At our June 28th Annual Election and Legislative Breakfast, we were delighted to welcome Senator Jo Comerford, Representative Paul Mark, Representation Susannah Whipps, Representative Natalie Blais and Jon Gould of Senator Adam Hind's office. Our delegation is a strong voice for Franklin County at the State House and we are grateful for their hardwork on rural issues including education, transportation, health care and workforce development.
At our Annual Election the following officers and directors were elected to the Chamber Board of Directors. We appreciate their willingness to serve and appreciate their interest in this community.
Chair: Elizabeth Fisk, WHAI/Bear Country & The Outlaw
Vice Chair: John Howland, Greenfield Savings Bank
Treasurer: Bob Gilmore, Gilmore and Farrell Insurance Agency
Past Chair: Mark Abramson, Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Real Estate
Executive Committee At-Large
Linda Dunlavy, Franklin Regional Council of Governments
Shelby Snow, Northfield Golf Club
Michael Tucker, Greenfield Cooperative Bank
Directors for Election and Re-election:
Wade Bassett, Yankee Candle Company
Patricia Crosby, MassHire Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board
Sharon Cross, Greenfield Recorder
Jessye Deane, Community Action Pioneer Valley *
John Howland, Greenfield Savings Bank
Stephanie Luebbers, Stoneleigh-Burnham School *
Molly MacMunn, Baystate Franklin Medical Center *
Nicole Rannikko, Patriot Care *
Mike Tucker, Greenfield Cooperative Bank
Carter Wall, FirstLight Power Resources *
* new director
Directors with Unexpired Terms:
Lisa Alber, Alber Hearing Services
Ben Clark, Clarkdale Fruit Farms, Inc.
Sheila Damkoehler, Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
Pat Descarage, Judd Wire Inc. Sumitomo Electric Group
Melissa Hancock, Eversource Energy
Bruce Lessels, Zoar Outdoor
Kevin O’Neil, Wilson’s Department Store
Julie Orvis, Historic Deerfield, Inc.
Christopher Pichette, wTe Recycling Inc.
Michael Ramon, Ramon Financial Services
Yves Salomon-Fernandez, Greenfield Community College
I would like to recognize the retirements of long time Board members Doug Clarke, Kim Levitch and William Gabriel. I am grateful I had the chance to work, even briefly, with all three of those gentlemen. Doug has been our Treasurer for many years and we appreciate all his hard work and guidance. I would also like to thank Mark Abramson for his service as Board Chair this past year. It was a year of transition and his assistance was much appreciated. Mark really made me feel welcome here at the Chamber and I will be forever grateful top him for that.
We welcome Jessye Deane, Stephanie Leubbers, Molly MacMunn, Nicole Rannikko and Carter Wall to the Board. Each new member brings a unique perspective and set of skills and I am really looking forward to having them aboard. I appreciate Liz Fisk stepping in as Board Chair, John Howland as Vice Chair and Bob Gilmore as Treasurer. We have an absolutely terrific Board and I am so excited for the work ahead!
Thanks to our Annual Election and Legislative Breakfast sponsors Greenfield Cooperative Bank, Greenfield Recorder, Greenfield Savings Bank, MassHire Franklin/Hampshire Workforce Board, Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, and Yankee Candle Company.
I wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July!
Diana M. Szynal