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FLORENCE — Florence Bank has hired a new bank officer and promoted two employees.

Linda Haley will serve as commercial loan administration officer of the Commercial Loan Department in the main office in Florence, Andrew Tulis was promoted to assistant Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) officer, and Heidi Hoover was promoted to the position of assistant vice president, Compliance.

Haley joined Florence Bank in October 2018 with more than 30 years of banking experience. She currently attends the New England School for Financial Studies at Babson College.

Tulis joined Florence Bank in November 2011. Prior to his recent promotion, he had served as BSA administrator. Tulis earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from New York University and graduated with honors from the New England School for Financial Studies.

Hoover joined Florence Bank in May 2015 with nearly 20 years of banking experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst. Prior to her recent promotion, she served as compliance specialist. She serves her community as a board member for the Western Massachusetts Compliance Assoc., a member of the Baystate Medical Practices Patient and Family Council, and a volunteer for Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity.

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of Linda and the well-deserved promotions of Heidi and Andrew,” Florence Bank President and CEO John Heaps Jr., said.

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SPRINGFIELD — Dena Hall, who has served as Baystate Health Foundation’s vice chair for the past two years, has succeeded Jean Deliso as the foundation’s chair.

“Jean has left an indelible stamp on the foundation over the past two years, and we are incredibly proud of all that we’ve achieved together under her leadership,” said Scott Berg, vice president of Philanthropy for Baystate Health and executive director of Baystate Health Foundation. “We are grateful for the gift of Jean’s talents and thrilled that she will be passing the baton to someone as accomplished and committed as Dena.”

Hall — a graduate of UMass Amherst, the Massachusetts School for Financial Studies, and the National School of Banking and Finance at Fairfield University — is executive vice president, chief Marketing officer for Hometown Financial Group and its banks, bankESB, based in Easthampton, and bankHometown, based in Central Mass. She is also the president of the bankESB Charitable Foundation and a member of the board of trustees for the Springfield Museums and the Springfield Thunderbirds Foundation.

Through her leadership role on the Baystate Health Foundation board, as well as her contributions as a fundraiser, Hall has been instrumental to the growth of philanthropy at Baystate Heath, Berg noted.

A longstanding volunteer for Baystate Noble Hospital, she and her husband, Eric, chaired the 2009 Baystate Noble Ball, helping to generate vitally important funds in support of the hospital in Westfield. In her previous role as Western Massachusetts regional president of United Bank and president of the United Bank Foundation, she launched support for the innovative Acute Care for Elders Unit at Baystate Medical Center with a $50,000 grant from the bank. She continues to invite new funders to the hospital to consider supporting this program.

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SPRINGFIELD — Western New England University School of Law will host an information session for prospective students interested in pursuing a law degree part-time on Monday, Feb. 11 from 6 to 9:40 p.m. in the Blake Law Center.

During the session, faculty and staff from the School of Law will provide information about the part-time juris doctor (JD) program, including experiential learning opportunities. Admissions staff will be available to answer questions about the application process as well.

Western New England University School of Law offers part-time day and evening programs leading to the JD degree. These programs are ideal for working professionals and can be completed in four years by taking elective courses during the summer terms. Students can customize their legal education by selecting one of seven concentrations offered by the School of Law.

For more information, call (413) 782-1406 or e-mail [email protected].


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MONSON — The 2019 Monson Savings Bank Scholarship application is now available to graduating high-school seniors residing in Hampden and Wilbraham. Applications are available at the Hampden office at 15 Somers Road, Hampden and the Wilbraham office at 100 Post Office Park, Wilbraham.

The purpose of the Monson Savings Bank Scholarship is to promote the attainment of higher education for graduating seniors who reside within the bank’s footprint. Three $2,000 scholarships will awarded.

Graduating seniors must be planning to attend an accredited college, technical school, or certification program. Scholarship awards will be based on the applicant’s financial need, academic performance, and extracurricular activities during and after school, work experience, as well as music, arts, and/or sports programs.

Monson Savings Bank is proud to be an integral part of its greater community. A candidate for this scholarship should have demonstrated a commitment to his or her community. Please include an essay outlining that service and the impact you achieved through your contribution.

The deadline for application acceptance is April 5. The completed application and required supporting documents will be accepted by mail or electronically. If you have any questions, contact Donna Easton-Vicalvi at (413) 725-4560 or [email protected].

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SPRINGFIELD — The Vann Group announced that Patty Stefanelli has joined the organization and will lead its newly launched Performance Improvement Division. This division was created to help organizations in any industry work toward more sustained levels of operational excellence by embracing Lean thinking and continuous improvement. In her role, Stefanelli will be focusing on creating awareness of the benefits of these concepts throughout the Pioneer Valley.

“There is a misconception that Lean is only for manufacturing companies, but Lean principles can be applied to every process within every organization, regardless of industry, size, or function,” she noted.

Before joining the Vann Group, Stefanelli worked for the city of Springfield in its Information Technology department, and as an independent consultant helping organizations with their operations and IT. She has extensive technical and business knowledge, as well as project-management experience. She has led large, organization-wide initiatives from ERP and time and attendance system implementations to Lean process improvement initiatives, such as streamlining hiring processes or the order fulfillment processes in shipping departments. She has an MBA, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification, and TWI Knowledge certification.

