Mindy DombMindy Domb – Executive Director,, x107

Mindy has been the Executive Director of the Amherst Survival Center since June 2013. Her background is in public health, advocacy, human services, and adult learning. She feels privileged to lead the ASC, and believes that what makes the ASC so effective is the courage of our neighbors in need to reach out for help, and the responsiveness of our community to support each other.    


Tracey LevyTracey Levy – Program Director (Volunteering, General Questions, Referrals),, x102

Tracey has nearly 20 years experience working in human services in Western MA.  She feels so lucky to be part of this community and thoroughly enjoys getting to work with such wonderful staff, participants, volunteers and donors.  One of her favorite things about the ASC is the fact that it’s not only a place to get food, clothing and healthcare, but is also a place to dance, laugh, learn and enjoy life together.

NiriAzuageNiri Azuaje – Food Pantry Coordinator,, x 104
(Monthly Groceries, Senior Mobile Nutrition Program (Senior Mobile Pantry), Food Drives, Kids BOOST).

Niri has a background in information technology, program management and organizing for social change in her native Venezuela. Since moving to the US, she’s found passion for service through her work in the ASC as a volunteer. She feels honored for the opportunity to work in the Food Pantry with the incredible volunteers and supporting this amazing community. Niri speaks English and Spanish.

Linda BrooksLinda Brooks – Kitchen Coordinator (Prepared Food, Supplies),, x103

Linda loves her job at the Amherst Survival Center, where she’s been the Kitchen Coordinator since 2006.  She really likes the community atmosphere and feels like this is her “other family and second home.”  She enjoys being able to feed people nutritiously and work with her amazing volunteers who not only cook with their hands, but they also cook with their hearts.

susan coxSusan Cox – Community Store Coordinator, x101,

As Community Store Coordinator, Susan is excited to be able to contribute to the Amherst area community 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.


Lisa QueeninLisa Queenin – Development Coordinator,, ext 108

Lisa joined the Amherst Survival Center team as Development Coordinator in April 2014.  She is grateful and excited for the opportunity to work together with staff, and our supporters and partners, to build on the incredible community support for the Center, and sustain and grow our vital services.



img_8542Rich Nadolski – Clinic Coordinator, (Free Medical Clinic),, x109

Rich Nadolski brings thirty 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 significant experience with people with diverse mental health issues and the regional human and social service networks. He’s excited to coordinate the Center’s free walk-in health clinic, and assist its patients in meeting their health-related needs.


Blaire Robey Blaire Robey – Operations Coordinator, (Building Issues, Trash to Treasures),, x106

Blaire’s work at the Amherst Survival Center beginning 12 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. She also does a lot of odd jobs that would otherwise fall through the cracks!


karaKara Schnell – Finance Controller and Human Resources Coordinator,, x105

Kara is the Finance Controller and Human Resources Coordinator.  She has been with the organization for six years. Her primary duties include accounting for the organization’s financial transactions, preparing budgets and financial reports, and assisting with grant applications. She enjoys her role in a growing organization and appreciates the support and expertise of staff and committee members.



Baer TierkelBaer Tierkel – Food Pantry Assistant Inventory Clerk,

Baer brings experience in grocery merchandising and supply chain and inventory systems to his role as inventory clerk.  He thinks of the ASC as his happy place – where staff, participants, volunteers, and donors are all just happy to be there.  There’s nothing Baer would rather be doing than helping to feed neighbors who are in need.  His goal at the ASC is to find ways to feed more hungry people with more food. Baer speaks English, Spanish and a little German.


CarleenBaslerCarleen Basler -Volunteer Coordinator,, ext. 111
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. Carleen speaks English, Spanish, and a little Mandarin.