle and equipment mechanic and operator. He is responsible for the maintenance and operation of all equipment and vehicles at the Devens Department of Public Works & Recreation, Devens Fire Department, and State Police in Devens. Quintin is also responsible for welding, metal fabrication, mowing, snow removal, street sweeping, paving, and any necessary grounds maintenance. He also served as Foreman of the DPW from 2010-2015. Prior to joining Mass Development, Quintin served in the U.S. Army from 1985-1996. During his enlistment, Quintin achieved the rank of Sergeant, and he is a Veteran of the Gulf War. Quintin holds a Class A CDL, a Hoisting License, and multiple civilian and military training certificates.

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Sean Calnan

Sean Calnan

Senior Vice President Community Investment

Sean joined MassDevelopment in 1998 and serves as the Senior Vice President, Community Investment in the Community Development Division. Sean manages the Community Investment team in its commitment to stimulate business, drive economic growth, and help neighborhoods and communities thrive through tactical interventions including, but not limited to, the administration of several grant programs such as the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund, the Collaborative Workspace Program, the Community Health Center Grant Program, the Cultural Facilities Fund, the Innovation Voucher Fund Program and the Taxi & Livery Business Support Program. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Sean worked at the Massachusetts Office of Business Development as Assistant Legal Counsel and Director of Economic Assistance where he oversaw the Economic Development Incentive Program which provides local property tax incentives and state tax credits to encourage business expansion. Prior to assuming his current role, Sean served as Vice President, Community Development as part of MassDevelopment's West Regional Team. Sean holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston College and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School.

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Frank Canning

Frank Canning

Vice President Investment Banking

Frank Canning has worked for MassDevelopment since 1999 in the Investment Banking Division. He is responsible for tax-exempt bond originations in western Massachusetts and has managed or co-managed over 200 bond issues for the Agency. Prior to joining MassDevelopment he worked for 15 years in residential mortgage lending at Springfield Institution for Savings. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from St. Michael's College, Winooski, Vermont and a master's degree in finance from Western New England University, Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Laura L. Canter

Laura L. Canter

Executive Vice President Finance Programs

Laura L. Canter is executive vice president and division director for the Finance Programs Division. Reporting to Laura are the Commercial Lending, Investment Banking, and New Markets Tax Credit practices. The division serves governmental entities, private and public businesses, and nonprofit organizations with alternative financing products. Laura joined MassDevelopment in 1996. Prior to that, she was employed by State Street Bank and Trust Company, where she represented the interests of bondholders of distressed and bankrupt companies. She negotiated the workout and restructuring of more than $1 billion in publicly and privately placed debt. She holds an undergraduate degree in communications from Emerson College and a M.B.A. in finance from Bentley University. She is a director of the Council of Development Finance Agencies and a former director of the Melrose Housing Authority.

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Kendall M. Cardwell, PE

Kendall M. Cardwell, PE

Senior Project Engineer

Kendall joined MassDevelopment in 2012 and serves as a Resident Engineer for various projects. Kendall's role is to coordinate with consultants to compile bid/construction documents for use in the public bidding process. During construction, Kendall serves as the onsite Resident Engineer to oversee construction activities and coordinate with contractors, municipal departments and utility providers. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Kendall worked as a Project Manager for VHB, a private real estate development and transportation company. Kendall managed development programs for CVS, Target, and Stop & Shop in addition to working on large mixed-use projects like Assembly Row in Somerville and Cathedral Commons in Washington DC.

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Robert Carley

Robert Carley

Counsel

Rob Carley joined the Agency in 2016 after practicing for several years in a private-sector law firm. His primary role with the Agency is to provide legal support to all aspects of the Agency's operations and oversight of its marquee project - the continuing successful redevelopment of Devens. In addition to private sector law firm experience, Rob has prior experience working in other quasi-public entities in roles both as an attorney as otherwise.

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Karen Carvalho

Karen Carvalho

Director of Special Projects

Karen has served multiple roles within the Finance and Accounting Department since she joined the Agency in 1998. Currently, Karen serves as the Director of Special Projects with her responsibilities ranging from financial modeling and analysis to identify ways to improve work flow efficiencies throughout the organization. Karen has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Worcester State University and a Master of Business Administration from Assumption College.

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Onix Castro

Onix Castro

Construction Engineer

Onix joined MassDevelopment in 2021 as part of the Engineering group as a Construction Engineer. He assist with development of project plans and specifications by consultants and in-house staff, preparation of IFBs and RFQ/RFPs for various agency projects, provide daily oversight of construction and demolition projects, such that the contractual requirements and obligations are fulfilled in accordance with drawings and specifications, and other duties as may be assigned. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Onix worked with Walsh Contracting Corp. and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB). Onix gained experience in a variety of projects from construction to full design in Land Development. Onix has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

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Yvette Childs

Yvette Childs

Accounts Receivable Coordinator

Yvette joined MassDevelopment in 2007 as an Accounting coordinator with the finance group and was responsible for budget approval tracking of purchase orders; conference forms and expense report auditing. Preparation of the weekly Devens deposit. I was responsible for Accounts receivable functions in companies Jodrey, Cape Ann Fisheries and Devens Regional Hazardous. I was also the backup to Accounts Payable when needed. In 2012, I accepted the position of Accounts Receivable Coordinator responsible for daily cash collection for MassDevelopment and accurately verifying and posting receipts. Maintaining and updating customer database and invoicing for Devens Real-Estate Taxes, Utilities and Department invoicing. Customer service assistance and resolving discrepancies in a timely matter. Month end closing Aging reports, adjustments and collection issues. Prior to joining MassDevelopment I have worked in accounting and bookkeeping in various different industries with diverse experience in manufacturing, construction and hospitality.

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Laura Marie Christopher

Laura Marie Christopher

TDI Fellow Revere

Laura Marie Christopher joined MassDevelopment in 2016 and serves as the Strategy and Innovation Officer. Her work at the Agency touches several programs but always includes an emphasis on design thinking, data, community engagement, and place. She is a member of the Community Development division where she works to align statewide economic development priorities with practical and usable implementation strategies, programs, and financial products that advance equitable development. As part of this work Laura facilitates collaborative research, planning and design as well the development of pilot programs and Agency offerings. She supports the coordinated use and layering of ours and other public and private partner resources.

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Jennifer Cohen

Jennifer Cohen

Vice President Real Estate Development

Jennifer joined MassDevelopment in 2021 as a Vice President in the Real Estate Development department. Her role includes managing the Underutilized Properties grant program, negotiating and structuring the disposition of MassDevelopment-owned real estate, and providing assistance and expertise to municipalities on the disposition and development of their surplus properties. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Jennifer managed the disposition and redevelopment of city-owned real estate for the City of New York at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, taking sites from ideation, through the RFP process, legal document negotiation, land use approvals, and closing. Her private sector experience includes loan origination at Walker & Dunlop and distressed debt and REO disposition at CW Financial Services. Jennifer holds of Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Barnard College and a Masters of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.

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Mark Cohen

Mark Cohen

Utilities Program Manager Water/Wastewater

Mark joined MassDevelopment in 2003 and serves as the Program Manager for Water and Wastewater for the Devens Utilities Department. Mark oversees water and wastewater operations at Devens. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Mark gained experience as a Project Manager working on a variety of engineering projects for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, and as a Project Engineer for Black & Veatch working on projects, including several related to the cleanup of Boston Harbor. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from UMass Amherst and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Boston University.

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Firefighter Patrick Connor

Firefighter Patrick Connor

Devens Fire Department

Firefighter Patrick Connor joined MassDevelopment in November 2020. His past experience includes work for the town of Winchedon, Massachusetts.

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Sheri Corbeil

Sheri Corbeil

Marketing Manager

Sheri joined MassDevelopment in 1998 and serves as the Marketing Manager in the External Affairs Division. She is an integral part of the marketing team - using her graphic design and technical skills to convey key communications and messaging on various platforms. She is a liaison who works directly with internal staff to help them realize their goals while also acting as a representative of the agency to external vendors. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Sheri worked in marketing for the Springfield Civic Center and Beacon Management Company. Sheri has a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration from Western New England University.

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Julie Linnell Cowan

Julie Linnell Cowan

Vice President Commercial Lending

Julie joined MassDevelopment in 2016. Her role is to make leaders in private industry and the public sector aware of the Agency's programs and services. She works with developers, bankers, nonprofits and manufacturers to address their financing needs, often in partnership with local, State and Federal agencies to access all resources available to them. Prior to joining the Agency, she was the Chief Development Officer at Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech: this followed a career in banking, where she was most recently a Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer at TD Bank. Her studies in International Economics at Suffolk University, coupled with her professional experience, have her volunteer and philanthropic efforts concentrated in areas of economic opportunity. Julie currently serves on the Massachusetts Economic Development Council as well as the Farm & Sea to Campus Steering Committee of Farm to Institution New England, the latter of which is to strengthen regional food systems for local institutional buyers, with the ultimate goal of addressing racial and wealth gaps in the agricultural sector.

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Firefighter Kevin Cullanine

Firefighter Kevin Cullanine

Devens Fire Department

Firefighter Kevin Cullanine joined the Devens Fire Department in 1988 and also serves as an EMT for the Devens community.

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Karen Davis

Karen Davis

Executive Assistant Devens Operations

Karen Davis started her career with MassDevelopment in 1999. Since that time, she has held a number of roles and currently serves as the Executive Assistant of Devens Operations.

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Meg Delorier

Meg Delorier

Director of Military Initiatives

Meg joined MassDevelopment in 2001 and serves as the Director of Military Initiatives. Meg is responsible for furthering various economic development activities involving the defense sector, including outreach to defense-related companies, redevelopment of federal surplus property, development of infrastructure and real property assets to increase mission, development and implementation of operational enhancements, and creation and implementation of outreach activities and coordination of information and opportunities. She acts as the primary contact to the Executive Director of the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Meg was the Executive Director of the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce. She was also the Station Manager for the American Red Cross at Luke Air Force Base, AZ and Fort Devens, MA. Meg attended Nathaniel Hawthorne College majoring in Criminal Justice.

