Mark Cohen, Board Chairman
Mark is CEO of OPRSystems, Inc., which he co-founded from scratch in 1989. The company is now one of the largest independent commercial recyclers in New England, with its 76,000 sq. ft. plant in Wilmington. He also co-founded Waste Focus LLC 14 years ago, now a leader in the waste minimization industry and managing thousands of facilities’ trash and recycling across the U.S.
Mark has been an active member of the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small business lobbying group (and the lead sponsor of the lawsuit to overthrow Obamacare). He served as past Treasurer of Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance.
Originally from suburban Washington, D.C., Mark is a 1982 graduate of Cornell University and a 1986 graduate of Harvard Business School. Mark and his wife Theresa have three children and live in Concord.
Rick Green, Founder and Board Member
Rick Green graduated from Cornell University, College of Engineering and received his MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He is married with three children and lives in Pepperell. He is an entrepreneur who started his own small business with his brother all while earning his MBA at the same time.
After years of dedication, their business has grown to over $300 million in annual revenue, employs over 350 people, is eBay's largest auto parts sellers online and one of the country's largest online auto parts companies.
Rick knows how to build a Massachusetts business from scratch and how to create jobs. Rick served as the Chairman of the Board from 2012 until 2017. You may follow Rick on Twitter @RickGreenMA.
Jim Rappaport, Finance Chairman and Board Member
Jim is a real estate developer, entrepreneur, attorney, and political activist. He currently serves as Chairman of Specialty Hospitals of America, LLC and Chairman and CEO of New Boston Fund, Inc.
After graduating from the Wharton School in 1977, Rappaport earned his law degree from Boston University School of Law. In 1985, Rappaport was elected Chairman of the Mass Taxpayers Committee, an organization that provided political education for fiscally responsible Massachusetts legislators. In 1990, Rappaport was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. He was Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party and a member of the Republican National Committee from 1992 to 1997. In 2002, he ran for the Massachusetts Republican nomination for Lt. Governor.
Rappaport is a past member of the Board of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the Jewish Vocational Service of Boston, as well as the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Social Planning and Allocations Committee of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Rappaport was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, as well as previously serving on the Board of Overseers for Children’s Hospital. Rappaport and his wife, Cecelia live in Boston. He has three children, James, Jessica, and Joshua and two grandchildren, Wylie and Lucy.
Brian Bialis, Board Member
Brian is a lawyer who works in Boston. He graduated from Bucknell University and Boston College Law School. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife Allison and son Andrew.
Jim Curtis, Board Member
Jim is President of Cooperstown Environmental LLC in Andover, Massachusetts, which he co-founded in 2004 after leaving MIT. The firm engages in environmental engineering with a focus on hazardous waste sites assessment and remediation, and is also the acknowledged authority on the Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit program. Jim has also developed several solar energy facilities in the eastern part of the state.
Jim is the long-time owner of several hundred acres of forestland and serves on the Board of the Center for Northern Woodlands Education, a non-profit working to advance a culture of forest stewardship in the Northeast and to increase understanding of and appreciation for the natural wonders, economic productivity and ecological integrity of the region’s forests. He is also a long0time supporter of the Institute for Justice (IJ).
Originally from Cooperstown, NY, Jim is a graduate of Princeton University (BS-Civil Engineering) and Northeastern (MS-Civil Engineering). Jim and his wife Sue have two children and live in Andover.
Dylan Korpita, Board Member
Dylan Korpita has been involved in the commercial mortgage bond industry for the past 15 years: as a market-maker for sell-side dealers, as an investor for a hedge fund, and for the past 2+ years as a consultant for financial services firms in that same area as principal of DKMA Consulting.
Dylan also serves on the Board of Trustees at Greenfield Community College, the Community Advisory Council at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, and is involved with a number of other non-profits focusing on western MA. He has served on the Board of Mass Fiscal since 2015.
Dylan grew up in Deerfield, MA, and graduated from Princeton University in 2001 with a degree in Operation Research and Financial Engineering.
