Making News in Business, March 2

  • Jillian Parent

  • Aidan Lanciani

  • Veronice Santana

  • Jillian Handy

  • Melvin Olivo

  • Theo Streeter

Published: 3/1/2023 4:41:33 PM
Northwestern DA’s office announces promotions

NORTHAMPTON — Four assistant district attorneys positions have been filled in the Northwestern district attorney’s office, effective Feb. 6.

Assistant District Attorney Jillian Handy, who joined the office in September of 2018 working primarily out of district courts in Greenfield and Northampton, has been promoted to handle cases in the Superior Court working out of the Child Abuse Unit.

Assistant District Attorney Veronice Santana assumed the position of attorney-in-charge in the Northampton District Court. Santana began her career with the office in Northampton District Court in December 2019, after which she spent three years as a prosecutor in the Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown.

Greenfield Assistant District Attorney Aidan Lanciani has been assigned a new role as the district court prosecutor assigned to the Anti-Crime Task Force, working with Assistant District Attorney Joseph Webber in prosecuting serious narcotics cases. In that role she will continue to work out of the Greenfield District Court, which handles the highest number of narcotics prosecutions of all the district courts in the Northwestern District. She has been a prosecutor with the office since February, 2021 although, she had worked as an intern in the office while in law school during the academic year of 2019/ 2020.

Assistant District Attorney Jillian Parent, who joined the office in September 2021, was promoted to attorney-in-charge of the Orange District Court. She has a background as a police dispatcher, working for six years as a police dispatcher for the Gardner and Athol police departments before law school.

HCC to host health careers open house March 8

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College will host an open house at its Center for Health Education & Simulation on Wednesday, March 8, for anyone interested in exploring educational programs and careers in health care, animal care or human services.

Visitors to the Health Careers Open House are welcome to tour HCC’s health education facility from 4-7 p.m. and talk to representatives from the college’s programs in nursing, radiologic technology, veterinary and animal science, medical assisting, community health worker, direct care, EMT, Foundations of Health (public health), certified nursing assistant, medical billing and coding, and human services.

The building, located at 404 Jarvis Ave., just off the main HCC campus, is home to the college’s nursing and radiologic technology programs, and medical simulation labs.

There will also be representatives attending from the offices of financial aid, admissions, advising, and workforce development to talk to prospective students about their educational options and career pathways.

Those who can’t attend in person can contact Dee Westcott at for more information.

Promotions at UMassFive

HADLEY — UMassFive College Federal Credit Union has promoted Melvin Olivo to assistant vice president of information technology and Theo Streeter to information technology manager.

Olivo’s career at UMassFive began in 2020 as the information technology manager. In his new position, he will be responsible for the strategic and day-to-day oversight of information technology, ensuring efficient, secure, and service-oriented performance of the department.

Streeter’s career at UMassFive began in 2014 as a member service specialist in the Northampton branch on King Street, before moving on to various levels of enterprise support technician. He was most recently promoted to senior enterprise support technician in 2018 before accepting the role of IT manager. In his new position, he will be overseeing the Enterprise Support Technical Team, administering network infrastructure and software platforms, as well as hardware procurement.

New appointments at Big Y chain

SPRINGFIELD — The management of Big Y Foods Inc. has announced the following new appointments:

Stephanie N. Carr of Belchertown to sales and AR manager at Springfield Support Center;

Todd W. Gauger of Easthampton to produce and floral sales manager at a Chicopee supermarket;

Anaisa G. Garcia of Florence to employee services representative at a Westfield supermarket;

Talon J. Grace of Leverett to bakery sales manager at a Greenfield supermarket;

Marc C. Haines of South Hadley to frozen food and dairy sales manager at a Westfield supermarket;

Gaddiel Cruz of West Springfield to grocery sales manager at the Amherst supermarket.

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