Sarah is the Director of Academic Programs at the Center for Community Engagement at Amherst College. She works with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community organizations to develop community-based courses, research projects, internships, and co-curricular initiatives. She recently completed a master’s degree in Theology and Ethics at Hartford Seminary.
Robert Brainin (Treasurer)
Robert has worked in nonprofit finance for the past 15 years. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago. Currently, and is currently Chief Financial Officer at HAPHousing in Springfield
Bill is an Extension Professor at UMass Amherst using geophysical methods to understand Earth processes. He moved to Amherst from Boise, Idaho in 2010 and started volunteering at the Center in the Food Pantry.
Nicholas is a Branch Officer, Assistant Vice President with Berkshire Bank where he also serves on the bank’s Regional Volunteer Employee Council. He is a local small business owner including High Horse Brewing and The Moan and Dove both located in Amherst. Nicholas is a graduate of the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a major in Human Resource Management.
J. Lynn Griesemer (President)
Lynn is an Associate Vice President for Economic Development and Executive Director of the UMass Donahue Institute with the UMass President’s Office. Lynn chaired the Amherst Survival Center Capital Campaign and serves on the Finance Committee. She has an Ed.D. and MS from the University of Tennessee and a MPA from the Kennedy School, Harvard University.
Christopher is the Director of Purchasing and Marketing in Auxiliary Enterprises at UMass Amherst. Throughout his tenure at the University, Chris has developed a strong rapport with local farmers and suppliers continuing the department’s strong tradition of local sourcing and outreach. He manages all marketing initiatives for Auxiliary Enterprises including UMass Dining.
Naz Mohamed (Vice President)
Naz volunteers to cook the Monday meal, sits on the Events Committee, and helps with other Center activities. Naz is an
Early Childhood Educator by profession. She is also involved in the Interfaith Community, and the Hampshire Mosque in Amherst. The source of her inspiration comes from her faith–Islam–which considers all deeds of charity and community service to be acts of worship.
Leslie Nyman (Clerk)
Leslie Nyman has been a volunteer at the Amherst Survival Center for six years. She coordinates the Events Committee for major fundraising events. She is a former RN and a writer.
Ted is the President of Kohl Construction Inc. He is a real estate developer and construction pro with 35 years of experience managing and financing commercial and residential projects. In addition to being a licensed construction supervisor Ted is also a realtor and a licensed real estate agent in association with 5 College Realtors in Amherst. He attended Wesleyan University.
María-Judith is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Amherst College. She moved with her family from Arecibo, Puerto Rico, in 2011. She has an MBA from the University of Phoenix and an MA from the Interamerican University. She enjoys living and working in Amherst, and the opportunity to share her talents with the Amherst Survival Center and the community.
Manju joined the Amherst Survival Center board in June 2012. Manju works at The Environmental Biotechnology Center at The University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Manju is also the Hindu advisor for Mount Holyoke and Amherst Colleges where she is actively engaged in volunteer and community service projects–some of which directly benefit ASC. She sits on the Events Committee and volunteers at ASC events.
Barbara is co-owner of The Blue Heron Restaurant and Catering in Sunderland, MA which she opened in 1997. The restaurant features globally inspired cuisine sourced ethically from our Valley and beyond. She is also a reception volunteer at the Amherst Survival Center. Barbara has been in the Pioneer Valley for 32 years.
Steven is the pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst, where the Amherst Survival Center hosts it’s annual Community Thanksgiving dinner. He has been volunteering with the Center during summers, first in the kitchen and more recently in food recovery. He has also been an active community member in the Center’s strategic planning process.