EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 7, 2013

DiSalvo appoints five Finance Committee members

By Paul Tennant

---- — NORTH ANDOVER — A solid majority of the nine-member Finance Committee has now been appointed by Moderator Mark DiSalvo, who was elected to his position not quite a year and a half ago.

He recently named five residents to the board, probably the most any moderator has appointed at one time, he told The Eagle-Tribune.

DiSalvo reappointed Alan LeBovidge, a former state revenue commissioner, who has been chairman of the committee for several years, to a new three-year term. Daniel Leary has also been reappointed, but will be filling out the year remaining for Thomas Dugan, who recently resigned from the committee.

Roberto Norbedo, whose term expired this year, retired from the committee, DiSalvo said. Michelle Nadeau, whom DiSalvo appointed last year, resigned because she has moved to another community.

The new committee members are Susan Almono, Marta Solof and Timothy Tschirhart.

Almono, who replaces Norbedo, heads the town’s Sustainability Committee and is resource development manager at the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board.

Almono earned her master’s degree in international development from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree at Vassar College. She is married to the Rev. Joel Almono.

Solof, who will fill the three-year seat held by Leary, worked for many years at the Andover/North Andover branch of the Merrimack Valley YMCA, where she served as director of member services.

Solof has a master of divinity degree from St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary and a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Westminster College. Her husband Jeff is a communications executive at Bank of America and serves as the archdeacon of St. George Orthodox Cathedral in Worcester.

They have lived in North Andover for more than 25 years and have raised two children.

Tschirhart, who will fill the remaining two years of Nadeau’s term, is a certified public accountant and works for Jameson & Co. He was a member of the Finance Council of St. Michael Parish and the Alternative Revenue Generation Subcommittee for the North Andover public schools.

He graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor of business administration in accountancy and earned a master of science in finance from Bentley University.

His wife and daughters have been North Andover residents for the past 15 years.

Leary is the founder of PowerOwners, which delivers knowledge and performance programs to owners and hosts of solar assets. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army.

He is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in biological engineering and earned an MBA at the Isenberg School at the University of Massachusetts. He and his wife, Carrie, are lifelong residents of North Andover.

LeBovidge is a retired partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he held a number of management positions including vice chairman of taxes, overseeing national tax operations and managing about 3,000 tax professionals.

After retiring from that firm, LeBovidge headed the state Department of Revenue and served as executive director of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. He is a trustee of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and served on the board of Lawrence General Hospital.

He earned a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a law degree from Boston College School of Law. He also received a master of laws in taxation from Boston University and is a certified public accountant.

He and his wife Carol reside on Bonny Lane. They have two grown children and six grandchildren.

“I am truly pleased that individuals possessing such extraordinary experience and community commitment have accepted my invitation to serve North Andover,” DiSalvo said.

“The Finance Committee may be the most demanding and significant job in town government. It is central to the best practice review, operation and fiscal integrity of our community,” he added.

A public swearing-in of the Finance Committee members will take place at Town Hall at 5 p.m. Tuesday.