LPV Welcomes Six New Board Members


Community Leaders elected for two-year terms


November 14, 2019 – Springfield, MA  Leadership Pioneer Valley recently welcomed Michelle Barthelemy of Greenfield Community College, Dr. Calvin Hill of Springfield College,  Gladys Lebron-Martinez of MassHire Holyoke and Holyoke City Council, Callie Niezgoda of Common Capital, Tony Maroulis of UMass Amherst, and Yemisi Oloruntola-Coates of Baystate Health to its Board of Directors. They also announced that Francia Wisnewski has been elected clerk. Each brings a passion for both the work of the organization and the continued success of the Pioneer Valley.


“We are delighted to have these dynamic community leaders join us,” said Lora Wondolowski, Leadership Pioneer Valley Executive Director. “They will bring important skills and experience to the board and will help to fulfill our mission of building and connecting more diverse, committed and effective leadership for the Pioneer Valley.”

LPV Announces Hiring of Amy Britt as Leaders OnBoard Program Coordinator

Leadership Pioneer Valley Announces Hiring of Amy Britt as New Leaders OnBoard Program Coordinator


Springfield, MA– Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) is announcing that Amy Britt has joined LPV as the Leaders OnBoard Program Coordinator. In this role, Britt will be responsible for managing LPV’s board development program, Leaders OnBoard. The program aims to increase and strengthen the skills and capacities of boards of directors. This program is intended to recruit and train people who are new to board service as well as seasoned board members, with the goal of inspiring and strengthening the leadership provided to our robust network of nonprofit organizations in the Pioneer Valley.


Amy Britt comes to Leadership Pioneer Valley with a background in communications, marketing, and event management. She worked for Tapestry, a major regional public health agency, for over 10 years, most recently as the Director of Communications where she oversaw the communications and marketing for the organization, worked with the Development Department on fundraising campaigns and events, and supported the agency’s state and federal advocacy efforts. Amy graduated from Smith College with a BA in Biology, and was selected as an American Fellow in a U.S. State Department program focused on Women’s Health Leadership in Brazil in 2012. She is a 2014 Leadership Pioneer Valley graduate.




LPV Now Accepting Applications: Early Bird Specials

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Leadership Pioneer Valley Now Accepting Applications for Class of 2019

Early-bird discounts available

SPRINGFIELD, MA— Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) is now accepting applications for enrollment in the Class of 2019 for their regional leadership development program which begins in September.  LPV’s nine-month regional leadership development program engages the Pioneer Valley’s most promising emerging leaders through learning and exploration. Participants are trained in leadership skills by experts in a classroom setting. They also attend in-depth field experiences across the region where they meet with local leaders and explore the region’s economy and culture. Applied leadership experience is developed through work on projects for local nonprofits and government agencies. To date, nearly 250 individuals representing more than 90 companies, organizations, and municipalities have participated.

LPV is seeking applicants from non-profits, businesses and government that are eager to increase their leadership skills and take action to better the region. Applicants are considered in a competitive application process that prioritizes diversity by employment sector, geography, race, gender and sexual orientation. Emerging leaders, mid-career professionals with leadership potential, and those looking to better the Pioneer Valley should consider applying.   Those who apply by June 15th will be eligible for $100 off of their personal tuition and companies with 3 or more applicants by June 15th will receive 50% off one participant.

In its seven years running, the program has filled a critical need for a leadership program that builds a network of emerging leaders to address the challenges and opportunities of the region.  Fifty-three percent of alumni have a new leadership role at work, 64% have joined a new board of directors, and 99% made new meaningful connections.

The deadline for LPV Class of 2019 applications is July 2nd. Applications and further information can be found at www.leadershippv.org.

Formed in 2010, Leadership Pioneer Valley works to identify, develop, and connect diverse leaders to strengthen the region.


Boston-Based Leadership Experts Present “Science of Leadership”


Boston-Based Leadership Experts Present “Science of Leadership

Maximizing Your Human Quotient Emphasized

Lora Wondolowski, Executive Director

lwondolowski@leadershippv.org                                                              (413) 737-3876 or c: (413) 695-2038

Feb. 22, 2017                                                                                                       

SPRINGFIELD, MA— Leadership Pioneer Valley will host a three-part leadership development series on March 6, 13, and 20th from 5:30- 8:00 pm at the Scibelli Enterprise Center in Springfield. The series will be led by Strategy of Mind, a global leadership and team development firm based in Boston. The company specializes in building the Human Quotient, a concept they created that refers to a unique set of evidence-based qualitative skills crucial for professional success. They work across a diverse range of industries and with companies of all shapes and sizes.  This innovative and dynamic series will focus on the science of leadership and best practices for 21st Century leaders.  Topics include understanding of the “human quotient”, mission-driven leadership, and managing stress.

The session leaders include David Brendel and Springfield-native Ryan Stelzer.  David is a certified executive coach, psychiatrist, and philosophical counselor. David specializes in coaching executives and other high-level professionals on leadership development and career transition. David writes about his approach to coaching in frequent blog articles for the Harvard Business Review and other publications. David earned an MD from Harvard Medical School and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago.  Ryan is a management consultant who specializes in both individual and organizational performance improvement. Prior to his work in consulting, Ryan served at The White House as a Presidential Management Fellow during the Obama Administration. Ryan holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and undergraduate degrees from Boston University and the University of Cambridge in the UK. He has written articles for various publications.

Dinner will be included in the event, which costs $100 for general admission, or $75 for Leadership Pioneer Valley members. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.universe.com/lpvscienceofleadership

Leadership Pioneer Valley is a non-profit that works to identify, develop, and connect diverse leaders to strengthen the region.

