NHMA Staff

Margaret M.L. Byrnes

Executive Director

Margaret serves as Executive Director and oversees all activities of the New Hampshire Municipal Association. Margaret joined NHMA in September 2014 as a staff attorney providing legal advice to NHMA members, speaking at NHMA workshops and other training programs, and writing for NHMA's many publications. Before joining NHMA, Margaret was an associate attorney with the firm Hage Hodes, P.A. She has also taught legal research and writing at Northeastern University School of Law, Suffolk Law School, and The Massachusetts Schools of Law. Margaret earned her B.A. in English Language and Literature and Classical Languages from Smith College in 2008 and her J.D. from the Massachusetts School of Law in 2011, summa cum laude. She is currently an M.B.A. candidate at The University of New Hampshire Paul School of Business, with an expected completion date of December 2020.

Cordell A. Johnston

Government Affairs Counsel

Cordell Johnston advocates for municipalities before the New Hampshire legislature and state agencies. Before joining NHMA in 2004, he was a member of the Concord law firm of Orr & Reno for nineteen years. He lives in Henniker, where he is the town and school district moderator; he previously served as a selectman and as a member and chairman of the planning board. Cordell received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Becky Benvenuti

Government Finance Advisor

Becky Benvenuti focuses on municipal financial operations and provides financial analysis of legislative changes on local governments. She was Revenue Administrator and Tax Collector for the City of Portsmouth following her service as Town Clerk/Tax Collector for Newmarket. She is a New Hampshire certified town clerk/tax collector and an IIMC certified municipal clerk. She held leadership positions in the New HampshireTax Collectors Association (NHTCA), as President in 2010; New Hampshire City & Town Clerks Association (NHCTCA); Joint Certification Program of the NHTCA/NHCTCA; and Northeast Regional Tax Collectors Association. Through her various roles, she regularly advocated for municipalities before the New Hampshire legislature, was instrumental in implementing advanced technology, strengthening financial policies, and developing municipal efficiencies.

Stephen C. Buckley

Legal Services Counsel

Stephen Buckley directs NHMA's legal services program, with responsibility for providing legal advice to members and overseeing training programs and educational publications for municipal officials. He was in the private practice of law from 1984 to 2014 concentrating in representing municipalities. In his hometown of Bow, Steve was a member of the planning board for 12 years and served as a member of the budget committee, and he currently serves as an alternate member on the Zoning Board of Adjustment. He is a past chairman and current member of the executive committee of the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission, and he is currently chairman of the New Hampshire Association of Regional Planning Commissions. Steve received his B.A. from San Diego State University and his J.D. from UNH School of Law.

Natch Greyes

Municipal Services Counsel

Natch Greyes provides both legislative and legal services to NHMA’s member municipalities. Before joining NHMA, Natch was a prosecutor in northern Grafton County. Natch received his B.A from Clark University and his J.D. from William & Mary.

Judith Pellowe

Business Administrator

Judith Pellowe manages the finance and human resources for the Association and its employees, and assists the Executive Director in managing the administrative functions. Before joining NHMA, Judith was the business office manager for a medical practice on the New Hampshire Seacoast. Judith received her B.A. from Wells College, and a degree in accounting from McIntosh College. Judith is also certified in Human Resources by the Society for Human Resource Management and the HR Certification Institute.

Timothy W. Fortier

Communications Coordinator

Tim Fortier serves as editor of Town and City Magazine and NewsLink, and coordinates publications, and advertising. Tim is also responsible for developing and implementing advocacy strategies and outreach activities on a variety of legislative issues. Prior to joining NHMA in 2011, Tim served as government relations advisor with the McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton law firm, vice president with the Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire, and lobbyist and executive vice president of the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association. Tim holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire.

Ashley Methot

Event Coordinator

Ashley Methot assumed the position of Conference and Workshop Coordinator with NHMA in April, 2014. Ashley has held other positions such as Benefits and Wellness Associate and Event Planning Associate during her 9 year career with HealthTrust, Inc. Ashley is the "behind the scenes" coordinator for various events such as the Budget & Finance Workshops, Municipal Law Lecture Series and the NHMA Annual Conference in November. Ashley holds a B.A. degree in Sociology from Keene State College.

Pam Valley

Administrative Assistant

Pam Valley is often the first voice you hear when calling NHMA. Pam is the “behind the scenes” coordinator for dozens of activities, such as NHMA board meetings and publication of theLegislative Bulletin. Before joining NHMA in 1996, Pam worked for a private law firm in Concord, New Hampshire.