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 that centers racial equity. 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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U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern, 2nd District of Massachusetts

State Senator Jo Comerford, Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester

State Senator Adam Gomez, Hampden

State Senator Paul Mark, Berkshire,  Hampden, Franklin and Hampshire

State Senator Jake Oliveira, Hampden, Hampshire and Worceste

State Senator John Velis, 2nd Hampden and Hampshire

State Representative Shirley Arriaga, 8th Hampden

State Representative Natalie Blais, 1st Franklin

State Representative Dan Carey, 2nd Hampshire

State Representative Mindy Domb, 3rd Hampshire

State Representative Patricia Duffy, 5th Hampden

State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, 3rd Berkshire

State Representative Michael Finn, 6th Hampden

State Representative Carlos Gonzaléz, 10th Hampden

State Representative Kelly Pease, 4th Hampden

State Representative Smitty Pignatelli, 4th Berkshire

State Representative Angelo Puppolo, 12th Hampden

State Representative Orlando Ramos, 9th Hampden

State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa, 1st Hampshire

State Representative Susannah Whipps, 2nd Franklin

State Representative Bud Williams, 11th Hampden

Mayor Ginny Desorgher, City of Greenfield

Mayor Joshua Garcia, City of Holyoke

Mayor Nicole LaChapelle, City of Easthampton

Mayor Jennifer Macksey, City of North Adams

Mayor Michael McCabe, City of Westfield

Mayor Peter Marchetti, City of Pittsfield

Mayor William Reichelt, City of West Springfield

Mayor Domenic Sarno, City of Springfield

Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra, City of Northampton

Manager Paul Bockelman, Town of Amherst

Administrator Lisa Wong, Town of South Hadley


Tanisha Arena, Executive Director, Arise for Social Justice

Paul Bailey, Executive Director, Springfield Partners for Community Action

Jane Banks, Vice-President of Housing and Homelessness Services, Clinical and Support Options

Paul Belsito, Executive Director, Irene and George Davis Foundation

Lev Ben-Ezra, Executive Director, Amherst Survival Center

Tom Bernard, President and CEO, Berkshire United Way 

Alexis Breiteneicher, Executive Director, Valley Community Development Corporation

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

Megan Burke, President and CEO, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

Dave Christopolis, Executive Director, Hilltown Community Development Corporation

Celeste M. Clerk, Western Massachusetts Director of Recovery and Employment Supports, MA Department of Mental Health

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

David Cruise, President, MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board

Michelle Derr, Senior Vice-President, Family Services, Community Health Programs

Dawn DiStefano, President and CEO, Square One

Linda Dunlavy, Executive Director, Franklin Regional Council of Governments

Emily English, Program Director, Gandara Center

Keith Fairey, President and CEO, Way Finders

Erin Forbush, Director of Shelter and Housing, ServiceNet

David Gadaire, Executive Director, MassHire Holyoke

Maura Geary, Executive Director, MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center

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

Jordan Hart, Executive Director, Greater Holyoke Chamber

Dave Havens, Director of Homeless Services, Mental Health Association 

Jeffrey Hayden, Vice-President, Holyoke Community College

Clare Higgins, Executive Director, Community Action Pioneer Valley

Stephen Huntley, Executive Director, Valley Opportunity Council

Lori Ingraham, Assistant Treasurer, Easthampton Savings Bank

Kathy Keeser, Executive Director, Louison House

Ellen Kennedy, President, Berkshire Community College

Andy Klatka, Regional Manager, Eliot CHS–Homeless Services

Alisa Klein, Executive Director, Grow Food Northampton

Charlie Knight, Former Consumer, Springfield

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

Kevin Lynn, Executive Director, Springfield MassHire Career Center

Tom Matuszko, Executive Director, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Gerry McCafferty, Director, City of Springfield Office of Housing

Tim McCarthy, Executive Director, Craig’s Doors

Deb McLaughlin, Coordinator, Franklin County Opioid Task Force

Laurie Millman, Executive Director, Center for New Americans

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

Michael Moriarty, Executive Director, OneHolyoke

Michelle Morris, CRA Mortgage Loan Originator, Berkshire Bank

Geoff Naunheim, Executive Director, United Way of the Franklin Hampshire Region

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

Heidi Nortonsmith, Executive Director, Northampton Survival Center

Anna Oltman, Community Development Administrator, City of Greenfield

Eileen Peltier, President, Berkshire Housing Development Corporation

Jane Ralph, Executive Director, Construct

Charles Redd, DEI Officer, Berkshire Health Systems

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

Michelle Schutt, President, Greenfield Community College

Julie Schwager, Western Massachusetts Area Director, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

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

Mollie Sullivan, M.Ed., LMHC, Mental Health Counselor, Mercy Medical Center—Health Care for the Homeless

Diana Szynal, President, Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce

Lynnette Watkins, President and CEO, Cooley Dickinson Health Care

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

Pamela Wells, Resident Services Manager, Springfield Housing Authority

Twjana Williams, Western Massachusetts Regional Supervisor, Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities

Steve Winn, President and CEO, Behavioral Health Network

Cheryl Zoll, CEO, Tapestry Health

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