NEMCI&A

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. 



Sharyl Geisert

Ms. Geisert, known as "Sensei Sharyl" by her students, is the owner and chief instructor of White Tiger Karate, LLC, a well respected business located in Franklin, NH.  Through her efforts she has touched the lives of many children as well as adults. Compassion and helping people has been a life long journey and commitment for Sensei Sharyl. She has had the pleasure of serving her community as teacher, coach, fire fighter/EMT, and youth care specialist. She has become a leader in issues such as ADHD, ADD, behavioral issues, anger management, and physical adaptations. She is recommended by such professional groups as Riverfront Medical Group and Genesis Behavioral Health. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Health and her Master's of Science in Recreation and Leisure with Therapeutic Recreation as her specialty. Sensei Sharyl teaches students to set and attain higher standards for themselves and for those around them in all aspects of their lives. She teaches the importance of giving back to the community by donating thousands of hours of free classes in karate and women's self defense. She was chosen as "one of the top women you should know in NH" for her outstanding commitment to the safety and well being of her community and was chosen as "Woman of Achievement, 2012."  Sensei Sharyl has lead classes on empowerment as part of the curriculum under NEMCI at Plymouth State for many years.



Linda Hutchenrider MMC/CMMC

Linda Hutchenrider, MMC/CMMC
Ms. Hutchenrider retired in 2013 as the Town Clerk of the Town of Barnstable, MA. She worked for over 28 years in municipalities, 22 of them as Clerk or Assistant. She is the former Chair of NEMCI&A and teaches the Super Clerk Academy class as well as Institute I classes. Linda was President, trainer and served on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Town Clerks’ Association for over 13 years; and led Leadership Dialogues. She was also President of the Cape & Islands Town Clerks’ Association. A graduate of NEMCI, Linda spent many years in the Academy and has taken a variety of courses through her years in municipal office. She was the Editor of a weekly newspaper, a legal secretary, and has served in many other leadership and supervisory capacities.  



Dan Issa CMC

Mr. Issa returned to NEMCI&A as an Academy teacher in 2017.  He has been employed for more than 20 years as Director of Marketing and Corporate Relations for a six- site  radiology out patient center company. Dan has help many local and state positions: 

  • Central Falls School Committee 4 years (2 terms) Chairman, Budget responsibilities, negotiations
  • Central Falls City Council, 9 years (5 terms) Chaired Finance Committee,
  • Rhode Island State Senate 22 years. Served as Chair to various committees and sub committees, including Finance, Education, Joint Committees, Corporations, and member of other committees.
  • Taught at NEMCI&A for several years, both at Salve Campus and St. Michaels in Vermont.
  • Graduate of Rhode Island College, B A, Associates degree as well from CCRI
  • Graduate of Manhattan School of Management
  • Longtime Board member of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island (homeless veterans assistance)
  • Created first Commission to Study Financial Literacy in RI. Created curriculum for schools.


Dan is a graduate of NEMCI&A and CMC.



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 of 27 years and three children, ages 19, 21 and 23.

 
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, he has also conducted workshops on a variety of Communication-based topics with town/city/village clerks in Connecticut, New York, and the Northeast region.



Attorney E. Jack Shorr

Attorney E. Jack Shorr is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Connecticut (B.A. 1971 High Honors), a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D. 1974) and the Western New England University School of Law (LL.M 2012). He is a former Chairman of the Charter Revision Commission of the City of Meriden, Connecticut, Attorney Shorr has represented numerous parties in the private and the public sectors for over three decades. Jack is also a member of the Real Estate Law, Probate Law and Elder Law Sections of the Connecticut Bar Association. He practices law in his own firm in Meriden, Connecticut.



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, ages 24, 22, 18 and 16.



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




New England Municipal Clerks' Institute & Academy

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What is an Athenian Dialogue?

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

2019 Athenian Flyer and Assessment

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 the students say about NEMCI&A

NEMCI&A Policy Manual

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