Board of Directors

Board of Directors – 2018

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Michael Ramon President

Michael Ramon has served as the BBBSFC Board of Directors President since 2016. Michael 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.

 

 

 

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 Cindy Bayer Vice Chair

Cindy Bayer has been a BBBS-FC Board member since 2008.
She is a local businesswoman with over 35 years serving various children’s charities in Franklin County Mass. 
A former educator, Cindy holds a BS in Education from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harris School/University of Chicago.
She resides in Greenfield Ma, with her husband Hugh Campbell. 

 

 

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Laurel Jablonski Secretary

Laurel joined the board more than 20 years ago and has served not only as secretary but as a member of the executive committee for 15 years and Board President from 2005-2016. She resides in South Deerfield with her husband and is currently employed as a Paraplanner at Goodwin, Shine & Associates., Private Wealth Advisory Practice of Ameriprise Financial Services. She strongly believes in the BBBS Mission and believes every child needs and deserves a mentor.

 

 

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Christina Gay Treasurer

Christina is the People Operations Director at MachineMetrics, Inc., a software company in Northampton. BBBS-FC is the first board Christina ever joined, and since then she has also served on the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board. She resides in Greenfield with her family and a small menagerie of animals.

 

 

 

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Charlie Choleva

Charlie joined the BBBSFC board in 2007. His passion for mentoring started over 20 years a ago when he volunteered as a Big Brother. Charlie was matched with a 10-year-old boy and remained matched until that child aged out at 18, but their friendship didn’t end there and they are still in touch today. Charlie has been a dedicated teacher at the local Franklin Co. Technical High School in the special education department for the past 10 years. He lives in Turners Falls with his wife and young son, Sammy. 

 

 

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Nancy Gifford

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.

 

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Mark Scandling

Prior to joining the English Department at Deerfield Academy, Mr. Scandling was an officer in the U.S. Army and a newspaper journalist. He also worked closely with the Prep for Prep program for two summers in New York City. In 31 years at Deerfield, Mr. Scandling has taught English for grades 9-12.  He has a passion for literature, live theater, and Elizabethan drama. When not in the classroom, Mr. Scandling can be found coaching wrestling and water polo.

 

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Kirsten Wedegartner

Kirsten has been a member of the BBBSFC board of directors for 8 years. She currently works as the Marketing Operations Manager at Sandri Energy. After attending Northfield Mount Hermon, Kirsten continued her education in the valley by attending UMASS Amherst. She lives right here in her home town of  Greenfield, MA with her fiancé and really enjoys taking advantage of everything this area has to offer.

 

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Jess Lubanski

Jessica has been a member of the BBBSFC board of directors for 6 years. Jess is a lifelong resident of Franklin County been working in the finance industry since 1999. Jess has been working on her college degree in finance. She is a daredevil at heart and has even tried skydiving! She currently lives in Northfield MA with her fiancé and works in Keene New Hampshire. She likes to be active outside in all seasons and loves to downhill ski, kayak and spend time with friends and family.

 

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Sue Emond

 

Sue Emond has been a member of the board of directors for more than 6 years. She is the clerk of courts at the Franklin. Co court house in Greenfield, MA

 

 

 

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Ashley Braziel

Ashley was born and raised in Shelburne Falls, MA. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Ithaca College in 2013, works in Student Development at GCC, and is currently working on her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. She loves cooking, hiking and most of all her cat Annabelle.

 

 

 

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Anitra Ford

Anitra Ford joined the board of Franklin County Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2017.  Her love for Franklin County began at Greenfield Community College before moving onto UMASS Amherst were she earned a BA in Sociology and a BA in Philosophy.  She has been able to combine her interests by working for the Hamden County Career Center. Her role as a Re-Entry Employment Specialist. She is an active member of the Franklin County Rotary Club.

 

 

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Matt Gregory

Matt joined the Board of Directors in October 2017 following many years teaming up with BBBS through his work on-air and behind the scenes at local radio stations WHAI and Bear Country. Matt is born and raised here in Western Mass, growing up in Sunderland and eventually settling in Greenfield. Matt loves dogs, photography, the Red Sox, and strong locally roasted coffee.

 

 

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Michael Robinson

 

Michael joined the BBBSFC board in 2017 and is enjoying his first time as a board member. He works at NEX in Turners Falls, MA and lives in Greenfield, MA with his wife and beautiful young son.

 

 

 

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Michelle Blanchard

Michelle Blanchard has been a board member since 2017.  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.

 

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Naomi Levine

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.

 

 

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John Jackson

John Jackson joined the BBBSFC as our newest member in February 2018. He is the head of golf at Crumpin’ Fox Golf Course in Bernardston, MA, where he also lives. he has one young daughter and loves being back in the area where he grew up. He is passionate about being a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of FC agency and states mentoring and giving back to your community has always been an important part of his upbringing.