Cancer Connection Board of Directors

Are you interested in joining our Board of Directors?

An application to join our Board of Directors can be found HERE.

Information about Board Committees found here


Saskia Coté, D.C.Ed

Saskia is the Founder and owner of Bottom-Line Bodywork, LLC. specializing in employee wellness through massage programs at work. Even though she did not grow up in the area, she has numerous friends and family members affected by cancer, and feels strongly about the programs Cancer Connection offers to patients as well as their caregivers. She has been a practitioner and teacher in the Holistic Health field for the past 27 years, and is honored to be a part of the organization.

Jennifer Ewers

Jennifer graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and has lived in the Valley ever since. She currently lives in Florence with her husband and son. Through her role as the Development Specialist at Webber and Grinnell Insurance, she has seen the positive impact of Cancer Connection throughout the community. She is grateful to serve on the Board to ensure that their Programs and Services remain available to all that need them.

Becky Jones (President)

of Northampton has a private counseling practice and is also a writer who leads bereavement writing groups. She served for 18 years as a chaplain at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. She is a breast cancer survivor and has been both participant in and leader of Cancer Connection activities and groups over the years.

Danielle Lipoff, D.O.

is a fellowship-trained Breast Surgeon at Baystate Medical Center. She is originally from Framingham, Massachusetts and moved to the Pioneer Valley in July 2017. During her fellowship, Dr. Lipoff developed an interest in integrative medicine and the profound effect this had on patients’ overall well-being. She now encourages all her patients to incorporate complementary healing modalities into their treatment plan. Dr. Lipoff is also a Master-Level Reiki practitioner and is committed to treating the whole patient on his or her path to healing.  

Douglas Loux (Secretary)

of Florence served as the area systems coordinator for the Social Security Administration in Holyoke for 14 years. He was a board member and then chair of the River Valley Counseling Center for 27 years, and is currently chair of the Board of Directors of the Florence Congregational Church and treasurer of the Friends of Lilly Library.

Susan Lowery, M.D. (Vice President)

Dr. Lowery practiced primary care medicine in the Pioneer Valley since 1991, and co-owned a busy practice in Amherst. She has been involved in several non-profits addressing issues of food insecurity, poverty, early literacy and supporting at risk families in order to build stronger communities. She brings that passion to Cancer Connection as the organization grows to meet ever-increasing demands within The Valley.

Peter Normand

Peter is a Commercial Lines Account Executive at Webber and Grinnell Insurance in Northampton. He is a native of Northampton, having grown up in a family business on Main Street and is now raising his two children here along with his wife. Cancer has impacted many people in Peter’s life and has had a profound impact on him. He believes in the mission of Cancer Connection to provide a wide variety of services and as a resource to those impacted by cancer which inspired Peter’s involvement in the organization.

Brandon O'Donnell (Treasurer)

Brandon is a Certified Public Accountant providing tax, accounting, and consulting services to local businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals in western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut. He was moved to learn of the resources and support Cancer Connection provides to our local community. Having family and friends impacted by cancer, he wanted to get involved and is excited to be a part of the Organization. Brandon resides in Easthampton with his wife, Shira.

Lisa M. Sihvonen-Binder, MS NMP

Lisa has worked as a nonprofit consultant since 2008, specializing in grants, development plans, and communications. Her nonprofit clients include agencies that provide services in: adult literacy, animal welfare, arts and culture, economic development, education, employment training, health and human services, higher education, independent living, veterans services, youth development, and more. Sihvonen-Binder holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy with a Graduate Fundraising Management Certificate, and a Bachelor of Arts in Writing with a Communications minor. Prior to becoming a consultant, she worked for over 17 years in the fields of publications and program management in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors. In addition to joining the Cancer Connection board, she has been a board member of the Grant Professionals Foundation since 2016. Lisa is also an adjunct faculty member for Bay Path University, teaching the Grantwriting for Corporations and Foundations graduate level course, and a comprehensive editor of nonprofit management and fundraising books for CharityChannel Press.


No compensation is given to members of the Cancer Connection

Board of Directors for their services.


Medical Adviser


Lindsay Rockwell, D. O.

Medical Oncologist and Hematologist

lives in Northampton and practices at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. She completed her fellowship and residency at Tufts University and Baystate Medical Center




The Reverend Beverly L. Herbert, M.C.P., M.Div., C.F.R.E., Executive Director

Beverly (She likes to be called Beverly.) joined Cancer Connection in October 2018 as Executive Director. Beverly brings her passion, love, and commitment to Cancer Connection. She has an extensive background in planning, community, and economic development as well as significant knowledge, skills and experience as a professional fundraiser, leader and manager. Most recently she worked at Pathlight and the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Western Massachusetts, at the Billings Forge Community Works in Hartford, CT, and as a consultant.


Board Committees


Executive Committee:

The Executive Committee works closely with the Executive Director by collaborating on vision and strategy. The committee conducts the business of the Board in the interim between Board meetings; participates in decision-making or signatory responsibilities as governors of the Board; is responsible for developing and initiating the hiring process for an Executive Director, including salary and benefits negotiations; conducts the Executive Director’s annual performance appraisal; is responsible for executive and key management succession planning; and establishes the Board meeting agenda.


Finance Committee:

A strong nonprofit requires constant oversight of its finances. This committee creates the annual budget and presents it to the Board of Directors for adoption; monitors Cancer Connection’s financial condition; presents monthly financial reports to the Board of Directors; establishes policies for gifts or other endowed moneys; recommends appropriate investment of gifts or endowments; and ensures that all financial reviews and audits that are required by statute or by any outside agency are performed in a timely manner.


Governance Committee:

The Governance committee is responsible for the health and functioning of the Board. It recruits and nominates new members, conducts orientation, produces board materials, and evaluates the performance of the Board itself.


Human Resources Committee

The Human Resources Committee is responsible for creating fair, reasonable, and competitive human resource policies and practices that are consistent with the mission of Cancer Connection and with local, state and federal laws.


Board members also serve on additional committees that welcome and encourage community participation. Descriptions of these committees can be found on our volunteer page.

Are you interested in joining a Committee? An application to join a committee can be found HERE.


Cancer Connection, 41 Locust Street, Northampton, MA 01060

Phone : (413) 586-1642 FAX (413) 280-0223