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SPRINGFIELD — The Naismith memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced several appointments and promotions today: 

Andrew Brisport has joined the hall in the role of audio-visual technician. He graduated from University at Albany, State University of New York and most recently worked in Albany County as an AV production specialist. He will be focused on executing live events at the Hall of Fame, and assisting with supporting the technology inside the Hall of Fame Museum. 

Matt Belanger was promoted to Museum Operations manager after five years of working on the museum show staff as a part-time supervisor. He has his bachelor’s degree from Westfield State University; he is studying for his master’s degree currently with Southern New Hampshire University. He’s involved in all facets of museum operations, from daily operations to special events. 

Jennifer McManus has joined the hall in the Professional Relations department. She has a B.A. in Sport Management and M.E. in Athletic Administration. She is responsible for providing donor relations and stewardship to Hall of Fame members across multiple events and initiatives. Prior to joining the Hall of Fame, she served as an assistant director of Conferences & Special Events at Springfield College.  


Keneisha Simmons has joined the Event Operations and Sponsor Fulfillment team. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Education, (major in Kinesiology, a minor in Business). She has extensive experience, including the Alabama State High School Basketball Tournament, an internship with the NCAA Final Four, an Initiative Team Leader with Nike, as well as experience with the University of Alabama Athletic Department and the University of Alabama women’s basketball team.  


Nicholas Stafford has joined the hall in the role of director of Major Gifts and Legacy Planning. Originally from Springfield, he played basketball at Worcester Academy and the University of Dayton. He has been involved in the development field for the past 10 years having worked at the University of Minnesota and University of Cincinnati. Most recently, he served as the director of Leadership and Planned Giving at Wilbraham-Monson Academy. 

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SPRINGFIELD — The management of Big Y Foods, Inc. has announced the following new appointments:  

  • Kayla Constantine was named senior financial analyst at the Springfield Big Y Store Support Center;
  • Christopher Eldredge was named Food Service sales manager at the Manchester, Conn. Big Y Supermarket;
  • Otilia Brown was named store director at the Simsbury, Conn. Big Y Supermarket;
    • Jennifer Devine was named Customer Service manager at the West Springfield Big Y Supermarket;
  • Shawn Kirchner was named store director of the North Adams Big Y Supermarket;
  • Anthony Zarlengo was named store director in Training at the Springfield Big Y Store Support Center;
  • Natalie Alves was named Employee Services representative at the Ware Big Y Supermarket;
  • Christopher Krupa was named manager of Pharmacy Operations at the Springfield Big Y Store Support Center 
  • Zachary Harris was named Customer Service representative at the Stafford Springs, Conn. Big Y Supermarket;
  • James Simonds was named Deli sales manager at the Ware Big Y Supermarket; and
  • Kevin Connors was named Meat & Seafood sales manager at the Northampton Big Y Supermarket.
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WARE — Country Bank President and CEO Paul F. Scully announced the appointment of four prominent business professionals to its board of trustees and four new corporators from local businesses within the communities it serves.

Attorney Richard Maynard, owner of the Law Offices of Richard H. Maynard, PC and Elizabeth Rappaport, partner at Century Investment Company, both from Western Mass., have joined the board of trustees. Central Massachusetts Board of Trustees include Ross Dik, owner of Knight-Dik Insurance in Worcester, and Stacy Luster, general counsel and assistant to the president of Worcester State University, who will also serve as a corporator. 

Newly appointed corporators include Jennifer Cooke, CRPS, CPFA, AIF, and director of Retirement Plans at CIG Private Wealth Management; Melissa Fales, Loan Program coordinator at Quaboag Community Development Corporation; William Trudeau, executive vice president/partner at HUB International LLC; and Kyriakos Konstantaki, co-founder and principal at Amcomm Wireless.

“While each of our markets offers a unique value proposition, we are adding strategic business professionals throughout the region to our team to help us focus our efforts on the areas that will provide us with the most growth opportunities,” stated Scully. “We are delighted to have these new dedicated and experienced business professionals join us. Together, we look forward to the future with great optimism for continued success, growth, and prosperity for our Community, Customers and Staff.”