Mayor Donnalee Lozeau
Mayor of Nashua, NH
Donnalee Lozeau was elected the 55th Mayor of the City of Nashua in November of 2007. As mayor she serves a four-year term, managing New Hampshire’s second largest city with 87,000 residents and 2,850 employees. In this capacity she also chairs the city’s Finance Committee and Board of Public Works.
Mayor Lozeau’s career in public service began in 1984 when she was first elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives from Nashua’s Ward 5. During her sixteen years in the legislature, she became a leader on criminal justice, housing, healthcare and youth programs, while also tackling key issues such as kindergarten, school funding, juvenile justice, and the death penalty. As Deputy Speaker of the House in 1998, Mayor Lozeau was named to New Hampshire Magazine’s list of Ten Most Powerful Women.
From 1994 to 2008 Donnalee worked as the Director of Program and Community Development at Southern New Hampshire Services. Collaborating with businesses, service providers, and government agencies, she helped develop hundreds of units of housing for seniors and the homeless, expanded child care and Head Start programs and established the Economic Opportunity Center to encourage financial self-sufficiency and assist with employment opportunities.
Throughout the years, Mayor Lozeau has been active in numerous community organizations:
• Director of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce
• First President of Nashua’s Great American Downtown
• President of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Nashua
• Chairman of the Mayor’s Housing Task Force and a member of the Greater Nashua Workforce Housing Coalition
• Commissioner of the Nashua Airport Authority
• A founding member and Chairman of the Greater Nashua Dental Connection
• As a member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders, traveled as a delegate to the Philippines, led a group of officials to Taiwan, and hosted a delegation from El Salvador and Nicaragua
For her dedication to community service, the mayor was recognized with the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce’s Eminence Award for Volunteer of the Year in 2004, and the United Way of Greater Nashua’s Max I. Silber Community Service Award in 2006.
Mayor Lozeau, a third-generation Nashua native, attended public schools and Rivier College. She and her husband of 25 years, David, have three children and two grandchildren.
Paul R. Bergeron
Paul Bergeron has served as City Clerk in Nashua, NH since 1999 and served as Deputy City Clerk in Manchester, NH from 1994 - 1999. Prior career experience includes employment in retail management, education, journalism, and a term in the NH General Court (House of Representatives). He is a Certified Municipal Clerk and a Certified Archivist.
Paul is active in the community as a member of Kiwanis and the City of Nashua’s Ethnic Awareness Committee. Previous service includes tenure on the City of Nashua’s Sesquicentennial Committee, the Rivier College Advisory Board, the Nashua Children’s Association Board of Directors, the Bishop Guertin High School Alumni Association Board, and a number of other community organizations.
Paul has served on the NH State Historical Records Advisory Board since 2002, and was appointed to the NH Advisory Committee on Quality of Vital Records Information in 2009. He held previous appointments to the NH Vital Records Institutional Review Board (2005 – 2007), the NH Vital Records Improvement Fund Advisory Committee (2001 – 2005) and the NH Municipal Records Board (2001 – 2003).
Professionally, Paul has held leadership roles in a number of national associations. He is currently President of the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA); he served as Chair of the Government Records Section of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) in 2002 – 2003; Chair of the Local Government Records Roundtable for SAA (2002 – 2003); and as national leader of the Local Government Industry Specific Group (ISG) for the Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA, Inc.) from 1999 – 2001.
A native and resident of Nashua, Paul was awarded his Master of Arts in English by the University of New Hampshire and his Master of Education by Cambridge College. He conducted additional graduate studies in Business at Boston College and in English at Texas A&M University.
CIO/Director of Information Technology
Bruce Codagnone came to Nashua as CIO/IT Director in January 2013. Bruce has over thirty years of experience in the computer industry. His most recent position was a Senior Information Technology executive with Staples. He has a track record for delivering complex projects, building high performing teams and deploying technology to enable strategic goals of various private companies. He has held many management positions that have focused on strategic planning, organizational development and leadership.
Bruce has earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science and a Masters of Business Administration with a focus on Leadership. His technical background is reinforced by various industry recognized certifications achieved through the years such as UNIX, Microsoft, Novell and Networking. The diversity of his technical background reinforces his ability to quickly learn and adapt to new technologies and concepts.
One of Bruce's greatest strengths is his willingness to self-educate and pursue continued growth. He is a valuable member of the Society of Information Management (SIM) and in 2006 he earned his diploma in their Regional Leadership Forum Program.
Bruce currently resides in Salem, New Hampshire with his wife Janet. Some of his hobbies are guitar playing, woodworking, and enjoying time spent with Janet and their six children.
