Staff Profiles

Our dedicated staff and board are passionate about mentoring.

 

Staff

 

Renee Moss, M.Ed – Program Director

rmoss@chd.org – (413) 259-3350

Renee has been with the program since 1985. Her passion for community collaboration and creating new partnerships is what she enjoys most about leading BBBSHC. Before she lived in Amherst, Renee taught in the NYC public schools for 10 years and still enjoys visiting her children and grandchildren in Brooklyn on the weekends. You can find Renee knitting at Amherst Town Meeting or frequenting the local businesses that support the program. When she isn’t working, Renee enjoys traveling the world with her husband Eric.

Jen Loebel, BS – Development Director

jloebel@chd.org – (413) 259-3346

Jen has lived in Massachusetts for her whole life and came west to the Pioneer Valley to attend UMass Amherst.  When she’s not planning fabulous events for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, Jen enjoys spending time with her little boys, teaching and taking indoor cycling classes, or running. All that cardio really helps her keep up with her boys! Jen also loves to cook for her family, read and be creative!

Jess Daly, MBA – Program Supervisor, Big Sister

jdaly@chd.org – (413) 259-3351

Jess first came to the program as a Big Sister in 2012. After graduating from Isenberg School of Management in 2016 she began working with the program in a new capacity, as Program Supervisor. Jess has lived in the Pioneer Valley for almost ten years, after moving here to attend UMass as an undergraduate. Prior to pursuing her master’s degree, she spent five years coordinating after school programs in Holyoke. Outside of work Jess spends time with her family and enjoys doing things outdoors like kayaking, hiking, camping, and rock climbing. She also looks forward to spending time with her Little Sister, and would love to talk to anyone interested in becoming a Big!

Ruth Harms, MSW – Case Manager

rharms@chd.org – (413) 259-3348

Ruth has been at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County since the ice age (1991)! She is the Case Management Supervisor for the program, supervises a number of community matches, and the Kids-to-Campus program at Amherst College. She was born on the island of Aruba and continues to have family there that she visits (which is especially handy during the long, New England winters!). When she’s not meeting with matches, she enjoys entertaining friends, going to music festivals, and hosting family dinners with her husband and two daughters. Ruth is also passionate about hosting international students studying at UMass, and traveling with her husband, both in the U.S. and overseas.

Tom McGuire, MA – Case Manager

tmcguire@chd.org – (413) 259-3352

Tom joined the BBBSHC Team in 2001. In and out of the Valley since grad school in the late ’80’s, he finds that he now is a long-time Amherst resident. Along with supervising a dedicated group of community-based Bigs and Littles, Tom facilitates many enthusiastic matches in our UMass “Kids-To-Campus Program” and is embarking on his 6th year as instructor of the Community Engagement Service Learning Course at UMass associated with our K-T-C program. Tom looks forward to long walks on a beach (any beach) with his wife, Kim, but will settle for long walks behind his lawn mower, which are considerably better than long walks behind the snow blower any day.

Victoria Silva, M.Ed – Case Manager

vsilva@chd.org – (413) 259-3353

Before coming to work at BBBSHC, Victoria was the Community Outreach worker for the Amherst Public Schools for 17 years. She often made referrals and worked closely with case managers. Upon retiring from the school system, Victoria began working part-time with BBBSHC. It’s been almost three years, and she is still having a ball, connecting with the community and kids.  When she’s not at the office, she loves to spend time with her grandchildren and friends, cooking up different cultural meals and just being happy!

Jennifer Ablard, MA Counseling/Psychology – Case Manager

jablard@chd.org – (413) 259-3349

Jennifer Ablard is the  newest addition to the Case Management Team and oversees the Kids to Campus Programs at Smith College and Amherst College.  She comes to this job with several years experience as a Middle School Guidance counselor and lots of years spent working at a summer camp in Vermont.  Jennifer enjoys running with her chocolate lab George, gardening, hiking, cooking and photography. Look for Jennifer’s work exhibited locally.

