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Published: 5/5/2021 1:40:45 PM
Lesser to co-chair commission to study the future of work in Mass.

Sen. Eric P. Lesser was recently appointed Senate chairman of the Commission on the Future of Work by Senate President Karen Spilka.

The commission, established as a part of the 2020 economic development and jobs bill signed into law on Jan. 14, 2021, will conduct a comprehensive study on the impact of automation, artificial intelligence, global trade, access to new forms of data and the internet of things on the workforce, businesses and economy in the state. The main purpose of the commission is to ensure sustainable jobs, fair benefits and workplace safety standards for workers in all industries.

The 17-member commission will include Rosalin Acosta, secretary of Labor and Workforce Development or her designee, as well as two members appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker and two members appointed by Attorney General Maura Healey. The co-chairs will appoint six additional members as well.

The Commission will hold hearings to receive testimony from leaders in workforce training and education, fair labor and workers’ rights, members of the labor community, and members of the business community to help inform a final report with their findings and policy recommendations.

Freedom CU receives $58,800 grant for employee training

SPRINGFIELD — Freedom Credit Union was awarded a $58,800 grant from the state of Massachusetts to train 29 workers by 2023.

This project is funded by a Workforce Training Fund Program grant from the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The grant program is administered by Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-public workforce development agency that fosters partnerships between industry, education and workforce organizations.

Freedom’s training has two components. The first, Principals of Leadership, will help to develop supervisors and managers who understand and practice winning leadership principles in their daily work, along with developing a more cohesive team of managers that is better capable of managing the changes in a highly competitive market. The second will allow specialized training of an identified group of employees to develop project management competency with the goal of improving the member experiences.

Berry joins Coldwell Banker in Amherst

AMHERST — Realtor Lindsay Berry has joined Coldwell Banker Community Realtor, which serves Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties.

Berry was born and raised in New York City, and moved to western Massachusetts in 2000. She lives in Amherst, but has bought and sold homes in Montague, Williamsburg, Leverett, South Hadley, Hadley and Sunderland, all leading her to pursue a career in real estate.

Before becoming a realtor, Berry was the volunteer coordinator for Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity. In her position she was responsible for recruiting and overseeing hundreds of volunteers, fundraising and events.

Berry said she chose Coldwell Banker Community Realtors not only because of national brand recognition, but locally, the company has a support staff including a coach, finance director, transaction managers, and a marketing team, all in place ensuring a smooth process for agents and their clients.

She is a volunteer at UMass Fine Arts Center, where she chairs the Fine Arts Center Gala Committee, spearheading donations for their silent and live auctions. She also volunteers on the Community Investment Committee for the United Way of Hampshire County. In addition, she is a past board co-president at MotherWoman.

River Valley Counseling Center hires senior program director

HOLYOKE — River Valley Counseling Center has named Michele Snizek, of Belcerhtown, as senior program director. She will oversee RVCC’s School-Based Health Centers and HIV/AIDS Project.

Snizek received a bachelor's degree in social work from Elms College and a master’s in public administration from Westfield State University. She has extensive experience managing federal and state grants in the greater Holyoke community, development and writing of grant proposals, managing grant compliance, and reporting and budget management for both federal and state applications. She is also a licensed social worker.

Prior to joining RVCC, Snizek was the director of retention at Holyoke Community College. She started her career at HCC as a Title III activity director. For over 20 years, she held two different positions, director of planning and development and director of program operations, at Holyoke, Chicopee, and Springfield Head Start, Inc.

New board members at Dress for Success

SPRINGFIELD — Dress for Success Western Massachusetts has four new members to its board of directors:

Nikki Burnett is currently the executive director of Educare in Springfield and has also worked at The American Heart Association and Baystate Medical Center.

Mariangeliz Fines-Delbrey, a previous client of Dress for Success and has worked for the last 13 years in patient care in the Springfield area and is also a one-on-one special education paraprofessional.

Jenary Merced, a previous client of Dress for Success who brings a wealth of community work and volunteer experience to the board. She has worked in higher education for the last five years, most recently as a community outreach and admissions counselor at Springfield Technical Community College.

Myra Quick, who brings years of experience in employee development and volunteer recruitment and is currently the CEO and president of Fast Forward Learning and Development.

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