Member Bios

The Northeast Massachusetts chapter of SCORE has over thirty members, both retired and working. We have significant experience in the ownership, operation and/or management of both small and large businesses in many fields.

SCORE volunteers are prohibited from any monetary arrangement involving a counseling client, may not provide any paid services, and must assure that client interests are the sole focus of advice and recommendations. All SCORE counselors sign the SCORE Code of Ethics every year. Counselors pledge to stay fully independent for the benefit of the SCORE clients.

Some of our members' biographies are shown here. 

Dennis Assad

Skills: Operations, Strategy, Planning, Marketing, Sales, Public Relations, Educational Services

Dennis is retired as Senior Vice President of Marketing at Unifirst Corporation. Dennis worked at Unifirst for 32 years; before serving as Sr. V. P. of Marketing, he worked as a Regional Vice President of Operations and as the General Manager of a plant. He has a B.S. in Marketing from Arizona State University and was a member of the Marine Corps Reserve for eight years.

Jeffrey Clack

Skills: Operations, Marketing, sales, catalogs, financial planning, customer service, computer hardware

Jeffrey grew up in Clarence, NY outside of Buffalo. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY on a Navy ROTC scholarship and studied materials engineering. After graduation he made two deployments on a Navy destroyer to Vietnam. Following 5 years with the Navy, he attended and graduated from Harvard Business School. He spent 25 years in the computer industry with Data General, Compaq, and HP focused on direct sales in sales management, marketing, operations and strategic planning positions. He has also been a financial advisor and does volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity. His SCORE focus is sales and marketing while serving as the Lawrence Branch Manager. His interests are golf, tennis, bicycling, and reading.

Jack Clauson

Skills: Business plans, human resources – recruitment, marketing, people counseling, sales, training

Jack has over 40 years experience in sales and sales Management in the computer, test equipment, medical and software areas while working for Hewlett-Packard, Teradyne and Sybase. He has extensive training and experience in sales skill development, people management, interview, coaching for performance improvement and account planning for sales growth. He has been successful in developing and implementing plans for sales growth in specific large accounts and new business areas. He has an Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelors of Science degree in Business from Northeaster University in Boston, MA.

Peter Colarusso

Skills: Business plans and strategies, Export/Import, manufacturing, marketing, research and development, sales

Peter , educated as a chemist at Tufts University, spent the first 20 work years managing a Research & Development Laboratory at W. R. Grace. While at Grace, Peter studied Strategic Planning at Sloan Business School. He has extensive experience developing aggressive growth and profitability strategies at the corporate, division and small company level. Early in his business management career, Peter revitalized stagnant divisions of Grace, preparing them for profitable divestiture. These skills subsequently applied to several small firms to position them for acquisition by Fortune 100 corporations.

Dave Conley

Skills: Banking, general management, real estate, marketing, business plans and strategies

Dave was educated at Boston College and the University of Illinois College of Law. He worked 36 years at Boston Federal Savings Bank and was President of the bank for 8 years prior to the bank’s sale in 2005. Although he worked in every area of the bank, most of his career was spent in lending, operations, and managing acquisitions. The bank went public in 1995 and grew to $2B though mergers and acquisitions and had 17 offices in the greater Boston area. Skills potentially useful to clients include an understanding of what lenders want from clients, experience with business plans from a financial and marketing perspective, and the experience of managing personnel, budgets, and customer relations in several small subsidiary companies.

Randi Conley

Skills: Operations, Strategy, Planning, Sales, Marketing, Public Relations, Consulting, Research, Marketing, Advertising, Creative, Restaurants, Hospitality

Randi is a senior executive with general management, marketing and supervisory experience. She has worked with growth-oriented companies in catalog, retail and restaurant industries. 25 years in direct marketing of consumer goods, with demonstrated experience in strategic planning, budgeting, catalog development and print production, marketing planning, advertising, merchandising, new business acquisition, and organizing and developing new concept start-ups. Catalogs, print advertising, direct mail, internet. Senior management positions at America's Test Kitchen, VBT Active Vacations, Vermont Country Store, Evergreen Marketing (agency), Brookstone, Swiss Colony, Red Lobster Restaurants.

