Cancer House of Hope Staff Profiles

Cancer House of Hope Staff:



Program Director Joe Kane brings over 20 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing, and community relations. He also has been involved in the Western MA community through volunteer work and business outreach activities. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and Anna Maria College (also in Worcester) where he earned a Masters in Business Administration. Joe’s life was touched by cancer with the loss of his father in 2010.




Cancer House of Hope Practitioners:


R. Brad Alm, C.A.S., M.S., L.M.H.C. has 25 years’ experience providing mental health services, specializing in brief therapy, hypnosis, Thought Field Therapy, stress management, and mind-body interventions. In addition to working at Cancer House of Hope, Brad is a Clinician with Behavioral Health Network at the Oakdale Clinic in Holyoke, MA, and an Adjunct Professor at Springfield College. Brad has family members, friends and co-workers who have had cancer and he sees a number of cancer survivors in his clinical practice. In his spare time, he enjoys music and running. Brad runs Relaxation Groups.



Beth-Brett-BioBeth Brett has been practicing massage therapy as a means of relieving the anxiety and fear a cancer patient might experience. The fight against cancer is a tough, time-consuming, emotional and exhausting experience. Massage therapy is one way to greatly ease the suffering, tension and stress.




Nancy-Ferguson-BioNancy A. Ferguson, M. Ed., L.C.S.W. has worked as a clinical social worker for 24 years. In addition to working at Cancer House of Hope, Nancy has a private practice in which she works with individuals and families facing serious and chronic illnesses. She is well-versed in mind-body-spirit principles and practice. Nancy is a 20-year cancer survivor and advocate and provides inspiration to those dealing with cancer through her own recovery as well as her finely-honed clinical skills. Nancy runs All Cancers; Breast Cancer; Family and Friends; Living with Advanced Cancer; Recent Diagnosis; What Now? When Treatment Ends; Leukemia-Lymphoma; Mind-Body-Spirit Workshops.


Nancy-Greenwood-BioNancy Greenwood is a Reiki Master/ Teacher at the Cancer House of Hope in West Springfield. She began her healing work at the house in 1995 and has found a wonderful journey through the years making many dear friends along the way. In 1998 she became certified with the National Guild of Hypnotists in New Hampshire and in 2014 she completed a class with the Do Terra Aro Ma Touch Technique of essential oil application, another very relaxing technique. Her years at The Cancer House of Hope have been very rewarding. Nancy is proud to be a part of the great healing work that has been and still is being done there.




Annie-Knox-BioAnnie Knox is a Reiki Master /Teacher with a lifelong interest in healing and spirituality. She is a certified Theta Practitioner and Instructor, and a Silva graduate. Annie also has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Philosophy with minors in both Religious Studies and Business Management from the University of New Hampshire. In addition to being a Reiki practitioner at the Cancer House of Hope, Annie owns and operates her own private alternative healing practice. “The Spirit of Healing” is located within an integrative medical practice, at 175 Dwight Road, Suite 203A in Longmeadow, MA. An avid animal lover, and lifelong equestrian, Annie also treats horses and other animals. Annie does Reiki Therapy.




Patricia-Niti-Martin-BioPatricia “Niti” Martin, B.A., E-RYT500: Professional yoga and dance teacher, publications photographer and avid walker, Niti studied with Swami Kripalu and other extraordinary teachers at Kripalu Center, where she has served as faculty for a decade. She received a BA from the University of Massachusetts’s UWW department with a concentration in health psychology, and teacher certification in Kripalu Yoga, Integrative Yoga Therapy and Let Your Yoga Dance®. Niti incorporates a sense of wonder, humor and compassion into her work drawing from her background in the arts and sciences. She is a mind-body fitness instructor at Canyon Ranch Health Resort and at Cranwell Spa. Niti leads programs at CHD–Cancer House of Hope; COA; Berkshire Health Systems; MASS Housing; and Kripalu Center as part of her self-owned business, Doing Well: Yoga and Wellness.


Advisory Committee:

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The Cancer House of Hope’s Advisory Committee is made up of community members who want to make a difference. For more information on helping the House bring peace and comfort to those who are struggling with a cancer diagnosis, please call the House at (413) 733-1858 or email

  • Debra Gardner
  • Dr. Philip Glynn
  • Tom Keenan
  • Troy Ladue
  • Pat “Niti” Martin
  • Julie Schwager
  • Jean Walachy