OIG Leadership Team

Get to know our leadership team at the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

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Natalie S. Monroe, Acting Inspector General

Natalie Monroe is an attorney with over 25 years of experience practicing law in the public and private sectors. She was named the First Assistant Inspector General in 2012 and was appointed as Acting Inspector General on August 8, 2022. 

Before joining the Inspector General’s Office, Natalie served as the Chief of the Appeals Division in the Criminal Bureau at the Attorney General’s Office. There Natalie worked on a broad array of criminal and civil matters, including prosecutions and investigations involving government theft, fraud and abuse. She regularly represented the Commonwealth in state and federal court at both the trial and appellate levels. 

Natalie also served as an Administrative Magistrate for the Commonwealth’s Division of Administrative Law Appeals. In that role, she presided over adjudicatory hearings challenging actions taken by other state agencies and wrote numerous decisions interpreting state regulations and statutes. Before entering public service, Natalie was a partner at Sullivan & Worcester LLP, where she handled complex civil litigation, appeals in state and federal court, and white-collar criminal investigations.

Natalie serves on the Comptroller’s Advisory Board and served on the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security’s Advisory Board. She is the Third Vice President of the Association of Inspectors General, is on the editorial board of The Massachusetts Law Review and volunteers for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (North Shore Walk).

Natalie received her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

David B. Andrews, Director of the Division of State Police Oversight

David B. Andrews was appointed to a four-year term as the director of our office’s Division of State Police Oversight on December 3, 2018.

Dave is a former prosecutor who has worked in the public sector for his entire career, building complex investigations prosecuting cases in court and preventing and detecting fraud in many areas, including insurance, public benefits, charities and fraud by public officials.

Prior to joining our office, Dave served at the Attorney General’s office for 25 years as chief of the Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division. He also served as chief of the White Collar and Public Integrity Divisions, where he supervised investigations and prosecutions related to financial fraud, insurance fraud, mortgage fraud and complex public corruption. 

Dave holds a B.A. from Stonehill College, an M.A. from Boston College and a J.D. from New England Law.

Neil Cohen, Director of the Regulatory and Compliance Division

Neil Cohen has held a variety of positions with our office since first joining in 1993. In 2018 Neil was appointed as the Director of the Regulatory and Compliance division. Previously, he served as a Deputy Director for the Audit, Oversight and Investigations division. During his tenure in our office, Neil helped spearhead our comprehensive investigation of the Big Dig and our oversight of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). He began his public service in 1988 working for the City of New York.

Neil is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Inspector General and a Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Clark University and UMass Lowell, is a frequent guest lecturer for graduate-level classes and professional groups and is a volunteer for the AARP’s Fraud Watch Network.

He is a graduate of Vassar College and has his M.A. in Public Administration from Columbia University.

William J. Durkin, Director and Senior Counsel of the Civil Recovery Unit

Bill Durkin is Director and Senior Counsel for the Civil Recovery Unit (CRU). He is responsible for the development and execution of CRU’s investigative and litigation strategies and the pursuit of civil actions and negotiations to recover funds for the Commonwealth and local governments. Bill also oversees CRU’s collaboration with other OIG divisions, as well as outside agencies, such as the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.

Prior to joining our office, Bill worked for an international law firm in Boston. There he counseled companies and individuals in litigation and investigations by federal and state regulators and law enforcement. In 2015 Bill served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, where he prosecuted a range of criminal offenses, including drug, property and motor vehicle crimes. He has also served as a law clerk to the Honorable James R. Milkey of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

Bill earned a B.A., magna cum laude, from Northeastern University, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.

Mary Beth Farrelly, Chief Financial Officer

Mary Beth Farrelly has more than 30 years of government service. As CFO, she leads the Administration and Finance division. Before joining our office in 1991, Mary Beth worked as a Research Assistant for the House Post Audit and Oversight Committee, as well as a Legislative Aide for then-State Representative Robert A. Cerasoli.

Mary Beth is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a Certified Inspector General (CIG) and a Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official (MCPPO). She currently serves as Past President of the Boston Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, is a charter member of the National Association of Inspectors General (AIG) and has served on the AIG’s Board of Directors since 1996.

Mary Beth holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Master of Public Administration from Framingham State College. 

