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
Nick 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. Nick 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 chaired the Amherst Survival Center Capital Campaign and serves on the Finance Committee. She is the retired Associate Vice President for Economic Development and Executive Director of the UMass Donahue Institute with the UMass President’s Office. She has an Ed.D. and MS from the University of Tennessee and a MPA from the Kennedy School, Harvard University.
Christopher Howland (Clerk)
Chris 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.
Jenn Moyston is a former Food Pantry Coordinator at the Amherst Survival Center. She has also participated in several ASC search committees and an active member of its Strategic Planning process. Since 2013, she has been the Administrative Assistant for the Town of Amherst since 2013. Jenn has over 30 years of experience assisting low income, and mentally and physically challenged individuals.
Ted Parker (Vice President)
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.
Diana Spurgin’s significant volunteer activity includes the Amherst Survival Center (Amherst Area Diaper Drive, fundraising events, and food drives) as well as the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, the Amherst Educational Foundation, and the Amherst Regional Public Schools. She also an active member of Grace Episcopal Church where she has also led food drives.
Allison van der Velden, DMD
Allie was raised in Amherst and currently lives in southern Franklin County. She’s the Assistant Dental Director for the Community Health Center of Franklin County.
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 has also been a reception volunteer at the Amherst Survival Center. Barbara has been in the Pioneer Valley for 32 years.
Steven is the former 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.