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West of the River Chamber Announces New Board Leadership

WEST SPRINGFIELD — The West of the River Chamber of Commerce recently announced its new board of directors for the upcoming year.

Chairman for 2015-16 is Chuck Kelly, who has served on the board of directors for several years. He also serves on several West of the River committees, including the economic development committee, and co-chairs the membership/marketing committee. He is the general manager of Flowers By Webster, which has locations in West Springfield and Westfield.

First vice chairman is Brian Houle, a recruitment and staffing operations professional at Spherion in West Springfield. He joined the West of the River board of directors last year and participated on the education and finance committees.

Second vice chairman is Frank Palange, who has served on the board for several years and has been an active member of the economic development committee. He is the owner of V&F Auto in Agawam and also serves as the chairman of the Planning Board in West Springfield.

Treasurer is Lori Stickles, a two-year board member who chairs the finance committee. She is the manager of United Bank’s Agawam branch on Silver Street.

Clerk is Patty Parker-Flores, who has served on the board and several committees over the last few years and this past year chaired the education committee. She is the Cooperative Education coordinator at Lower Pioneer Valley Technical School in West Springfield.

Other West of the River board members for the 2015-16 term include John Weiss (immediate past chairman), Ormsby Insurance Agency; Bonnie Massoia, Canary-Blomstrom Insurance Agency; David Chase, Freedom Credit Union; Donna Safford-Fleury, Crestview County Club; Jennifer Lichlyter, Six Flags New England; Jaime Smith, Westfield Bank, West Springfield branch; Noreen Tassinari, Eastern States Exposition; Michele Brennan, Bridgeport Bindery; Matthew Roberts, Insurance Center of New England; Melissa Richter, PeoplesBank; Tanya Moriarty, Johnson, Sclafini & Moriarty; Dee Emery-Ferrero, DEF Enterprises; John O’Farrell, Boys & Girls Club of West Springfield; Bridget Fiala, Marinosci Law Group; and Bill Lucardi, Marketing Doctor.

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