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It Takes a Village Staff

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Lisa Goding

Co-Executive Director & Family Support Serivces Director
Lisa is a Village family alum, mother of two, registered dietitian, and lives in Huntington.

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Mollie Hartford

Co-Executive Director & Home Visit Program Director
Mollie is a Childbirth Educator with Crafted Birth, a knitter, and a mama to two boys. She grew up in Richmond, MA and now lives in Northampton.

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Kat Pangborn

Program Coordinator
Kat has been working in the mental health field since 1997. She has a masters degree in clinical psychology and has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, residential treatment programs and shelters. She loves living in the Hilltowns and helping people create more peaceful, joyful lives for themselves and their families.

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Parent Group Facilitators and Teachers

Our Parent Group Facilitators are Hilltown parents themselves who bring warmth, skill & experience to this work.  They have professional backgrounds in doula care, lactation support, meditation and yoga therapy.


Sara Rose Rachlin

Childcare Provider
Sara has taught preschool for 8 years, is a Postpartum Doula and mama, and lives in Florence.


Sarah Lewis

Village Closet Coordinator


Nykky Steins

Village Closet Coordinator


Helene Tamarin

Village Closet Coordinator

 It Takes a Village Board of Directors


Jean Cherdack

Jean has been a Home-Visit volunteer with It Takes a Village since 2012, and we’ve lost count of how many families Jean has served – she is our VIP Volunteer! Jean serves on the Board of the Northampton League of Women Voters and Temple Israel. A semi-retired educator, Jean serves as the Vice President of Temple Israel in Greenfield and has vast experience in board operations. She believes in our organization’s mission and hopes we can share this model with other towns and cities that have the same needs as our Hilltown families.


Jeanne Sargent

Jeannie is a retired educational administrator, counselor and special education teacher who for 18 years was the founding director of a private school and residential program for adolescents challenged by life-long learning and medical concerns. Thereafter, she worked for 20 years as a middle school counselor. Jeannie is one of our long-term Home-Visit volunteers. In addition to finding joy in working with families of newborns, she is equally at home preparing and sharing dinners with local seniors as a part of a newly established program called Plainfield Cares. She is also a member of the Hilltown Seed Saving Network, working with like-minded folks to protect seeds that thrive in the cold hills of Massachusetts.


Nancy Madru

Nancy is a Postpartum Doula and a prenatal yoga instructor. She is passionate about serving new families and supporting mothers — and those working with mothers — about postpartum health and building a sustainable postpartum community. She has coordinated birth doula projects at Baystate Franklin in Greenfield and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. She has also facilitated postpartum workshops for birth workers, mothers, mothers-to-be, and anyone who supports them. Nancy is a Hilltown native and lives with her husband in Montgomery.

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Susan Todd

Susan has served as the Senior Warden of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ashfield, and has been one of It Takes a Village’s biggest champions over the years. She also has served as President of the Ashfield Historical Society, a member of the Ashfield Select Board, a Trustee for the Applewild and Advent Schools, and a member of the Ashfield Trails Committee. She previously taught and was a principal at the elementary school level for two schools in the Hilltowns. She is also a writer and her writings and editorial contributions are extensive. Sue and her husband Richard have three grown daughters and six grandchildren.

Brenda Arbib

Brenda is a retired Speech-Language Pathologist, and currently a trustee for the Bryant Free Library and on the Municipal Light Board. She was the municipal representative for Cummington’s Mass Solarize program and is a long time member of the Cummington Village Church. In her free time, she enjoys biking, skiing, hiking, and traveling.


Shirin Morris

Shirin has worked in various institutions over the years, including Cooley Dickinson Hospital, various nursing homes, visiting nursing association, teaching for the Red Cross, West County Physicians, camp and school nursing. In addition to her professional life and raising three children, she has been on the Board of Directors of Temple Israel in Greenfield for many years, serving as chair of various committees and was President of the Board in 2013 and 2014. Her proudest accomplishments are her three wonderful grown children, and she is now a grandmother to two beautiful granddaughters. She is honored to provide vital support to young families.

Deb Schnappauf

Deb has a Master’s Degrees in Special Education and Education Administration and Social Policy, and over 30 y ears of experience in the Education field. When she is not visiting families as an active ITAV volunteer, she enjoys reading, hiking, and baking for her husband and son.


Jane Wagener

Jane was a nurse who has worked in a variety of settings, including working with high risk perinatal women, their babies, high risk infants (including preemies and babies with physical and developmental disabilities). She is now retired and lives in Buckland.

It Takes a Village Advisory Council

Anne Vaillant, CNM
Carol Owen, LCSW
Meg Taylor
Susie Arnett
Liz Friedman
Kathryn Wakefield
Kathy Harrison
Katy Eiseman