Dr. Mark A. Keroack named Community Foundation Trustee
SPRINGFIELD – The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts’ (CFWM) Trustees approved and welcomed new Trustee Mark A. Keroack, MD, MPH last month
Keroack, of Longmeadow, is the president and chief executive officer of Baystate Health, chair of the Health New England Board of Directors and a professor of medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Trustee Chair Ralph Tate announced Keroack’s appointment during the September Trustee meeting.
“We are very happy to have Dr. Keroack join our Trustees,” said Tate. “He is an expert in the health needs of the region, and as a Springfield native who has spent much of his career working within less fortunate communities, he will bring a unique perspective to our Trustees that will help us continue to improve life in the Pioneer Valley.”
Keroack grew up in Springfield’s Sixteen Acres neighborhood. He spent much of his early medical career specializing in infectious diseases and caring for people with HIV/AIDS in the economically challenged neighborhoods of Roxbury and Worcester as well as the south side of Chicago. His commitment to the community’s health and knowledge of the area will be invaluable to CFWM in fulfilling its mission of assessing and responding to emerging and changing needs.
Trustees Sanford Belden and Dianne Fuller Doherty completed their terms Sept. 27 and will both remain active volunteers at the Foundation.
“We are so grateful to Sandy and Dianne for everything they have brought to the Trustees table,” said CFWM President Katie Allan Zobel. “Their hard work and guidance has been invaluable to us – they are both lifelong friends of the Foundation and I am thrilled they are both continuing their involvement as volunteers.”
Belden is a former Trustees chair and Doherty was instrumental in the development of CFWM from its start more than 25 years ago.
Zobel also thanked Distribution Committee member William Fisher and Education Committee member Robert Pura whose terms on those committees have also ended. Pura remains a Trustee and Fisher will continue to volunteer.
CFWM welcomed the following new committee members: William Trudeau of Wilbraham to the Audit and Finance Committee; Christopher Fager of West Springfield to the Distribution Committee; Norma Friedman of South Deerfield to the Distribution Committee; Marian Johnsen of Southwick to the Distribution Committee; and Erica Greene of Chicopee to the Education Committee.
Trudeau is president and CEO of the Insurance Center of New England (ICNE). He is a 1990 graduate of the UMass Isenberg School of Management, and holds the professional designations of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), AFSB, and AAI.
Fager is a commercial loan officer and assistant vice president at Westfield Bank. He graduated from the UMass Dartmouth in 2006. He is currently a board member at the Children’s Study Home. Fager has been a grant reviewer for CFWM since 2016.
Friedman established the Norma, Jerry, Gladys, and Henry Friedman Charitable Fund at CFWM in 2013. Her family has deep roots in Springfield. She served as an associate professor at Indiana Institute of Technology and is now adjunct faculty to University Without Walls at the Springfield UMass campus.
Johnsen has worked extensively with organizations as diverse as a large community medical center with a commitment to helping local nonprofits succeed, a small regional nonprofit supporting victims of domestic and sexual assault and a statewide health advocacy organization.
Greene currently works within the Springfield Public School system in the GEAR UP program as an advisor. In that role she helps prepare students at Duggan and Putnam academies and Central High School to attend college.