Cancer Connection Board of Directors
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An application to join our Board of Directors can be found HERE.
Saskia Coté, D.C.Ed
Saskia is the Founder and owner of Bottom-Line Bodywork, LLC. specializing in employee wellness through massage programs at work. Even though she did not grow up in the are, she has numerous friends and family members affected by cancer, and feels strongly about the programs Cancer Connection offers to patients as well as their caregivers. She has been practioner and teacher in the Holistic Health field for the past 27 years, and is honored to be a part of the organization.
Becky Jones (President)
of Northampton has a private counseling practice and is also a writer who leads bereavement writing groups. She served for 18 years as a chaplain at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. She is a breast cancer survivor and has been both participant in and leader of Cancer Connection activities and groups over the years.
Kristen Lemoi, CFMP (Secretary)
Kristen is the Assistant Vice President of Marketing at Florence Bank specializing in Social Media, Website Development, and Branding. Growing up in the area she has known many people that have benefitted from Cancer Connection and has seen the positive impact it has made on their journey. Cancer has touched Kristen in many personal ways, which has inspired her to support Cancer Connection and all of the helpful resources they provide to our community.
Douglas Loux (Treasurer)
of Florence served as the area systems coordinator for the Social Security Administration in Holyoke for 14 years. He was a board member and then chair of the River Valley Counseling Center for 27 years, and is currently chair of the Board of Directors of the Florence Congregational Church and treasurer of the Friends of Lilly Library.
Susan Lowery, M.D. (Vice President)
Dr. Lowery practiced primary care medicine in the Pioneer Valley since 1991, and co-owned a busy practice in Amherst. She has been involved in several non-profits addressing issues of food insecurity, poverty, early literacy and supporting at risk families in order to build stronger communities. She brings that passion to Cancer Connection as the organization grows to meet ever-increasing demands within The Valley.
Peter is a Commercial Lines Account Executive at Webber and Grinnell Insurance in Northampton. He is a native of Northampton, having grown up in a family business on Main Street and is now raising his two children here along with his wife. Cancer has impacted many people in Peter’s life and has had a profound impact on him. He believes in the mission of Cancer Connection to provide a wide variety of services and as a resource to those impacted by cancer which inspired Peter’s involvement in the organization.
Brandon is a Certified Public Accountant providing tax, accounting, and consulting services to local businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals in western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut. He was moved to learn of the resources and support Cancer Connection provides to our local community. Having family and friends impacted by cancer, he wanted to get involved and is excited to be a part of the Organization. Brandon resides in Easthampton with his wife, Shira.
The Board of Directors includes current
or former consumers of Cancer Connection services.
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
Kristen Elechko, Interim Executive Director
Kristen joined Cancer Connection in September 2016 as Interim Executive Director. Kristen brings experience in nonprofit management from Women's eNews and Imagine Philanthropy. She honed her leadership skills as an athlete and graduated from the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI). She later served as the Interim Director for LIPPI. Kristen has previously volunteered for Cancer Connection's WMass Mother's Day Half Marathon and also served as a befriending volunteer in our center.
Office Oversight and Personnel Committee:
This committee oversees work of office staff, reviewing policies and office procedures and helping the Executive Director, the Office Manager, the Director of Community Relations and the Event Coordinator work efficiently together. The members of the committee provide a sounding board for the Executive Director in matters of office staffing and office policy, oversee personnel policies and benefits, and provide for a biannual job performance evaluation of the Executive Director.
As Cancer Connection matures and grows, the Nominating Committee needs to reassess the skills and background required of members of the Board of Directors. This committee develops a list of prospective members for the Board of Directors, taking into consideration the current composition, diversity and goals of the Board of Directors; interviews candidates for the Board; selects the slate of Board officers to be considered and elected the annual meeting each November; and provides orientation to new members of the Board.
Budget and Finance Committee:
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.
Board members also serve on additional committees that welcome and encourage community participation. Descriptions of these committees can be found on our volunteer page.
Are you interested in joining a Committee? An application to join a committee can be found HERE.