Meet the EDC

Southborough Economic Development Committee Members

The Economic Development Committee is an appointed 10 member board comprised of members with a wide range of talent. Whether an individual or a company is looking to locate or expand in Southborough, the committee is your resource to assist with the process. Please contact Economic Development Coordinator, Pam DiGiovanni (508) 485-0170 (x3011) or by email with any questions.

Dave McCay

Dave McKay, Chair

David McCay is a partner in the litigation and land use groups at Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP where he assists clients in the resolution of complex real estate, environmental and business disputes throughout Massachusetts. He is active in the Boroughs+ region serving as the Chair of the Southborough Economic Development Committee and the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce. Dave is also member of the Board of Directors of the 495/MetroWest Partnership, the Advisory Board of the MetroWest Economic Research Center at Framingham State University, and the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation. Dave is a passionate advocate for his clients and for the economic vitality of his adopted home of Southborough and the Boroughs+ region.
Julie Connelly

Julie Connelly, Vice Chair

Julie Connelly has served as the Vice Chair of the Economic Development Committee since its inception in 2013. Julie works as in-house real estate legal counsel for CVS Health and has legal expertise on purchase, sale, leasing, construction and land use issues for commercial properties. Julie is committed to responsible and purposeful economic development that is consistent with the historic and beautiful character of Southborough that can be supported by Southborough’s innovative, educated and skilled workforce.

Kathy Bartolini

Kathy Bartolini bio coming soon!
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Sujal Bhalakia

Sujal Bhalakia is a CEO at NuVascular Technologies, an early stage medical device startup and is passionate about creating an eco-system that stimulates businesses to grow responsibly and alleviate the residential tax burden. His business experience includes 16 years with Boston Scientific Corporation in global operations, product development, program management and strategy. Sujal brings a unique perspective on needs of small, medium and large businesses and balancing them with the needs of the residential community. Sujal is committed to progressing the start-up ecosystem across the MetroWest region to complement Southborough’s innovative workforce while preserving the town’s character.
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Pam DiGiovanni, EDC Coordinator

Pam DiGiovanni, is the economic development coordinator for the Committee. She has 13 years’ experience with economic and community development, outreach, project management and program development within the public sector.  Before joining the Town of Southborough, Pam served as the economic development program manager for MassDOT, where she worked closely with over 80 communities to revitalize downtowns to help create and retain jobs.  Pam also served as assistant director for the Federal Transit Administration’s National Rural Transit Assistance Program, where she provided project management and technical assistance related to rural and tribal transit projects nationwide.  She has held key positions within the Commonwealth’s Executive Branch, including MassDOT’s government relations director and director of policy.  Pam holds a BA from St. Anselm College and MSPS from Suffolk University.
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Jamie Falconi

Jamie Falconi is a life-long resident of Southborough and is the owner of Stellar Apparel a company that provides imprinted apparel and promotional items. Jamie is part of a family who has a long business history in town, his Grandfather established a business in Southborough in 1939 which remains today as Falconi Energy. Jamie was recently selected to the Economic Development Committee and is excited to help the committee create economic development as well as helping to maintain the town’s unique and historic attractiveness.  Jamie is a Framingham State Graduate, and Veteran of the Armed Forces (Army 89-94)

Jyothi Grama, Town Planner

Jyothi Grama is Southborough’s Town Planner, and is an ex-officio member of the Economic Development Committee. She has a background in Architecture and Planning. She worked in the Planning and Environmental Department at the City of Austin, TX for many years prior to moving to MA. She is involved with the MW/ Greater Worcester Habitat for Humanity. She is on their Construction and ReStore committees, and is a member of their Board of Directors.
Vanessa Hale

Vanessa Hale, Assistant Town Administrator/Personnel Liaison

Vanessa Hale is the Assistant Town Administrator/Personnel Liaison for the Town of Southborough, a position she has held for fourteen years. Vanessa often sits in for the Town Administrator who is an ex-officio member and represents the Board of Selectmen and other committees at various meetings and functions. She is a liaison between the Administrative offices and multiple boards, committees, officials and residents. Prior to coming to Southborough, Vanessa was employed by the towns of Northborough and Sherborn, as well as the Massachusetts Municipal Association and the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. Vanessa is in her sixth year as Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association

Lori Karlsson

Lori Karlsson is the Director of Auxiliary Programs at St. Mark’s School and also co-owns an art studio in Framingham geared to kids and their families.  A graduate of B.U., her previous experience ranges from Design and Corporate Communications at what was then Arthur Andersen to Account Supervisor at a couple of L.A. ad agencies to Advertising Manager at DIRECTV and VP of Marketing for Pegasus Satellite Television.   Her creative and business experience combined with her startup mindset has given her a broad base of experience from which to draw.  Lori loves being a part of the St. Mark’s and Southborough community and wants to help develop and nurture the area businesses.
Dan Kolenda

Dan Kolenda, Representative of the Board

Dan Kolenda is a Southborough Selectman and representative of the Board to the Economic Development Committee and is also a member of the Algonquin Regional School Committee and Southborough Little League. Dan is Vice President and Managing Assistant General Counsel, CA Technologies and is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves, JAG Corps. He is committed to responsible economic development in Southborough that enhances our town’s rural character and adds to our collective tax base, helping to alleviate our residential tax burden.
Mark J. Purple

Mark J. Purple, Town Administrator

Mark J. Purple is the Town Administrator for the Town of Southborough, and has held that position since 2012. Mark brings a passion for and knowledge of local government to the position, having served in various municipal roles during his 21-year career. Prior to coming to Southborough, Mark has served as Executive Secretary in Millville, MA, Town Administrator in Ashburnham, MA, Assistant Town Manager in Framingham, MA, and Assistant Town Manager/Finance Director in Ashland, MA. Mark is also the President of the Massachusetts Municipal Management Association (MMMA), and has served on its Executive Committee for the past eight years. Mark is an active member in both the MMMA and the International City/County Management Association.
Claire Reynolds

Claire Reynolds

Claire Reynolds has over 19 years of service to the Town mostly with the financial Advisory committee and was recently appointed to the EDC. Her professional background includes 30 years of diversified experience in sales/technical training, IT consulting and product marketing. Her business, CCR Consulting provides business process consulting and training delivery of PC applications and software skills. As a small business owner, she has the perspective of what is necessary to support and attract small business owners to the Route 9 office park area.
Christopher Robbins

Christopher Robbins

Christopher Robbins is a member of the Economic Development Committee; Board of Directors – Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce; Board of Directors, Alliance Health & Human Services;  Advisory Board, MetroWest Economic Research Center – Framingham State University. Chris served on the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals, Capital Budget Committee and was President, of the Southborough Business Association. He has extensive experience enabling organizations to maximize performance. A passionate advocate of Southborough taking responsibility of its local economy and job creation, he is committed to working collaboratively with business leaders, government officials, nonprofit leaders, residents and neighboring communities, thereby enabling the town to achieve sustainable growth. He served in the U.S. Army & Reserves – Major (Ret.).