Cancer Connection Board of Directors
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Jennifer Ewers (President)
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 Finck and Perras 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.
Jean Einstein (Vice President and Asst. Secretary)
Jean Einstein joined Cancer Connection’s Board in October, 2019, beginning her association with Cancer Connection as a volunteer at the Thrift Shop in April, 2019 following her retirement and relocation from Chicago to the Valley in March, 2019. With several family members who have had cancer and a sister who is an active volunteer at the Thrift Shop, Jean applied to become a Board member to help further Cancer Connection’s mission through her involvement, as well as to utilize what she has learned from her career as corporate lawyer to benefit the organization.
Mary Pomeroy (Treasurer)
I have worked in banking for many years. I am honored that I have an opportunity to apply my knowledge and skills to further benefit Cancer Connection. I meet new people every day in my line of work. Very often they come with stories of family, friends or themselves, whose lives have been forever changed by cancer. That is part of my story as well. Fortunately, my mother is a breast cancer survivor and an inspiration. Like many, I have lost loved ones, too. I am excited to be a new board member and to support Cancer Connection’s mission “to provide a haven where people with cancer and their loved ones can learn how to navigate the complicated cancer journey through one-to-one guidance, education, peer support, integrative therapies, and creative programs to strengthen body and spirit.”.
Howard Hanna (Secretary)
After two decades of professional and volunteer work, Howard is turning his time toward helping Cancer Connection provide for survivors, patients, caregivers and all who are affected by cancer. He believes life hands us many challenges; some we overcome ourselves, some we overcome with the support of others. Howard finds meaning in sharing his own cancer story to empower others along their cancer journeys. He believes in the healing powers of integrative therapies, holistic treatments, and support groups. In his service as a board member, Howard intends to promote and advance the work of Cancer Connection throughout our community.
Denise is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Greenfield Savings Bank (retired April 2021). Denise has been a lifelong resident of Montague, MA where she and husband, Jim, have raised their two boys. Denise has participated as a volunteer in many of Cancer Connection's events and loves the purpose and mission of the organization. Having a mother and sister who have each experienced breast cancer, Denise sees the need and benefit of the support system that Cancer Connection provides and how this type of support is a catalyst to recovery.
Melissa L. Saporito, Ed.D.
Melissa has worked in education for over 20 years as a teacher, administrator, and consultant specializing in equity, inclusion, and program development. Her personal and professional goals are to ensure all support, resources, and opportunities are accessible to every member of the community, especially those considered belonging to marginalized populations. Melissa received incredible support and excellent care after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in January of 2017. With profound gratitude, and after a return to health, she committed to supporting those whose lives are impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Melissa is honored to be part of the work of Cancer Connection and a steward of its mission. She and her three teenage children live in Springfield, MA.
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
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.
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Cancer Connection looks each year at its program goals and the funds needed to achieve our mission. The Development Committee establishes an annual fundraising plan and monitors its progress; oversees all fundraisers and supports the Events Coordinator; and develops and oversees a comprehensive public relations strategy that will provide a link to the community, including the public and the media, and will elicit support from the community.
Programs and Services Committee:
This committee is crucial for determining how best to determine and to meet the needs of our participants. Its work includes determining which programs and services are the most consistent with Cancer Connection’s mission; recommending new programs and services; monitoring the effectiveness of all programs and services offered; and monitoring the training of Cancer Connection volunteers.
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.
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.
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.