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Published: 2/11/2019 3:28:58 PM
New members for Springfield Kiwanis

SPRINGFIELD — Jennifer Ducharme was inducted as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Springfield, expanding the club’s young professional footprint in its mission to serve the children of our world.

Ducharme, a resident of South Hadley, serves as the director of development for the Boys and Girls Club of Springfield.

Ducharme has been working in the nonprofit sector for six years and is pursuing a master’s degree in nonprofit management and philanthropy.

Big Y appointments

NORTH HATFIELD — Meghan L. Tetreault has been named senior employee services field manager for Big Y Foods at the Store Support Center in Springfield.

Brown to attend bike mechanicsrepair workshop

NORTHAMPTON — All Out Adventures Program Leader Jackie Brown is one of 32 recipients of the Quality Bicycle Products Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship for 2019. Brown was selected from a field of more than 200 applicants across the country for the scholarship.

She’ll travel to Portland, Oregon, for the 10-day professional repair and shop operation workshop at the United Bike Institute Campus.

Brown will enter her third season at All Out Adventures, a Northampton nonprofit that provides free or low cost outdoor recreation programming to people with disabilities, seniors and veterans throughout Massachusetts.

As a source of earned income to help underwrite the cost of the programs, All Out Adventures is a dealer of TerraTrike, Catrike, and Trident Trikes recumbent trikes. Recumbent trikes provide a way for people to keep cycling who — due to back pain, disability, or balance concerns — cannot ride a traditional two-wheel bike.

All Out Adventures looks forward to Brown bringing back what she’s learned with UBI this season as she will coordinate the operations of the All Out Adventures recumbent trike shop.

Valley Community Development board nominations

The following are nominated for positions on the Valley Community Development Board of Directors:

Kim Alston is the Muslim student adviser and program coordinator for the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life at Smith College. She coordinates programs, events and activities for the center and advises student organizations, faculty, staff, departmental partners, community groups and religious liaisons on center policies and collaborative partnerships.

Prior to her employment at Smith, Alston worked as a non-profit consultant for community organizations in the city of Springfield and marketing manager for the Greater Richmond (Virginia) Chamber of Commerce. As a real estate professional for the past 15 years, she specializes in first-time home-ownership opportunities.

Dorothy Nemetz is a non-practicing attorney who lives in Northampton. She is a member of the board of the Northampton Community Arts Trust and is on the capital campaign committee for the Arts Trust’s 33 Hawley St. project. She is a longtime member and immediate past president of the board of the Northampton Center for the Arts and also serves on the board of the Northampton Education Foundation. For 21 years, Nemetz was on the board of Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton and served in many capacities, including president, fundraising chair and personnel chair.

Euripedes De Oliveira is native of Brazil and has lived in the United States for more than 25 years. His general interest in low income housing has its early roots from his days in Brazil working on the development and implementation of a community-based adult literacy program in a poor area on the outskirts of São Paulo. One of the key takeaways from his experience was that literacy and housing affordability could not be dealt with without the perspective and awareness of broader societal issues.

Euripedes has a Ph.D. in regional planning and his research interest concerns participatory planning and climate change adaptation. He is a college professor in planning and international development. More recently he advanced a consulting project for the Jandon Center for Community Engagement (JCCE) at Smith College. This consulting project identified public funding priorities in western Massachusetts, including the cities of Springfield, Holyoke, and Northampton, with a focus on public investment in marginalized communities. He serves on the Northampton Planning Board. Euripedes was a committee member of the Sustainable City Task Force in Santa Monica, California, through the revision and implementation phase of the city’s sustainable city plan.

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