Leadership Pioneer Valley Unveils 5th Anniversary Class

37 Emerging Leaders Participating

HOLYOKE, MA — Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) officially kicked-off their program and introduced the Class of 2017 on Sept. 27 at the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke at 5:30 pm at its annual Reach Beyond Reception. The reception marked the inception of an intensive, ten-month regional leadership development curriculum for the new cohort. This year marks the 5th Anniversary of Leadership Pioneer Valley.

LPV’s regional leadership development program annually features a diverse class from Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties—representing private, nonprofit, educational and public organizations. This year’s class includes 37 emerging leaders from the Pioneer Valley that filled the room with energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to the future of the region.

“The LPV Class of 2017 represents the future of our region,” commented Leadership Pioneer Valley Executive Director, Lora Wondolowski. “They bring a wide variety of backgrounds and skills to bear while all of them are committed to deepening their community involvement. With LPV in their toolboxes, they will go far.”

Leadership Pioneer Valley addresses the critical need to build a diverse network of leaders who aspire to work together across traditional barriers to strengthen the region. The region-specific curriculum is designed to help the participants refine their leadership skills, broaden connections, and develop a greater commitment to community trusteeship and inclusion within the Pioneer Valley.

In January of 2014, Class of 2014 member Isabel Serrazina passed away suddenly.  To honor her memory and leadership, fellow-class members, alumni, and the board created the Serrazina Scholarship Fund to enable potential participants to attend LPV.  This year’s annual Serrazina Scholarship was awarded to Intiya Isaza-Figueroa, who works for Home City Housing to provide housing for low-income individuals and families.  Intiya embodies Isabel Serrazina’s longtime work on low-income housing issues in Springfield.

LPV Class of 2017 Participants

Galina Abashina of Westfield Jewish Family Service of Western MA
Ryan Barry of Easthampton Bulkley Richardson & Gelinas LLP
Latoya Bosworth of Chicopee Springfield Public Schools
Chelan Brown of Springfield MGM Springfield
Drew Christensen of E. Longmeadow MassMutual
Sarah Crouse of Granby Appleton Corp
Tasheena Davis of Springfield City of Springfield
Morgan Drewniany of Westfield Springfield Cultural District
Patrick Egan of Longmeadow YWCA
James Farrell of Chicopee Health New England
Jillian Ferguson of Northampton Chicopee Office of Community Development
Melissa Fernette of Greenfield Baystate Franklin Medical Center
Dawn Gatzounas of S. Hadley Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Emily Gaylord of Easthampton Center for Ecological Technology
Johnathan Griffin of Greenfield UMass Amherst
Gillian Hinkson of Springfield State of MA
Mark Hudgik of Hadley Greenfield Community College
Justin Hurst of Springfield Self-employed
Intiya Isaza-Figueroa of Holyoke Home City Housing
Kimberly Lavallee of E. Longmeadow Greater Springfield YMCA
Yaileen Medina of Springfield MassMutual
Daniel Nietsche of Greenfield Franklin Regional Council of Governments
John O’Leary of Westwood Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
Julia Ortiz of Springfield Springfield Housing Authority
Katherine Person of Easthampton Veterans Inc.
Karen Pohlman of Northampton Baystate Health
William Reichelt of West Springfield Town of West Springfield
Jessica Roncarati-Howe of Chicopee Chicopee Chamber of Commerce
Kristine Rose of Holyoke Mount Holyoke College
Daniel Schwarting of Longmeadow ISO New England
Jill Scibelli of E. Longmeadow Baystate Health
Jane Sicard of Holyoke Baystate Health
Renee Tastad of Holyoke Holyoke Community College
Giselle Vizcarrondo of Springfield Self-employed
Bianca Walker of Chicopee Alzheimer’s Association
Laura Walsh of Springfield City of Springfield
Brian Westerlind of Agawam The Markens Group, Inc


About Leadership Pioneer Valley:
The mission of Leadership Pioneer Valley is to identify, develop and connect diverse leaders to strengthen the region. Formed in 2010 to fill a critical need for a leadership program that builds a network of emerging leaders to address the challenges and opportunities of the region, Leadership Pioneer Valley combines both classroom and hands-on, experiential learning at different locations throughout the Valley. The curriculum is designed to foster the skills, collaboration, and commitment needed to further a vibrant and culturally competent Pioneer Valley. The inaugural class launched in the fall of 2011.

LPV Announces Addition of Amy Proietti as Leaders On Board Program Coordinator

Leadership Pioneer Valley Announces Addition of Amy Proietti as Leaders on Board Program Coordinator


Greenfield, MA– Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) announced that Amy Proietti of Greenfield has joined the LPV team as program coordinator for their new Leaders on Board Program which is being piloted in Franklin County.  In this role, Proietti will be responsible for coordinating and organizing LPV’s Leaders on Board program to develop new and existing members of non-profit boards and provide matching of new members to boards.  This position was made possible through collaboration with the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Franklin Regional Council of Governments and Greenfield Community College.


Amy ProiettiAmy L. Proietti comes to Leadership Pioneer Valley as the Coordinator of Financial Aid at Greenfield Community College. Her twenty year career in colleges and universities covers the spectrum of higher education administration. Along with financial aid, other positions have included database administration, residential housing, and college athletics. Amy has previously held leadership roles in three professional organizations, the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA), the Northeast Association of College and University Housing Officers (NEACUHO), and the Membership Committee of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

Locally, Amy is a licensed foster parent and has previously facilitated a support group for foster and adoptive parents. Since 2006, she has volunteered countless hours each spring to assist college-bound students and their families with the submittal of financial aid applications. Currently, she serves on the Executive Board of her union local chapter, the Greenfield Community College Professional Association. She has a BS in Political Science from SUNY Brockport and an MS in College Student Personnel Administration from Western Illinois University.