Friday - June 7, 2024
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

The Massachusetts Select Board Association will hold a free training for newly elected select board members on Friday, June 7, in Devens.

Meeting topics include:
• An introduction to the open meeting and public records laws, presented by attorney Janelle Austin, a shareholder at KP Law, who will cover the key components of these key laws and discuss how they affect the work of select board members.
• A Municipal Finance 101 workshop led by Jessica Sizer, a town councillor in Palmer and a project manager at the Division of Local Services’ Financial Management Resources Bureau. Sizer will discuss the role of select boards in municipal finance, and provide budgeting tips and organizational skills. She will also discuss the resources available to municipalities through the Division of Local Services.
• A workshop on public speaking and civility led by Easton Select Board Chair Dottie Fulginiti.
• An introduction to public engagement for Select Boards, led by Wellesley Public Information Officer Stephanie Hawkinson.

Attendees will also have opportunities to network with colleagues and hear from a panel of veteran select board members and town managers/administrators.

Registration and breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be served.

The full agenda will be posted on and emailed to MSA members with a registration link in the coming weeks.

The training is targeted to newly elected select board members, but any select board member is welcome to attend for a refresher.

Newly elected select board members are encouraged to share their contact information with the MMA (by email to in order to receive information about Select Board Association events.


8:30 a.m.
Registration and Networking Breakfast

9 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
Andy Hogeland, MSA President, Williamstown Select Board Member

9:05 a.m.
Introduction to Open Meeting and Public Records Laws
Attorney Janelle Austin, Shareholder, KP Law

10:20 a.m.
Municipal Finance 101
Jessica Sizer, Project Manager at Division of Local Services Financial Management Resource Bureau, and Palmer Town Councillor

11:20 a.m.

11:30 a.m.
Discussion Panel: Developing a Strong Working Relationship with Your Town Manager/Administrator
Kevin Mizikar, Shrewsbury Town Manager
Beth Casavant, Shrewsbury Select Board Chair
Tim Higgins, Lincoln Town Administrator
Moderator: Jennifer Glass, MSA District 2 Representative and Lincoln Select Board Member

12:15 p.m.

1:15 p.m.
Public Speaking and Civility in Local Government
Dottie Fulginiti, Easton Select Board Chair

2:15 p.m.
Introduction to Public Engagement for Select Boards
Stephanie Hawkinson, Wellesley Public Information Officer

3:15 p.m.
Adam Chapdelaine, MMA Executive Director and CEO

Devens Common Center, Devens

MMA Member Program Coordinator Anneke Craig,
Massachusetts Select Board Association