Lisa M. Fauteux
Director of Public Works
Ms. Fauteux joined the Mayor’s Cabinet as Director of Public Works in March of 2011. She brings 20 years of managerial expertise in the areas of environmental, operations and customer service to this role. In this position, she is responsible for the budget and leadership of the Division of Public Works which consists of six departments which includes Engineering, Parks and Recreation, Solid Waste, Streets, Traffic and the Wastewater Treatment facility. She is proud of the Division’s accomplishments and the staff’s commitment to serving the citizens of Nashua through teamwork, customer service, continuous improvement and accountability.
Lisa Fauteux joined the City of Nashua as Superintendent of Solid Waste in May of 2009. Under Ms. Fauteux’ leadership, gas collection in the landfill was installed, a curbside collection policy was adopted, overtime and expenses were significantly reduced and nine compressed natural gas refuse trucks were ordered. Lisa played a key role in the initiative to bring CNG to the City and in the assessment and replacement schedule for the Division of Public Work’s fleet. Further, she has assisted in the negotiations of several union contracts and is a member of the Mayor’s Green Initiatives team.
Prior to working for the City of Nashua, Ms. Fauteux was employed by Casella Waste Systems, Inc. as General Manger of a solid waste division. In that position, she prepared and managed an annual multi-million dollar budget and supervised a team of sales, operations and administrative staff. She has extensive experience with strategic planning, environmental compliance, safety and equipment maintenance. Her accomplishments include paving the equivalent of approximately 250 miles of road with a recycled asphalt product. She received corporate awards in the areas of safety, environmental compliance and employee turnover.
Ms. Fauteux holds a BA from Assumption College and an MBA from Southern NH University. She received formal leadership training from the Bell Leadership Institute in Chapel Hill, NC and participated in leadership roundtables. She serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for St. John Regional School in Concord, NH. She holds a solid waste operator IV license, asbestos certification, weigh master license and is a member of SWANA and APWA. She lives in Epsom, NH with her husband, Steve, and their two daughters.
Thomas F. Galligani, Jr.
Economic Development Director
Tom Galligani is the Economic Development Director for the City of Nashua, NH where he coordinates city-wide economic development efforts, including business retention and recruitment, marketing and the strategic planning and development of Nashua’s commercial districts, including Downtown.
Prior to joining Nashua, Mr. Galligani was a community and economic development consultant, assisting communities and other clients to solve problems and manage projects related to economic development, downtown revitalization, community planning, affordable housing and municipal parking management. Prior to that, Mr. Galligani served as the Director of the Office of Planning and Development for the City of Lawrence, MA where he coordinated all aspects of the City’s economic development, community development, housing and planning efforts. While with the City of Lawrence, he also served as the Interim Commissioner of Inspectional Services. Prior to his work in Lawrence, Mr. Galligani was the Economic Development Director for the City of Lowell, MA, where he managed Lowell’s nationally-recognized Brownfields Showcase Community Program, authored the 2001 Downtown Lowell Master Plan and led city-wide business retention and recruitment efforts.
Mr. Galligani is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is a resident of Andover, MA where he lives with his wife and two children. He volunteers his time as a youth soccer, lacrosse and baseball coach.
John L. Griffin
Chief Financial Officer
John Griffin comes to Nashua with nearly 30 years of senior level financial management experience in private and public sector organizations. He most recently held the position of Chief Financial Officer for Aliptia, LLC, an information technology start-up company located in Lowell, Massachusetts, where he effectively set up and managed all aspects of the financial functions.
Prior to John’s involvement with Aliptia, he served as the Director of Budget and Finance for the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts; School Business Administrator in Dracut, Massachusetts; and Vice President of Colonial Gas Company in Lowell, Massachusetts, providing him with experience in preparing, presenting and gaining approval of multimillion dollar budgets, selling municipal bonds, regulatory administration, strategic planning and testif~’ing before elected boards and governmental organizations.
John is very interested in Nashua’s ERP project and believes that the implementation of the new technological platform can be leveraged to gain efficiencies, mitigate redundancies and provide consistent, accurate information. He has actively participated in and championed such initiatives in the past and looks forward to his key role in Nashua’s initiative.
John holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Accountancy from Bentley College and a Masters in Business Administration from Babson College. He has been and continues to be involved with several organizations including the Town of Tyngsboro Finance Committee, Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board, Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce, Nashua Panthers Youth Hockey Association and the USA Hockey Association.
John resides in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts with his wife Elizabeth and their four children. He began his tenure in Nashua on Monday, August 23, 2010.
Community Development Division Director
Ms. Hersh is the Director of the City of Nashua’s Community Development Division. She has over 18 years of professional experience in numerous aspects of urban community planning. In her various professional, volunteer and political roles for the past twenty-three years, she has been a leader in initiating and promoting community development projects and programs that make Nashua a more livable and sustainable community.
