30◆ law.wne.edu PERSPECTIVES
You are now working as a City Manager in Nome, Alaska.
What is your role there, and what challenges do you face?
“Municipal government is an interesting animal due to the
widely varying systems that are used from place to place.
Nome has implemented a City Manager form of government,
which means that I have what some people envision as
“mayoral duties.” Nome does have a mayor (and a City
Council), but I’m personally tasked with overseeing the
day-to-day operations of the organization. By ordinance,
the city manager is the chief administrative officer. To that
end, I serve as both the personnel director and the treasurer. Unequivocally, the most challenging aspect of my
job is personnel management. My executive assistant often
quips that being the city manager requires one to be able to
satisfy three very divergent factions at the same time: the
public, the City Council, and my employees. She’s right, as
very rarely do those three factions’ interests coincide.”
How did you wind up living and working in Alaska?
“I was working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
in 2009 when the northeast was hit by the recession and I
was laid off. For almost two years, I tried my hand as a solo
practitioner. I was never drawn to the conventional practice
of law, though, so I knew that wouldn’t last. A college
roommate of mine (who had been to Nome on an adventure cruise) had accepted the position of assistant director
of recreation. For nearly a year, he “recruited” me for city
clerk—a position that they were having trouble filling.
Finally, I applied to the City of Nome and was hired. After
four years, the former city manager resigned to work for
the new Governor of Alaska, leaving the position vacant.
I applied for the job, and the rest is history.”
How did Western New England prepare you to stand
out in your career?
“As I mentioned, the traditional practice of law was never
really in the cards for me. I was a political science major in
college, and I always presumed that I’d end up in politics.
I made the decision to attend law school because I felt that
it would provide a skillset that was marketable to a number
of different fields. In fact, I think that’s the most valuable
thing about going to law school. When my career in government is finally over, perhaps I’ll enter the niche market of
municipal law. That’s the beauty of a law degree: regardless
of where the world takes you, you’ve always got a sought-after contingency plan. The first-rate education that I
received from Western New England is still with me today.”
Where are they now?
Kelly A. Trahan of Murtha Cullina LLP was
named one of the 40 Under 40 from the
Fairfield County Business Journal in Connecticut.
Janice Ward was appointed as senior vice
president, wealth advisor and senior fiduciary
officer for Bershire Bank in Pittsfield, MA.
Class Agent Julia Lentini Marquis
Ryan Costello is the operations manager for
e TERA Consulting Europe, an international
organization focused on data projects in the
areas of information governance, investigations, litigation, regulatory compliance, and
security breach response. He is based out of
the office in Rome, Italy.
Brian Levin welcomed his son, Augustus
“Gus,” in February.
Lisa Lippiello is a founding partner of the practice Burrows, Weiss, Mintz & Lippiello in
Northampton, MA. She practices criminal law.
Mark Moon took over the family business and
is now the principal owner of Seoul BBQ &
Sushi in West Hartford.
Class Agents: Kelly Koch
Jeff Mogan is attorney–senior labor and
employee relations specialist for UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA.
Class Agents: Kendra Berardi
Running with the NYPD Running Club, police
officer Michael J. Gilligan completed the
2015 New York Marathon. He was recently
transferred to the 33rd Precinct, covering
Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan as
a field intelligence officer.
Michael Viscosi was appointed to the Johnstown City Court in New York as the assistant
city court judge in December.
Class Agent John Bandeian
Lynn A. Scull is now a board member for the
Enfield Zoning Board of Appeals in Connecticut.
Jeanne Traugot is the director of development at the ALS Association Greater New
Welcome Class Agent Hirak Shah
Bernardo Cuadra is part of the Marathon
Strides Against MS and has completed the
Boston Marathon for the last two years.
His team raises money for the National MS
Society, which provides funding for research
on the disease.
Class Agent Maren Law
The Massachusetts Bar Association presented
the Community Service Award to Amelia Hol-strom who is with Skoler, Abbott & Presser,
P.C. in Springfield.
The Committee for Public Counsel Services
in Boston awarded Lauren J. Honigman the
Jane Addams Award.