New trustees, committee members at Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts


Mary Ann Spencer, Linda Dunlavy, and Becky Wai-Ling Packard

SPRINGFIELD – The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM) appointed three new Trustees and four new Education Committee members last week.

The new volunteers were approved Sept. 28, 2016 during the CFWM Trustees meeting. A new Trustees chair was also named last week. Ralph S. Tate is now serving 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. Joining the CFWM Education Committee are Sergio Dias, Shane Hammond, Momodou Sarr, and Briana Wales.

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

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.

Mary 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.

Sergio Dias

Sergio Dias, a Ludlow resident, joined MassMutual eight years ago and currently conducts customer, program, and campaign level research and analysis for the marketing division. Prior to joining MassMutual, he worked in a variety of financial and operational management roles at TD Bank for five years and Dow Jones and Co. for 17 years. He holds a MBA from Western New England College. He has served as a representative for MassMutual on the selection committee for the MassMutual Career Pathways scholarship for several years and has done significant volunteer work with youth in the community.

Shane Hammond

Shane Hammond, of Bernardston, is a scholar-practitioner in higher education with over 20 years of experience in administration and leadership, and holds a Doctorate of Education from George Washington University. He currently serves on the graduate faculty in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts. Hammond has also been a volunteer at CFWM, serving as a scholarship reviewer.

Momodou Sarr

Momodou Sarr, of Greenfield, has been a special education teacher and liaison for 21 years and recently retired from the Amherst Regional High School. Sarr served as a CFWM scholarship reviewer this year.

Biana Wales

Briana Wales is the director of the Commonwealth Corporation’s Comprehensive Education Partnership, which is in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services and the Collaborative for Educational Services. She holds a M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Social Justice and Equity, and a B.A. in Psychology and Education from Mount Holyoke College. Wales is a resident of Chicopee.

The CFWM is celebrating 25 years of encouraging generosity throughout the Pioneer Valley. CFWM staff use their expertise to connect generous donors to the community through grants and scholarships.