Friday - June 9, 2023
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Massachusetts Select Board Association will hold a free training for newly elected select board members on Friday, June 9, in Devens.

Key topics will include municipal finance and budgeting, sources of state funding, the open meeting and public records laws, and collaborative decision making.

A lunchtime discussion will provide an opportunity to hear from veteran select board members about their experiences, followed by a question and answer session.

The training will be targeted to newly elected members, but any select board member is welcome to attend for a refresher and an opportunity to network with colleagues.

Registration and networking will begin at 8:30 a.m. The program will start at 9 a.m., and lunch will be served. The full agenda and registration will be available in May.

The training will be held at Devens Commons Center, 31 Andrews Parkway in Devens.

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.
Andy Hogeland, MSA President, Williamstown Select Board Member

9:15 a.m.
Intro to Open Meeting and Public Records Laws
Mina S. Makarious, Partner, Anderson Kreiger LLP

10:30 a.m.
Municipal Finance and Budgeting 101
Shaun Suhoski, Town Manager, Athol

11:30 a.m.
Tips to Get You Started
Panel Discussion with MSA Board Members

12:15 p.m.

1:15 p.m.
Sources of State and Federal Funding
Jackie Lavender Bird, MMA Senior Legislative Analyst

2 p.m.
Fireside Chat: Collaborative Decision Making
Adam Chapdelaine, Former Town Manager, Arlington
Jennifer Glass, Select Board Member, Lincoln

3 p.m.

Devens Common Center, Devens

MMA Director of Communications & Membership Candace Pierce,
Massachusetts Select Board Association