NEMCI&A Policy Manual

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Instructor Biographies


​Dennis Fitzgerald

Dennis Fitzgerald has been a Human Resource professional for over 30 years. A consultant since 2003, he began his career as a recruiter in high technology companies, rose through the ranks where he served as Manager, Director and a Vice President of Human Resources (Xyplex and Ericsson Data Communications).  Along the way he has had broad experience in talent acquisition, policy development, employee relations, compensation, and organizational effectiveness. He has particular skills in building high performance corporate cultures, global human resources and mergers and acquisitions. As a consultant, Dennis works with small and midsized companies helping them in the areas of recruitment, conflict resolution, leadership coaching, compensation programs and policy development. Dennis has an MBA from Northeastern University. He has been a speaker at a number of conferences and is the author of Strategic Integration, an Executives Guide to Merging Acquired Organizations. 




James Ognibene, M.Ed. 

Jim is a Workshop Leader, Facilitator, Life Design Career Coach, Learning Catalyst, Keynote Speaker, Instructional Designer, and Talent Development Consultant. Jim’s passion is helping both individuals and organizations set and reach personal and professional goals.

Jim has been deeply immersed in the field of Organizational and Talent Development for over two decades. He and his team have designed process improvement, leadership empowerment, team energizers, change engagement and agile workplace programs while Jim has personally delivered over 1,300 professional development workshops over twenty years. He has grown tremendously through giving and receiving many one on one coaching and mentoring sessions. He and his team designed an eight-month Emerging Leader Program, mobilizing the next generation of leaders with 21st century skills and determination. Jim served as project manager and facilitator of workplace re-engagement initiatives during periods of organizational change such as re-configured work processes, new technology, and structural re-organizations. Human development is the common theme all along his career: Director, Organizational Development, State Government; management and customer service roles in both non-profit and private sector organizations and Business Education Teacher in a private high school.  Jim offers a unique perspective as his experience spans all four key sectors: private, public, education and nonprofit.

Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing from George Mason University, Virginia and a Masters of Education in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. His own professional development includes the following events, conferences and training programs: Facilitating Career Development Certificate Program, National Career Development Association; Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Qualifying Program, CPP; Learning and Leadership Conference, Human Capital Institute; Appreciative Inquiry: Social Constructionism Conference, TAOS Institute; Project Management: Skills for Success, Learning Tree; Organizational Design and Analysis, Linkage; Exploring Leadership Conference, Training Officers Consortium; Consultraining: Trainer as Internal Consultant, American Management Association.

He was a member of the Massachusetts Training Advisory Council, a board envisioning the future of training and development for the ninety-five state agencies in the Administration and Finance Secretariat. He is past president of the Boston Trainers Roundtable and the Old South Arts Committee in Boston.  Jim is an avid photographer enhanced by his coursework at the New England School of Photography in Boston. He is chair of the Social Outreach Committee at the First Church and regularly serves as a volunteer in the kitchen at the local shelter.



​Lisa Pagano


Lisa Pagano is a Microsoft Certified Instructor who has her Master in Computer Education from Johnson and Wales University. She is the owner of LL Data Designs LLC, a software development company specializing in custom database development and has been teaching Microsoft Office products in a variety of state agencies, municipalities, and private industries since 1992. She has also taught numerous courses at Rhode Island Colleges, University of Rhode Island, New England Institute of Technology, and Quinebaug Valley Community College as an adjunct professor. Lisa lives with her husband  and three adult children.

 
Joan Elspeth MacNaughton Prue

Joan is originally from Maine, but has lived in NH since 1962. Ms. MacNaughton Prue attended Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing and graduated as an RN. Married then widowed, Joan has four children, nine grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Joann joined National Association of Parliamentarians in 1987 and became a Registered Parliamentarian in 1989. She has served as parliamentarian to the General Federation of Women’s Club – New Hampshire for 20 years; served as parliamentarian to the New England Region GFWC for several years; and has served various clients as parliamentarian, as workshop leader, and as a bylaws consultant. Member of the White Mountain nit of the NAP and has served as its president on three separate occasions. 

According to Joan, “Working with NEMCI&A is one of my favorite jobs. In spare time I read a lot, make quilts and travel”.



Chris Pudlinski Ph.D. 

Chris Pudlinski is chair and professor of Communication at Central Connecticut State University. He has published articles and book chapters on advice giving, empathy and sympathy, encouragement and empowerment in a peer support setting. He teaches courses in such areas as Public Speaking, Nonverbal Communication, Interpersonal Communication and Research Methods. Over the past 5 years, For a number of years, Chris has also conducted workshops on a variety of Communication-based topics with town/city/village clerks in Connecticut, New York, and the Northeast region.




