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.
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 for Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, where he is responsible for setting the policy and vision of the organization, ensuring it advances its mission in Massachusetts and at the Statehouse. 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, Research and Operations Associate
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