Board of Directors – 2020
Board of Director’s President Elizabeth Swihart is an Assistant District Attorney with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office where she currently works in the juvenile justice unit. She was born and raised in Franklin County, and returned to work in her community after attending law school at the University of San Diego. Liz joined the Board of Directors in 2019 and looks forward to years of service.
Michelle Blanchard has been a board member since 2017 and serves as Vice Chair. As a pre-teen, she had a big sister and it had a profound impact on her life and desire to give back. She is a Marketing Specialist for UNFI, a Natural & Organic Consumer goods distributor and is Co-Chairperson of her company’s local Helping Hands Committee, which donates time and money to local organizations. She lives in Greenfield with her husband Cord, daughters, Morghan and Carly, dog, Lily and cat, Smokey. When she’s not working or spending time at her daughters’ various events, she can be found at the YMCA in yoga or barre class.
Nancy has been a BBBS-FC board member since 1997. She has an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Greenfield Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Volunteerism is in her blood and she has volunteered in the greater community with many organizations for over 40 years. She owns a small business and is an instructional assistant at Greenfield High School. She lives in Greenfield with her husband and teenage son.
Michael Ramon is a benefits consultant for Ramon Financial Services where he is responsible for the overall development of plan designs and client solutions in the employee benefits arena. He is a certified professional in the Affordable Care Act and is currently a member on multiple broker advisory councils. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and is an active supporter of his community.
Anitra Ford joined the board of Franklin County Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2017. Her love for Franklin County began while attending classes at Greenfield Community College before moving onto UMASS Amherst were she earned a BA in Sociology and a BA in Philosophy. She currently works at MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center as the Youth Services and Special Projects Coordinator and is an active member of the Franklin County Rotary Club.
Naomie joined the BBBS board of directors in 2017. Naomie is the director of admissions at Northfield Mount Hermon in Gill, MA, which hosts one of our site based programs, Naomie is from South Hadley, MA and has been enjoying getting to be part of the agency from a more intimate perspective.
Mary is a BIG Sister and board treasurer! She joined the BBBS Board in 2018. She is Senior Vice President of Greenfield Cooperative Bank, serves on the Franklin County Relay for Life Committee, is a member of the Women’s Way, and the United Way Community Investment Committee. She has volunteered with 4H, Turners Falls and Franklin Tech Boosters, Bowl for Kids’ Sake and the Safe Passage Hot Chocolate Run. Mary Lives in Millers Falls with her husband and dog and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Anna Zadworny is the South Deerfield Branch Manager of Greenfield Savings Bank. Anna has been in the banking field for 26 years. Anna has a Business Management degree from Holyoke Community College and completed the Babson College Financial Program with honors. Anna is a member of the Rotary Club, Treasurer of The Salvation Army, is a volunteer for Community Action Tax Preparation Services. Anna resides in Florence with her husband and 2 children.
Shelbea-Lee Williams joined the BBBSFC Board in September 2018. She is a Member Service Representative at Franklin First Federal Credit Union. Shelbea-Lee is an active member of 100 Who Care and a volunteer for the Chamber Breakfasts, The Children’s Advocacy Center, Adopt a Family and the Franklin First Shredding Event. She’s excited to join the BBBS Board and looks forward to learning the ropes to help our community.
Sharon has lived in Franklin County all of her life and works as the Advertising Manager for the Greenfield Recorder. She loves being involved in her community and supporting the area in which she lives. She has been a BIG sister in the BBBSFC mentoring program for 2.5 years and says it has been one of the highlights of her life. Sharon joined the BBBSFC Board in September 2018.
Jane joined BBBS in 2016 as a big in the Beyond School Walls program. She enjoys being an active community member and supporting all things related to Franklin County. She is the Senior Vice President of Residential Lending at Greenfield Cooperative Bank. Prior to serving on the BBBS board, Jane served on the Franklin County United Way Board, and has been an active supporter of United Way Events, Women’s Way, Relay for Life, and the Montague Cub Scouts Pack 17. When not working or volunteering, she enjoys gardening at home and glamping across New England with her family.
Camillo currently works as a Program Officer at VentureWell where he works with the National Science Foundation on the IUCRC program and supports early stage innovators He is currently the founder of BizzyBox a company that strives to support and empower children through entrepreneurship. His education background includes a BBA in Finance and Operations and an MBA with a focus on data analytics from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst.
Bart joined the board at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County in 2019 and is looking forward to learning more about the power of mentorship and serving his community. He lives in Greenfield and loves to volunteer in his community with his family. He has worked for New England Public Radio for more than 30 years.
Christina Postera is a local real estate agent, who is an active volunteer around Franklin County. She has served on the Board of Directors at Giving Tree School in Gill, as a school council member at Gill Elementary School, 3-year term school committee member for the Gill-Montague Regional School District, and a current member of the Patient Family Advisory Council at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. She values the impact of mentoring, and believes we all benefit from helping each other.
Christina Jette joined the board of Franklin County Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2019. Christina is the sole parent of two children who have been “littles” thru the Deerfield Academy program. Christina is the New Business Development Specialist at Center for Responsive Schools, INC, a nonprofit organization in Turners Falls and an independent consultant with Rodan + Fields premium skin care. When not working she enjoys going on outside adventures with her kiddos, whether it be the beach, biking, amusement parks, snow tubing or picking the local fruit of the season. She is excited for the opportunity to serve her community in this role and looks forward to learning more about the impact BBBS of Franklin County is having and can have for the future.
Barbara Valentine joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County board in 2019. She is the Special Events and Tourism Manager for Yankee Candle Village. She is a mom of two, who strongly believes in love, compassion and working hard for what you believe in. She enjoy’s tacos, lots of coffee and spending time with family and friends.
Melissa Osborne joined the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County in 2018. Melissa works for CSO as an RN and manages the Wellness Program across the Western Massachusetts offices of CSO. She is a GCC grad and lives in Franklin County with her family.
Eben Afarikumah joined the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County in 2020. Eben is a professor of Computer Information Systems at the GCC. He has experience working with several immigrant not for profit organizations in Central Massachusetts. For the past 4 years, Eben has been a regular volunteer with the Net of Compassion, a faith based collaborative effort of many volunteer groups bringing vital support services to people in need in Central Massachusetts. He is the founder and director of Telehealth and Assisted Living Center, Inc a 501(c)3 based in Worcester, MA which aims to use technology to improve the lives of individuals living with illness or disability. He lives in Franklin County