David Parker, Board Member
David has spent over 40 years living & developing property in the South End of Boston. His company Old Boston Restorations Inc. owns and manages apartments in the south end, and has developed infill housing using modular construction -which is a unique and affordable method of building historically compatible structures, especially in the inner city.
David and his wife Karen raised three children in the South End of Boston during the 1980sand ‘90’s. He became very involved in city politics while trying to live, work and raise a family in the city. His experience with rent control and urban renewal, compelled a 180 degree shift in his political understanding and disposition.
David feels strongly that our government - local and state and federal are over regulated and fiscally insoluble in part because of redistribution and subsidy schemes. He finds that the role of Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance of advocating for fiscal responsibility and accountability in state government is a very worthwhile cause.
Paul Diego Craney, Spokesperson and Board Member
Paul graduated from Gordon College and is a first generation American, his mother immigrated to the United States from Mexico City. Paul is the spokesperson and serves on the board. He previously was the Executive Director, and was the first hire of the organization. He has been quoted in numerous media outlets including the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Business Journal, Taunton Daily Gazette, Fall River Herald, Worcester Telegram and Gazette, Lowell Sun, Eagle Tribune, Salem Daily News, Cape Cod Times, Sun Chronicle, Milford Daily News, Metro West Daily News, Springfield Republican, State House News, Associated Press, NECN, and WGBH. Prior to his role at Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, he worked in politics in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. You may follow him on Twitter @PaulDiegoCraney.
Carl Copeland, Interim Executive Director
Carl spent 25 years in corporate management, working his way from junior assistant to partner, yet assisting others in the political process has always been one of his greatest pleasures. A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, Carl feels that the success achieved to date can be replicated and expanded throughout the Commonwealth. As past Political Director, he assisted many that have considered a career in public service. Prior to his role with Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, he was the chief of staff to Representative Kevin Kuros and Senator Ryan Fattman. Carl is married, has three children, and lives in Sutton.
Laurie Belsito, Legislative Director
Laurie currently works as the legislative director at Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance. As the legislative director, she closely follows relevant pieces of legislation that fall under the organization’s scope, as well as tracking votes and managing the online scorecard. Laurie also leads policy briefings for state lawmakers and their staff regarding top policy issues in the state. Prior to her role at Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, she spent five years at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., working in the government relations department.
Paul McCormick Jr, Deputy Finance Director
Paul McCormick Jr. is the Deputy Finance Director of Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance. Paul was previously with Fidelity Investments working as an advisor with corporate retirement and benefit plans. He has worked and volunteered with several state and local campaigns, including for Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. His most recent role was Campaign Manager to a State Senate race for Cape Cod and the Island’s district. Paul is a graduate of Suffolk University. Paul is a member of the Caleb Chase Fund, a committee granting funds to senior citizens in need, raising endowment through donations on local tax bills. Paul lives on Cape Cod where he grew up in seasonal businesses and remains active in real estate and town government in the community.
Jerry Lherisson, Communications Coordinator
Jerry is the Research and Operations Associate at Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance. A Haitian native, Jerry lives in Randolph and recently graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he worked for four years in the development office. Jerry manages the internship program, updates the legislative scorecard, manages social media and web content, and aides in local advocacy campaigns. Before joining the professional staff, Jerry interned with the organization.
Upper (L to R): Jim Curtis, Brian Bialas, Rick Green, Jim Rappaport, Mark Cohen, Mike Kane
Lower (L to R): Cindy Terwilliger, Danielle Huntley, Wendy Wakeman, David Parker
Not Pictured: Dylan Korpita
Directors & Officers
- Brian P. Bialas, Esq., Director
- Paul Craney, Spokesperson and Director
- Jim Curtis, Director
- Rick Green, Founder & Director
- Danielle Huntley, Esq., Director
- Mike Kane, Clerk & Director
- Dylan Korpita, Treasurer and Treasurer
- David Parker, Director
- Jim Rappaport, Finance Chair & Director
- Cindy Terwilliger, Director
- Wendy Wakeman, Director