Lean is a way of thinking and operating that focuses on creating more value for customers with fewer resources. Simply put, it allows organizations to do more with less. Continuous improvement is based upon the idea that any process, product, or service can and should be improved. It focuses on having all employees contribute small, incremental improvements, which when made consistently over time can have significant impacts on performance.

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HADLEY — Paragus IT CEO Delcie Bean announced the addition of three new board members. On Jan. 1, Nicole Nakashian, Michelle Abdow, and Scott Webster joined Randy Krotowski, Scott Foster, and John Drake on the board of the fast-growing IT firm.

Nakashian currently serves as executive vice president at InvestCloud Inc. She helped launch Agio, an IT managed-service provider, and was responsible for building a client-centric progressive culture in addition to growing and managing the operations.

Abdow is founder and president of Market Mentors, LLC, a full-service marketing agency located in Western Mass. that provides a variety of services, including advertising, branding, media buying, graphic design, public relations, broadcast production, and event planning. 

Webster is currently head of WW Operations for Amazon Experts. He brings a versatile mix of financial, technical, and business expertise. He is passionate about driving innovation, strategic change, and operational efficiency across dynamic, internet-based businesses.

“I’m very excited to add these three individuals to our board,” Bean said. “They each bring a unique perspective and skill set but share a common forward-thinking vision and commitment to being the best that will help Paragus continue to grow, adapt, and innovate.”

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CHICOPEE — The School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Elms College has changed the date of its previously announced Instant Accept Day at Berkshire Community College (BCC). The event will now be held on Wednesday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the BCC cafeteria at 1350 West St., Pittsfield.

Interested students should bring their official transcripts to be considered for admission to bachelor’s degree completion programs in social work or early care and education. Elms College representatives will be on hand to discuss program options, review students’ educational histories, and offer instant acceptance to qualified applicants.

In this degree-completion program, classes are held Saturdays on the Berkshire Community College campus and taught by Elms faculty. By completing coursework in 10 eight-week sessions over a 20-month period, students can save thousands of dollars in completing a bachelor’s degree.

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SPRINGFIELD — The 79th annual Model Congress at American International College (AIC), the longest-running continuous model congress of its type in the nation and one of the college’s oldest campus traditions, convened at AIC during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Eleven high schools throughout the northeast came to campus to write, debate, and pass legislation in a weekend-long simulated congress.

The AIC Model Congress awards scholarship opportunities to its top delegates. This year’s top delegate is Rose McCaffrey from SABIS International Charter School, who will receive the Kathryn Mauke Scholarship, a full four-year tuition scholarship to AIC. Second- and third-place delegates are Althea Brennan and Pamela Mountain, respectively, from Chatham High School in New York, who receive a $10,000 and a $5,000 four-year scholarship to AIC.

In addition, Best Delegation and Best Bill awards are presented to the schools that submit the most outstanding legislation and demonstrate the highest level of participation. Best Delegation was awarded to Alexandria Barnard-Davignon, Bridget Bushy, Rose McCaffrey, and Michael Scoville from SABIS International Charter School. Best Bill was awarded to bill sponsors Chinaly Chanvong and Jada Ficarra from SABIS International Charter School.

“Model Congress is a proud tradition at American International College. Our students work tirelessly in preparation for the event, and the high-school students who participate demonstrate impressive critical thinking skills, debate savvy, and show us all that they are on the path to leadership,” said Matthew Scott, AIC’s dean of students.

Participating schools for this year included Agawam High School, Chatham High School, East Longmeadow High School, East Windsor High School, Longmeadow High School, Minnechaug Regional High School, Pope Francis Preparatory School, Poultney High School in Vermont, SABIS International Charter School, Southwick Regional School, and Suffield High School.

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CHICOPEE — Stephen Corrigan, of Mountain View Landscapes & Lawncare Inc., announced the recent acquisition of Amherst Landscape & Design Associates.

Since 1976, Corrigan has spent the last 43 years offering landscape-maintenance and construction services throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, and surrounding states.

In 1979, Steve Prothers established Amherst Landscape & Design, providing the Pioneer Valley and beyond with creative design-build landscape installations. Focused on project development, Prothers will be dedicated to expanding the residential and commercial projects division of Mountain View Landscapes.

Mountain View Landscapes and Amherst Landscape & Design have always held a strong belief that their team members are the cornerstone of the work that is accomplished and the success they achieve, Corrigan said.

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WARE — Country Bank announced that Ryan Nauman joined its Commercial Banking division as vice president of Commercial Lending. Nauman brings 20 years of experience in the industry. His knowledge of business banking comes from his prior commercial-service roles and his passion for partnering with business owners to make their dreams reality.

Nauman has held various positions over the years as a credit analyst, portfolio manager, and, most recently, vice president, loan officer with Farmington Bank in the Commercial Real Estate department. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Bryant College. He is a member of the Real Estate Finance Assoc. and the Hartford Community Loan Fund.

“Ryan is committed to his business customers and to building long-lasting relationships, which he has done for the past 20 years,” said Doug Gilbert, first vice president of Commercial Banking at Country Bank. “I am thrilled to have Ryan join our team and know that his extensive commercial-banking experience will be a valuable asset to the communities we serve and to Country Bank’s business customers.”

Nauman is located at the bank’s corporate office in Ware and will assist customers in the Western Mass. and Connecticut areas.