Making News: Promotions, awards for excellence, new hires and a new capital campaign

Last modified: Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Language Institute begins capital campaign

Northampton — The International Language Institute is gearing up to celebrate its 30 years of operation with an event at the Garden House at Look Park on Aug. 3.

The event will also launch a capital campaign whose goal is to purchase part of the space it has been renting for many years at 17-25 New South St.

The institute is a nonprofit agency that aims to help refugees and immigrants integrate into the community, and teaches languages to local residents who are traveling, adopting babies, attending weddings and working in other countries.

Simpson joins Goggins Real Estate team

NORTHAMPTON — City resident Rachel Simpson is a new agent at Goggins Real Estate in Florence. Simpson, a former journalist and communications professional, grew up in Northampton. She is a 1981 graduate of Northampton High School and a 1988 graduate of the Ada Comstock program at Smith College. She previously worked at the Daily Hampshire Gazette, the Northampton Council on Aging, Wondertime magazine, and as a freelance writer and editor. She lives in Northampton with her husband, daughter, and three dogs.

Easthampton dance studio marks 7 years

Easthampton — Mary Ann’s Dance and More at 56 Cottage St., will celebrate its 7th Anniversary with a “Lucky 7 Anniversary Game.” The game begins Aug. 1 and will run for seven business days. For more information on the event, call the store or visit the store’s Facebook page – Mary Ann’s Dance and More.

Hatfield woman named chamber leader

SPRINGFIELD — Janet Casey has been elected president of the board of directors of The Professional Women’s Chamber, an affiliate of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield.

Casey is the principal at Marketing Doctor in West Springfield, and was previously a senior sales account executive for LIN Media and advertising account executive for Guy Gannett Broadcasting. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management and has served on the PWC board since 2007, most recently as vice president. She, her husband Peter, and their four children live in Hatfield.

United Bank promotes Rood to vice president

EASTHAMPTON — Lisa Rood of Easthampton, regional manager for Worcester and Northern Connecticut branches of United Bank, headquartered in Glastonbury, Conn., has been promoted to vice president. Rood joined United Bank in 2006 as branch operations supervisor, became a retail bank specialist in 2007 and was named retail trainer in 2009.

CDH earns award for gynecologic excellence

NORTHAMPTON — The Cooley Dickinson Hospital was named one of the top 10 percent of the hospitals evaluated as providing outstanding performance in gynecologic surgery, as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This is the third consecutive year Cooley Dickinson has received this recognition.

ESB’s Roy named Rotary governor

EASTHAMPTON — Michael J. Roy, vice president and compliance officer at Easthampton Savings Bank, has been named governor of Rotary International District 7890. In that role, he is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for the 2,300 members in the 60 clubs in Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut that encompass District 7890. Roy, who is also an attorney, first joined Rotary International in Florida in 1989 and rejoined in 2005 after moving to Massachusetts. He served as president of the Northampton Rotary Club and chair of the international committee from 2009 to 2010. Roy has a bachelor’s degree from Palm Beach Atlantic College and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School. He is married to Mary Pat Roy, an endocrinologist in private practice. The couple lives in Florence.

CDH Auxiliary supports Cancer Center

Northampton — The Cooley Dickinson Hospital Auxiliary today announced an additional $200,000 gift to its existing commitment of $300,000 to the Mass General Cancer Center at CDH. The Cancer Center’s main reception area will be named in recognition of the auxiliary’s gift. Coffee or gift shop purchases support the auxiliary.


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