Julie Lavin Flaherty, Director of the Bureau of Program Integrity

Julie Lavin Flaherty was first appointed as Director of the Bureau of Program Integrity (BPI) in September 2013, just after the Legislature created BPI. She was reappointed in July 2021 for a third four-year term.

Julie has committed her 30-year career to public service. As the director of the BPI, Julie leads a small, collaborative team with a broad oversight role to promote the quality, integrity and efficiency of agencies and programs within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS). Julie also builds partnerships with EOHHS agencies focused on problem-solving and promoting good government.

For more than 10 years, Julie served in the Child Support Enforcement Division at the Department of Revenue (DOR). At DOR, Julie developed and implemented policy, procedures and training designed to promote the safe collection of child support. Throughout her time at DOR, Julie contributed to working groups and committees under the Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse. Prior to her work at DOR, Julie served as prosecutor for over six years, specializing in domestic and sexual abuse cases.

Julie spent one year serving as a law clerk to the justices of the Superior Court, then a second year serving Chief Justice Joseph Warner and Justice Charlotte Perretta of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

Julie is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School.

Ericka Florence, Program Administrator for the MCPPO Program

Ericka Florence was appointed as the Program Administrator for our Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official (MCPPO) program shortly after she joined our office in 2019. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program and ensures it complies with all accreditation standards.  Since being named Program Administrator, Ericka has played a key role in transitioning many of our classes, including registration and enrollment, to an online platform.

Ericka is the former Director of Community Health for the YMCA of Greater Boston where she trained lifestyle coaches and facilitated many trainings on chronic disease prevention. She began her career in program administration in 2012.

Ericka sits on various boards at the community level in support of health equity, economic equality and education reform.  She is a graduate of Northeastern University where she obtained her B.S. in Nursing.

Maya French, Deputy Director of the Regulatory and Compliance Division

Maya French provides guidance, instruction and legal advice related to good governance as Deputy Director of the Regulatory and Compliance division. She has held a variety of positions since she joined our office in 2012, participating in investigations and advising the office on a wide range of operational matters as an attorney in the Legal division.

Before joining the office, Maya worked in both the public and private sectors assessing litigation risks related to contracts involving land use, employment law and student activities. Additionally, she has advised municipal officials on access to public programs related to individuals with different abilities, and minority business participation related to municipal construction projects.

Maya also spent several years as a town meeting member approving operating budgets, capital expenditures and advocating for changes in local regulations and by-laws.

Maya earned a B.A. from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and a J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School. She is a member of the Massachusetts and federal bars.

Josh Giles, Director of the Policy and Government Division

Josh Giles has held his current role as Policy and Government division director since 2014. Josh has been with our office since 2007, previously serving as Government Affairs Director and as a Senior Analyst. He serves as the main point of contact on legislative issues and leads a team that manages the office’s statutory mandates in areas including real property, public construction and health care.  

Josh is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Inspector General and a Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official. He has two decades of public service experience for Massachusetts working on a myriad of public policy issues, including energy, environment, health care and more.

Previously, Josh was the Legislative Director for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), where he advised the secretary on legislative matters and coordinated the legislative agenda for 16 agencies. While at EOHHS, he worked on Massachusetts’ 2006 landmark health care reform legislation. Josh also served in various roles in the Minority Leader’s Office of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, including Chief of Staff, Legislative Director and Senior Policy Analyst.

Josh is a graduate of Saint Anselm College and holds an M.B.A. from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst.

Judi Goldberg, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Program Integrity

Judi Goldberg was appointed as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Program Integrity in July 2021. The office hired Judi in February 2013 as a senior policy analyst focusing on the MassHealth and Health Safety Net programs.

Judi is an attorney with over 20 years of experience working in the public and private sectors. She started her career at Boston University’s Office of the General Counsel, worked four years as an associate at a large international law firm, and then clerked for Judge Mark Wolf of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and Justice Robert Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. She subsequently served as a deputy legal counsel in Governor Romney’s Office of Legal Counsel and the deputy legal counsel for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. After taking a year off when she became a mother, she worked as an attorney for a national publically-traded senior living management company.

Judi earned a B.A. in psychology and sociology from Boston University, an M.Ed. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Boston University.

Raymond Moss, Deputy Director of the Audit, Oversight and Investigations Division

Raymond Moss was appointed Deputy Director of the  Audit, Oversight and Investigations division  in November 2021.  As a deputy director, Raymond helps oversee the division's investigations of fraud, waste and abuse in the use of public money and assets. 

Prior to joining our office, Raymond had 31 years of law enforcement experience, the last 23 with the United States Postal Inspection Service.  In that time, he was charged with investigating and supervising many different types of cases, including mail theft, mail fraud, robbery and narcotics investigations.  Additionally, he was an instructor at the Inspection Service’s training academy in Potomac, MD, and most recently was the Assistant Inspector in Charge of the Boston Division.  Raymond began his law enforcement/public service in 1990 as a Fraud Investigator for the City of New York.

Raymond was awarded his B.S. in Business Administration in1988 from Marist College and his M.A. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College in 1993.

Susanne O’Neil, General Counsel

Susanne O’Neil heads our Legal division, which provides essential legal advice to our office, and manages and directs legal strategy in all office litigation.

An attorney for 25 years, Susanne has experience in both the public and private sectors. She previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Norfolk District Attorney’s office where she was responsible for special projects and handled appeals and post-conviction motions. She was the point prosecutor for complex matters involving state-wide litigation. Susanne also conducted trainings and advised on a range of evidence related issues.

Susanne gained her civil litigation experience in private practice representing individuals and businesses and as Special Counsel for the City of Quincy handling tort claims. Some of her most personally rewarding work was representing veterans pro bono on their VA disability claims. She has volunteered in many local, community organizations. 

She is a graduate of Suffolk University School of Law and the College of the Holy Cross.

Emily Pedersen, Director of the Internal Special Audit Unit

Emily Pedersen joined our office in November 2013 and was appointed to her current role in February 2019. At the Internal Special Audit Unit (ISAU) Emily oversees reviews and investigations to identify cost savings and opportunities for better process efficiencies, which improves transportation spending and operations.

Since joining the ISAU, Emily has led reviews of maintenance and construction contracts, analyzed lost toll revenue from state employees and investigated disability placard abuse. The team’s investigation of the misuse of disability placards received a Governor’s Citation for Outstanding Performance.

Prior to joining the ISAU, Emily worked for the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). For seven years, Emily proposed, planned and completed investigations, performance audits and compliance reviews across DHS.

Emily is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Inspector General Auditor with audit and investigative experience at both the state and federal levels. She holds a B.A. of Business Administration from James Madison University, where she graduated with a degree in International Business.

Leigh S. Pell, Deputy Director of Administration and Finance/ Director of Case Management

Leigh Pell has worked for the office since 1993, beginning as a Senior Administrative Assistant. She began her state career with the Post Audit and Oversight Committee in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. 

Leigh holds a B.A. in Biology from Russell Sage College.  She is a charter member of the National Association of Inspectors General.

Jennifer A. Rabbitt, Deputy General Counsel

Jenny joined the Legal Division at the Office of the Inspector General in May 2017. She was appointed Deputy General Counsel in June 2022. In addition to providing legal advice to the Office and assisting with investigations, Jenny supervises the Office’s legal interns and edits the quarterly OIG Bulletin.  

Before attending law school, Jenny worked as a victim witness advocate in the Child Abuse Unit of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. After graduating from law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Francis X. Spina of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Jenny then returned to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, this time as a prosecutor in the Boston Municipal Court. She later worked for Emerge, a non-profit organization that provides counseling and education to perpetrators of domestic violence.

Jenny received her B.A. in History (magna cum laude) from Harvard College in 1997 and her J.D. (summa cum laude) from Boston College Law School in 2005. 

George A. Xenakis, Director of the Audit, Oversight and Investigations Division

George A. Xenakis was appointed as director of the Audit, Oversight and Investigations division in April 2018. He has held multiple investigative positions within our office since first joining in August 2004.

George has been responsible for developing complex investigations, many of which have led to either criminal prosecutions or civil recoveries. His investigations cover diverse areas, including transportation, public administration, housing, procurement, energy, public corruption and public benefits.

Prior to joining the office, George worked extensively in the high tech industry, including 21 years with Digital Equipment Corporation and Compaq Computer Corporation. He also worked for four years in public accounting including two years with Arthur Young & Company.

George grew up in the South End of Boston. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner and a licensed real estate broker. George is a former member of the town of Concord’s Affordable Housing Committee and the Concord Housing Development Corporation. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Boston University, an M.B.A. and an M.S. in Accounting from Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Professional Accounting.

 

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Last updated: August 31, 2022
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