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River Valley Counseling Center Welcomes New Senior Program Director

HOLYOKE — River Valley Counseling Center (RVCC) named Michele Snizek its senior program director. Snizek will oversee RVCC’s school-based health centers and HIV/AIDS Project to ensure that these grant-funded programs are responsive to funder terms and conditions and compliant with grant rules and regulations.

“Michele brings a wealth of program and clinical knowledge to this important agency role. We look forward to working with her as she provides vision and leadership to these programs,” said Rosemarie Ansel, RVCC’s executive director.

Snizek received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Elms College and a master’s degree in public administration from Westfield State University. She has extensive experience managing federal and state grants in the Greater Holyoke community, development and writing of grant proposals, managing grant compliance, and reporting and budget management for both federal and state applications. She is also a licensed social worker.

Prior to joining RVCC, Snizek was the director of Retention at Holyoke Community College. A key focus of her work was closing HCC’s equity gaps, which were further widened during remote operations this year. This put a spotlight on the need for enhanced mental-health services for students. She started her career at HCC as a Title III activity director, managing a five-year, $1.8 million Department of Education grant focused on first-year students. For more than 20 years, she held two different positions, director of Planning and Development and director of Program Operations, at Holyoke, Chicopee, and Springfield Head Start Inc.

“I get energized when I can utilize my analytical skills to develop programs and opportunities in organizations such as River Valley Counseling Center, whose mission is to improve the health of all people in our community,” Snizek said.