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 before becoming Executive Director in 2019. Before joining NHMA, Margaret was an associate attorney with the firm Hage Hodes, P.A. in Manchester. She also taught legal research and writing at Northeastern University School of Law, Suffolk Law School, and The Massachusetts Schools of Law for several years. Margaret has an M.B.A. from The University of New Hampshire Paul School of Business, a J.D. from the Massachusetts School of Law, and a B.A. in English Language and Literature and Classical Languages from Smith College. 

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.

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.

Katherine Heck

Government Finance Advisor

Katherine Heck provides legislative advocacy and serves as a resource to municipal officials and staff on a variety of government finance and taxation issues. She works collaboratively on publications and workshops for local finance officials to assist them in understanding and successfully performing their fiduciary responsibilities to promote fiscal health in New Hampshire cities and towns. Katherine lives in Greenfield where she has served as the Town Treasurer for the past 15 years and is elected to the local School Board. Katherine received her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and certificates in Municipal Finance from the University of Chicago and in Public Financial Management from the International Monetary Fund.

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.