The Network Leadership Council reflects the broad and diverse commitment across Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire Counties to prevent and end homelessness in the region with a Housing First approach. Collaboration across every sector of our community is critical to meeting this challenge. With a Leadership Council almost 100 strong and continually growing, the Network thanks this group of leaders for their partnership in the shared mission to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring in Western Massachusetts.

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State Senator Jo Comerford, Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester

State Senator Anne Gobi, Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex

State Senator Adam Hinds, Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden

State Senator Eric Lesser, 1st Hampden and Hampshire

State Senator James Welch, Hampden

Assistant Majority Leader Joseph Wagner, 8th Hampden

State Representative Natalie Blais, 1st Franklin

State Representative Dan Carey, 2nd Hampshire

State Representative Mindy Domb, 3rd Hampshire

State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, 3rd Berkshire

State Representative Michael Finn, 6th Hampden

State Representative Carlos Gonzaléz, 10th Hampden

State Representative Paul Mark, 2nd Berkshire

State Representative Smitty Pignatelli, 4th Berkshire

State Representative Angelo Puppolo, 12th Hampden

State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa, 1st Hampshire

State Representative José Tosado, 9th Hampden

State Representative Aaron Vega, 5th Hampden

State Representative John Velis, 4th Hampden

State Representative Susannah Whipps, 2nd Franklin

State Representative Bud Williams, 11th Hampden

Mayor Roxann Wedegartner, City of Greenfield

Mayor Alex Morse, City of Holyoke

Mayor Thomas Bernard, City of North Adams

Mayor David Narkewicz, City of Northampton

Mayor Linda Tyer, City of Pittsfield

Mayor Domenic Sarno, City of Springfield


MJ Adams, Director, Office of Community and Economic Development, City of Greenfield

Tanisha Arena, Executive Director, Arise for Social Justice

Jim Ayres, Vice-President of Program and Strategy, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

Paul Bailey, Executive Director, Springfield Partners for Community Action

Lev Ben-Ezra, Executive Director, Amherst Survival Center

John Bidwell, Executive Director, United Way of Hampshire County

Kathryn Buckley-Brawner, Director, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Springfield

Dave Christopolis, Executive Director, Hilltown Community Development Corporation

Christa Collier, Executive Director, Northern Berkshire United Way

Ben Cluff, Veterans’ Services Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Jessica Collins, Executive Director, Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts

Steve Connor, Director, Central Hampshire Veterans Services

Patricia Crosby, Executive Director, Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board

David Cruise, President, MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board

Rabbi Justin David, Congregation B’nai Israel 

Elizabeth Dineen, Executive Director, YWCA of Western Massachusetts

Linda Dunlavy, Executive Director, Franklin Regional Council of Governments

Doreen Fadus, Executive Director, Community Benefit and Health, Health Care for the Homeless, Mercy Medical Center

Keith Fairey, President and CEO, Way Finders

Judge Robert Fields, Western Division Housing Court

David Gadaire, Executive Director, MassHire Holyoke

Leslie Garcia, member, Springfield Youth Action Board

Melanie Gelaznik, Executive Director, MassHire Berkshire Career Center

Brad Gordon, Executive Director, Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority

Gina Govoni, Executive Director, Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority

Michael Hagmaier, Executive Vice President, Soldier On

Sharon Hall-Smith, Division Director, Gandara Center

Dave Havens, Director of Homeless Services, Mental Health Association 

Clare Higgins, Executive Director, Community Action Pioneer Valley

Stephen Huntley, Executive Director, Valley Opportunity Council

Lori Ingraham, Assistant Treasurer, Easthampton Savings Bank

Joan Kagan, President and CEO, Square One

Kathy Keeser, Executive Director, Louison House

Ellen Kennedy, President, Berkshire Community College

Jennifer Kinsman, Senior Vice-President Community Impact, United Way of Pioneer Valley

Alisa Klein, Executive Director, Grow Food Northampton

Charlie Knight, Former Consumer, Springfield

Jay Levy, Regional Manager, Eliot CHS–Homeless Services

Jane Loechler, Executive Director, Valley Community Development Corporation

Jose Lopez-Figuero, Director, Center for Access Services, Springfield Technical Community College

Jeff Lowenstein, Director of Community Planning, Berkshire Community Action

Joanne Marqusee, President and CEO, Cooley Dickinson Health Care

Tom Matuszko, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Gerry McCafferty, Director, City of Springfield Office of Housing

Bill Miller, Vice-President, Clinical and Support Options

Earl Miller, Director of Recovery, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

Laurie Millman, Executive Director, Center for New Americans

Andrew Morehouse, Executive Director, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

Michelle Morris, CRA Mortgage Loan Originator, Berkshire Bank

Theresa Nicholson, Director of Housing Services, Center for Human Development

Heidi Nortonsmith, Executive Director, Northampton Survival Center

Elton Ogden, President, Berkshire Housing Development Corporation

Yasmin Otero, Assistant Director, Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance

Jesus Pereira, Veterans Services Director, City of Holyoke

Keleigh Pereira, Director, Three County Continuum of Care, Community Action Pioneer Valley

Jane Ralph, Executive Director, Construct

Phil Ringwood, Executive Director, DIAL/SELF Youth and Community Services

Frank Robinson, Vice President, Public Health, Baystate Health

Kimberly Robinson, Executive Director, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

Marcia Roddy, Regional Director, Massachusetts Department of Children And Families

Christina Royal, President, Holyoke Community College

Jay Sacchetti, Vice President Shelter/Housing, ServiceNet

Yves Salomon-Fernandez, President, Greenfield Community College

James Seney, Program Manager, VA Central Western Massachusetts Health Care System

James Sherbo, Senior Vice President, PeoplesBank

Risa Silverman, Director, Office for Public Health Practice and Outreach, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sarah Tanner, Interim Executive Director, United Way of Franklin County

Rose Webster-Smith, Program Coordinator, Springfield No One Leaves

Pamela Wells, Resident Services Manager, Springfield Housing Authority

Twjana Williams, Western Massachusetts Regional Supervisor Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development

Candace Winkler, Executive Director and CEO, Berkshire United Way

Steve Winn, President and CEO, Behavioral Health Network

Cheryl Zoll, CEO, Tapestry Health

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