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Deputy Chief Jamie Desautels

Deputy Chief Jamie Desautels

Devens Fire Department

Deputy Chief Jamie Desautels joined the Devens Fire Department in 2021. He is an accredited fire chief and holds a Masters of Public Adminstration. He was previously the fire captain of the town of Northborough for 32 years.

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Brenda Doherty

Brenda Doherty

Director of Marketing

Brenda joined MassDevelopment in 2000 as the Director of Marketing. Brenda and her team are responsible for all MassDevelopment marketing efforts including annual campaigns and strategies to reach new customers. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Brenda served as the Director of Marketing for the Massachusetts Office of Business Development where she coordinated strategic planning and tactical execution of marketing activities to promote business growth across the state. Brenda's private sector experience includes work as an Assistant Property Manager for Rosen Associates Property Management Corporation,  a privately held commercial real estate business focused on anchored neighborhood and community shopping centers, and Dining Room Manager of The Pillar House Restaurant where she was also responsible for the design and implementation of a company-wide employee training program. Brenda has a Bachelor of Science in Business from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire.

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Rob Dolan

Rob Dolan

Vice President Investment Banking

Rob joined MassDevelopment in 2018 and is a member of the Agency's Investment Banking Team. Rob's focus is working with municipalities, developers and other stakeholders on finding innovative financing solutions for their public infrastructure needs. Rob is also a member of the team that administers the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which finances energy improvements on commercial and industrial buildings, multifamily properties with five or more units, and buildings owned by nonprofits. Rob has over 18 years' experience in public finance and is adept at treasury and debt management, financial analysis, investor and credit rating agency relations, strategic planning, and policy development. Rob resides in Easton with his wife Kate, and their three sons, Patrick, Brendan and Andrew.

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George Durante

George Durante

TDI Deputy Director Fellows Program

George joined MassDevelopment in 2016 and serves as the TDI Senior Regional Fellow in the Community Development division. George's role is to provide a wide range of support and strategic advisory services to local community stakeholders who are working to enhance their respective downtown neighborhoods, particularly in the Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) districts of Attleboro and Barnstable. Prior to joining MassDevelopment as the Brockton TDI Fellow, George acquired relevant experience by developing programs for small businesses in the mayor's office for the City of Nashua, New Hampshire, engaging in place-based economic development with a start-up social enterprise called Sustainability Guild, and administering state-level programs as a project manager in the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. George has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Regional Planning from Westfield State University and a Master of Science in Urban & Regional Policy from Northeastern University.

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Carol Edwards

Carol Edwards

Senior Grant Portfolio Analyst

Carol joined MassDevelopment in August 2018 as a Senior Credit Analyst in the lending department until July of 2020 when she transferred community development as a Senior Grant Portfolio Analyst. Carol's new role gives her the opportunity to work with both Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) and Transportation Infrastructure Enhancement Trust Fund (TIEF) grantees. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Carol worked as a Credit Analyst at various commercial banks throughout the Northeast and West Coast. Carol holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from California Coast University.

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John Endicott

John Endicott

Vice President Commercial Lending

John Endicott is Vice President, Commercial Lending for the Greater Boston region. He has 30+ years of credit, lending, operations, and risk management experience, having worked with banks, credit unions and mutual funds in Boston, Maine, New York City, and Los Angeles. John recently served as a commercial lender for the Finance Authority of Maine. He was also recently Director of the Office of Business Development and Innovation at the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). John is a graduate of Brown University and Boston University, where he received his MBA. 

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Roman Ferguson

Roman Ferguson

Recreation Facility/Field Coordinator

Roman joined MassDevelopment in 2000 and serves as the Facility and Grounds Coordinator for Devens Department of Public Works and Recreation. Roman designs the layout and coordinates logistical planning for all fields and facilities in preparation of major sporting events. He ensures that related facilities and equipment are maintained for safe public use and he also assists with regulation field and facility conversions. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Roman served 22 years in the U.S. Army. He was employed with the Community Activities/Recreation Division Sports Branch Fort Devens as a sports programmer and became the Supervisory Sports Specialist. In his role, Roman was responsible for intramural and varsity sports programs and conducted clinics for officials and coaches.

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Beau Forgues

Beau Forgues

Maintenance Specialist

Beau Joined MassDevelopment in November of 2020 and serves as a Locksmith and  Maintenance Specialist in Devens. Beau works side by side with his co-workers to maintain and serve the Devens community, providing them with a comfortable and beautiful place to work, live, and play in. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Beau spent 4 years in the U.S. Army training soldiers as a Sergeant Team Leader. He prides himself on being proficient, timely, tidy, and accountable.

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Tony Fracasso

Tony Fracasso

Senior Vice President Housing Finance

Tony joined MassDevelopment in 1996. He is responsible for managing the Agency's Housing Finance program that provides construction and permanent financing through tax-exempt and taxable bond issues, as well as low income housing tax credits. Mr. Fracasso was previously manager of the Agency's Investment Banking Department. He has experience issuing bonds for a wide range of housing projects, non-profit sponsored projects, manufacturing facilities, long term care facilities and environmental projects. Mr. Fracasso has 37 years experience in the field of commercial finance, spending 13 years of his career as a commercial lender with various banks in New England. Mr. Fracasso received a BA in Business Administration from Saint Michael's College and a Master of Science in Financial Management from Fairfield University.

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Kathryn Fraser

Kathryn Fraser

Vice President Risk Management and Special Assets

Kate joined MassDevelopment in 2018 and serves as Vice President Risk Management and Special Assets. Kate is responsible for the oversight, management and recovery of capital on a portfolio of special asset loans, the majority of which are criticized and classified. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Kate was a commercial lender at several large commercial banks for 30 years with an emphasis on asset based lending, loan workout and risk review. Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts in english from Colby College and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson.

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Ricks Frazier

Ricks Frazier

General Counsel

Ricks joined MassDevelopment in 2018 as General Counsel following five years with the Patrick and Baker/Polito Administrations in the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. Ricks and his team oversee all the legal affairs for MassDevelopment, advising the Agency's business operations, as well as its support units in Finance, HR and IT. Ricks also acts as the Secretary to the Board of Directors and is responsible for recording the Board's official actions. Prior to moving to the Commonwealth, Ricks served as Interim General Counsel of United Airlines, Inc. and in various managing attorney roles for the worldwide operations of Texaco Inc. Ricks earned a B.A. in History summa cum laude from Texas A&M University and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

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Firefighter Maggie Gabriel

Firefighter Maggie Gabriel

Devens Fire Department

Maggie Gabriel joined MassDevelopment and the Devens Fire Department as a Firefighter II Pro Board certified Firefighter EMT in 2022. Maggie is currently a Master Sergeant in the U. S. Air Force Reserves with 14 years of service. She works as a C-5 Loadmaster, delivering mission essential cargo and humanitarian supplies around the world.

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Firefighter Jonathan Gallardo

Firefighter Jonathan Gallardo

Devens Fire Department

Firefighter Gallardo joined the Devens Fire Department in 2022. He is a certified EMT who worked previously for the town of Berlin, Massachusetts. Firefighter Gallardo has an Associates Degree in Fire Science from Quinsigamond Community College and a Bachelors Degree in Fire Science from Anna Maria College.

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Mike Galligan

Mike Galligan

Vice President Commercial Lending

Mike Galligan joined MassDevelopment in 1999 as Vice President of Commercial Lending. He works to help stimulate the economy in Massachusetts through collaborative lending for manufacturers, nonprofits, and developers - forming partnerships with both bank and non-bank lenders to structure transactions that will benefit the Commonwealth. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Mike worked for numerous banks and was a bank regulator for the U.S. Treasury Department. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, from Sacred Heart University.

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Maurice Gary

Maurice Gary

Accounts Payable Coordinator

Maurice Gary earned his degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix, and has sixteen years of experience as an Accounts Payable Associate and Staff Accountant. He has worked in the manufacturing, supplier, and service industries. He is a Veteran of the Army/Army Reserves and also does volunteer and charity work as a member of Redemption Rock Church. As an Accounts Payable Coordinator, Maurice ensures invoices are paid timely, efficiently, and accurately through interaction with vendors and co-workers of the MassDevelopment organization.

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Simon R. Gerlin

Simon R. Gerlin

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance

Simon R. Gerlin joined MassDevelopment in February 2013 as the Agency's Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance. He has a proven track record in both public company finance and public accounting. Prior to MassDevelopment, Simon served in executive finance, compliance, and audit roles at Clean Harbors Environmental Services. He also spent 16 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, serving clients in numerous sectors such as energy and utilities, manufacturing, and higher education. Simon received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Middlebury College and an Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He is a certified public accountant, a member of the American Society of CPAs, and is a Director of Cambridge Bancorp, where he is Chair of the Audit Committee.

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Firefighter Steve Giaimo

Firefighter Steve Giaimo

Devens Fire Department

Firefighter Steven Giaimo joined the Devens Fire Department in 2020 as an EMT and radio technician. He previously worked as a Journeyman Electrician.

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Nicholas (Nick) Giaquinto

Nicholas (Nick) Giaquinto

TDI Operations Officer

Nick joined MassDevelopment in 2020 and serves as a member of the TDI operations staff for the Agency's Transformative Development Initiative (TDI). As District Partnership Officer, Nick coordinates with lead partners and other MassDevelopment staff to sustain partnership structures within TDI districts and manage local municipal policy issues, including the overall planning and on-the-ground work in cities across the Commonwealth. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Nick gained experience as Chief of Staff to Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter and as a legislative committee staffer for the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Nick holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Bachelor of Science in American Politics and Government from Suffolk University.

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Michael Goodwin

Michael Goodwin

Maintenance Specialist

Michael Goodwin joined MassDevelopment in 2022 as a Maintenance Specilist in Devens. He has prior experience working as a diesel mechanic and a fiber splicer. Michael graduated from the Universal Technical Institute specializing in Diesel Technology. He proudly served in the U.S. Army.

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Amanda Gregoire

Amanda Gregoire

Vice President Real Estate

Amanda Gregoire joined MassDevelopment in 2020 and serves as Vice President of Real Estate Services in the Planning Department. Amanda oversees the Site Readiness Program, manages Real Estate Technical Assistance projects, and serves as the Real Estate representative for the South region. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Amanda gained experienced as the Senior Project Manager at the City of Worcester Executive Office of Economic Development where she managed large-scale Downtown development projects, municipal surplus property reuse, intermodal facility capital improvements, Downtown planning efforts, and guided various other programs, initiatives, and grants. Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Public Administration from Clark University.