Danielle M. Sicard, MMC,CMMC

Ms. Sicard, Town Clerk in Easton, MA, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a concentration in Mathematics from Rhode Island College. A 2012 graduate of NEMCI, Danielle achieved the professional designations of Certified Massachusetts Municipal Clerk (CMMC) and MMC in 2015. She has served as both an elected and appointed Town Clerk for both Representative and Open Town Meeting forms of government. Danielle currently serves as the Governor’s appointee for the Massachusetts Victim & Witness Assistance Board, chaired by the Attorney General, and is the Massachusetts Town Clerks Associations (MTCA) appointee to the MA Elections Task Force. Danielle has served as a member of the MTCA’s Executive Board, Secretary and Treasurer and currently is the chairperson for the Communications Committee & Mentoring Program. Danielle has presented courses at various MTCA conferences since 2013. Prior to becoming a town clerk she was the Operations Director overseeing four YMCA locations, owned and operated her own business and served as the Chairman for the 1500 Volunteers at the Deutsche Bank PGA Championship. She has 4 children.



Anne B. Uecker, MMC/WCPC

Ms. Uecker’s first exposure to the Clerk/Treasurer’s Office was during a college internship.  Little did she realize that would spawn a career that has been going strong for over 27 years.  Not only has she been active in local government, she also serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Francis Civic Association (Secretary), St. Francis Days and the St. Francis Concerts in the Park Committee.  In December 2017, she was sworn in as one of the first female members of the local Lions Club.  Anne has also served as President of the Milwaukee Metro Clerks Association, President of the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association and as a Region Director for IIMC representing Region VI.

 In 2011, Anne was inducted into the IIMC Athenian Fellowship Society in Nashville, Tennessee.  Since then, she has facilitated Dialogues and shared her passion for the program in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Arkansas, Washington, California and Montreal.  Along with her Dialogues, Anne takes the opportunity to lead the participants through their personal journey of what kind of leader they are – personally and professionally.    Dialogue attendees have commented on how, after sitting in on her Dialogues, they feel validated about being a Clerk, and have been caught up in the passion she feels for being an exemplary leader.

Anne is also a certified trainer for the Jon Gordon Company and is a true believer in his positive leadership philosophy.  She has embraced the “energy vampires” and has found ways to leave her audiences with a positive outlook and to be the ripple that makes positive waves for the future.

Anne shares her passion for living and leading not only through the IIMC Athenian Dialogue program, but as a presenter to groups.  Her sense of humor and real life experiences will engage participants to live, laugh and learn.



Phillip L. Warren, Town Manager, Meredith, NH

Mr. Warren attached a BS at Bridgewater State College, with a major in Political Science and minor in Aviation Science. He holds a Master in Public Administration from  Suffolk University. Phil has been employed in Municipal Management since 1996, as an Assistant to the Town Manager, Elected Treasurer – Collector, Town Administrator and Town Manager. Mr. Warren has more than 20 years’ experience in all areas of municipal management,  assisted and instructed hundreds of employees during this career in various municipal management topics, including ethics, municipal law, municipal finance, dealing with boards and commissions. He participated in and assisted instruction of Political Science / Public Administration students at the Bachelor and Master level


 Kathy Montejo

Kathy has been the City Clerk of Lewiston, Maine (pop. 36,600) since January 1999. Previously, she was the City Clerk for Bath, ME (pop. 10,200) and the Town Clerk for Woolwich, ME (pop. 3,200).  She has earned her CMC, MMC, and is an Athenian Leadership Society Fellow.  In May 2022, she joined the IIMC Board of Directors representing Region 1.  Kathy is Maine’s Local Election Administrator representative to the federal U.S. Elections Assistance Commission Standards Board.  She holds her Lifetime Certification as a Certified Clerk of Maine and is past state president of the Maine Town & City Clerks’ Association, for which she has served for over 25 years as an instructor for workshops on election administration, municipal law, business licensing, parliamentary procedure and more.  She was the Maine Municipal Clerk of the Year for 2000. In 1991, she graduated with a B.A. in Public Management, with a minor in Public Relations, from the University of Maine and is a 1997 graduate of the New England Municipal Clerks Institute. She earned her Paralegal Certificate from Boston University in May 2022. Kathy is a Notary Public, a Dedimus Justice and a nationally Registered Parliamentarian.  


NEMCI&A Handbook

​Please read the handbook in its entirety, it contains a plethora of helpful information. Included are forms that are important for all students to review. Please complete & submit all forms as instructed.


IIMC Athenian Leadership Society Informational Guide

The Athenian Leadership Society is an advanced IIMC Leadership Development Program.

What is an Athenian Dialogue?

The premise of this program is the idea that clerks are leaders in very profound yet subtle ways. 

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