Board of Directors

HFHGL Board of Directors

Paul Barrett, President
Chief Technology Officer, NetScout Systems

Paul Barrett is Chief Technology Officer for NetScout’s Enterprise Business Unit.  Paul joined NetScout with the acquisition of Psytechnics Ltd in 2011. Since then he has held the roles of Chief Product Officer for Voice and Video, and Chief Architect at NetScout. Paul was Head of Engineering for most of his ten year tenure at Psytechnics and was CTO when the company was acquired. Prior to that Paul worked at BT Labs, primarily on voice transmission for GSM and 3GPP.

Paul has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and has been actively involved in international standardization for most of that time. His standards work has encompassed many aspects of voice and video communications, including four generations of GSM and 3G codecs. Paul is currently a Vice Chairman of the ITU Study Group responsible for “Performance, QoS and QoE” and is head of the UK delegation to this group. He is a Chartered Engineer, Member of the IET and IEEE, and holds a Master’s Degree in Electronic Systems Engineering from the University of York.

Ed Maggio, Vice President
Retired Hi-Tech Executive

Ed Maggio is a recently retired hi-tech operating executive who has lead in both start-up companies and large global corporations. A primary success for him has been to build leadership and operational management capability, integrating across functions, and enabling consistent execution and significant results.

Ed is currently interested in advising early stage companies, providing his expertise, and mentoring entrepreneurs in developing the tactics and execution to build innovative and relevant companies. Additionally, with non-profit organizations, “giving back” by adding value with strategic advice and guidance.

Ed has held the positions of President, COO, VP, and Board Member. Most recently he was VP of Global Operations at RSA and continued after its acquisition by EMC. Prior to that he was on Avici Systems’ first executive management team as VP Operations, and continued to build the company through its successful IPO.

His expertise is in product and business operations, and leading planning and execution across all corporate functions. He built decision-making and management capability, with the people and cultural environment to enable it.

Patrick N. Chieh, Secretary
System Support Analyst, Foley Hoag LLP

Patrick N. Chieh, a consummate professional with over 20 years’ experience in the Information Technology sector. Positions held range from Area Sales Manager for Olivetti products, Quality Control Supervisor at Pre-Owned Electronics and currently a Systems Support Specialist at the law firm of Foley Hoag LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. Outside his professional service, Patrick has worked as a teacher assistant, treasurer and a volunteer basketball coach for a local middle school in Lowell. This earned him recognition from the City of Lowell and the House of Representative of the State of Massachusetts for his services towards the City of Lowell and the State of Massachusetts respectively. In addition, he is currently serving as a member of the Parish Pastoral Council, Co-Director of Communications and a Lector/ Eucharistic Minister at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lowell. Patrick is also the Lowell Chapter’s representative to the Executive Council, Board of Directors of the Merrimack Valley Project (MVP) where he also serves as the Council’s Secretary General.

Tom Conaton, Treasurer
Senior Vice President, Eastern Bank

Tom Conaton is the Senior Vice President of the Merrimack Valley/North Shore Business Banking Group for Eastern Bank.  Tom was born in Lowell and attended school in Lowell and Lawrence.  After Tom graduated from UMass Lowell with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration-Finance he began his career at BayBank. After moving to New Hampshire and a 20 year career in various lending and management roles, Tom returned to Lowell in Eastern Bank’s Downtown Lowell office.  Tom also serves on the Board of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell and is Treasurer of the Regional Economic Development Center of Southern NH.  Tom is married and lives in Bedford NH with his wife and two sons.

Amanda Berry
Analytic Manager and Vice President, Virtual Channels Transaction Fraud Detection and Reporting at Wells Fargo Bank

Amanda Berry is an Analytic Manager and Vice President of Virtual Channels Transaction Fraud Detection and Reporting at Wells Fargo Bank. Amanda is also a Certified Fraud Examiner and has led various detection and mitigation efforts as a Financial Crimes Consultant and Analytic Consultant for both internal and external financial fraud. In 2008, she began building with Habitat for Humanity at a Paint-a-Thon sponsored by Wells Fargo where she developed a passion for building with Habitat. After six years in the heat of Arizona, Amanda returned to her home state of Massachusetts, and picked up her volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of North Shore.  In 2014, she led her first build event with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell and has been volunteering with Habitat Lowell affiliate each year since.

At Wells Fargo, Amanda has served as co-chair of the Risk Operations & Fraud Prevention Services Diversity & Inclusion (D & I) Council, and chaired various committees. Amanda has also devoted time as an art teacher and Junior Achievement volunteer in Chandler, AZ, a W.E.B. reading volunteer and parent member of the PTF Grants Committee in Boxborough, MA, and a Westford Youth Lacrosse coach in Westford, MA.  Amanda lives with her son and two daughters in Westford, MA, and enjoys reading, running and getting outdoors whenever possible.

