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Carleen joined the Amherst Survival Center team as Volunteer Coordinator in October 2015. Her background is in education, organizing for social change, and she has had many happy years of volunteer service. She is excited for the opportunity to work together with the Center’s incredible volunteers and engage more with our amazing community. “I feel fortunate to work in an organization whose mission makes me hopeful.” Carleen speaks English, Spanish, and a little Mandarin.
Food Pantry Coordinator
Edgardo is a community organizer. Born and raised in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico he came to Western Mass in 1987 at the age of 12. He has worked as a Medical (Spanish) Interpreter since 2007 and during his spare time he also works as a photographer and a DJ.
Community Store Coordinator
As Community Store Coordinator, Susan is excited to be able to contribute to the Amherst area community, which she has been a part of for the past 30 years. She is grateful to put her years of retail experience to use through the Community Store by providing items necessary for everyday life.
Penny has been a pantry volunteer with the Amherst Survival Center since 2012. One of the things she enjoys most about the Center is that she speaks with people from all walks of life, and especially listening to and talking with elderly people. She is looking forward to playing a bigger role in making positive changes at the Center. Penny also staffs our monthly Mobile Food Program.
Kitchen Coordinator (Community Meals)
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Becky’s background is in social services and a career as a public librarian in Pennsylvania before she moved to Amherst. She has volunteered in the Amherst Survival Center kitchen for several years and is thrilled to be a part of the Center’s community. She particularly enjoys the fun of the Center and can be seen enjoying dancing and singing with others while delicious and nutritious meals are being prepared.
Rich brings 30 years of experience as the director of the Green River House, a fully integrated, community-based work program in Greenfield for adults who are recovering from mental illness. He has had headed various support programs and has experience with people with diverse mental health issues. He’s excited to coordinate the Center’s free walk-in health clinic, and assist its patients in meeting their health-related needs.
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Lisa joined the Amherst Survival Center team as Development Coordinator in April 2014. She is grateful for the opportunity to work together with staff, volunteers, and our supporters to build on the incredible community support for the Center, and sustain and grow our vital services.
Blaire’s work at the Amherst Survival Center, which began 17 years ago, feels to her like part of her lifelong commitment to service and social justice, a stop on a journey that began many years ago at a choir rehearsal in Boston, moved on to the Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage (a reverse journey of the slave trade route going back to Africa) and finally to the Amherst Survival Center! As Maintenance Coordinator, Blaire is responsible for the cleanliness and upkeep of the building and its contents.
Finance Controller and Human Resources Manager
Kara has been with the Center for nine years. Her primary duties include accounting for the organization’s financial transactions, preparing budgets and financial reports, assisting with grant applications, and overseeing human resources work. She enjoys her role in a growing organization and appreciates the support and expertise of staff and committee members.