Making News in Business, Oct. 14

  • Joshua Swift

  • Andrew Tulis

  • Arwen Staros Duffy

  • Jenna Rahilly

Published: 10/13/2021 2:35:26 PM
Valley CDC welcomes new employees

NORTHAMPTON — Two new employees have joined the Valley Community Development Corporation – Jessica Allan as a real estate project manager and Joshua Swift as office manager and administrative assistant.

Allan comes to the organization with both public and private sector experience in land development, real estate and affordable housing. Formerly the city planner in Easthampton, Allan worked as a permitting project manager at R Levesque Associates administering municipal permit applications on behalf of private developers for commercial and industrial projects in western Massachusetts.

Following her time as Easthampton’s city planner, Allan worked at MBL Housing and Development, providing project management services to nonprofits and for-profit clients for the development of affordable housing, including the Lumberyard.

In a volunteer capacity, Allan serves as treasurer for the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association and sits on the Easthampton Community Preservation Act Committee.

She holds master’s degrees in landscape architecture and regional planning from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and currently lives with her family in Easthampton.

Swift previously worked as a care resource coordinator with Partners in Health on the state’s COVID-19 response. He has four years of experience in administration and graphic design. When working as the experimental programs for education and community coordinator at Hampshire College, he overhauled outdated guidelines, crafted a handbook for facilitators, and tripled the applications to the program compared to the previous submission period.

He holds a degree in psychology, dance, and facilitation from Hampshire College and lives in Belchertown with three friends.

Florence Bank promotes Tulis, Rahilly

FLORENCE — Florence Bank has promoted Andrew Tulis of Northampton to the position of assistant vice president/bank secrecy act officer at its main office in Florence, and Jenna Rahilly of South Hadley to serve as vice president/human resources operations director.

Tulis is a 10-year employee of Florence Bank and brings extensive knowledge and skills to his new position. In this role, he will be responsible for ensuring compliance with laws and regulations by developing and adhering to policies and procedures that oversee the bank secrecy act program, anti-money laundering program, and office of foreign asset control compliance.

Tulis studied at New York University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He attended the New England School for Financial Studies at Babson College, graduating with honors in 2016.

Rahilly joins Florence Bank as a 23-year veteran in the banking industry with 28 years of professional human resources experience. She most recently served as vice president of human resources for a local credit union. Her duties included the overall management of the credit union’s human resources function, which encompassed the development and implementation of policies related to employee relations, organizational development, recruitment, compensation and benefits, training and human resources compliance.

Rahilly studied at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where she received her bachelor’s degree in English.

Leadership Pioneer Valley lands $50K

SPRINGFIELD — Leadership Pioneer Valley has landed $50,000 in state funding for its regional leadership development program that benefits businesses, nonprofits, and cities and towns in the Pioneer Valley. Sen. Eric P. Lesser announced the funding Wednesday along with members of the Springfield Legislative Delegation and Lora Wondolowski, executive director of Leadership Pioneer Valley.

Thanks to previous funding measures that Lesser has advocated for, Leadership Pioneer Valley was able to offer more than $40,000 in tuition assistance and ensure a diverse class for its LEAP program, including 33% people of color, business leaders, nonprofit leaders and public sector employees.

UMass names new vice chancellor for advancement

AMHERST — Arwen Staros Duffy, currently assistant vice president for development at the University of Southern California, has been named vice chancellor for advancement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Duffy will begin her new position Nov. 15, 2021.

Duffy has served in her leadership role at USC since 2014, where she oversaw record fundraising efforts at numerous schools within the university. Previously, she served as senior vice president for development and external affairs at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. A Yale University graduate in art, she also was vice president of advancement for the California Institute of the Arts, where she earned her MFA in 1994. Duffy began her career in higher education advancement at UCLA, where she secured support for the School of the Arts and Architecture and College of Letters and Science.

Duffy’s husband, Sean Duffy, is a visual artist. They have two sons, Jack, a college student, and James, a high school senior. Duffy also brings a special appreciation of UMass Amherst through her family connection to the university. Her father and stepmother are retired UMass faculty members James V. Staros, professor emeritus in biochemistry, and Alice C. Harris, professor emerita of linguistics. 

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