Making News





  • kim Lynch

  • Anthony Worden

  • Jessica Laporte

Monday, September 11, 2017

Nicole Laabs joins
Off the Map Tattoo

NORTHAMPTON — Nicole Laabs has joined the team of artists at Off the Map Tattoo.

Laabs, who moved from Arizona, found Off The Map while she was painting and tattooing at world class tattoo conventions around the country. Laabs says her interest in art spans as far back as memory permits. She enjoys the challenges of all genres of tattooing, and tends to excel in color and animals.

Thom Barry earnsarchitect license

AMHERST — Thom Barry, previously an intern architect at Kuhn Riddle Architects in Amherst, has earned his architecture license from the state of Massachusetts.

Barry has been promoted to project architect at Kuhn Riddle, taking on the full responsibilities of project management.

He earned his bachelor’s degree at St. John’s College, Annapolis/Santa Fe. Prior to working at KRA, Barry worked for over 10 years as a carpenter and construction supervisor. He received his master’s degree in architecture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013 and began working for Kuhn Riddle in 2014.

Hart & Patterson donates $20K to Cooley Dickinson

NORTHAMPTON — Hart & Patterson Financial Group, a women-owned financial services firm in Northampton and Amherst, has donated $20,000 to the breast cancer center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in honor of the firm’s 25th anniversary. The donation was personal to the owners after a colleague’s 2009 cancer diagnoses taught them the importance of local services.

Gagnon loan officer at Polish National 

CHICOPEE — Christine Gagnon of Easthampton has joined Polish National Credit Union as assistant vice president/loan officer. She is a residential loan originator at the bank’s College Highway office in Southampton, where her responsibilities include guiding borrowers through the mortgage process.

Gagnon brings nearly 20 years of loan origination experience to her new position and has a successful background in all aspects of lending.

She holds an associate degree in business administration from Holyoke Community College. An active community volunteer, she has been a member of Hampshire County United Way’s Community Investment committee for the past decade, and serves as bookkeeper of the Northampton Education Foundation.

Southampton COA hires new director

SOUTHAMPTON — New Southampton Council on Aging and Senior Center Director Joan (Flynn) Linnehan was born and raised in the Hungry Hill section of Springfield and currently lives in Southwick.

She was the Agawam Senior Center and Council on Aging executive director for the past 12 years, and worked there for 20 years before that, first as activity director, then assistant director.

She has expertise in elder issues and has a passion for working with seniors. She holds her certificate for senior center program management, activity programming, and a bachelor’s degree in social work.

Lynch promoted at Hampden Zimmerman

NORTHAMPTON — Kim Lynch, a marketing manager at Hampden Zimmerman Lighting Design Showroom and Hampden Zimmerman Electric Supply, has been promoted to director of marketing for the company.

Lynch, who joined the company in 2013, leads a team of three and will be responsible for the marketing of all 10 Hampden Zimmerman branches in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York, as well as its 19 electrical wholesalers throughout Connecticut. One of those branches is located in Northampton.

Lynch, a resident of Somers, Conn., has over 20 years’ experience in developing, implementing and managing marketing initiatives, including the last four years at Hampden Zimmerman. Prior to that she worked as a marketing specialist and events coordinator for Horizon Solutions in Holyoke.

Greenfield Co-op promotes two

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Cooperative Bank has promoted Jessica W. Laporte to administrative officer and Anthony J. Worden to senior vice president of commercial loans.

Laporte has been with the bank since 2013 and in her new role she is primarily responsible for directing the bank’s Bank Secrecy Act and fraud monitoring efforts. She has over 16 years banking experience and is currently completing her bachelor’s of science from Southern New Hampshire University.

Laporte is based in the bank’s Northampton office on King Street. She lives in Belchertown.

Worden has been with Greenfield Cooperative Bank since 2009. He will be primarily responsible for the management of the bank’s commercial lending efforts. He has over 18 years of commercial lending and credit analysis experience.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UMass Amherst and is a graduate of the Banking School at the Wharton School of Business. He lives in Greenfield.