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Richard Griffin, Jr.

Richard Griffin, Jr.

Vice President Community Investment, West Region

Richard joined MassDevelopment in 2017 as the Vice President of Community Investment. Richard works with governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, and private developers to promote and advance the programs and services offered by the Agency specializing in brownfields site assessment/remediation and collaborative workspace grants. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Richard served as the Senior Project Manager and Brownfields Coordinator for the City of Springfield where he managed economic development and workforce development projects , developed management plans including current and critical path schedules for public improvement and private revitalization projects, and managed the efficient cleanup and reuse of contaminated land within the guidelines of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency as a means to generate economic growth, strengthening communities and enabling sustainable land use and development. Richard has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Tuskegee University in Alabama.

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Joe Grivers

Joe Grivers

Vice President Investment Banking

Joe joined MassDevelopment in 2000 and serves as a vice president in Investment Banking. His role is to manage tax-exempt bond transactions and assess property assessed clean energy financing requests, analyze financing for real estate and equipment projects, assess client capital needs and debt structures, source capital, assemble financing teams, and manage project financings and timelines through closure. Joe is responsible for marketing MassDevelopment's financing programs and maintaining bank and client relationships, maintaining client accounts, and working closely with state and local officials to identify development opportunities and support Agency initiatives. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Joe worked at Bank of Boston and Fleet National Bank as a Residential Loan Officer where he originated, managed, and closed residential real estate mortgages - giving him wide experience in housing programs offered by MassHousing, Massachusetts Housing Partnership, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Federal Housing Administration, and the Veterans Administration. This employment provided him with a broad understanding of banking, lending, and community reinvestment. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University and a Master of Business Administration from Suffolk University.

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Firefighter Douglas Hanks

Firefighter Douglas Hanks

Devens Fire Department

Firefighter Douglas Hanks joined the Devens Fire Department in 2013. He is a certified fire officer and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fire Science from Anna Maria College. He has previous experience working for the town of Charlton.

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Firefighter Gregory Harrod

Firefighter Gregory Harrod

Devens Fire Department

Firefighter Gregory Harrod joined the Devens Fire Department in 2012 and also serves as an EMT for the community.

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Tania Hartford

Tania Hartford

Executive Vice President, Real Estate

Tania Hartford became the EVP Real Estate in April 2022 where she oversees the agency’s real estate and planning efforts including the redevelopment at Devens and management of the state piers. She rejoined MassDevelopment in January 2021 as the chief operating officer and chief of staff having previously worked at MassDevelopment between 2007-2016 as both vice president of community development in the northeast and later as director of real estate services. Prior to coming back to MassDevelopment, Tania worked as a development manager for RCG LLC, a real estate development and investment firm where she focused on strategic planning and development of current assets and new acquisitions. Tania has a depth of experience in the public sector serving at the local and state levels in policy, planning and economic development. She holds a MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a BA in International Relations/Environmental Policy from Michigan State University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Urban Land Institute (ULI) Boston Advisory Board, Essex County Habitat for Humanity Board, and Girl Scouts of Eastern MA Volunteer/Troop Leader.

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F. Omar Hazoury

F. Omar Hazoury

Senior Vice President Emerging Technology Fund

Omar joined MassDevelopment in 2022 and is responsible for managing the Emerging Technology Fund. He comes to MassDevelopment from State Street Bank and Trust Company, where he held leadership roles in commercial lending, asset servicing, credit, and risk management over a 27-year career spanning multiple business lines and geographies.  Most notably, Omar was responsible for onboarding global markets clients and counterparties and establishing State Street’s geographic footprint in Latin America. He also served as credit and risk manager in the Asia-Pacific region where he made significant contributions to State Street's international market growth and leadership position. Prior to that, he was an accomplished lending officer responsible for financing some of State Street's largest and most complex U.S. based custody relationships. Omar holds an M.S. degree in management from the Arthur D. Little School of Management, a certificate in advanced commercial lending from the University of Virginia Darden School, and an M.S. degree in finance from Boston College.

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Michelle Hennigar

Michelle Hennigar

Real Estate Procurement Administrator

Michelle joined MassDevelopment in 2019 as the Senior Administrative Assistant in the Real Estate Division. In 2019, Michelle received a promotion and is currently the Real Estate Procurement Administrator responsible for working with the Real Estate Division on all procurement needs. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Michelle has worked as a litigation paralegal in prominent law firms in Boston. Michelle holds a Massachusetts Paralegal Certificate and is a Notary Public.

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Roy Herzig

Roy Herzig

Environmental Engineer

Roy joined MassDevelopment in 2019 and serves as the environmental engineer for Devens Operations. Roy oversees the Army's Former Fort Devens Superfund Site cleanup for MassDevelopment in coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and various community environmental groups. Roy also assists with environmental work associated with new real estate transactions and general redevelopment at Devens including the support of due diligence work. During his 40 year career, Roy has worked for the federal government, state agencies, large private corporations, for small businesses, and as a private consultant -- all in support of environmental protection and management. Roy holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Erikk Hokenson

Erikk Hokenson

Deputy Chief of Staff

Erikk returned to MassDevelopment in 2022 as the Deputy Chief of Staff and supports the agency's strategic initiatives, such as the launch of its SSBCI programs, the implementation of the strategic plan, and overall organization excellence, to strengthen MassDevelopment's effectiveness as the state's development finance agency and land bank. Prior to his return to MassDevelopment, Erikk served as the Boston Harbor Regional Coordinator at the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management and as a waterfront planner at the Boston Planning & Development Agency, working on critical coastal issues such as port, harbor, and ocean planning, climate resilience and hazard mitigation, and environmental permitting. In his previous tenure at MassDevelopment, Erikk served as a project manager in the Real Estate Division, supporting the development of the Myles Standish Industrial Park Expansion, the continued growth of Devens, and multiple planning engagements across the Commonwealth. His private sector experience comprises work as a property manager for a Boston-based real estate investment and development firm. Erikk has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a Master of Science in Urban Planning & Community Development from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

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Firefighter Doug Holmes

Firefighter Doug Holmes

Devens Fire Department

Firefighter Doug Holmes joined the Devens Fire Department in 1993.

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Paul Hubbard

Paul Hubbard

Loan Administrator

Paul joined MassDevelopment in 2016 as the Loan Administrator of Lending Operations. Paul and his team are responsible for all aspects of MassDevelopment's Finance and Community Development Lending Portfolio. Various duties are Loan, Grant, Guaranty closings and set ups, monthly invoice billing, payment receipt and allocation, disbursement processing, UCC/Tax monitoring, daily account reconciliation, and all customer service assistance. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Paul served as Mortgage Servicing Assistant for Metro Credit Union and also spent the previous twenty seven years obtaining his financial experience working for the Global Financial Intuition, State Street Corporation.

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Roseanne Hunter

Roseanne Hunter

Office Assistant

Roseanne (Rosie) Hunter joined MassDevelopment in May 2019 as an Office Assistant. Her duties include clerical and general office administration for Devens Operations. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Rosie worked in the healthcare industry as a rehabilitation technician in skilled nursing facilities. She holds certifications in the medial and business fields as well as a Human Services Technician Certificate (HSC) from Mount Wachusett Community College.

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Tonya L. Ingram

Tonya L. Ingram

Community Investment Program Administrator

Tonya came to MassDevelopment when HEFA merged with the Agency in 2010 where she worked for 10 years as the Marketing Coordinator. Tonya is the Community Investment Program Administrator where she coordinates Community Health Center grant program distributing grants of up to $50,000 and prepare timelines, send notice of grant rounds, compile responses, coordinate internal review committee, participates as a member of the committee, consolidating of scores, communicate with grantees and present to Board, manage responses to awardees and manage closings and disbursements of individual grants including transmittal information to portfolio group. She also works closely with the Community Investment Officers and the Culture Facilities Portfolio Group. Tonya received a certificate of Business Administration from Boston Business School.

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Emmanuel Innocent

Emmanuel Innocent

Vice President Commercial Lending

Emmanuel joined MassDevelopment in 2022 and serves as the Vice President Commercial Lending for the West Region. In this role, Emmanuel provides lending solutions tailored to satisfy the financing needs of businesses, municipalities, and not-for profit organizations operating within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Emmanuel gained experience as the Regional Lending Executive for Merchant Services, an Independent Sales Organization (ISO) for Wells Fargo. Most recently, Emmanuel held multiple lending roles at Bank of America and Citizens Bank. Emmanuel holds a Master's Degree in Leadership in Financial Markets from Northeastern University, and a Master's Degree in Economics. Emmanuel also completed the required coursework for a Doctorate in Business Administration/Finance from Walden University.

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Amie Jaiteh

Amie Jaiteh

HR Benefits Manager

Amie joined MassDevelopment in 2017 and serves as the Human Resources Benefits Manager. She has over 6 years of HR experience in customer service, benefits, communications, training, recruitment, performance, payroll related matters, and employee life cycle. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Amie worked with Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma an NGO that offers services to refugees and builds toolkits to help curb maternal mortality in West Africa - where she is also from.

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Michael-Ray Jeffreys

Michael-Ray Jeffreys

Vice President Asset Management

Michael-Ray received his Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Fitchburg State University.  Most recently, he was Portfolio Manager at First Realty Management in Boston and has a broad array of experience managing construction, facility operations, and capital improvement projects at federal, historical, commercial, and residential properties. Michael-Ray's lived on Fort Devens and attended elementary school on the active-duty post, prior to his father's retirement from the Army. Michael-Ray also retired from the US Army, where he served in many capacities, including as physical security specialist and as a military police officer, and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Michael-Ray resides in Lunenburg, where he is the Vice-Chair of the Select Board and represents his town on a regional planning and transportation committee.  In his off time, he hikes, tends to his lawn and gardens, and raises a small herd of goats.