During Ms. Hersh’s nine-year tenure as Director, the City has updated the City-wide Master Plan and the Downtown Master Plan, and has adopted the first East Hollis Street Master Plan. Ms. Hersh initiated the City’s Brownfields Program, and has competitively secured over $11 million in funds, not including annual federal allocations, such as CDBG and federal transit funds. She was instrumental in the passage of Nashua’s first tax increment financing district.
Ms. Hersh currently sits on the NH Rail Transit Authority as the mayor’s designee serving as its vice-chair and serves on the Nashua Regional Planning Commission. She has served on other various boards and commissions, including the Society for the Protection of NH Forests and the Nashua River Watershed Association.
Ms. Hersh’s previous professional experience includes working for a non-profit, Merrimack River Watershed Council; a municipality, Office of Economic Development in the City of Lawrence, MA; and for a for-profit corporation, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc..
Previous to her current position, Ms. Hersh served for ten years on the Board of Aldermen, four of which as vice president and the last two as president. Ms. Hersh previously served as a member of the Nashua Conservation Commission.
Director of Human Resources
Barbara Hill is a human resource executive with more than fifteen years of experience in the public and private sectors. Barbara was born and raised in Natick, Massachusetts, and is returning to her roots and her extended family with the recent move to New England.
Barbara worked for many years in the automotive parts manufacturing arena. Most recently she was the Human Resource Director for the City of Ardmore, Oklahoma. She is an excellent resource in the areas of employment law, training, benefits, safety, labor relations, dispute resolution as well as many other topics.
She graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2008 and passed the Michigan Bar in 2008 and the Oklahoma Bar in 2010. Her undergraduate degree was in Psychology at Oakland University in Michigan. She studied Master’s level Public Administration at the University of Michigan - Flint.
Barbara Hill is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (PHR), International Public Management Associating for Human Resources, State Bar of Michigan, and the Oklahoma Bar Association. She was a frequent presenter at the Ardmore Roundtable which is a group of HR professionals and business owners who meet to expand their knowledge of human resource topics and changes to the law.
She is married to Ray Hill who operates his own construction business. They have one daughter, Nicole Hill, who is a zookeeper at Lion Country Safari in Florida. In her free time Barbara enjoys horseback riding, golf, bicycling, reading and time with family.
Barbara Hill has recently joined the City of Nashua, New Hampshire, as the Human Resource Director and is excited about becoming a key contributor to the success of this growing community.
Director of Emergency Management
Justin Kates joined the mayor’s cabinet in August 2011 as the Director of Emergency Management for the City of Nashua. Coordinating city-wide emergency response efforts, working with Federal, State, and other Municipal governments on obtaining the necessary resources to recover after a disaster, developing the All-Hazards Emergency Operations Plan for the city and chairing the Local Emergency Planning Committee are all parts of his responsibilities.
Prior to joining Nashua, Mr. Kates was an emergency management consultant for the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, developing plans on communications interoperability, citizen notification systems, special needs programs, and volunteer management. He has served numerous emergency operations center activations as the Communications Unit Leader, Situation Unit Leader, and most recently the Planning Section Chief. In addition, he helped develop the State of Delaware Citizen Corps program, a program intended to educate citizens of the disaster risks in their community and to leverage them as volunteers.
Mr. Kates has served as a volunteer in the emergency services field as an amateur radio operator, volunteer firefighter, and Red Cross volunteer. He is a current member of the International Association of Emergency Managers.
Mr. Kates is a graduate of the University of Delaware where he majored in Emergency Management and Public Administration. He resides in Nashua.
Mr. McNamee serves as Corporation Counsel for the City of Nashua. Responsibilities include all legal matters and management practices affecting the city including employment, labor, litigation, contracts and corporate governance. Jamie has served in his current position since 2008 and previously held this position from 1996 to 2000.
Mr. McNamee has 29 years of experience as a legal advisor, advocate and mediator. He has experience as a trial lawyer in state and federal courts and administrative hearings. He also has significant experience as a business owner and law firm managing partner.
Before opening a private practice Jamie worked as a staff attorney for New Hampshire Public Defender, an associate with Hamblett & Kerrigan, P.A., and managing partner at Sullivan & Gregg. P.A.
Professionally, Jamie has served as a volunteer mediator in the New Hampshire Superior Court and the Nashua Mediation Program. He was a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association committee on Law Related Education Peer Mediation Subcommittee and presented peer mediation workshops at a conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice.
He worked with the Joint Scheduling Committee for civil matters in the Superior Court and completed the New Hampshire Bar Association Civil Jury Trial Practice course for experienced litigators. He also received the president's award for Distinguished Service on the New Hampshire Bar Association Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure.