Mellie Black, BA – Administrative Assistant

mblack@chd.org – (413) 259-3347

Mellie moved to Massachusetts in 2011 after living in Illinois for 24 years.  Not long after moving here she became Abby’s Big Sister through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program!  Abby and Mellie love spending  weekend time together going to Six Flags, bike riding, seeing movies, or dancing and singing together.  Mellie is very excited to be working for an organization that is so close to her heart.  When not in the office you can find Mellie running around with her 4 teenagers, cycling and working out at the gym, doing volunteer work, and loving anything Disney (especially Mickey Mouse).

Advisory Counsel (member since)

Our advisory counsel are members of the community who share our vision where all children achieve success in life and believe in our mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. They generously volunteer their time and their talents to make so many wonderful things happen in our community. We are forever grateful for their commitment.

 

Erin Couture (9/11) – President

Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer Florence Savings Bank

Erin is a mother of two who loves Hampshire County and cannot imagine raising her children anywhere else. She is on the advisory board of BBBS because she values the program and all it provides for children. “I think every child deserves a mentoring relationship with life changing experiences.”

Aaron Smith (8/13) – Vice President

Financial Registered Representative New England Financial Group, LLC

Aaron joined the board because he wants to do his part in helping the youth in Western Massachusetts prosper and believes in the mission of the program. “My motivation is to do everything I can to allow this great organization to help more children.”

Vicki Baldyaga (8/13)

Assistant Branch Manager Florence Savings Bank

Deb Belle (9/14)

Substitute Teacher, Amherst & Mother of Former Littles

Leslie diCurcio (01/11)

Art Teacher-William E. Norris Elementary Southampton, MA

Emilio Frattaruolo (8/13)

Big Brother, Product Development – Services Engineer Minnesota Thermal Science, A Pelican BioPharma Company

Emilio works and lives in Hampshire County where he is a Big Brother.  He chose to become a member of the Advisory Board so that he could provide some insight into the needs of the people the program exists to serve while also helping grow the organization through fundraising and community outreach efforts.

Melissa Frenier (2/14)

Child Care Provider

Melissa is the mother of two great boys and the owner of a family child care. She was a Little many years ago and is still in contact with her Big. “This is a way to give back to Big Brothers Big Sisters for making a great match and for helping to give my life the enrichment that my Big gave to me.”

Joyce Hatch (01/11)

Retired Vice Chancellor of Administration & Finance, University of Massachusetts – Amherst

Danielle Hussey (8/13)

Coordinator of Sexual Respect Education Programs

As someone who has benefitted tremendously from having a Little in her life, and as someone who would not be the person she is today without the tremendous support of good mentors, Danielle is thrilled to be a part of the BBBS Advisory Board. “I look forward to working together to make a difference in the lives of kids in Hampshire County.”

 

Kevin Joyce (2/15)

Senior Account Executive with Webber & Grinnell Insurance

Laurel Kahn (9/94)

 

Hope Keenan (9/14)

Marketing & Events Coordinator at the Amherst BID

Art Keene (9/13)

Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts – Amherst

Justin Killeen (3/15)

Owner & Personal Trainer Energia- 50/50 Fitness & Nutrition

Megan Kludt (1/14)

Attorney with Curran and Berger, Big Sister

Megan is a South Hadley resident who enjoys hang gliding and spending time with her Little Sister. She recently joined the Board to play a more active role in this “wonderful organization.”

Christine Lau (9/14)

Realtor with Five College Realtors

Suzanne Love (1/14)

Nurse Franklin Medical & Big Sister

Madelaine S. Marquez (9/03)

Director, Center for Innovative Education, Hampshire College

Joel Morse (9/11)

Associate Director of Corporate Support WGBY

Joel believes in the vision of BBBS and has personally seen the effect it has on young boys and girls.  “I believe it’s a unique program that can have an immediate positive impact on the life of a child.” Joel feels being a board member allows him to, in some small way, help in ensuring that BBBSHC continues its wonderful mission. Oh, and Renee told him to

Elaine Puleo (9/13)

Retired Associate Professor, Public Health & Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts – Amherst

Elaine has lived in the Amherst area for over 30 years, and is a mom of two adult children. She strongly believes in the Big Brothers Big Sisters model and has expertise in strategic planning and long rang visioning.  “Although I have never been a Big, this is my way of contributing to the program.”

Wilmore Wibley (9/15)

Associate Professor of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts – Amherst

Joan Zukas (2/03)

Retired Special Education Teacher

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