Jeffrey Brem, PE
President and Chief Civil Engineer for Meisner Brem Corporation

Jeffrey Brem, PE is the President and Chief Civil Engineer for Meisner Brem Corporation in Westford MA. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine, Orono and attended Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (civil) in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine and has over 35 years of experience. Mr. Brem is experienced in various types of civil engineering related projects including sanitary sewer, storm drainage and stormwater management, septic system design (SSDS), highways and roadways, surveying, and construction management. He has extensive design experience in private land development projects of all types and sizes as a consulting design engineer. He also has experience as a construction superintendent for residential and commercial projects and is familiar with design and construction practices both in the east coast and west coast areas of the U.S. Mr. Brem has advised the Mass. Dept. of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) as an appointee of the Commissioner on several task forces and stakeholder committees including stormwater and Title 5, the State Sanitary Code.  Jeff serves as a full Board Member of the Home Builders Association of Massachusetts Board of Directors and chairs the Wetland and Water Resources SubCommittee.  Jeff is the developer and builder for the current 18 home project known as Juniper Hill in Westford MA

Michael Collins
Business Development, OmniPrinting

Michael Fritzman

Paul Germano
Vice President, Enterprise Bank

Paul Germano is a banking executive with over 35 years of experience.  He is currently Vice President of Deposit & Payment Operations at Enterprise Bank in Lowell MA and resides in Tewksbury. Prior to Paul’s work at Enterprise Bank, he worked at Cambridge Savings Bank and Beverly National Bank in various management positions.

Leah ManganaroPaglia
Real Estate Specialist, Reliable Results Realty

A lifetime resident of Massachusetts, Leah grew up in Winchester and has lived in Westford since 1996 with her husband and 4 children.  Leah has always had a passion for real estate.  She worked in the family’s real estate company during the summers while attending Providence College. After college she went to work for a real estate management company in Waltham. Later, she obtained a law degree from the New England School of Law and practiced as a real estate law attorney for nearly 15 years. Residential real estate sales is a great fit for her, because of her extensive knowledge and experience negotiating with contracts.  She brings this ability to the table with her buyers and sellers.

Leah prides herself on accountability, attention to detail and personal service which create a trusting relationship with all her clients and she builds lifelong relationships with many of her clients. Whether buying or selling, be it your first home, your last home, or building your investment portfolio, Leah will deliver the unsurpassed service you deserve.

Leah’s second passion is ice hockey. She not only enjoys watching the Boston Bruins but she is an active participant in the local women’s ice hockey league. After a long week of real estate she will often take to the ice to relax. In 2016, Leah’s team won the Women’s Adult National Championship Title for their division. She also enjoys walking her 3 dogs, Dakota, Gig and Spanky. And when time allows she will sneak in a Bikram Yoga class.

Christopher Marzilli
CSG Product Director, Platform, Salesforce

Pastor David Rinas
Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church of Chelmsford

Melissa Robbins, Legal Counsel,
Attorney, Deschenes & Farrell, P.C.

Melissa Robbins has been actively involved with the legal aspects of the development, financing and construction of real estate and affordable housing for the last six years. During that time, Ms. Robbins has been promoting smart growth and affordable housing for developers, as well as non-profit and governmental agencies through the use of local zoning, M.G.L. Chapter 40B and other creative methods.

Ms. Robbins and attorneys within the firm represent developers, as well as affordable housing advocates, in towns including, Westford, Littleton, Groton, Concord, Hopedale, Clinton, Dracut and Tyngsboro.

Brenda Gould, Executive Director

Currently serving as Executive Director for the Greater Lowell affiliate, Brenda Gould started with Habitat as a volunteer in 2005. She joined the HFHGL Board in 2007 and served her first 3 years as Treasurer, then elected VP in March 2010 and President in fall 2010 through March 2011. Previous to Habitat, Brenda has worked in various business environments, most recently in companies of her own – DMJ Associates & LBK Land Development (property management companies for the past 5 years) and was a Schooley Mitchell Telecom franchise owner during 2010-2012. Prior work experience includes 25 years of industry experience as a Business Operations Manager with Millipore Corporation in Billerica MA and Agamatrix in Salem, NH. Brenda lives in Westford, MA with her husband, Perry and two daughters, Jennifer and Danielle. She holds a BBA in accounting from Siena College in Loudonville NY, and a MBA in finance from Bentley College in Waltham, MA.