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Lisa Kalinowski

Lisa Kalinowski

Senior Vice President Finance

Lisa joined MassDevelopment in 1995 and serves as the Senior Vice President of Finance. Lisa oversees the Financial Analysis and Reporting Department. Lisa and her team are responsible for all Agency financial reporting and cash flow analysis, compliance reporting, grant contract management and the preparation of the Agency's fiscal year operating and capital budgets. Other responsibilities include managing the Devens Assessors Office and managing the renewal of the Agency's insurance policies. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Anna Maria College and an MBA from Anna Maria College.

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Jane Kaminski

Jane Kaminski

Administrative Assistant Finance Programs

Jane Kaminski joined MassDevelopment in 2010 as part of the merger with the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority. She is an administrative assistant in the Finance Programs division. Jane graduated from the Boston School of Fashion Design.

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Fire Chief Tim Kelly

Fire Chief Tim Kelly

Devens Fire Department

Tim Kelly has served the Devens Fire Department since 2004 as a firefighter and EMT. He was sworn in as Fire Chief in 2013 and also serves as the Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management for the Devens community. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Stonehill College.

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Shirley Kennedy

Shirley Kennedy

Assistant Vice President Portfolio Administration

Shirley joined MassDevelopment in July 2006 as a Loan Administrator. Shirley's main role was to maintain the Community Development active portfolio on the loan servicing system. Shirley also kept records of all past Community Development projects, researching what was repaid and what was expensed through the history of the portfolio. In 2013, Shirley was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Portfolio Administrations where she has taken on more duties within the Lending department, which includes supervising direct reports. Shirley's private sector experience includes working as an Annuity Services Specialists for Manulife Financial before being promoted to the On The Job Trainer/Workflow Coordinator for the annuity side of Manulife Financial/John Hancock. Then moving on to a Business Analyst position on the insurance side of Manulife Financial/John Hancock. Before moving into the world of finance, Shirley worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for over ten years at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged. Shirley attended Fitchburg State College before obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree from Suffolk University.

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Brett Kimball

Brett Kimball

Senior Financial Analyst

Brett jointed MassDevelopment in 2013 as a Financial Analyst, and was promoted to Senior Financial Analyst in 2016. Brett oversees, creates, and maintains the Agency's financial reporting, utilizing the Bi360 reporting and budgeting system. He provides senior management with monthly, quarterly, and annual financial results, prepares Board financial presentations, and is directly involved in the creation, distribution, and completion of the Agency's annual budgeting process. He also provides staff training on financial and budgeting processes. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Brett was a Senior Business Analyst at UMass Memorial Healthcare, providing financial analysis, budgeting, financial reporting, and presentations to senior-level management. Prior to that, Brett held senior finance positions in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, and publishing industries. Brett holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Maine.

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Claire King

Claire King

Manager Jodrey State Pier

Claire King joined MassDevelopment in 2010 and serves as the Manager of the Jodrey State Fish Pier. Claire's role is to help further the Pier's mission of supporting the local fishing industry through managing facility leasing, berthing licensing, budget creation and tracking and procurement. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Claire has had 20+ years of experience in property management, serving as property manager for a multi-tenant commercial office park, and overseeing the day-to-day operations, leasing, budgeting and financial management of other office parks and retail shopping center. Claire has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Regis College.

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Brian Kleinknecht

Brian Kleinknecht

Maintenance Specialist

Brian Kleinknecht joined the Devens Department of Public Works (DPW) in 2013. In addition to his maintenance work on infrastructure and public service projects within Devens, he also has experience as a master plumber.

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Noah Koretz

Noah Koretz

Director of Transformative Development

Noah Koretz is the Director of Transformative Development. He runs the Transformative Development Initiative, an intensive program that functions as an "accelerator" for commercial districts in Gateway Cities"” helping local partnerships focus intensively on neighborhood-scale equitable economic development across disciplines. He comes to this work with a cross-disciplinary background in law, design, affordable housing finance, and holistic community planning, and he believes that all place-based work must put people first. He has a BA from Cornell, a JD with Honors from GW Law School, and a Master of City Planning from MIT.

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Niwedita Kumari

Niwedita Kumari

Credit Analyst

Niwedita joined MassDevelopment in 2021 and serves as the Commercial Credit Analyst in the finance department. Niwedita's role is to analyze creditworthiness of commercial loan or guarantee applicants and assign a credit risk rating. She helps lenders with loan approval write ups, annual reviews, industry analysis and annual financial statements spread. Prior to joining MassDevelopment , Niwedita worked as finance professional at People's United Bank where she conducted financial reviews , budgeting and handled consumer lending and financial planning. Niwedita holds a Master of Business Administration in Human resource and Marketing and Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.

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Orlando Lewis

Orlando Lewis

Helpdesk Technician

Orlando Lewis joined MassDevelopment in 2013 as a Helpdesk Technician responsible for providing technical assistance and support related to computer systems, hardware, and software. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Orlando joined Wellington Management as an intern while attending the Year Up program earning a Technical Certificate in Information Technology and Cisco IT Essentials PC Hardware and Software Certificate.

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Alejandro Lopez

Alejandro Lopez

TDI Program Manager

Alejandro joined MassDevelopment as the TDI Assistant Program Manager in February 2019. He works to support the operations team and TDI Fellows in program development, planning, and reporting. This work involves tracking the progress of workplans from Fellows, performing quality control and assurance on district investment data submitted from Fellows, analyzing grant reporting forms from the various grant programs offered through TDI, and working with the communications team on coordinating the TDI Instagram account. Alejandro graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a BA in economics and minors in mathematics and political science in 2018. Prior to joining the team, Lopez worked as a union laborer, as an intern at the US Department of Commerce, and as a mix of an administrative coordinator and leasing consultant at Princeton Properties in Lowell, MA. He is currently working to obtain a Graduate Certificate in Urban Policy and Planning at the Boston University Metropolitan College.

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John Marc-Aurele

John Marc-Aurele

Director of Engineering

As Director of the Engineering Department, John coordinates staff and consultant resources to complete demolition, renovation and construction in support of the Real Estate Department, Devens Operations and other Agency Departments as needed. Prior work experience:Prior to joining MassDevelopment, John spent ten years working on the Central Artery/Tunnel project in Boston, MA where he lead field and office teams completing existing conditions mapping, construction support services and implementation of the FHWA pilot program for subsurface utility engineering.

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Marcos Marrero

Marcos Marrero

Executive Vice President Community Development

Marcos Marrero oversees MassDevelopment's Community Development division, which encompasses the agency's Transformative Development Initiative, Community Investment and Business Development teams. Marcos previously served the City of Holyoke, Massachusetts as Director of Planning and Economic Development, deploying the state's largest urban renewal plan. In the role, he planned, permitted, capitalized, and/or oversaw construction of public and private development projects worth well over $100 million, leading to renewed economic growth in the city. Previously, he also served on Governor Baker's Economic Development Planning Committee twice, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Corporation, and the Governor's Office in Puerto Rico. Marcos holds a dual master's in Public Affairs and Urban & Regional Planning from the Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs, and a bachelor's in Economics and Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras. He resides with his wife and two young boys in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He volunteers his time, among other things, as a national board member for the EforAll entrepreneurship program based in Lowell, Massachusetts and for Pregones/Puerto Rican Travelling Theater based in the Bronx, New York.

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Firefighter Jim Martin

Firefighter Jim Martin

Devens Fire Department

Firefighter Jim Martin joined the Devens Fire Department in 2019. He is an EMT with prior experience working in government service.

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Shyla Ruffer Matthews

Shyla Ruffer Matthews

Vice President Community Investment, Central

Shyla joined MassDevelopment in 2006 and serves as the Vice President Community Investment for the Central Region of the Commonwealth. Shyla works as a member of the central region team to strengthen economic development and enhance the innovation infrastructure in communities in Massachusetts. Shyla is responsible for management of the community investment portfolio of initiatives including administration of the Collaborative Workspace Program and the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund in the region. Shyla has been designated by the National Association of Realtors as a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Emory University. A CCIM is a recognized expert in the disciplines of commercial and investment real estate and Shyla has prior experience in both the private sector, possessing extensive experience in the field of corporate and commercial real estate, and in the public sector working for the Massachusetts General Court as a Legislative Aide and Staff Director.

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Marianna McCormick

Marianna McCormick

Vice President Community Investment, Greater Boston Region

Marianna joined MassDevelopment in 2017 as Vice President of Business Development. Recently she moved to the Community Development team to work in Community Investment. She brings a wide and varied background that includes working with businesses, EDCS, and municipalities to help foster success and growth in underserved communities. At the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, she managed the Regional Economic Development Organization Grant, which provided funding for economic development agencies across the state. She also authored a paper on State Competitiveness presented to Governor Baker that encouraged immigrant business growth in Gateway Cities as part of a job creation strategy. Marianna is also an avid rower and is part of the Head of the Charles race operations team and volunteers as a mentor for EforAll.

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Kevin McCrady

Kevin McCrady

Maintenance Specialist

Kevin was a member of the Devens Departmenn of Public Works & Recreation from 2012 thru 2020 and then reteturned in 2022. He previously worked for Hanscom Air Force Base and is an experienced heavy equipment operator.

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Jim McKeag

Jim McKeag

TDI Fellow Fall River and South Cluster Lead

Jim joined MassDevelopment in 2016 as the TDI Fellow for New Bedford and since 2019 has held the same position in Fall River. In this role Jim facilitates the activities of the TDI Partnership, including managing technical assistance, developing support programs for small businesses, advancing arts and culture initiatives and incubating new community services. Jim also helps develop new development pipeline projects and participates in regional economic growth initiatives. Born and raised in Worcester, Jim's background is in the building trades, with an emphasis on historic preservation and residential carpentry. Prior to MassDevelopment Jim was the Property Manager for the Printers Building Trust in Worcester where he led efforts to redevelop the property and transition it to a multi-function office complex with a focus on creative economic uses and collaborative workspaces. During this time Jim helped lead cross-sector downtown revitalization efforts promoting the formation of a Business Improvement District and establishing new downtown programming. Jim is a trained mediator and has worked in Massachusetts District and Housing Courts. He holds a Master's in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University, a Bachelor's in Biology and Society from Cornell University and an Associate's Degree from Quinsigamond Community College.

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William McKenzie, Jr.

William McKenzie, Jr.

