Cancer Connection Board of Directors
The Rev. Dr. Irven Gammon
is the Pastor of the Florence Congregational Church. Pastor Irv is an active participant in many community-focused activities sponsored by the church. He also enjoys the local community atmosphere of Florence, regularly attending village activities. He serves two church-affiliated associations, the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC) and the Connecticut Fellowship of Congregational Christian Churches (CT-FCCC) and as a co-director at the Fishers Island Youth Camping program sponsored by the CT-FCCC. Pastor Irv joined the Cancer Connection board in 2006, the year before his father was diagnosed with leukemia.
of Northampton (President) 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.
Margaret Kierstein, Ed.D.
is a psychologist in Northampton (Secretary). Margaret had been a member of the breast cancer support group for three years at Cancer Connection starting in the spring of 2005. Her psychology practice includes individuals and their families who are dealing with serious illnesses; families involved in separation and divorce proceedings; and clients desiring mediation services, as well as a general psychotherapy practice working with children, adults, couples and families. She also works at the Florence Village Florist smelling the roses, which was inspired by her bout with cancer.
Kristen Lemoi, CFMP
Kristen is the Assistant Vice President of Marketing at Florence Bank specializing in Social Media, Website Development, and Branding. Growing up in the area she has known many people that have benefitted from Cancer Connection and has seen the positive impact it has made on their journey. Cancer has touched Kristen in many personal ways, which has inspired her to support Cancer Connection and all of the helpful resources they provide to our community.
of Florence (Treasurer) 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.
Barbara Mandell, Ed.D
a professor of Psychology at Springfield College (Vice President). Her specialization is industrial and organizational psychology. She also has an organizational consulting, research and mediation practice.
The Board of Directors includes current
or former consumers of Cancer Connection services.
No compensation is given to members of the Cancer Connection
Board of Directors for their services.
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
Kristen Elechko, Interim Executive Director
Kristen joined Cancer Connection in September 2016 as Interim Executive Director. Kristen brings experience in nonprofit management from Women's eNews and Imagine Philanthropy. She honed her leadership skills as an athlete and graduated from the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI). She later served as the Interim Director for LIPPI. Kristen has previously volunteered for Cancer Connection's WMass Mother's Day Half Marathon and also served as a befriending volunteer in our center.
Office Oversight and Personnel Committee:
This committee oversees work of office staff, reviewing policies and office procedures and helping the Executive Director, the Office Manager, the Director of Community Relations and the Event Coordinator work efficiently together. The members of the committee provide a sounding board for the Executive Director in matters of office staffing and office policy, oversee personnel policies and benefits, and provide for a biannual job performance evaluation of the Executive Director.
As Cancer Connection matures and grows, the Nominating Committee needs to reassess the skills and background required of members of the Board of Directors. This committee develops a list of prospective members for the Board of Directors, taking into consideration the current composition, diversity and goals of the Board of Directors; interviews candidates for the Board; selects the slate of Board officers to be considered and elected the annual meeting each November; and provides orientation to new members of the Board.
Budget and 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.
Board members also serve on additional committees that welcome and encourage community participation. Descriptions of these committees can be found on our volunteer page.