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, Paul D. Craney
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 nearly $200 million in annual revenue, employs over 275 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.
Michael Kane, Clerk
Michael Kane is a Framingham resident and an entrepreneur of several businesses. His company, 126 Self Storage, is located in Ashland, and is a co-plaintiff to a lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to eliminate the union loophole in state campaign finance law. Kane is active in his community, as he serves on several small business boards including the National Federation of Independent Businesses, and the Massachusetts Self Storage Association. Mike first joined the board of Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance in 2012 and has been the clerk since 2014.
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 Bialas, 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.
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.
Danielle Huntley, Esq., Board Member
Danielle is Principal of Huntley Inc - Immigration Law a full service immigration law firm. She helps her clients in matters ranging from routine filings to complex federal litigation all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. Danielle represents businesses, investors, families and exceptional individuals in front of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration Customs & Enforcement, Customs & Border Protection, the Department of Justice, the Department of State, the Department of Health and Human Services and in Federal Court.
Danielle brings over 10 years of non-profit board experience to the Fiscal Alliance Foundation. She has been involved with non-profits in all stages of development - from start-up to well-established. She believes in creating non-profits that are efficient and results driven.
Danielle is a life long resident of Massachusetts and grew up in Andover. She earned her undergraduate degree from Boston College and her law degree from Boston College Law School. She currently lives in Walpole where she enjoys quilting, flying airplanes and playing with her dog Ginger. You may follow Danielle on Twitter @DEHuntley.
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.
Cindy Terwilliger, Board Member
Cindy Terwilliger is a Cambridge resident and a Senior Vice President at Boston Private bank in Boston. Previously, she was a Senior Vice President at Citizens Bank. Cindy earned her undergraduate degree from Bucknell University and her MBA from Boston College, the Carroll School of Management. Cindy has served on the board since 2015.
Wendy Wakemen, Board Member
Wendy Darwin Wakeman is a writer. Currently, she's pursuing a master of fine arts degree at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. Her resume includes stints reporting and editing at The Haverhill Gazette, editing publications at Merrimack College, and working both in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and for the United States Congress. An avid political operative, she managed successful campaigns for Congressman Peter Torkildsen (R-Danvers) and state representatives Gary Coon (R-Andover) and Donna Cuomo (R-North Andover) and consulted with dozens of other local and statewide candidates. She herself was elected to her town's Board of Selectmen. Wendy received a bachelor of arts from Merrimack College. She and her husband Brad live in North Andover. Wendy has served on the board of Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance since 2015.
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.
Anne J. Bresnahan, Finance Director
Anne J. Bresnahan is an entrepreneur and well-known political and nonprofit fundraiser with broad national and international experience. Her political background includes serving as Finance Director and Campaign Manager of Peter Torkildsen’s (MA-06) successful U.S. Congressional campaign. She also managed Bob Maginn’s campaign for MA State Treasurer and served on the Mitt Romney for U.S. President Massachusetts Finance Committee.
Her international experience includes almost a decade living and working in Africa. She served as Country Director in South Africa and Nigeria for the International Republican Institute and conducted political campaign skills and executive-legislative relations training. In South Africa, she instituted the country’s first ever political debate in KwaZulu-Natal with representatives from 13 political parties. Her work was instrumental in strengthening communications between elected officials and administrators in the post-apartheid era.
Anne’s risk-taking style and passion for embracing change and cross-cultural exploration led her to put her entrepreneurial skills and business savvy to work and she founded a telecommunications company in Nigeria and was instrumental in shaping government policy. She has been recognized for her outstanding leadership, resource development, strategic partnerships and start-up direction.
Since returning to Boston, Anne has consulted on multiple start-ups and flourishing nonprofits, guiding them through expansive growth and change and creating sustainable fundraising operations. Anne is a graduate of Northeastern University. She lives in Danvers and when she is not raising money for worthwhile organizations, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing golf and tennis.
Jerry Lherisson, Communications Coordinator
Jerry is the Communications Director 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.