Loomis Communities

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.

Paul Lambert, Chair

President and CEO of the Springfield Symphony. Former, 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).

Debra Buckley, Vice Chair

Debra 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.

Sanford Belden

Sanford Belden retired in 2006 as the CEO of Community Bank System, a large scale regional financial institution headquartered in Syracuse, New York, with 225 bank branches and a variety of other financial service businesses in four states. He previously served as a senior executive in New York City at a very large international bank, a major national bank headquartered in Minneapolis and with the Farm Credit Banks, one of the Government Sponsored Entities. He holds Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees from Purdue University in economics, held a faculty position at Cornell and earned a mid-career certification from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Belden has also served on over 30 governance boards for both for profit and not for profit entities around the country including the Board of Governors of the American Red Cross in Washington D.C. Regional not for profits include service as a board member of Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Smith College, Kestrel Land Trust, Center for Eco-Technology and Road Scholar and Chair of The Community Foundation of Western Mass, Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity. Sanford and his wife Betsy are residents of Loomis Village.

Jessica Bodon

Treasury Analyst for Baystate Health, previously Banking Center Manager for PeoplesBank. She received her MBA from Western New England University. Volunteers for Girl Scouts of Central and Western Mass and serves as troop treasurer. Former board member of the South Hadley & Granby Chamber of Commerce. Jessica was born and raised in South Hadley and currently resides in Belchertown.

Kathy Bowler

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 Breen

Paul, now retired, was for many years the Executive Director of Facilities Management & Planning at Mount Holyoke College. Prior to that, he worked in Project Management and was a Field Engineer with Holyoke based Construction Manager Daniel O’Connell’s Sons. Work experience also included time with the Design & Construction team of the Connecticut Water Company based in Clinton, CT. Paul served our country for 28 years as a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard concluding his service having attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He commanded the 104th Civil Engineering Squadron, a unit which was a component of the 104th Fighter Wing based in Westfield, MA. Mr. Breen is a graduate of Merrimack College (B.S. Civil Engineering) and Western New England College (MBA). Paul and his wife Liz reside in Amherst where they enjoy planning and anticipating their RV adventures, almost as much as the trips themselves.

Seunghee Cha

Partner, Buckley, 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).

Patricia Crutchfield

Served as human resources director for a number of organizations, including the University of Massachusetts. She has also developed and facilitated educational and training programs for organizational and individual development. Patricia was a member of the Massachusetts Board of Education and several local boards; she now serves on the Board of the Kestrel Land Trust, and is a member of the Distribution Committee of the Western Massachusetts Community Foundation. She is a happily retired soul, and creates photography exhibits that support non-profit organizations and social justice activism.

Fletcher Davis

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

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.

Sara Lawrence

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).

Deborah Snow

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).

Max Winters

Max has spent a decade focused exclusively on how the built environment can improve the experience of aging for older adults around the world. He has spoken to audiences on regional and national stages about placemaking for older adults beyond traditional senior living settings, cutting edge environments for people living with dementia and the transformative role of technology in the aging journey. His perspectives and design work have been featured in a variety of industry publications, as well as the New York Times. Max currently is an Advisory Committee member for Dementia Friendly Pennsylvania. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, daughter, cat, and dog; and splits his remaining time between his church community, live theater, and playing complicated board games.

Heather Zoeller

Heather Zoeller is the Director of Advisory Services at OnePoint Partners in West Hartford, Connecticut. Heather leads her team in strategic planning and development as well as advisory services to not-for-profit senior living providers. She works closely with senior living clients’ management teams and Boards of Directors to develop and test strategic plans and to make those plans a reality. Heather received a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Community and Clinical Services from University of New Haven and she graduated with “Distinction in Management” honors Bachelor of Science in Management from University of North Carolina at Asheville.