Robert Curtin

Skills: Finance, Accounting, Operations, Strategy, Planning, Human Resources, Legal Services, Manufacturing, Product Development, International Trade, Manufacturing, Marketing, Advertising, Creative Services, Technology and Web-Based Service, Logistics

Bob has spent the majority of his career working in the computer networking industry in both the financial and manufacturing areas. He has served as corporate cost accounting manager for Cascade Communications Corp, corporate controller for Redstone Communications Inc., director of international real estate for Unisphere Networks, Inc. and corporate manufacturing controller for Juniper Networks, Inc. He has extensive experience in managing start-ups as well as completing mergers and acquisitions. He has spent many years as the financial director of manufacturing organizations and has vast experience in the negotiating contract manufacturing agreements. He has done business plans for start-ups as well as multi-national corporations. Bob has also worked in the publishing and ladies apparel industries as well as teaching math and accounting at the junior college level. He holds a BA in accounting from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and a MBA from Babson College.

Stephen DeSalvo

Skills: Banking & Finance, Business Plans, Strategy, General Management, International Business, Spanish and Portuguese language counseling.

Steve is a former banker with almost 30 years of experience in commercial lending, capital markets and relationship management working with Bank of America (and its predecessors Bank of Boston and Fleet), and with State Street (and its predecessor Investors Bank & Trust). During his career, he lived in Chile, Bolivia and Brazil for 6 years in the 1980’s; was an Entertainment Industry lender; led an Emerging Market Fixed Income team, was the executive for FX and Derivatives businesses, Government Banking, Commercial Insurance and Global Relationship Management units. Steve is actively involved with several non-profit organizations. He graduated from Hamilton College. Steve’s more detailed background can be found at:

Steve is fluent in Spanish and English.

David Evans

Skills: Finance, Accounting, Operations, Strategy, Planning, Banking, Financial Services

Dave has worked in many banking roles, including Commercial lender, sales, Business Plans, Consumer Credit Counseling, Information Technology, and Small Business lending.

Bill Feingold

Skills: Legal, Finance, Business Processes

I can help improve your business performance in advising you as to the form of your business, the various legal considerations you may face, dealing with acquisition, contracts relative to moving forward and dealing with financing requirements and issues.  As an attorney and also as a business person in law and other businesses, I have helped many individuals and entities in the areas of forming the business, financing the business, dealing with contracts for the purchase and the sale of assets and properties, entering into and understanding contracts and all business general considerations as to individuals and corporate and other business entities.  My experience has been as a private business person and have acted as a sole proprietor, as a partner and as a corporate officer and shareholder.

Marie Foley

Skills: Retail, Multiple locations, PUrchasing

Marie's professional life started out in The Medical Research field researching diabetes, AIDS, Alzheimer's and other molecular endocrinology issues.

For the past 28 yrs. she managed a successful family-owned retail gift shop. We learned everything from the ground up. At one point there were 5 Concord Hand Designs up and down the east coast including Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston. That business closed due to retirement, and she now owns a custom souvenir business for Concord and Lexington memorabilia with several kiosks throughout the area.

Steven Galante

Skills: Finance, Accounting, Manufacturing, Product Development, Sales, Marketing, PR, Health Care and Life Sciences

CEO of J and S Medical Assoc. a manufacturer of in vitro diagnostic products for clinical medical laboratories. Sold products world wide to 38 countries and to fortune 100 companies such as Abbott,Siemens, Fisher Scientific and Cardinal health. After selling the company to Thermofisher Scientific, I was VP of Business Development for the diagnostics division  doing mergers and acquisitions for 5 years.I presently own Galante Biomedical Associates LLC helping clients looking to buy or sell a company. And doing sales consulting. 

Bob Jack

Skills: Business plans and strategies, computer information systems, human resources, quality assurance, consulting, general management

Bob has over 37 years in the IT industry. He received BSEE, MSEE and MBA degrees from Texas A& M, Stanford and Pepperdine Universities. During his time in the computer industry he managed product development groups, manufacturing technical groups and manufacturing plants. His experience in manufacturing focused on new process technology and manufacturing work design. He retired from Digital Equipment Corporation in 1992 and has been a SCORE counselor for the last 15 years. His counseling specialties include product development, team building, work design, product strategy and new product management.

