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Published: 3/5/2018 1:49:23 PM
Royal first speaker in leadership series

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College President Christina Royal will be the first featured speaker in a monthly Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series hosted this spring by the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce.

The four-part series kicks off March 7, with Royal’s talk, “Managing Up.”

All the events will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the new HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute, 164 Race St. The lunches will be prepared and served by students in the HCC Culinary Arts program.

The series will provide an opportunity to learn from women leaders of area institutions and a chance for participants to network with their peers and gain insights on building their careers.

Kathleen Anderson, president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, will be the keynote speaker April 4, on the subject of “Shattering the Life Work Balance Myth.”

Shannon M. Rudder, executive director of Providence Ministries, Inc., will talk about “Cultural Humility” on May 2.

Tricia Canavan, president of United Personnel, will be the final speaker in the series on June 5, with a talk titled “Building your Value.”

The cost of the luncheons is $125 for all four sessions. To reserve a spot, call Wanda Zabawaat 534-3376, or register online at under “Events.”

Affirmative action officer joins HCC

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College welcomes Nicholas D’Agostino as its new affirmative action officer and title IX coordinator.

D’Agostino comes to HCC after working for nearly 12 years as an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action professional, most recently as the associate in diversity and equity at Central Connecticut State University and previously with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.

A longtime advocate for equity and social justice with a focus on LGBTQ issues, D’Agostino has been an Anti-Defamation League anti-bullying trainer for more than 10 years and has a long association with True Colors, a support and advocacy group in Hartford for LGBTQ youth, which he has served as board president. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Quinnipiac University and a master’s degree in counselor education with a specialization in student development in higher education from CCSU.

Devin promoted to manager at Meyers Bros. Kalicka P.C.

HOLYOKE — Accountant Christine Devin has been promoted to manager in the audit and accounting department at Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.

Devin will be responsible for the management of audit and review engagements for the firm’s nonprofit, commercial and pension clients and assist with the management of the nonprofit niche. Devine rejoined MBK in 2015 as a senior associate. She has nine years’ experience as a controller of a closely-held business and more than eight years of public accounting experience.

Devine received her bachelor’s in accounting from Elms College in Chicopee. She is a member of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Moving company receives Angie’s List Super Service Award​​​​​​

AMHERST — Jimmy Burgoff Moving & Hauling has earned the Angie’s List Super Service Award, which honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017.

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Jimmy Burgoff Moving & Hauling has been listed on Angie’s List since 2010. This is the fourth year in a row that the business has received this honor

Zimmerman promoted at Greenfield Savings

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Savings Bank has promoted Marcie Zimmerman to human resources officer. In this role, Zimmerman is responsible for the day-to-day management of the department including benefits administration, employee relations, payroll, affirmative action plan, recruiting, orientation, performance management, policy implementation and employment law compliance.

Zimmerman joined Greenfield Savings in 2009 and has worked in the field of human resources for more than 12 years. She holds a number of certifications

Zimmerman is a native and resident of Greenfield where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

​​​​​​Dr. Wilson is new owner of Precision Dental Associates

HADLEY — After seven years practicing alongside Dr. Mark Klepacki in Hadley, Dr. Piper Wilson is now the owner of Precision Dental Associates.

Wilson was raised in Hadley, and is happy to be practicing in the Pioneer Valley. Her interest in dentistry began when she was young, as her father was a dentist prior to his retirement.

After graduating from Hopkins Academy, she attended Syracuse University, graduating cum laude and completing the pre-dental curriculum.

She worked for a pediatric dental practice before attending Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she became a clinical teacher’s assistant during her studies. After working in the Pioneer Valley for four years, she came back to Hadley and joined Dr. Klepacki in June of 2011.

She is a member of the American Dental Associates, Mass. Dental Society, Valley District Dental Society, and the Hampshire Dental Society.

Klepacki will continue practicing at the office to ensure a smooth transition for all patients.​​​​​​

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