People On The Move
Daniel X. Montagna has joined the law firm of Brodeur-McGan as an Associate Attorney. He graduated cum laude from Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, where he was a member of Western New England Law Review.
Deborah Gagnon has been appointed Corporate Outreach Officer for Country Bank. In the newly created position, she will oversee the implementation of the bank’s Community Advisory Council and community-outreach activities.
Christopher Venne is the winner of United Bank’s Service Excellence Award for the second quarter of 2011. The quarterly award recognizes an employee whose on-the-job performance exemplifies excellence in service. As a floating teller, Venne helps keep staffing levels consistent by moving among United’s Springfield branches as needed. In addition, he can be seen escorting customers to their car if the occasion demands, as well as helping foreign-speaking individuals communicate with bank staff.
STCU Credit Union has hired Michael S. Ostrowski as its President and Chief Executive Officer. His career in financial services spans lending, branch administration, and senior management.
Nancy Bazanchuk, Disability Resources Program Director for the Center for Human Development, has been inducted into the New England Wheelchair Athletic Association (NEWAA) Hall of Fame. The NEWAA Hall of Fame recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of people who promote sports for disabled persons, are role models for disabled youth, and encourage people of all ages to become more active. The NEWAA also selected Natalie Stebbins as its Female Athlete of the Year. Stebbins has been a Disability Resources member for seven years.
Greenfield Fire Chief Michael Winn has graduated from the 19th offering of the state firefighting academy’s chief fire officer management training program in Stow.
Christine Finnie has joined the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Longmeadow. As a Sales Associate, Finnie provides residential real-estate services in Longmeadow and the surrounding communities of East Longmeadow, Hampden, and Wilbraham.
Steven Weiss of Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C., of Springfield, is included in a new book titled Inside the Minds: Representing Small Businesses in Bankruptcy, from Thomson Reuters’ Aspatore Books. Weiss, Shareholder and Chair of the Bankruptcy Department, wrote the chapter “Advising Small Business Clients About Chapter 11,” which includes critical bankruptcy information, guidance, and a checklist. Weiss concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial and consumer bankruptcy, reorganization, and litigation. He supervises the firm’s bankruptcy, reorganization, and workout practice, and represents creditors, debtors, and others in commercial and consumer bankruptcy cases throughout the state.
The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, based in Springfield, recently honored three area leaders for their contributions to the region and the commonwealth at its 49th annual meeting on June 9.
• Paul E. Hills, Executive Director of the Ware Community Development Department, was recognized for his work in support of regional initiatives and programs and for his successful efforts in community development for the town;
• Stanley W. Kulig, Public Works Superintendent for the city of Chicopee, was honored for his work in promoting and overseeing Connecticut River cleanup efforts, bike path and walkway projects, and infrastructure improvements; and
• David F. Woods, Chair of Leadership Pioneer Valley, was honored for his dedication to creating an advanced leadership-development program that will support emerging and existing leaders in the region’s business, nonprofit, and public sectors.
The Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co. (MMWEC), based in Ludlow, elected its officers and four directors during the Joint Action Agency’s May 4 annual conference. They are:
• Kevin P. Kelly, Manager of the Groton Electric Light Department, was elected to the Board of Directors to complete the one year remaining on the term of Thomas R. Josie, retired General Manager of Shrewsbury’s Electric & Cable Operations;
• Jonathan V. Fitch, Manager of Princeton Municipal Light Department, was reelected to a three-year term as a Director;
• Robert V. Jolly, General Manager of the Marblehead Municipal Light Department, was reelected to a three-year term as a Director;
• James M. Lavelle, Manager of the Holyoke Gas & Electric Department, was reelected to a three-year term as a Director;
• Jonathan V. Fitch also was elected to his second one-year term as Chairman of the Board; and
• Peterf D. Dion, General Manager of the Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department, was reelected to his third one-year term as President of MMWEC.
• Additional MMWEC officers for the coming year, as elected by the board, are Ronald C. DeCurzio, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary; James B. Kline, Treasurer; Alan R. Menard, Assistant Treasurer; Nancy A. Brown, Assistant Secretary, and Nicholas J. Scobbo Jr., General Counsel.
• Other MMWEC directors, elected previously by the membership, are Gary R. Babin, Director of the Mansfield Municipal Electric Department; Jeffrey R. Cady, Manager of the Chicopee Municipal Lighting Plant; and Sean Hamilton, General Manager of the Sterling Municipal Light Department.
• Michael J. Flynn and Paul Robbins serve on the board as Gubernatorial Appointees. Flynn also represents the Town of Wilbraham on the board, with Luis Vitorino and John M. Flynn representing the towns of Ludlow and Hampden, respectively.