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The board of directors of Big Y Foods Inc. announced the appointment of Theresa Jas- min as CFO following the recent retirement of William Mahoney. She is responsible for the company’s strategic planning, finance, accounting, treasury, and tax functions. As
a senior member of the executive team, she reports to Charles D’Amour, president and CEO, along with Big Y’s board of directors. She also represents the first woman to be appointed to the company’s C-suite. Jasmin has more than 25 years of experience in
the food industry. She began her career at Friendly Ice Cream Corp., where she held senior manage- ment positions in both Treasury and Accounting.
She joined Big Y in 2005 and held several posi-
tions of increasing responsibility in accounting and finance. She became controller in 2010. In 2014, she was appointed senior director of Finance, followed by vice president of Finance in 2016 until her new appointment. Jasmin holds a BBA from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst and an MBA from Western New England University. In 2014, she was named a Top Woman in Grocery by Progres- sive Grocer magazine and was a founding member of Big Y’s Women LEAD (Leaders Engaged in Action and Development), the company’s first-ever employee- resource group charged with inspiring and empow- ering women. She currently serves on the executive committee and as treasurer for the YMCA of Greater Springfield. She also serves on the finance commit- tees for both the Massachusetts and Connecticut Food Associations.
Bacon Wilson announced that attorney Erin Chr-
zanowski has joined the firm as an associate and a member of the firm’s business and corporate practice group, where she works on matters related to com- mercial real estate and financing. In addition, she was recently elected to serve on the board of Revital-
UMass to Expand Online Educational Opportunities
BOSTON — The University of Massachusetts and Chapman University System announced their intent to form an exclusive strategic partnership between UMass Online and Brandman University to expand educational opportunities for adult learners in Mas- sachusetts and across the nation. This partner-
ship, expected to be finalized later this year, will be launched as millions of adults in Massachusetts and across the U.S. need flexible, high-quality, and afford- able online-education alternatives now and as they recover from the economic dislocation caused by COVID-19, which has disproportionately impacted communities of color. Based in Irvine, Calif., Brand- man was established in 1958 by Chapman University, a 159-year-old private institution in Orange, Calif. Originally founded to deliver high-quality educa-
tion to active-service military, Brandman has evolved into a widely recognized leader in online education, with a strong record of serving veterans and a diverse range of adult learners. The partnership will augment UMass Online, which now supports more than 25,000 students, strengthening its technology platform and student-support services tailored to adult learners. UMass President Marty Meehan recently cited dra- matic declines in the number of high-school gradu- ates and employers’ need for a highly skilled work- force in announcing plans to scale up online pro- gramming at UMass. He also cited the “troubling lack of economic mobility” among African-Americans
ize Community Development Corp. in Springfield. Prior to joining Bacon Wilson, Chrza- nowski attended Syracuse Uni- versity College of Law, earning her JD in 2019, and UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School
of Management, earning her BBA cum laude in 2017. She is licensed to practice in both
Massachusetts and New York. •••••
Florence Bank announced that Dawn Harrington was recently selected as a recipi- ent of its President’s Award. The President’s Award was established by the bank in 1995, affording employees the annual opportunity to nomi- nate their peers for this pres- tigious honor that recognizes
outstanding performance, customer service, and overall contribution to Florence Bank. Harrington was nominated by numerous colleagues. Harrington, a senior mortgage underwriter in the main office’s Mortgage Origination department, joined Florence Bank in 2016 and has 19 years of banking experience. She earned her associate degree in legal studies from Bay Path University.
CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agricul-
ture) recently welcomed three new board members: Myra Marcellin, vice president and senior loan offi- cer at Farm Credit East; Tessa White-Diemand, of Diemand Farm in Wendell; and Elizabeth Wroblic- ka, environmental consultant at Conservation Works. The three were voted in during CISA’s annual meeting, held virtually on May 21, and will serve three-year terms. CISA, a South Deerfield based non- profit, strengthens farms and engages the commu- nity to build the local food economy. CISA’s board is
and Hispanics. The economic disruption caused by COVID-19 has accelerated these challenges, and the need for new online education programs that remove the obstacles adult learners often face is now even more urgent. A key target group for the partnership will be adult learners in underserved
made up of both farmers and community members who represent a range of business and community ties. These three board members have expertise in
a variety of topics directly related to CISA’s work, including firsthand farming experience, land conser- vation, and farm financing. Marcellin serves in the local community, participating in the music minis- try at her church, and she had served on the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club Family Center until mid-2019. She has served in the agricultural community as well, representing Farm Credit East in various capacities and previously serving on the
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Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom board of directors. She currently serves as a regular trustee to the Eastern States Exposition, representing the state of Massachusetts. White-Diemand returned to her family farm in 2017 after working in the social-work field for many years. She is the third generation to work the Diemand Farm in Wendell, raising grass-fed beef cattle, broiler chickens, cage-free laying hens, and pasture-raised turkeys. The farm also has a small commercial kitchen that produces value-added products which are sold at their small farm store and across the Pioneer Valley. Wroblicka has dedicated her more than 25-year career to protecting important natural resources, including many farms and forests in the Pioneer Valley. Currently, as part of a team of environmental consultants at Conservation Works, LLC, she specializes in land-conservation transac- tions and helping landowners figure out the best way to protect their land. She has served as chief of Wild- life Lands for the Massachusetts Division of Wildlife, on staff at several land trusts, and as an attorney in private practice. She volun
and competitive analysis suggest that there is a need within a 14-mile radius of Holyoke Medical Center for 52 adult psychiatric beds and 36 geriatric psychiatric beds. The proposal also includes a parking analysis and parking-garage study, which could provide an
   communities. According to a Strada
Network survey of 4,000 adults, most
Americans (62%) are concerned about unemployment, but African-Americans
are moreso (68%), and their Latinx and
Asian counterparts are even more worried (72%). The same study indicated that 53% of adult learners pre- fer online education opportunities.
HMC Submits Proposal to Expand Psychiatric Bed Capacity
HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) has submitted a letter of intent and project proposal to the Massachusetts Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality to expand psychiatric bed capacity. The letter, sent on June 19, notified the Determination of Need Program that HMC will be completing an application for an additional 64 psychiatric beds. If approved,
this will increase the hospital’s total capacity to 84 psychiatric beds, which will serve adult and geriatric populations. The 68,000-square-foot Holyoke Medical Center Behavioral Health Pavilion proposal includes 48 adult psychiatric beds, 36 geriatric beds, and
4,000 square feet of shell space for future expansion or uses to be determined later. Population statistics
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additional 60 to 180 parking spaces. Holyoke Medical Center is partnered with Signet Health Corp., assist- ing the hospital in the delivery of behavioral-health services by providing management and consulting services. The Leo Brown Group, a full-service health- care real-estate development and solutions company, will design and build the facility. It is estimated that, once approved by state and local officials, the new facility will take 18 months to complete and become operational.
Monson Savings Bank to Open New Branch in East Longmeadow
EAST LONGMEADOW — Monson Savings Bank announced the expansion of its branch network into East Longmeadow. This new office, located at 61 North Main St., is expected to open in late summer.
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