The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM) appointed three new Trustees during its September meeting. A new Trustees chair was also named and Ralph S. Tate now serves CFWM as the Trustees chair, with Elizabeth Sillin serving as vice chair. Tate, of Amherst, is a retired managing director of equities at Standish, Ayer & Wood. Sillin is a partner at the law firm of Bulkley Richardson and lives in Sunderland.
The new Trustees are Linda Dunlavy, Mary Ann Spencer and Becky Wai-Ling Packard.
CFWM extends its thanks to Trustees Dana R. Barrows, Terry Jenoure, and Willie Hill, who stepped down last week at the end of their terms. Barrows is continuing his service as a member of the CFWM Distribution Committee.
Linda Dunlavy is the executive director of Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG). Having served the FRCOG for 15 years, Dunlavy is responsible for the overall administration of the quasi-governmental, multi-service organization serving the 26 towns of Franklin County. She oversees a $9 million annual budget, 12 programs, and 45 staff. Dunlavy held numerous positions on local boards, commissions and elected positions, including the chair of the Hadley School Committee. Dunlavy holds a Masters in Regional and Urban Planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dunlavy is a Hadley resident.
May Ann Spencer
Mary Ann Spencer is a retired managing director from Babson Capital Management LLC. Spencer worked for 28 years as an investment analyst and portfolio manager. She has an MBA from Babson College and a B.S. degree from Boston College. She is a CFA. She also serves on the board of trustees at Bay Path University. Spencer has been a long standing member of the CFWM Investment Committee, a member of the CFWM Distribution Committee, and a scholarship reviewer. Spencer, a Longmeadow resident, is also chair of the CFWM Investment Committee beginning this fall.
Becky Wai-Ling Packard
Becky Wai-Ling Packard is the director of the Weissman Center for Leadership at Mount Holyoke College. Packard is responsible for teaching and learning initiatives, and oversees other activities in the Center including student leadership, public service, community engagement, and speaking/writing. She is a professor of psychology and education, with 17 years of experience at Mount Holyoke. She completed a two-year term as associate dean of faculty where she worked on faculty recruitment, retention, diversity, and advancement. Packard holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University and is a resident of Amherst.