Liz Swihart – Board President
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 – Vice President
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.
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.
Naomi 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 Executive 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.
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 WHAI. 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.
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.
Luke Eriksen joined BBBS in 2020 to serve a great cause in uplifting children’s lives through mentorship. Although never a “little” or a “big” (so far), Luke’s life has been positively impacted in both youth and adulthood with mentors. He has been a resident of Franklin County since 2014, and resides in South Deerfield with his wife and three daughters. Luke owns and operates Wild Roots, located in Sunderland.
Jeff joined the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County in 2020. It is a homecoming of sorts: Jeff was a Little Brother for several years in the mid-1970’s. Jeff is a longtime broadcaster for Saga Communications, and supports the local community through the Greenfield Public Library, the Greenfield Garden Club, and the CancerConnection. Jeff lives in Greenfield with his wife Michelle.
Nance is Program Assistant and Alumni Liaison at the Greenfield Community College Foundation. She is currently a volunteer BIG sister and her children have served as BIGS in the high school mentoring program. She has learned as much from her LITTLE sisters as they have from her. She has a lifelong passion for volunteering and giving back to her community. She lives in Deerfield with her husband and enjoys gardening, reading and traveling.
Anita Fritz joined the board of Franklin County Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2021. She grew up in Franklin County and raised her three children there. She worked as a reporter and editor at The Greenfield Recorder for almost two decades and in May 2021 became the Senior Specialist, Public Affairs and Community Relations for Baystate Franklin Medical Center. She graduated from GCC and later from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in journalism and psychology. She is also a freelance writer and loves to spend time with her grandchildren. Franklin County has always been her home, and she is very happy to support it and her community in any way possible.