Helpdesk Technician

William joined MassDevelopment in 2013 and serves as a Help Desk Technician. With over 10 years of experience in the Information Technology (IT) industry, William offers customer-focused Help Desk support including troubleshooting for users both onsite and remote. He provides services for telephone, email, computer systems applications, and hardware. William has a strong ability to effectively multitask and to perform with a sense of urgency for rapid issue resolution. He provides training deploys and sets up new/existing end users with all workspace equipment.

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Cecile Melanson

Cecile Melanson

Senior Accounts Payable Coordinator

Cecile joined Mass Development in 2013 and served as Accounts Payable Coordinator. Cecile processes vendor information, invoices, purchase orders and payments for multiple MassDevelopment companies and also takes care of vendor inquiries. In 2019, Cecile became Senior Accounts Payable Coordinator with additional responsibilities such as wires and escrow transactions. Prior to working at MassDevelopment, Cecile worked at Plastican for 13 years as the Accounts Payable Coordinator. While working there, she attended Mount Wachusett Community College for Accounting. Cecile also has experience processing loans at the National Bank of Canada.

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Corlis S. Melchoir

Corlis S. Melchoir

Program Administrator

Corlis joined MassDevelopment in 2014 as a loan administrator in the portfolio group. As a loan administrator, Corlis provides support to members of commercial lending, real estate and community development teams and also to external customers day to day servicing of grants and loans. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Corlis was a housing representative at MetroBoston Housing with a focus on certifying tenants for rental assitance via the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program. Corlis was also employed at John Hancock/Manulife as a quality assurance manager in new business annuities. She has an Associate's degree from Bay State College.

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Shane Melone

Shane Melone

Director of Public Works and Recreation

Shane joined Massdevelopment in June of 2015 and serves as the Director of DPW and Recreation. Shane and his team oversee the maintenance of roadways, open space, the upkeep of our recreation fields, along with maintenance of municipal owned buildings. Prior to joining Massdevelopment, Shane spent many years working in the trades where he gained much knowledge and experience that suites the everyday challenges and situations that come with managing a municipality. Shane holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Westfield State University and also holds numerous certifications from Bay State Roads, a UMASS extension program.

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Verilyn (Mike) Mitchell

Verilyn (Mike) Mitchell

Vice President Planning and Development

Mike joined MassDevelopment in 1995 and serves as Vice President of Planning & Development in the Real Estate department. Ms. Mitchell manages land planning initiatives & development projects that create economic opportunities for communities across the Commonwealth. Strategically leading project teams, Mike focuses on managing large-scale surplus property redevelopment projects. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Mike started her career working in marketing and community relations for the United States Department of Defense at the former Fort Devens army military base. Mike volunteers her time, among other things, as a member of the Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. Board of Trustees where she has served as Vice Chairperson since 2012.

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Matthew Mogavero

Matthew Mogavero

Communications Specialist

Matthew joined MassDevelopment in January 2021 and serves as Communications Specialist in the agency's External Affairs Division. Matthew's role is to effectively communicate MassDevelopment's work through media relations, public events, and digital outreach. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Matthew gained experience in the public sector at the Massachusetts State House as a Legislative Aide to State Senator Joan B. Lovely, where he primarily focused on constituent services and communications in the Senator's Second Essex District, and as a college intern in the Mayor's Office at Peabody City Hall, where he worked closely with the departments of Community Development & Planning, Health & Human Services, and on efforts to revitalize downtown Peabody. Matthew has a Bachelor of Science from Emerson College in Boston.

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Andrea Monson

Andrea Monson

TDI Creative Content Officer

Andrea joined MassDevelopment in 2019 and serves as the TDI Fellow for the city of Chicopee. Andrea works with city officials, local stakeholders and the small business community to help revitalize, socialize and market Chicopee Center. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Andrea served as a market research manager and customer insights professional at CVS/Aetna, where she where she focused on bringing the voice of the consumer to life and managed full-cycle market research for marketing and advertising strategies that helped shape the CVS/Aetna brand and business goals. Andrea has prior experience in international community development and worked in several Latin American and European countries, where she focused on unearthing insights on how to approach community issues, such as gang violence. Andrea has a bachelor's degree from Florida Atlantic University and a master's degree in experimental psychology from Mount Holyoke College.

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Jim Moore

Jim Moore

Utilities Manager

Jim joined MassDevelopment in 1998 assisting with the formation of a reuse plan for the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station, closed by the 1995 BRAC action. Jim had recently completed a 26 year military career in the Navy with NAS South Weymouth having been his last duty assignment. His military specialty was Aviation Electronics Technician/Air Warfare and retired at the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8). In 1999 Jim applied for and was accepted to fill an opening position as a Project Engineer at Devens in the newly forming Utilities Department. In 2008 Jim was promoted to fill the opening Managers position and has served in that position until now.

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Dan Morais

Dan Morais

Vice President Investment Banking

Dan joined MassDevelopment in 2017 and serves as the Vice President of Investment Banking for the North Region. Dan's role is to manage tax-exempt bond transactions in the nonprofit, manufacturing, housing, solid waste disposal and infrastructure sectors as well as manage Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financings. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Dan worked as a Senior Associate of Capital Markets and Production for UC Funds in Boston where he originated and designed commercial real estate debt and equity capital structures. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a dual concentration in Finance and Marketing from Boston University.

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Lillian Munoz

Lillian Munoz

Cultural Facilities Fund Portfolio Manager

Lillian joined MassDevelopment in 2014 and serves as the Portfolio Manager for the Cultural Facilities Fund.  In this role, Lillian works with Cultural Facilities Fund Grantees to provide technical assistance leading to the execution of Grant Agreements and the disbursement of their grant funds.  Before joining MassDevelopment, Lillian served as a Senior Analyst at Walker & Dunlop. In that position, she worked with commercial real estate loans, including construction loans and HUD FHA multifamily loans.  Lillian's private sector experience also includes her previous roles at Bank of America. While at Bank of America, Lillian first worked as a Commercial Real Estate Loan Administrator, monitoring the construction loan portfolio. Later, Lillian became a Commercial Real Estate Corporate Market Administrator, gathering data for Board and Management reports.

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Firefighter Jazmin Murillo

Firefighter Jazmin Murillo

Devens Fire Department

Firefighter Jazmin Murillo joined the Devens Fire Department in 2022. She is certified EMT and CPR Instructor. She previously served with the Berlin Fire Department and was an EMT with Patriot Ambulance, Inc. FF Murillo has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Ben Murphy

Ben Murphy

Real Estate Services Program Manager

As the Real Estate Services Program Manager, Ben's responsibilities include central project administration for programs including Technical Assistance and Site Readiness. He works with other team members to provide services to municipalities and public entities across the Commonwealth, and coordinates past project reporting. Ben received his Bachelor of Science in Historic Preservation with a minor in Architecture from Roger Williams University. He has more than eight years of experience in real estate development and eighteen years of experience in nonprofit administration and management. Ben's career has focused on roles that have improved the communities where he works. He has worked on transformative redevelopment projects both with the city of Holyoke and DevelopSpringfield. A former longtime commissioner of the Springfield Historical Commission, Ben has been able to focus on projects that restore and bring vitality back to historic buildings.

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Firefighter Daniel Murphy, Jr.

Firefighter Daniel Murphy, Jr.

Devens Fire Department

Firefighter Daniel Murphy joined the Devens Fire Department in 2020 and also serves as an EMT in the community.

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Steven Narkevicius

Steven Narkevicius

Accounting Supervisor

Steven joined the MassDevelopment Finance team in 2008 and currently serves as an Accounting Supervisor. Steven manages daily operation of Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable. Steven is also involved in the administration of municipal taxes for the Community of Devens, rebalancing of the Agency's custodial funds, and Payroll accounting. Prior to coming to MassDevelopment, Steven worked in Accounting and Payroll in various industries for companies such as Digital Equipment Corporation, The Clarks Companies, NA, and Inland Paperboard and Packaging, Inc. Steven has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Fitchburg State College.

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Leigh Natola

Leigh Natola

Legal Secretary

Leigh joined MassDevelopment in 2014, as a Legal Secretary, assisting two Agency counsels. Leigh is responsible for the production of monthly board and committee meeting books; form documents for outside lending and bond counsel; and mortgage discharges for final review. She assists with grant documents and handles redlines utilizing WorkShare. Leigh previously worked at-large for law firms in Boston and Arizona in the following areas: public finance, specializing in the issuance of government obligation bonds; real estate, specializing in hotel portfolio sales, general real estate transactions and zoning issues; white collar crime/special matters, specializing in criminal law defense representing high-profile clients, including the representation of elected officials, sports and/or entertainers; and civil litigation. Leigh has an Associate's Degree from North Shore Community College.

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Jan Nuzzolo

Jan Nuzzolo

Vice President and Senior Credit Manager

Jan joined MassDevelopment in 2018 and serves as Vice President &Senior Credit Manager. Jan's responsibilities include supervising credit analyst staff, credit analysis on more complex credit requests, underwrites, prepares loan and mortgage insurance guarantee requests for approval within the Agency, and generally provides analytical, operational and credit administration quality control management for the lending and portfolio groups in conformance with established lending department and agency policies. Manage, monitor, track and report on all aspects of Charter School Program.

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Wendy O'Malley

Wendy O'Malley

Director of PACE Massachusetts

Wendy joined MassDevelopment in January 2017 to oversee the creation of the new commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program. She directs all parts of PACE including the program guidelines, municipal opt-in, lender engagement, project development, application review, closing and servicing. Prior to joining the Agency, she operated her own energy consulting business and acted as VP and principal advisor for a consortium of 500+ Massachusetts nonprofit and municipality members helping them to save millions annually in energy costs. She started her career developing energy savings performance contracts for municipal, healthcare and federal government facilities and over the last 25 years has developed an extensive knowledge of natural gas, electricity, energy efficiency and clean energy markets. A proud lifelong Massachusetts resident, Wendy was born and raised in Boston and resided in Milton for most of her life except when she attended UMASS Amherst, School of Management where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration, Cum Laude.

