Our Board of Directors
The Loomis Communities is a nonprofit organization that draws its volunteer Directors from communities within the Pioneer Valley, including Amherst, Holyoke, South Hadley and the Springfield area. Our directors bring to Loomis a wide range of professional, financial and human services skills. They are committed to furthering our mission of providing high-quality services and health care to older adults.
Director of Member Services, Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging; Past President and Member of the Board of Directors, Holyoke Health Center; Past President and former Board Member MCOA; Past President and former Board Member, Western MA Association of Councils on Aging; Allocations Committee, United Way of Pioneer Valley. Past recipient of The Loomis Communities’ Elvira Whiting Ball Award; Citizen of the Year, United Veterans; Career Woman of the Year, Quota Club; Local Hero, CISA; Hometown Hero, Reminder Publications; Anna V. Brown Award (Director of the Year), MCOA; Service Award, Holyoke Health Center. Graduate of College of the Holy Cross (BA, Certificate in Gerontology)
Paul Lambert, Vice Chair
Vice President, Enshrinement Services & Community, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame; Former Director, Event Production, National Basketball Association; Former President, New England Public Radio Foundation, Inc.;Board Member, Cape Cod Center for the Arts; Board Member, South Hadley Chorale; Springfield Rotary Member; Graduate of Boston College. (A.B. English / Theater Arts).
Jessica is the Banking Center Manager at PeoplesBank in South Hadley, and has worked for the bank for 15 years. She is a Board member of the South Hadley and Granby Chamber of Commerce, and co-chair of the Holiday Stroll. She volunteers for the Girl Scouts and is the Treasurer of a Girl Scout Troop. Jessica holds an MBA from Western New England University.
Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. She is a graduate of Rush University, where she earned a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, and State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome where she earned a Master of Science in Nursing Administration. Angela has over 35 years of experience as a Registered Professional Nurse and resides in Northampton, MA.
Executive Director of Facilities Management and Planning, Mount Holyoke College; Former Project Manager, The Connecticut Water Company; Field Engineer, Daniel O’Connell’s Sons; Lt. Colonel as Commander of Civil Engineering Squadron, Massachusetts Air National Guard (Ret.); Graduate of Merrimack College (B.S. Civil Engineering) and Western New England College (M.B.A.)
Deborah Buckley is a returning Board member. She previously served on The Loomis Communities’ Board from 1998 to 2006.She serves on the Board of the Center Redevelopment Corporation (The Village Commons) and the Holyoke Taxpayers Association. She is a member of the Holyoke Rotary Club and a past Board member of Holyoke Medical Center/Valley Health System, Holyoke Visiting Nurse Association, Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Pioneer Valley, Pioneer Valley Red Cross, and the Granby School Committee. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Education from Mt. Holyoke College. Deb resides in Easthampton, MA.
Partner, Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP; Former Private Practice Attorney; Board Member: Center for Human Development and the Estate Planning Council of Hampden County, Former Board Member: The United Arc, Inc. and NAMI Western Mass; Graduate of Western New England University School of Law (LL.M.); Fordham University School of Law (J.D.); University of California, San Diego (B.A. in Women’s Studies in Literature).
President and Founder of Mountain View Landscapes and Lawncare, Chicopee, MA; Board Member, Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, Holyoke YMCA; Finance Committee Chairperson, MNLA (Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Assn.); Past President, MNLA, Volleyball Hall of Fame, Holyoke Rotary Club, Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce; Certified Horticulturist (MNLA); Certified Landscape Professional; Recipient of the Louis Oldershaw Community Service Award, Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce - Business Person of the Year, Fifield Community Service Award. Attended STCC, HCC and Western New England University.
Dr. Brian Craven
Brain is a Doctor of Dental Surgery in Southampton. He has served on the Loomis Communities Quality Assurance (QAPI) committee for 8 years, and is a member of several Dental Associations: American Dental Assoc., MA Dental Assoc., Valley District Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, and several more. He is a Major in the Massachusetts Air National Guard as the Base Dental Surgeon; and is a member of the Western MA Board of Football Officials. Brian earned his Doctorate in Dental Surgery at Howard University.
Retired Episcopal priest; Past National Officer, The Episcopal Church in the USA; CEO, Immigrant and Refugee Community Center, California; CEO, California Refugee Council; Chair, Governor's Advisory Council on Human Migration, California; Chaplain, University of California Medical Center, San Francisco; Missionary, Botswana; Parish Rector in California and Washington; Headmaster in California; Founder and President, Friends of South Whidbey State Park, Washington; Medal of Merit from Archbishop of Canterbury. Graduate of Harvard College (AB); Church Divinity School of the Pacific (M. Div).
Jeffrey P. Hayden
Jeff is the Vice President of Business and Community Services, Holyoke Community College; formerly the Director of Planning and Development, City of Holyoke; Board Member, Career Point; Board Member, Valley Health Systems; Board Member, Springfield Works; Graduate of Assumption College (B.A. – History).
Erik Kjeldsen is a retired Professor of Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree from Springfield College, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts. Erik is a resident of Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield, MA.
Retired Professor Emeritus of Biology & Environmental Science, Holyoke Community College; Former Vice President of Academic Affairs, Holyoke Community College; Acting President, Holyoke Community College; Natural History Narrator aboard The Quinnetucket II ship; Captain, U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, Viet Nam era Veteran; Distinguished Service Award – HCC: Project Director, HCC Natural Refuge; South Hadley Conservation Commission member; Published Author; South Hadley Town Meeting Member; Member, South Hadley Redevelopment Authority; Trustee, Gaylord Memorial Library; Co-Director, Loomis Village Writers Group; University of Massachusetts (PhD Entomology); Resident of Loomis Village.
Sara Lawrence is the Former Executive Director of the South Hadley Granby Chamber of Commerce. She is the former Development & Planned Giving Officer at NEPR. She has over 35 years’experience working as a Philanthropy professional. She is a graduate of University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (BA History).
Dr. Anthony Pellegrino
Retired Vice President of Continuing Education and Community Services, Holyoke Community College; Visiting lecturer, Western New England University; Board Member: City of Springfield Fire Commissioners; Regional Employment Board of Hampden County; Sixteen Acres Civil Council, Springfield, MA; Western MA Small Business Assistance Inc.; Preschool Enrichment Team. Member: Citizens Advisory Committee, Dept. of Youth Services, Commonwealth of Mass; Emergency Medical Service Commission, City of Springfield. Graduate of Boston College (B.A. Economics), University of MA (M.B.A., M.A. Economics, PhD).
Owner, Blue Heron Restaurant and Catering; Teacher of Culinary Arts, Windham Regional Career Center; Member, Women’s Presidents Organization; Development Committee, Food Bank of Western Mass.; Advisory Board, Culinary Program, Franklin County Technical School and Holyoke Community College; Featured in BON APPETIT Magazine, of the top 108 Restaurants in the country and Best Dish ever tasted; Best Chef of Western Mass, Mass Restaurant Association; Former Official Photographer, United Nations Assembly on Aging; Ohio State University/Cambridge College, (BFA/Masters in Management).
Certified Public Accountant at Whittlesey & Hadley, P.C.: Member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Member of the Massachusetts Society of CPA's; Former Treasurer of the Board of St. Paul Nursery School, Holyoke; Graduate of Western New England University, College of Business (M.S. Accounting) and Darthmouth College (B.A.)