Jim Lynam

Skills: Consulting

Jim is a 1955 graduate of Fordham University and spent the first 11 years after graduation in public accounting. Following that time frame he took the position of Vice President-Finance with a client that had recently formed a company that was set up to make acquisitions of stand alone operations with the parent as manager in a Holding Company. While senior management had direct responsibilities for Sales/Manufacturing/Finance, the Chairman/Owner pushed them to get involved in all aspects of the stand alone operations which included, Plastics/Sub-fractional horse power motors/forgings/stampings/size reduction equipment/caskets/conveyor systems. Jim spent the last ten years of his time with the company as a Director/President/CEO.After his retirement from the company Jim joined a partnership that was involved in the ownership/management of commercial/residential properties as well as the ownership/management of two restaurants and four marinas.

Dave Manley

Skills: Consulting, business plans and strategies, budgets, cash flow, people counseling, marketing - pricing

Dave retired from Fidelity Investments in 2005 where he held positions as the CFO of several Groups, including Retail Brokerage and Internal Systems and Services. Dave’s finance experience includes new business and product analysis, pricing analysis, budgeting, forecasting, business and strategic planning, cost containment and acquisition analysis. Earlier in his career he worked as CFO and purchasing agent for a small rapidly growing appliance manufacturing and distribution company. He also worked for a non-profit medical research organization which owned a for-profit blood products and testing laboratory. He owned, operated and sold his own business supplying restaurants with table lighting products. In retirement he has taught finance and business at Salem State College. He studied economics at Tufts University and earned an MBA from the University of Virginia.

Peter McGarry

Skills: Operations, Strategy, Planning, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Logistics

Pete was the owner-operator of a marine supply business for ten years. He has a total of 30 years' experience in senior management positions with five companies, whose products were all different. Most recently he was with M/A COM (Lowell,MA). He was responsible for the operations/manufacturing of the microwave connector products with locations in Arecibo, PR; Harlow, England and Waltham, MA

Bill McLeod

Skills: Business planning, marketing, new technology development, customer satisfaction, business processes

Bill has been with SCORE for over ten years. He has counseled more than five hundred clients, assisting small businesses across a wide range of industries, including mechanical equipment manufacturing, retail, IT assistance, environmental and not-for-profits.

Bill has recently come to SCORE Northeast Massachusetts from the Bridgeport, Connecticut, chapter.

Bill gained broad, real world experience during his 33-year career with a major energy company. There he developed expertise in business planning, refining, marketing, new technology development and commercialization. Bill also led a major company-wide initiative on customer satisfaction and business process improvement.

Bill served in several leadership positions during his time with the Bridgeport Chapter including Chapter Chair, workshop chair and workshop presenter. He was also Assistant District Director for SCORE coordinating the seven Chapters in Connecticut from 2008-2012.

Sumner Misenheimer

Skills: Franchising, Small Business, Family Business, Planning, Profitability, Manufacturing, Product Development, Marketing, Industrial Engineering

Sumner has extensive knowledge in assessment of franchise opportunities and franchisee expectations. He was the owner of a small family operated business. Established in 1986, it has grown to one of the most successful within the largest printing / marketing franchises worldwide.

Peter Morbeck

Skills: Consulting, marketing - market research - industry and trade shows, inventory management

Peter has 40 plus years in the lumber distribution field. He recieved a degree from Menlo Business School and studied marketing courses at the University of Hartford and Northeastern University. He further studied wood-tech engineering during a stint at the Potlatch Forests research and development unit. He developed product purchasing, distribution, and marketing systems for wholesale lumber companies. He also developed and implemented financial and sales programs, becoming sales manager, for a large sawmill in New Hampshire. In retirement he has been Facilities Maintenance Committee director for the town of Boxford.