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Claire O'Neill

Claire O'Neill

Senior Vice President Real Estate Planning

Claire joined MassDevelopment's Real Estate Division in 2014 and manages a team of planners that support communities with economic development planning and technical assistance to reposition municipal surplus properties. Claire is also project manager for a multi-disciplinary team responsible for large scale redevelopment projects at Carriage Grove, Belchertown and Village Hill, Northampton. Prior to 2014, Claire gained municipal, state and consulting experience while serving as Community & Economic Development Director with the Town of Clinton, as a regional and statewide director with the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, and as a private consultant to municipalities and businesses. Between 2001 and 2005, she managed predevelopment and brownfields site assessment funding with the Agency and also supported Agency initiatives with state and federal grants writing and management. Claire has a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Modern History, Economic History and Politics from the University of London and a Master of Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Julie O'Neill

Julie O'Neill

Executive Assistant

Julie joined MassDevelopment in 2019 and serves as Executive Assistant to the President and CEO and the Senior Executive Director/Deputy Director. Julie coordinates and schedules both internal and external meetings for the Office of the President. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Julie served as both Office Manager and Executive Assistant at ABILITY Network, running their Boston branch office of approximately 22 employees while supporting 5 members of their Senior Executive Team. She also worked as an Executive Assistant at AIG and as Senior Executive Assistant for the Director of Property Management at JLL for 12 years. Julie has an Associate Degree in Office Education from Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown.

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Michael Olivera

Michael Olivera

Maintenance Specialist

Michael joined MassDevelopment in 2022 as a Maintenance Specialist in Devens after spending several years in the construction industry.

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Ivette Olmeda

Ivette Olmeda

TDI Senior Fellow Worcester

A resident of Worcester for more than 30 years, Ivette Olmeda has dedicated her professional career to community development, helping business owners increase their capacity and skills and supporting small and minority-owned businesses. She spent 12 years as a program manager for the Center for Women & Enterprise of Central Massachusetts before co-founding ESCALA! Achieving Together, a consulting team dedicated to empowering women to achieve self-growth through effective communication, goal setting, team building, and coaching. In her current role, she has worked to engage and support local businesses and property owners, organized Worcester's Main South Business Association, and developed strategic reuse plans for vacant sites to help Main South become a walkable and vibrant neighborhood. Ivette has served as an Executive Board at Adelante Worcester, the Latin American Business Organization, and she was recently appointed for the WooSox (The Wepa's Team) Latino Advisory Board at the Polar Park. In 2019 she was a recipient pf the MassINC Gateway Cities Innovation Award. Ivette has a joint MBA and a master's degree in community development and planning from Clark University.

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Melissa Ouellette

Melissa Ouellette

Administrative Assistant

Melissa joined MassDevelopment in 2011 as the Administrative Assistant for Devens DPW & Recreation. Melissa performs duties directly associated with support of the director and general foremen including scheduling, contract management, and maintaining the integrity of the RFP legal process. She works with department staff to maintain productivity by processing all requests and information in a timely manner.

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Theresa Park

Theresa Park

Deputy Director and Senior Executive Vice President

Theresa Park joined MassDevelopment in March 2021 as deputy director and senior executive vice president. She will be second in command at MassDevelopment per the bylaws and will focus on program effectiveness and development. Theresa comes to MassDevelopment with 25 years of regional and municipal planning experience. She most recently served as the executive director of the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, one of 13 regional planning agencies in the state. Theresa's planning background includes serving as director of the office of planning and development for the City of Lawrence, overseeing the operations of planning, economic development, community development, and inspectional services departments while also advancing improvements in transportation infrastructure, Brownfields redevelopment, housing development, and parks and open space. Her other experience includes seven years leading economic development at the City of Lowell, Massachusetts, seven years as principal planner at the City of Newton, Massachusetts, and three years in different roles in Cambridge, Massachusetts and she brings extensive experience in the areas of economic development, telecommunications, transportation, and permit streamlining. Theresa received her master's in Urban and Regional Planning from The George Washington University and a bachelor's in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. She also attended the International Summer School in Oslo, Norway while in graduate school and spent a semester abroad in Kenya as an undergraduate student. Her non-work hours are spent serving on boards, globetrotting, and learning home-improvement projects.

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Jay Pateakos

Jay Pateakos

Vice President Business Development, South Region

Jay was added to the MassDevelopment ranks in November of 2017. Prior to that, he had co-owned an English Muffin business which included securing financing, shelf space in supermarkets and much more. He later became a business reporter for a number of daily newspapers as well as an Executive Director for the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce where he helped to raise funds and develop the town's first stand-alone Visitor's Center

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Peter Pearson

Peter Pearson

Maintenance Specialist

Peter joined mass development in 2020 as a maintenance craftsman taking care of maintaining the buildings, roads and grounds. Some of his primary roles include plowing snow, mowing, tree care, fertilizer applications, running heavy equipment, cleaning and repairing catch basins and sweeping roads. Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2008 from Fitchburg State University. Peter then went on to start his own Tree and Landscape company that he still operates part time today. 

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Andrew Pelletier

Andrew Pelletier

Working Foreman

Andrew joined MassDevelopment in November 2020 as a Specialist II and now serves as a Working Foreman. Andrew executes day to day operations and projects with crews at the Devens Department of Public Works (DPW) facility on Buena Vista Street in Devens. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Andrew gained experience as a mechanic at the Westford Department of Public Works (DPW) and as a yard foreman at Landscape Express, running day to day operations. Andrew holds a Massachusetts Hoisting License 2A, 1C, and 4G and a Class B CDL. He holds certifications in FEMA IS 100 & 700, OSHA 10, MSHA Training, Trench Digging & Component Person, and Chainsaw & Chipper Safety through Tree Care Industry Association.

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Megan Peoples

Megan Peoples

Senior Vice President Finance/Controller

Megan joined MassDevelopment in 2006 and serves as the Controller/SVP of Finance. Megan manages the day to day activities of the Accounting department including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll processing and general ledger activity for the Agency, TDMDC, Cape Ann Fisheries, Jodrey State Pier and all federal NMTC CDE entities. Megan is also responsible for year-end audit and tax return planning and preparation of the Agency consolidated financial statements, federal audit and Agency managed financial statements. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Megan was an Accounting Manager at General Investment and Development Company, a private real estate developer, operator and investor where she prepared financial statements for residential and commercial properties and supervised property accountants. Megan started her career working in public accounting at Coopers & Lybrand LLP where she earned her CPA license. Megan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

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Jose Peralta

Jose Peralta

Assistant Vice President Institutional Finance

Jose Peralta joined MassDevelopment in 2010 with the merge of the Housing and Educational Finance Authority (HEFA). As Assistant Vice President Institutional Finance, Jose is the manager of the agency's capital asset programs including the Pooled Bond and Commercial Paper programs.  Jose also assists with the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.  Jose earned a Master of Science in Finance from Boston University and previously worked at State Street Corporation before joining HEFA in 2005.  A native of Lawrence, Massachusetts, Jose graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor Science in Economics and a Bachelor Arts in Japanese Language. Minoring in International Relations and French, he interned at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.  Upon completing his undergraduate degrees, Jose was employed by the Japanese Ministry of Education, teaching high school English in Nagoya Japan where he lived for two years and travelled extensively in Asia.

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Shayvonne Plummer

Shayvonne Plummer

Assistant Development Manager

Shayvonne joined MassDevelopment in 2022 and serves as the Assistant Development Manager in the Real Estate division. In this role, Shayvonne provides support to staff within the development department; as well as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Underutilized Properties Program (UPP) program managers in coordinating with other state agencies, reviewing applications, and administering grants. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Shayvonne gained experience as the Director of Community Services with Springfield Partners for Community Action, Inc. where she wrote grants and managed Community Service Block Grants (CSBG), she also gained Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) management skills and reuse planning experience as the Brownfield Redevelopment Coordinator and Senior Project Manager with the City of Springfield’s Office of Planning and Economic Development. Shayvonne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Our Lady of the Elms College.

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Thomas C. Pope

Thomas C. Pope

Assistant Vice President Asset Management

Tom joined MassDevelopment in 2001 and serves as the asset manager for the Agency. Tom is responsible for the management & leasing of Devens leased properties, management of MassDevelopment regional offices and property insurance claims. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Tom was property manager and leasing representative at Net Properties Management, Inc. (Net) for 18 years. Net was the real estate division of the New England Teamsters and Trucking Industry Pension Fund. Tom was responsible for1.6 million square feet (SF) of retail shopping center space in New England and 1.2 million square feet in Florida as well as 180,000 square feet of first class office space in Boston. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Bentley College.

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Cherie L. Post

Cherie L. Post

Administrative Coordinator

Cherie Post joined MassDevelopment in 2022 as an Administrative Coordinator. She brings extensive experience in being able to provide efficient and detailed administrative support to executives and upper management. Cherie previously worked as a Recovery Analyst for TEKSystems in North Billerica and prior to that, she was an Office Manager for ePropelled in Lowell. Her experience extends to events management and sales support. She is a graduate of Middlesex Community College.

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Katie Rice

Katie Rice

Senior Accountant

Katie Rice joined MassDevelopment in 2010 as a Senior Accountant when the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority merged with MassDevelopment. Katie is responsible for various month-end journal entries, account reconciliations, STAR Fund-related bond closings and leases to establish customer accounts and requests for project funds. Prior to working for MassDevelopment, Katie gained accounting and analytical experience in the private sector. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is working toward completing her Masters of Business Administration by May 2022.

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Dan Rivera

Dan Rivera

President and CEO

Dan Rivera comes to MassDevelopment after serving seven years as Mayor of the City of Lawrence, Mass. During his time as Mayor, the city saw significant commercial development, record new units of housing, and tens of millions of dollars invested in economic development planning and projects. Dan's focus on economic and community development as Mayor included investments in housing, job creation, downtown redevelopment, transit-oriented development and equity, infrastructure, brownfields redevelopment, placemaking, and quality-of-life improvements, and establishing professional, transparent, modern, and streamlined permitting and licensing processes. an was an invaluable member of the Baker-Polito Administration's Reopening Advisory Board, bringing the municipal viewpoint to the group tasked with developing the Commonwealth's strategy to reopen the economy during COVID-19, and the COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group. In 2017, Governor Baker tapped Rivera to serve on the newly established Latino Advisory Commission charged with addressing concerns of the Massachusetts Latino community and promoting economic prosperity and well-being. Prior to his two terms as Mayor of Lawrence, Dan held various positions in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Dan is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served in the first Gulf War, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and a graduate of the UMass Amherst and Suffolk University's Sawyer School of Management, where he earned his MBA.

