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Moniz Promoted to VP of Ambulatory Operations at HMC
HOLYOKE — Carl Cameron, chief operating officer of Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) and Valley Health Systems, announced the promotion of Marcel Moniz to vice president of Ambulatory Operations. In his new role, Moniz has operational responsibility and oversight for all
Holyoke Medical Group practices, as well as the HMC specialty prac- tices. Moniz joined HMC in 2005, most recently serving as executive director of Ancillary Services.
Moniz earned an MBA from Fitchburg State University and a bachelor’s degree from Adventist University of Health Sciences.
He is also a certified radiology administrator from the Radiology Administration Certification Commission, and a registered technologist RT(R)(MR) from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Work Opportunity Center Selects Akers as Executive Director
AGAWAM — The board of directors of Work Oppor- tunity Center Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals with developmental disabilities obtain employment in the community and promoting social inclu- sion, has appointed Mary Akers as its new executive direc- tor. Akers replaces long-term Executive Director Robert MacDonald, who retired after 40 years.
Following a 15-year career at American International College, where she served as associate athletic director and senior woman administrator, Akers joined Work Opportunity Center as its first as- sistant executive director in Febru- ary 2015. She has held the position of interim executive director since
January 2021.
Akers holds an associate degree in business management
from Elizabethtown Community College, and she received both her bachelor’s degree in business and MBA from American International College.
Willie Ross School for the Deaf Welcomes Mannion as Trustee
LONGMEADOW — Willie Ross School for the Deaf (WRSD) announced that Mary Cate Mannion has joined the school’s board of trustees. Mannion works for Garvey Communication Associates Inc. (GCAi) and is a former news anchor and reporter for Western Mass News.
Mannion said her hard-of-hear- ing sister is part of the inspiration behind her joining the school’s board of trustees. Her sister under- went surgeries and gained more language access through hearing aids and the use of American Sign Language (ASL), and is an educa- tor at a school for the deaf and
hard of hearing on the West Coast.
Mannion is a public relations analyst and video producer
with eight years of storytelling experience. She previously worked as a news reporter for WMTW-TV in the Portland,
Maine area, and prior to that was at Western Mass News. She earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College.
MHA Names Kurtz-Boucher VP of Integration and Community Living
SPRINGFIELD — MHA named Tara Kurtz-Boucher vice president of Integration and Community Living. She will oversee MHA’s outreach and residential programs for individuals referred by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. These programs for individuals with a developmental disability include permanent com- munity residences where residents work with staff on daily life skills, outreach services for individuals living indepen- dently, and shared living, which matches individuals with a certain level of independence with families willing to share their home.
Kurtz-Boucher started in direct care in 1997 at Ser- viceNet in Northampton, where she worked for nearly two decades in different management capacities with individu- als with a developmental disability, some in need of behav- ioral-health support, and also individuals with autism. She left in 2020 as the senior director of ServiceNet’s Outreach and Shared Living division. Her most recent position was with the Center for Human Development, where her re- sponsibilities included overseeing a division in its entirety, including 20 residential programs, day-programming supports, outreach services, and shared-living services to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and co-occurring mental-health challenges.
Kurtz-Boucher’s education began at Holyoke Communi- ty College, where she earned an associate degree in human services, and she later earned her undergraduate degree
in the field from UMass Amherst and her master’s degree from Bay Path University.
Berkshire Health Systems Welcomes Kryskow
PITTSFIELD — Health Systems announced the ap- pointment of Dr. Mark Kryskow, a trauma, critical-care, and general surgeon, to the medical staff of Berkshire Med- ical Center and the provider staff of Berkshire Surgical Ser- vices of BMC. Kryskow is accepting new patients in need of
general surgery or chest-wall-injury services and is partnered with Drs. Adam Bowling, Michael DiSiena, Christian Galvez-Padilla, Andrew Lederman, and Clayton Peterson at Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC.
Kryskow received his medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic
Medicine in Biddeford, Maine; completed his residency in general surgery at Berkshire Medical Center; and com- pleted his fellowship in trauma and critical care at the Uni- versity of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. He is currently
a trauma surgeon with the U.S. Army Reserves and has 15 years of experience with the Army to date.
GSSSI Names Labbe Community Outreach Director
SPRINGFIELD — Greater Springfield Senior Services Inc. (GSSSI) announced the promotion of Brenda Labbe as the new Community Outreach director.
Labbe previously served as the agency’s Information
and Referral supervisor before accepting this new role. The Community Outreach director’s role is to develop and foster strategic relationships with community referral partners, develop general marketing and outreach strate- gies to promote GSSSI to the community, and manage the agency’s social-media platforms.
Labbe has been employed with GSSSI for the past nine years. She is a founding member of the Springfield Demen- tia Friendly Coalition and has been a certified dementia practitioner since 2017. Additionally, she has been a strong advocate for family caregivers and has been instrumental in developing and expanding the Massachusetts Family Caregiver Program at GSSSI.
Greater Springfield Senior Services Inc., founded in 1972, is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining quality of life for older adults, caregivers, and people living with disabilities. This mission is achieved through the provision of programs and services which foster independence, dignity, safety, and peace of mind.
Glenmeadow Appoints Bradley as Geriatric Care Manager
LONGMEADOW — Sierra Bradley, an experienced professional who in her career has played a critical role in providing care for older adults, was recently named geriat- ric care manager at the Glenmeadow life-plan community in Longmeadow.
At Glenmeadow, Bradley helps support older adults wherever they call home, whether in the commu- nity or in Glenmeadow indepen- dent living. She helps provide comprehensive and supportive services to the people Glenmeadow serves in order to maintain their highest level of independence and
satisfaction. She provides psychosocial wellness services and care management to Glenmeadow residents and com- munity clients, including assessments, wellness counseling, health promotion, and dementia education and support.
Bradley coordinates operations of Glenmeadow community-services programs such as Glenmeadow at Home, which brings services to older adults in their homes (whether in a house or in an apartment at Glenmeadow), and such grant-funded initiatives as Neighbor 2 Neighbor, a program in which volunteers visit with older adults who feel lonely.
Bradley was previously Elderly Protective Service program director at Highland Valley Protective Services in Northampton. She also has experience as a respite/crisis clinician at Clinical and Support Options Inc. in Green- field, and as a mental-health counselor at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield. She earned a master’s degree in psychology at Springfield College and a bachelor’s de- gree in clinical psychology at Marywood University.
Berkshire Medical Center’s LaPlante Earns DAISY Award
PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) nurse Michaela LaPlante has received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national nursing recognition program that has been adopted by thousands of hospitals to honor individual nurses who have had a tremendous impact on patient care. LaPlante, who serves on 4 East, received a glowing nomination for her care of a patient in her final days.

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