The Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness is primarily funded through a state legislative earmark with additional annual contributions from many Network partners. Its fiscal agent is United Way of Pioneer Valley.

The Network’s budget, policy and planning decisions are made by its Steering Committee, which includes leaders from across the four Western counties. 

Steering Committee members include:


Gerry McCafferty, Director of Office of Housing, City of Springfield and Hampden County Continuum of Care Director

Katie Dwan, Director, Three County Continuum of Care, Community Action Pioneer Valley


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

Tom Bernard, President and CEO, Berkshire United Way 

Kathryn Buckley-Brawner, Executive Director, Catholic Charities

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

Steve Connor, Director, Central Hampshire Veterans Services

Emily English, Program Director, Gandara Center

Keith Fairey, President and CEO, Way Finders

Erin Forbush, Director of Operations, ServiceNet

David Gadaire, Executive Director, MassHire Holyoke Career Services

Brad Gordon, Executive Director, Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority

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

Dave Havens, Director of Homeless Services, Mental Health Association

Clare Higgins, Executive Director, Community Action Pioneer Valley

Steven Huntley, Executive Director, Valley Opportunity Council

Jennifer Kinsman, Senior Vice President, United Way of Pioneer Valley

Andy Klatka, Regional Manager, Eliot CHS–Homeless Services

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

Katherine Mague, Senior Vice President, Behavioral Health Network

Tim McCarthy, Executive Director, Craig’s Doors

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

Eileen Peltier, President and CEO, Berkshire Housing Development Corporation

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

Rose Webster-Smith, Director, Springfield No One Leaves/Homes for All MA Coalition

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


Pamela Schwartz, Director