Fifty-one graduates received their certificates in Local Government Leadership and Management this spring as the MMA-Suffolk program completed its 21st and 22nd classes.

More than 500 municipal officials have completed the Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management program since its inception in 2011.

The MMA and Suffolk University program is designed for municipal employees looking to further their careers in municipal management. Graduate-level courses cover topics including strategic leadership, budget and financial management, and human resources management.

The five-course program is held over 25 Fridays in two locations each academic year. The 2023-2024 programs were held in Barnstable and Danvers.

The 21st class of Certificate in Local Government Leadership & Management program, held in Barnstable, graduated on May 17.

Barnstable class
The 2023-2024 Barnstable program graduates are:
• Paul Anderson, Water Superintendent, Brewster
• Rachel Benson, Director of Planning and Economic Development, Wrentham
• Peter J. Bertling, Parking Program Manager/Community Transportation Coordinator, Barnstable
• Melissa Carroll, Office Manager for the Select Board and Town Manager, Sandwich
• Jacob Congel, Recreation and Beach Director, Eastham
• Bryce Conroy, Appraisal Assistant, Yarmouth
• John Coulombe, Telecommunicator/Jail Attendant, Barnstable
• Courtney Daly, Council on Aging Director, Dedham
• Cameron Durant, Human Resource Director, Fairhaven
• Jessi Finnie, Library Director, Scituate
• Brittney Franklin, Assistant to the Town Administrator/Public Information Coordinator, Medfield
• Amy V. Hart, Executive Assistant to the Town Administrator, Fairhaven
• Sean Hogan, Environmental Sustainability Manager, Barnstable
• Elisabeth E. Horan, Interim Town Clerk, Fairhaven
• Jonathon Idman, Town Planner, Brewster
• Ross Lloyd, Police Dispatch Supervisor, Barnstable
• Erin Logan, Interim Deputy Director of Asset Management and Licensing Director, Barnstable
• Justin MacGregor, Assistant Superintendent of Recycling and Solid Waste Division, Needham
• Gislaine Morse, Assistant Collector, Barnstable
• James O’Neill, Assessing Administrative Assistant, Barnstable
• Kerri Pasquerella, Outreach/Support Services Coordinator, Council on Aging, Barnstable
• Alexandra Peterson, Assistant Assessor, Eastham
• Fidora Pop-Gonova, Telecommunications Specialist/Jail Assistant, Barnstable
• Martha Reed, Council on Aging Executive Director, Fairhaven
• Kim St. Aubin, DPW Administrative Coordinator, Eastham
• Lynnette Walker, Police Department Detail Coordinator, Barnstable
• Tammy Wise, Assistant IT Director, Sandwich

Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells was the keynote speaker for the Barnstable graduation, and the faculty speaker was Wareham Assistant Town Administrator/HR Director Dorene M. Allen England. The student speakers were Cameron Durant and Jonathan Idman.

Danvers class

The 22nd class of Certificate in Local Government Leadership & Management program, held in Danvers, graduated on June 27.

The 2023-2024 Danvers program graduates are:
• Rony Camille, Director of Media Programing, Tyngsborough
• Anne-Marie Condon, Fire Business Manager, Needham
• Jayne Marie Davolio, Town Clerk, Millbury
• Brian Dorrington, Telemedia Director, Tewksbury
• Dawn Dunbar, Town Clerk, Groton
• Travis Farley, Recreation and Parks Director, Natick
• Mary Gallivan, Assistant Town Manager/HR Director, Ipswich
• Jennifer Gingras, Director of Planning, Westborough
• Michael Greene, Associate Director of Public Health, Burlington
• Lauren H. Grymek, Director of Economic Recovery and Business Development, Melrose
• Amy Haelsen, Director of Communications and Community Engagement, Needham
• Wendelyn Hansbury, Public Health Director, Manchester-by-the-Sea
• Stephen Hildreth, Senior Civil Engineer, Burlington
• Melinda Horrigan, Treasurer/Collector, Westminster
• Stephanie Jarosz, Assistant Town Clerk, Danvers
• Erika Jerram, Director of Planning and Community Development, Billerica
• John Kelley, Sergeant/Patrol Supervisor, Arlington
• Amanda U. Lewis, Benefits and Payroll Manager, Ayer
• Leah Niska, Executive Assistant, Ipswich
• Owen Page, Management Analyst/Communications Assistant, Westborough
• Kelli A. Robbins, Principal Assessor, Leicester
• Patrice Rotondo, Executive Assistant for Public Safety, Manchester-by-the-Sea
• Luke Tedstone, Lieutenant, Sherborn
• Carla Dawne Warren, Town Clerk, North Andover

Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Brian Arrigo, a former mayor of Revere, was the keynote speaker for the Danvers program graduation, which was held at Suffolk University in Boston. North Andover Deputy Town Manager Denise Casey was the faculty speaker. The student speaker was Rony Camille.

Looking ahead
MMA-Suffolk certificate programs are scheduled to begin this fall in Pittsfield and Sharon, and the application period ended on April 30. Information about the 2025-2026 programs, in Barnstable and Winchester, will be available in the fall, and applications will be available on Feb. 1 on the MMA website.

For more information about the MMA-Suffolk certificate program, visit or contact Katie McCue at 617-426-7272, ext. 111, or, or Kate Evarts at 617-426-7272, ext. 172, or

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