Making the News in Business, March 10

Making the News in Business, March 10

Published: 09/03/2022 13:28:15

Modified: 03/09/2022 13:27:42

Regional food bank gets $500,000 grant

NORTHAMPTON — A new partnership between Mass General Brigham member Cooley Dickinson Hospital and the Western Massachusetts Food Bank will benefit food insecure patients. The food bank will receive $500,000 from Mass General Brigham over four years to launch the partnership, which is expected to start this spring.

Patients screened for food insecurity, as well as other social determinants of health, including housing and transportation, will be referred to the new program, if insufficient access to food surfaces is a need.

Since 2018, the Food Bank has been working with local healthcare providers to address food insecurity through the Food Bank’s Food Insecurity Screening and Referral Initiative (FISRI).

With funding from Mass General Brigham, the food bank will be able to expand the screening and referral program to more food-insecure patients and hire a dedicated referral coordinator. ‘food aid. The coordinator will be able to serve 200 patients per year for a total of 800 participants over the four-year partnership.

bankESB promotes 2 at Belchertown branch

EASTHAMPTON — bankESB promoted Tracey K. Howell to the branch agent and Alicia Austin to the assistant branch manager of his office in State Street, Belchertown.

Howell joined bankESB in 2007 as a part-time cashier and has since been promoted to senior cashier, assistant branch manager and now branch manager. She has over 25 years of banking experience, having previously served as Assistant Branch Manager of Charter One Bank. She studied marketing, economics, accounting and management at the American Institute of Banking and volunteers at Lathrop Home in Northampton. Howell and his family live in Belchertown.

Austin joined bankESB in 2018 as a cashier and was most recently a cashier supervisor before being appointed deputy branch manager. She attended both UMass Amherst’s Stockbridge School of Agriculture and Holyoke Community College. Austin and his family live in Belchertown.

Leadership Pioneer
Valley Chief

SPRINGFIELD — Lora Wondolowski, the founding executive director of Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV), and leader of the organization since 2011, will step down on April 1.

Wondolowski’s leadership has been integral to all aspects of LPV’s operations with notable successes including growing the LEAP core program, the Leaders on Board initiative, building strategic partnerships, and improving and stabilizing organizational operations and processes. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the first class.

Upon Wondolowski’s departure, the board plans to appoint an interim CEO until a permanent CEO is found.

Leadership Pioneer Valley’s mission is to identify, develop and connect diverse leaders to strengthen Pioneer Valley.

Rivera-Riffenburg joins HCC as Director of Human Resources

HOLYOKE — Evelyn Rivera-Riffenburg of Holyoke is the new Executive Director of Human Resources for Holyoke Community College.

Rivera-Riffenburg has worked in human resources for over 25 years. She began her career as a staff assistant and recently worked as the Director of Human Resources for Chicopee Public Schools. His previous employment included positions in human resources for the City of Amherst, Medtronic (formerly Covidien), Hot Mama’s Foods, C&S Wholesale Grocers and Coca-Cola. She is also an adjunct professor at Bay Path University and Western New England University.

She began her role at HCC in January.

Rivera-Riffenburg began her undergraduate studies at HCC before transferring to Baker College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in human resource management. She holds a master’s degree in communication and information management from Bay Path University and in organizational leadership from Southern New Hampshire University.

Canavan named CEO of Tech Foundry

SPRINGFIELD — Tricia Canavan was named CEO of Tech Foundry, effective March 21. She will succeed Bruce Dixon, who stepped down to pursue new opportunities.

The Tech Foundry is a non-profit organization whose mission is to meet the region’s growing need for a skilled technology workforce and to uplift underrepresented groups into sustainable careers in information technology. .

Founded in 2014, the Tech Foundry has provided internships, networking opportunities, and training to traditionally low-income and underserved populations, preparing graduates for entry-level IT work in the Pioneer Valley. These programs are offered free of charge to participants through donations from area businesses and members of the local community.

With a background in business and nonprofit management, workforce development, and adult education, Canavan currently serves as Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations and Advocacy for Masis Staffing Solutions. Previously, she served as CEO of United Personnel, which was acquired by Masis in May 2021.

Canavan is Chair of the Western MA Economic Development Council, Co-Chair of Springfield Business Leaders for Education, and also serves on the boards of Associated Industries of MA, MassHire Hampden County, and the Springfield Public Forum.