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Published: 2/24/2021 8:43:32 PM
UMassFive announces promotions

HADLEY – MassFive College Federal Credit Union (UMassFive) recently promoted Gina Maroni to senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer. In her new role, Maroni will maintain her current responsibilities, including financial oversight, strategizing, and budgeting for the credit union.

Maroni previously served as UMassFive’s vice president of finance/chief financial officer for nine months and as assistant vice president of finance and controller for 18 months. Prior to joining UMassFive, she was the senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer at Athol Credit Union in Athol.

Kathleen (Kathi) Bates has been promoted to Worcester branch manager. Bates began her career at UMassFive 18 years ago as a part-time teller, eventually becoming a member service specialist, and most recently the backup supervisor for UMassFive’s Worcester branch.

Country Bank donates $130K to food pantries

Country Bank, which serves central and western Massachusetts, donated over $130,000 to local food pantries in 2020 to assist with supplying food to its communities, as well as additional money as part of its “Season of Giving Campaign” campaign. Of that additional money, $20,000 went to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, which says the funds provided 40,000 meals.

HCC Foundation adds board members, elects new officers

HOLYOKE — HCC Foundation Inc., the nonprofit fundraising arm of Holyoke Community College, has added seven new members to its board of directors for three-year terms and elected a new slate of officers.

The new board members are: Nikki Burnett, a 1991 HCC graduate from Springfield who is the executive director of Educare Springfield; Cynthia Shea Desroches, a 2018 graduate from South Hadley who is the treasurer/manager at Holyoke Postal Credit Union; Kip Foley, of Holyoke, entrepreneur; Deana McPherson, a 1990 graduate from Granville, who is chief financial officer at Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc.; Frank Newton of Chicopee, leader/teacher, Music Department, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School; Israel Rivera, a 2016 graduate from Holyoke who is an area studies program manager at the Center of Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, UMass Amherst; and Michael Roundy of Westfield, attorney/partner, Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas.

Also at the Dec. 8 annual meeting, Corey Murphy of South Hadley, president of First American Insurance Agency, was elected board chair; Susan Goldsmith of Longmeadow, president of Marcus Printing, was elected vice chair; Meghan Parnell-Gregoire of Holyoke, vice president/business lending center manager for PeoplesBank, was elected treasurer; and John McAndrew of Holyoke, financial advisor for Edward Jones, was elected secretary.

Skolnik named fellow at Holocaust Memorial Museum

AMHERST – Jonathan Skolnik, associate professor of German at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been awarded a research fellowship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In spring 2021, Skolnik will be in residence as the William J. Lowenberg Memorial Fellow at the museum’s Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.

The Lowenberg fellowship supports research on American, the Holocaust, and the Jews. Skolnik will conduct research for a book on juxtapositions of anti-fascism, anti-racism, and Holocaust memory in American visual culture. His work will examine the ways that cinema has structured the memory of the Holocaust in the U.S. and beyond.

Skolnik, who is also core faculty in film studies and adjunct associate professor of comparative literature, history, and Judaic and Near Eastern studies, teaches courses at UMass Amherst including “Representing the Holocaust” and “The Holocaust.” He is a member of the advisory board of the UMass Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies.

CDH Women’s Health changes name

NORTHAMPTON & AMHERST – Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Women’s Health is now known as Cooley Dickinson ObGyn & Midwifery.

Over the years, both anecdotally and through formal research, “patients have told us that our name doesn’t fully reflect those we serve,” says Dr. Edward Patton, Cooley Dickinson chief of obstetrics and gynecology.  “We take care for everyone, not just those who identify as women, and given that we are committed to being inclusive in caring for everyone, it was time to change our name to reflect who we are.”

Changes to the Cooley Dickinson website took effect in early January and signs will be updated this summer.

Sbarro returns to Holyoke Mall

HOLYOKE – Sbarro will return to Café Square in the Holyoke Mall. 

Sbarro, which serves pizza by the slice, will reopen in the food court in early March. Sbarro currently operates more than 600 stores in 25 countries. 


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