Mr. McNamee is a graduate of St. Michael's College, 1972, and Boston University School of Law, 1981. He is a member of the Nashua, New Hampshire, and American Bar Associations.
Jamie is a resident of Nashua and is an active community member. He has served as director and president of the Greater Nashua Child Care Centers and president of the Greater Nashua Dental Connection. He received the Good Neighbor award from the Nashua Children's Home and worked for a number of years on the faculty of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program. His recreational activities have included singing (St. Christopher Church Choir and the Nashua Concerts for the Homeless), and soccer (Nashua Absolute II Men's Soccer Club, Manager of Nashua Bar Soccer Team). He also served as Ward 3 Alderman for the City of Nashua from 1988-1989.
Director of CitiStat
Susan Valaitis joined the cabinet on August 3, 2009 as the CitiStat Director for the City of Nashua. Susan has over 15 years of managerial experience, in customer service, operations and logistics management and performance analysis.
Utilizing the CitiStat program coupled with extensive managerial and business acumen, the CitiStat Director provides a wide range of analytical and executive support to the Mayor to continually improve efforts to ensure that Nashua is an extremely well managed city possessing a transparent, efficient, and high-impact government. CitiStat performs technical and analytical work to compare, forecast, interpret, formulate recommendations and disseminate information from various analysis, reports, and other available data and sources to assist in initiatives and to assist the Mayor in the oversight of City service delivery. The CitiStat Director serves as project manager for major initiatives of the Office of the Mayor and performs planning and research functions as assigned by the Mayor.
Ms. Valaitis’s previous experience included developing and implementing operations policies and procedures, and managing nationwide retail offices and technical support personnel. She was employed at A.W. Chesterton Company in Stoneham MA for over 20 years where she served in positions of increasing responsibility.
As Director of Sales Operations North America, Susan was responsible for business processes and functions within distribution channels, integration and alignment of requirements throughout business units, financial analysis, sales statistics and communicating state-of-readiness for operations, sales and service programs.
As Director of Operations, Distributor and End User Operations, she was responsible for the design and implementation of new operating structures and models within business channels. She was also responsible for coordinating and implementing an order management software program at 76 locations globally.
As Director of Logistics, she was responsible for inventory management and profiling within the global distribution channels and traveled extensively working with distribution to establish best practices.
As Manager of the National Sales Department she managed business processes and transaction services, and was responsible for ISO 9000 procedures and audit processes. She also managed dramatic change in department operating structure and contributed significantly to a corporate reengineering initiative, increasing service level performance.
Susan has a Business Management degree from the University of Maine, in organizational communication and has completed graduate courses at Lesley College.
Susan resides in Nashua with her husband, George, and their son.
Director, Division of Public Health and Community Services
Kerran Vigroux joined the City of Nashua as the Director of the Division of Public Health and Community Services in June 2008. The Division is one of only two full-service local health departments in the State of New Hampshire and employs thirty staff members. Since coming on board, Kerran has guided the Division through many exciting and innovative changes in the local public health delivery system, including the response to the H1N1 Influenza pandemic, several public health and safety emergencies, the use of social media within the Division, and a Strategic Planning process including an innovative implementation of a Community Health Assessment.
Kerran has been working in the field of Public Health for the past 13 years. Prior to joining the City of Nashua, she had been the Director of the Bureau of Public Health and as the Health Officer for the Town of Derry. She oversaw the creation of this department and provided both local and regional Public Health services. Locally, the department was responsible for Public Health initiatives such as the Mosquito Control Program, as well as oversight of food establishments, commercial and residential inspections and licensing. Regionally, she coordinated public health emergency preparedness initiatives and coordinated childhood immunization clinics.
Prior to establishing the Derry Bureau of Public Health, she was the Public Health Network Coordinator for the Greater Derry Area Health and Safety Council. In this position she was responsible for public health education programs and ensuring public health involvement with the towns’ Emergency Management Department. During this time, she also served as the Program Coordinator for the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), directing MRC volunteer deployments for Hurricane Katrina and the 2006 NH Floods, served on the National MRC Core Competencies Advisory Group, as well as facilitating cooperation with MRC units throughout the Northeast.
Prior to her work in the Greater Derry area, she was a Health Promotion Advisor with the NH Department of Health & Human Services where she developed health education programs for the citizens of New Hampshire, conducted Community Health Needs Assessments, and facilitated public meetings to advise citizens about environmental health hazards at Superfund sites.
Prior to 1999, Kerran worked in Public Health in Florida, most notably as the Program Coordinator for the Broward County Breast and Cervical Cancer Program in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a county of 1.4 million people.
Kerran is originally from Massachusetts, served in the Peace Corps in Gabon, Africa, then lived in Florida until her return to New England in 1999. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Gordon College and a Master of Public Health Degree from Florida International University.