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Doug Robinson

Doug Robinson

Director of Government Relations

Doug joined MassDevelopment in 2018 and serves as the Director of Government Relations. Doug oversees communication with the Commonwealth's elected and appointed officials and manages policy developments affecting the Agency. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Doug gained experience as the Director of Business Development and Marketing at Blueday, Inc. (now Tulip), a retail customer-experience platform, and as Finance Director for several Gubernatorial and United States Senate campaigns in Massachusetts. Doug holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Film Studies from Vanderbilt University.

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Anabelle Rondon

Anabelle Rondon

TDI Deputy Director Strategy & Operations

Anabelle joined MassDevelopment in 2021 and serves as Deputy Director of Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) Operations. Anabelle's role is to oversee many of the daily operations of the TDI program and work directly with the Director of Transformative Development and other TDI staff on program strategy, design, scoping and managing technical assistance projects as well as special projects such as the Small Developer Cohort. Anabelle came to MassDevelopment from LivableStreets, where she directed the Great Neighborhoods Program, a platform of regional advocates focused on housing, transportation, and climate change. Anabelle Rondon is a strategic and passionate advocate in the community development and real estate industries. She has over 15 years of experience in nonprofit organizations working with the public-private sectors on collective impact efforts, place-based strategies, system change, network organizing, diversity + inclusion, real estate investment, and capacity building. Anabelle has had the privilege of serving on numerous boards and advisory committees across Massachusetts and New York City. Anabelle earned a bachelor's degree in business management at Cambridge College and a master's in public administration from the School of Public Affairs at The City University of New York (CUNY).

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Angelo Russo

Angelo Russo

Senior Credit Analyst

Angelo joined MassDevelopment in December 2020 and serves as Senior Credit Analyst. Angelo Provides due diligence, analytical and credit expertise in conformance with established Lending and Agency policies in order to complete loan and guarantee approval memorandums. He analyzes the creditworthiness of new and existing commercial and not for profit loan and guarantee applicants for approval and risk rating assessment. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Angelo originated and closed loans to new and existing customers. This was performed consistent with a Bank's loan policies and state and federal regulations by analyzing applicants' financial and credit status to determine feasibility. Angelo holds an MBA from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science from Boston College.

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Tamara Salmon

Tamara Salmon

Accounts Receivable Coordinator

Tamara joined MassDevelopment in 2018 as an Accounts Payable Coordinator. In July 2021, she made the move to Accounts Receivable and is currently an Accounts Receivable Coordinator. Tamara oversees the utility department's invoicing, customer service and cash receipts. She also manages the accounts receivable functions for Jodrey, Cape Ann and Devens Regional Household Hazardous Waste. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, she had 21 years of bookkeeping and real estate legal assistant experience. Before that, she spent years in the Food Service Industry in many different capacities. Tamara holds an Associate of Occupational Science degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI.

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Patrick Scalli

Patrick Scalli

Director of Marine Facilities and Operations

Patrick joined MassDevelopment in 2018 as the Director, Marine Facilities and Operations. Patrick and his team are responsible for the strategic planning, business development, operations and facility maintenance of the three Commonwealth of Massachusetts owned marine terminals in New Bedford, Fall River and Gloucester. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Patrick served as the Director of Operations for the largest private vessel fleet in the US, where he coordinated the activities and landside support of a 65 vessel commercial fleet. Patrick previously held a senior management position with a consulting company specializing in strategic planning and business development for leading maritime clients in marine terminal operations, offshore oil and gas development, and offshore wind. Patrick has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, holds a Massachusetts EIT Certification in Mechanical Engineering, is a Massachusetts Registered Sanitarian, used as a volunteer to administer environmental and health programs in his home town, and hold a current USCG Master License (Captain) for vessel of 500 Gross Tons.

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Kelsey Schiller

Kelsey Schiller

Director of Communications

Kelsey joined MassDevelopment in 2018 and serves as the Director of Communications in the External Affairs Division. Kelsey's role is to strengthen MassDevelopment's position and effectiveness as the state's development finance agency and land bank by publicizing newsworthy activities, coordinating public events, managing media relations, and overseeing the agency's social media (including Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter). Prior to joining MassDevelopment as Deputy Director of Communications, Kelsey gained experience at the Massachusetts State House as Director of Communications in the Office of Representative Kate Hogan, a position in which she developed and executed communications strategies to enhance the representative's status as a leader on key policy issues and sustain her positive public image in the Third Middlesex District. Kelsey has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Arizona State University and a Master of Science in Public Relations from Boston University.

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Robert G. Seega

Robert G. Seega

Vice President Investment Banking

Bob joined MassDevelopment in 2008. He is a vice president responsible for new bond originations primarily in central Massachusetts. Since joining the Agency, he has closed multiple bond transactions for a variety of purposes and borrowers, including nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, health and human service providers, independent schools, charter schools, manufacturing companies, recycling/solid waste companies, and affordable housing developers. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Bob worked for 36 years at National Grid where he served in a number of capacities, including Head of Investor Relations, Vice President of Public Affairs, and Head of U.S. Treasury Operations. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Clark University and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Nichols College.

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Simmee Silton

Simmee Silton

First Vice President, Institutional Finance

Simmee joined MassDevelopment in 2010 and serves as a First Vice President in the Investment Banking Group, managing relationships and bond financing transactions for high profile nonprofit institutional borrowers primarily within the higher education and healthcare sectors. Prior to joining MassDevelopment as Vice President, Investment Banking for the North Region, Simmee gained experience for MassDevelopment's predecessor, the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency (MIFA), as a commercial lender for both Bank of Boston and Chase as well as working in a variety of positions with area nonprofits. Simmee has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Wheaton College.

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Nichole Smith-Benton

Nichole Smith-Benton

Vice President Portfolio Administration

Nichole joined MassDevelopment in 1995 and serves as the Vice President of the Loan Operations Department. Nichole overseas portfolio operations, loan servicing, loan documentation and loan escrow activity. She monitors a portfolio of loans and guarantees to ensure appropriate risk ratings, and prompt recognition and speedy resolution of loan payment and performance difficulties. She manages relationships between agency borrowers, other lenders and equity sources after a loan or guarantee closes through loan payments, payoffs, workout or foreclosure on assigned portfolios. She manages a staff of three people including an AVP. Nichole has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University.

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Pedro Soto

Pedro Soto

TDI Senior Fellow Creative Economy

Pedro is responsible for advancing TDI's creative economy initiatives including TDI Creative Cities, TDI Creative Catalyst Grants, and incorporating this work into our broader programmatic areas in the department and division. He will be working closely with Alejandro Lopez and a position yet to be hired to amplify our data and storytelling work. Pedro will serve a leadership role with respect to arts, the cultural economy, and creative place making, as we launch our expanded TDI program.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from Salem State University and a Masters of Regional Planning from UMass Amherst.  Most recently Pedro served as Planning and Development Director with the City of Lawrence, where he administered the city's land use planning, oversaw the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeal, and advanced planning and economic development initiatives on behalf of the city.  Prior to his work in Lawrence, Pedro served as the Associate Director at Beyond Walls, Inc., headquartered in downtown Lynn.  There, he managed local government relations and project management.  Before serving at Beyond Walls, Pedro was a City Planner with the city of Peabody.

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Joe St. Pierre

Joe St. Pierre

Property Manager

Joe St. Pierre joined the Asset Management team in May 2021, primarily focused on the management of the Jodrey State Fish Pier, and supporting the broader asset management portfolio. After graduating from Massachusetts Maritime Academy's Marine Engineering program, where Joe is currently finishing his Masters in Facilities Management, Joe spent seven years at sea between LNG projects and Tanker transportation, working for entities such as BW Gas and ExxonMobil, a career that afforded him the opportunity to work across the globe. For the past five years, Joe has held a position as Director of Facilities, Farm, and Grounds at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School, a 130-acre campus where he became versed in public procurement and renewable energy projects. Joe hold an Unlimited First Assistant Engineers License with the US Coast Guard, and maintains a commission as Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserve's Strategic Sealift Officer Program. Joe also holds Boiler, Hoisting, and Journeyman Electricians Licenses with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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Japheth Stevens

Japheth Stevens

Vice President Finance and Assistant Controller

Prior to joining MassDevelopment in January 2022, Japheth spent 16 years as an accountant working in both public and private entities. For the last eight years he worked for the Government of The Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands Ports Authority, in the capacity of Project Accountant/Accounts Manager and Senior Accountant, Deputy Financial Controller/Financial Controller for the latter entity. He was also a part-time Accounting Lecturer at the local community college. Before relocating to the British Virgin Islands, he also worked in the Accounting & Finance Division of the University of Massachusetts Boston as an Operations Manager for over seven years. Japheth received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and later a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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Victoria Stratton

Victoria Stratton

Executive Assistant

Vicky joined MassDevelopment in 2003 as a Legal Assistant and has served as Executive Assistant to the Office of the General Counsel and the Legal Department, generally, since 2005, when she was named "Employee of the Year." Vicky provides dedicated administrative support to the General Counsel and other attorneys in the Legal Department, as needed. Her primary responsibility, among others, is to serve as Recording Secretary for various Agency meetings, including MassDevelopment's monthly Board and Board Committee meetings. Immediately prior to joining the Agency, Vicky worked at an educational non-profit focused on medical/legal/ ethics issues and for numerous law firms in Boston before that. Vicky earned an Associates' Degree from Becker College in Legal Secretarial Studies.

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Jessica Strunkin

Jessica Strunkin

Executive Vice President Devens Operations

Jessica Strunkin serves as MassDevelopment's lead staff person in Devens with oversight of its Departments of Public Safety (including Fire and Police), Environmental Engineering, Public Works, Recreation, and Utilities. Jessica joined MassDevelopment in February 2019. Prior to that, she served as deputy director of the 495/MetroWest Partnership, where she worked in various roles since 2008, overseeing operations and government affairs for public-private collaboration with businesses, municipalities, and other stakeholders in a 35-community region to help encourage and support sustainable economic growth. She previously served as government affairs director for the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Boston University, where she was honored with the Department Graduate Prize for Excellence in International Relations.

