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Monday, November 27, 2017
Dan Wozniak joins Westfield Bank

WESTFIELD — Dan Wozniak, of Easthampton, has joined Westfield Bank as an inside mortgage loan officer at the main office at 141 Elm St. Previously, Wozniak was employed at Residential Mortgage Services in Hopkinton. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Adams State College — now the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — and a master’s degree in finance from Bentley University.

Berger joins board of ILI

NORTHAMPTON — Attorney Dan Berger, a partner in the law firm Curran & Berger of Northampton, has joined the board of directors for the International Language Institute of Massachusetts.  

Berger has been an attorney at Curran & Berger since 1998, and is active in immigration matters locally and nationally. He is a founding member of the American Alliance of International Entrepreneurs, an honorary member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and the regulatory practice coordinator for the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers. 

Berger is a graduate of Harvard College and Cornell Law School and lives in Northampton with his family.

UMassFive receives award for UMass cancer walk

HADLEY — UMassFive College Federal Credit Union is the recipient of a $75,000 team fundraising milestone award for the UMass Cancer Walk and Run, a fundraiser for the UMass Medicine Cancer Center.

UMassFive employees raise funds personally and from credit union members as part of Team UMassFive, which has raised money for this cause for 19 years. Over the last three years, $50,000 of the team fundraising total has been a result of the generosity of Credit Union members and staff members.

Funds raised through the UMass Cancer Walk are given to the UMass Cancer Center, and help support cancer research, clinical trials and patient care in Central Massachusetts. 

Schultz named commercial services manager

NORTHAMPTON — Seth Schultz has been promoted to the position of commercial services manager at Beloved Earth, the Pioneer Valley’s first green cleaning company.

Schultz has worked for Beloved Earth since April 2016, providing services to commercial customers. In that time, the commercial side of the business has grown to include 30 clients. 

Previously, Schultz was a machine operator in the food manufacturing industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Massachusetts.

Beloved Earth has been in business since 2005, cleaning homes and offices using eco-friendly and non-toxic techniques for clients in Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties.

RSVP awarded expansion grant

NORTHAMPTON — RSVP of the Pioneer Valley, a program of the Hampshire Council of Governments, was awarded a competitive $110,000 Senior Corps expansion grant. Fifty grants were given out nationwide, and HCG received the only one in Massachusetts.

Formerly RSVP of Hampshire & Franklin Counties, RSVP will now be known as RSVP of the Pioneer Valley. RSVP began serving Hampshire County in 1973, expanded into Franklin County in 1999, and now serves Hampden County as well.

RSVP volunteers are part of a network of 600-plus people 55 and over. Staff connect individual volunteers with service opportunities.

As part of the expansion, RSVP is recruiting Hampden County partner organizations that are seeking volunteers, and hiring an additional staff member to connect volunteers with opportunities to serve in Hampden County. The volunteer coordinator will manage the recruitment, retention, and recognition of senior volunteers, with a special emphasis on Spanish-speaking volunteers and programs.

​New president for realtor association

SOUTH HADLEY — Edward Alford of South Hadley has been elected president of the 1,800-member Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.

Alford, owner of Advanced Global Realty, will oversee the association’s activities and operations including meetings of the board of directors, and act as a liaison to the association’s various committees. He is the official spokesperson of the association on issues related to the real estate industry and the local housing market.

Other local 2018 officers and directors include Kelly Bowman of Sunderland as president-elect; and directors Peter Davies of Easthampton and Janise Fitzpatrick of Belchertown.

Organized in 1915, the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley is a professional trade organization serving Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties.