Cancer Connection Board of Directors
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Lisa M. Sihvonen-Binder, MS NMP (President)
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.
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.
Jennifer Ewers (Secretary)
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
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.
Lynn has had an extensive career working in various capacities in the field of Cancer treatment and supportive care, first at the University of Arizona Comprehensive Cancer Center, followed by work at the Center for Integrative Medicine for several years in Tucson. During this time, she prepared and coordinated grant efforts, coordinated the only (at the time) international online fellowship for physicians in Integrative Medicine, and facilitated Mind-Body Medicine Educational Support Groups and Retreats for patients in the Integrative Medicine Program as well as at the Sunstone Cancer Healing Center. Since moving to the Western Mass, she coordinated the Opioid Task Force at the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and is now Director of the Northampton Recovery Center. Lynn has completed professional training with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in leading Mind-Body Skills Groups and with the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. She has experienced the loss of two of her sisters to cancer, and has a strong desire to contribute in whatever way possible as a new board member to Cancer Connection.
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.
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.
Most committees welcome and encourage community participation!
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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.