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Rebecca Sullivan

Rebecca Sullivan

Senior Vice President Investment Banking

Rebecca manages MassDevelopment's Institutional Finance sector and specializes in tax-exempt bond financing for universities, healthcare institutions, secondary schools, charter schools, as well as infrastructure and energy projects. Rebecca joined MassDevelopment in 2001 as a Vice President working as a project manager responsible for managing bond transactions in the Greater Boston region of Massachusetts. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, she worked at Fleet Securities and BankBoston as an investment banker and at BankBoston as a short-term tax-exempt trader and underwriter. She holds a Masters of Science in Finance from Boston College, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Gary Teague

Gary Teague

Working Foreman and Devens Animal Control Officer

Gary joined MassDevelopment in 1996 and currently serves as the Working Forman for the Department of Public Works & Recreation. He also holds the positon of Devens Animal Control Officer for the community, overseeing daily assignments and handling all domestic or wild animal control issues. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Gary was employed by the federal government, working at the Fort Devens Army Base.

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Shelly Testa

Shelly Testa

Administrative Assistant Public Safety

Shelly joined MassDevelopment in 2011 as the Office Assistant to the EVP, Devens. Shelly's responsibilities were general office support to the Executive Assistant to the EVP. Shelly supported all other departments in the Devens office. Shelly gained experience understanding the agencies fundamental functions and was promoted to the Public Safety Administrative Assistant for the Fire Department and MA State Police in October 2018.

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Nathaniel Thomas

Nathaniel Thomas

Vice President Planning and Predevelopment

Nathaniel joined MassDevelopment in 2021 as Vice President of Planning and Predevelopment. In the Real Estate Planning department, Nathaniel works with communities to provide land use solutions for their growth. Nathaniel served across state agencies to support land use for schools, housing, infrastructure, and conservation. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, he worked in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and before that he worked in the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. He's developed a comprehensive understanding of smart growth by protecting land and investing in urban communities. Nathaniel has a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Policy from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Washington.

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Cynthia J. Tonucci

Cynthia J. Tonucci

Senior Vice President Lending

Cyndy joined MassDevelopment in 2017 and is the Senior Vice President, Lending. With more than 30 years of banking and lending experience, she was a commercial lender and portfolio manager for national and regional commercial banks primarily engaged in asset based, C&I and real estate lending prior to joining MassDevelopment.

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Ellen Torres

Ellen Torres

Counsel

Ellen joined MassDevelopment in 2004 and serves as in house counsel. Ellen primarily works with the Lending and Investment Banking groups but also supports the Cultural Facilities Fund as program counsel. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Ellen worked in New York City at the law firm of Richard Spears, Kibbe & Orbe assisting with distressed debt transactions and at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in its mergers and acquisitions group. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.

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Firefighter Michael Vachon

Firefighter Michael Vachon

Devens Fire Department

Lieutenant Michael Vachon joined the Devens Fire Department in 1993 and currently also serves as a shift commander.

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Judy VanWert

Judy VanWert

Staff Accountant

Judy joined MassDevelopment in the summer of 2014. Throughout her career, Judy has worked in a variety of roles both in marketing and accounting/finance. These roles included general ledger, accounts payable, budgeting, reporting, and financial analysis. She has held positions working for companies such as Clairol, Nypro, Bose, Staples, and Hewlett Packard. During her free time, Judy enjoys outdoor activities such as walking and hiking. She also practices yoga and loves to travel.

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Eleni Varitimos

Eleni Varitimos

Director of Division Operations

Eleni joined MassDevelopment in June 2014 and serves as the Director of Division Operations for the Community Development Division. Prior to this role, she served as the Agency's Vice President of Community Development for the Northeast Region of Massachusetts. In this Lawrence-based role, she managed projects requiring support from the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund, the Collaborative Workspace Program and the Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) program. Eleni spent over a decade on Beacon Hill as a Chief of Staff in the Massachusetts Senate focusing her work on statewide transportation policy and fiscal affairs. She also worked at Fidelity Investments providing strategic marketing services to their portfolio companies and as a Business Analyst at PrimeStreet Corporation. Eleni's earlier work included helping launch the non-partisan public policy think tank MassINC and its independent policy magazine, CommonWealth. Eleni earned an MBA with magna cum laude honors from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College after graduating from Bryn Mawr College where she concentrated in political science and Latin American studies, as well as 16th and 17th Century European history. She was an inaugural participant in the Lawrence Leads program in 2019.

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James (Jim) Verner

James (Jim) Verner

Utilities Program Manager

Jim Verner started at Mass Development in 2016 and currently serves as the Program Manager of Electric and Gas Utilities. Jim works directly with utility providers and oversees construction and infrastructure projects at Devens. Prior to joining Mass Development, Jim spent 33 years serving the Town of Wellesley as an employee of the Municipal Light Plant. Jim began as a lineman in 1983 and eventually reached the level of Superintendent before his retirement in 2016. Following his retirement, Jim was honored with Wellesley's Dedicated Service Award, recognizing his career commitment to keeping the lights on and serving the community. Jim and his wife recently moved to Townsend and enjoy traveling to the lakes of northern Maine.

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Anne Wagner

Anne Wagner

Accounting Supervisor

Anne-Marie joined MassDevelopment in 2001 as a staff accountant. In her current role of Accounting Supervisor, Anne-Marie manages the general ledger functions of the department and supervises staff and senior accountants. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Anne-Marie gained experience working for two semiconductor products manufacturing companies located in Massachusetts, beginning her career as an Accounts Payable Clerk. Anne-Marie has a degree in Business Management and Communications Certificate from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

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Gary Stuart Walker

Gary Stuart Walker

Senior Vice President Real Estate Management

Gary joined MassDevelopment in 2017 and serves as the SVP of Real Estate Management with a focus in the Agency's Asset Management Portfolio and Vertical Development. Gary's role is to strengthen MassDevelopment's position and effectiveness as the state's development finance agency and land bank by overseeing the Asset Management portfolio and reviewing various programs and funding applications that seek development assistance. Prior to joining MassDevelopment Gary was a partner in a development consultancy firm, specializing in healthcare projects throughout the Commonwealth. Gary's experience in the Real Estate world spans 35 years of private and public practice in both Europe and the US. Gary credits his long standing interest in the industry to his mother that became the first female director within a large real estate company in the UK during the early 1980's. Gary holds three degrees in Business and Finance, Construction Management and Architecture, and has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce since 2015.

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Elinor Walls

Elinor Walls

Accounts Receivable Coordinator

Elinor Walls joined MassDevelopment as Accounts Receivable Coordinator in January 2022. She is responsible for daily cash receipts, preparing bank deposits, collections, and preparing invoices.  She works closely with departments including Lending, Investment Banking, and Recreation.  Elinor is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts.  She has considerable experience in accounting, having worked in the insurance, automotive, environmental and pharmaceutical industries.  These positions included the accounts payable, accounts receivable, billing and credit/collections functions. 

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Larry Wang

Larry Wang

Assistant Vice President Investment Banking

Larry joined MassDevelopment in 2005 as the Assistant Vice President of Investment Banking. Larry's role is to serve as a leading analyst and modeler of bond markets, public financing vehicles, and some policy initiatives for MassDevelopment. Larry also was a credit analyst for MassDevelopment loans and guarantees. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Larry was an Assistant Vice President at Ziegler Capital Markets Group for the underwriting of mortgage loans, Mortgage-Backed Securities, revenue bonds and private equity placements for the housing, senior living, and healthcare industries. Larry's other industry experience includes being an investment analyst for a commercial real estate developer in Washington DC and an international travel marketing manager for the China International Travel Service (CITS) Group Corporation Head Office in Beijing. Larry is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the CFA Institute as well as the Boston Security Analysts Society. Larry holds a Bachelor of Arts in Tourism English from Nankai University in China and a Master of Science in Finance from George Washington University.

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Lieutenant Matty Wayland

Lieutenant Matty Wayland

Devens Fire Department

Lieutenant Matty Wayland grew up on a farm in Henniker, New Hampshire where he learned how to weld and fabricate metal. He spend years in the construction industry running heavy equipment and was a member of the Henniker Fire Department from 1990 - 2000.  His professional certifications include Fire Officer 1, Fire Officer 2, Fire Instructor 1, Trench Rescue Tech, Con-Space Tech, High Angle Tech, Haz-Mat Tech, Dive Rescue Tech, Aircraft Firefighter, Building Collapse Tech, Rescue Systems 1, & 2, Water Rescue, and various other fire-related courses. He serves as a shift supervisor in his current position with the Devens Fire Department.

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Captain Todd Whittier

Captain Todd Whittier

Devens Fire Department

Captain Todd Whittier joined the Devens Fire Department in 1992. He also serves as the community's Fire Inspector and Fire Alarm Superintendent.

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Firefighter Michael Whittier

Firefighter Michael Whittier

Devens Fire Department

Firefighter Michael Whittier joined the Devens Fire Department in 2019. His prior work experience includes working for departments in Shirley and Townsend, Massachusetts.

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Benny Wong

Benny Wong

Vice President Investment Banking

Benny joined MassDevelopment's Investment Banking Department in 2001. He is a project manager responsible for new bond originations in the Greater Boston region. Since joining the agency, he has closed over 300 bond transactions for a variety of borrowers including non-profits, manufacturers, housing developers, recycling companies, and governmental entities. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Benny worked at Quick & Reilly, Inc. (now Bank of America Merrill Lynch) where he provided investment banking, cash flow, debt structuring, and technical analysis services for organizations, companies, and municipalities throughout New England. He served as either investment banker or financial advisor on deals totaling over $600 million while at Quick & Reilly. Benny earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Boston University.

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Tina Wong

Tina Wong

Administrative Assistant

Tina Wong joined MassDevelopment in 2011 as an Administrative Assistant. Today, she works within the Office of the President and provides support to the CFO. Tina manages office supplies across the organization, maintaining vendor relationships, and procurement. She is a designated Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official (MCPPO) and a notary public.