William Moriarty

Skills: Strategy, Planning, Human Resources, Sales, Marketing, PR, Banking, Consulting, International Trade

Biff has experience in Commercial Sales, Sales Management, Sales and Business Strategy, Sales Training, Strategic Alliance Development, Marketing; Licensed Property,Casualty, Life, Health & Accident B2B Insurance Broker

James Murphy

Skills: Strategy, Planning, Marketing, Product Development, Intellectual Property, Sales, Marketing, PR, Technology and IT, Home Improvement Services

The holder of two patents, Jim was an electronic engineer at CBS, Pitney Bowes Corp, and at Perkin Elmer Corp. He was a regional sales manager at Vectron Laboratories, V.P. Marketing at Rhode & Schwartz USA. Microsonics, Corp and Frequency and Time Systems. Marketing manager at Tritek Inc. He founded and was president of Dainterface, LLC

Alvah Parker

Skills: Sales – commercial, marketing, start-up, training, customer service

Alvah has impacted the personal and professional lives of hundreds of clients by helping them to create successful careers and businesses. Her private clients are most often intent on finding work that is engaging and energizing so that they can have a more meaningful and profitable work experience. Alvah does this through her own career coaching business which she started in 1999. Prior to starting her own business Alvah worked at AT&T for fifteen years where she was twice selected for the prestigious Council of Leaders for those in the top 3% of the AT&T Sales Force. At AT&T she also served as a sales manager, quality manager and software solutions manager. Alvah graduated from Simmons College with a BS in Chemistry Education and spent 4 years teaching Chemistry in Chelsea, MA.

Roddy Powers

Skills: Operations Management;Quality Control;Technical Sales & Marketing

Roddy has over 40 years experience in both large and small technical manufacturing companies. A graduate of Dartmouth , Thayer School of Engineering and Columbia Business School. he spent the majority of his working life in a start- up electronic connector company which he helped grow from nothing to $80M in sales with factories in Massachusetts, RI, Arizona, Indiana, Mexico and the Philippines. His role was VP Operations although he often had customer contact because of quality issues or vendor partnerships. Customers ranged from large defense contractors to small controls suppliers.

John Sawyer

Skills: Business planning and ongoing operations; Financial planning; Sales and marketing; Customer service

John has over 40 years experience with business operations in both large and small firms. A graduate of Middlebury (Vt.) College and advanced management programs, John served in the Navy before starting his career in voice and data communications, working for companies including Wang Laboratories, Teradyne and several start-ups. His expertise includes defining, nurturing then leading teams focused on product launch, ongoing business operations, sales and marketing, customer support, strategic market analysis and financial planning. An experienced coach and mentor, John is an avid boater with interests in carpentry and US history.

Charles K. Stefanidakis

Skills: Finance; Business planning and ongoing operations

Charles has over 40 years of business experience including President and Founder of DNS Enterprise, a world leader in Internet Forensics, recently sold to Solarwinds (NYSE: SWI). Prior to that he spent eight years with Cambridge Technology Group where he was Chief Financial Officer. In this capacity he managed all financial aspects of the firm’s Executive Education business as well as the early-stage financial operations of a number of companies incubated by the Group. These included Cambridge Technology Partners, Open Environment Corporation, Primix (formerly OneWave) and C-bridge Internet Solutions, Inc. as a member of RAS Management Advisors, Stefanidakis also consulted in a number of financial and strategic engagements including a contract software services firm, a wireless telecom infrastructure company, an athletic apparel manufacturer, and an Internet start-up. Stefanidakis started his career in finance at the Boston office of Price Waterhouse where he gained experience in a number of service, manufacturing and distribution industries and also earned his certification as a CPA in Massachusetts. Stefanidakis has also served as Chief Financial Officer of Cooley Inc. of Pawtucket, RI, a $75 million manufacturer, as well as Chief Financial Officer of TI Raleigh (USA) Inc., an international manufacturer of bicycles and accessories. Stefanidakis holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting and an MBA from Northeastern University.

Michael Thompson

Skills: Consulting, business plans and strategies, marketing – international, sales, wholesaling, export/import

Michael worked for over 40 years in food processing businesses (sugar, seafood and biscuits), specializing in international market development. He built consumer franchises in over 25 countries,including the United States, and participated in the planning, construction and profitable operation of both new plants and acquisitions. Prior to entering business, Michael was a member of a professional folk-singing group and his life-long interest in music has led to an understanding of the promotion of art.

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