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It Takes a Village Staff

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Lisa Goding

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

Contact Lisa at lisa@hilltownvillage.org

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Mollie Hartford

Co-Executive Director & Development Manager
Mollie began at It Takes a Village as a Home Visit volunteer, and was drawn to the organization after experiencing isolation and depression after the birth of her first child. Mollie grew up in Richmond, MA and now lives in Northampton with her husband and two boys, Rowan and Calvin. Mollie teaches Childbirth Education, Newborn Care, and Breastfeeding classes with Crafted Birth, and enjoys finishing other people’s knitting projects.

Contact Mollie at mollie@hilltownvillage.org

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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.

Contact Kat at kat@hilltownvillage.org

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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.

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Sara Rose Rachlin

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

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Sarah Lewis

Village Closet Supervisor

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Nancy Madru

Interim President
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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Jeanne Sargent

Vice President
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.

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Deb Schnappauf

Secretary
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.

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Susan Todd

Treasurer
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.

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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.

Lily Vreeland

Lily Vreeland lives in Colrain with her husband and young son and, having grown up just over the hill in Leyden, knows and loves the Hilltowns. During her first year as a mom she was incredibly grateful for the support of It Takes a Village through both home visits and the Mother’s circles. Since becoming a mother, she has become passionate about prenatal and postpartum care and support for moms, taking a prenatal yoga training and now working on the Birthing Mama online platform. Prior to being a mother, Lily was a middle school special education teacher in New York City, where she also volunteered teaching yoga to homeless youth. Lily is passionate about ensuring that all children and families, especially those who are under-served, get the help and support they need and deserve.

Mary Lorbert

Mary is an active ITAV volunteer and mother to 1 year old Eva. She has been working and volunteering to help people her whole life. With this goal she became a lawyer, working in real estate litigation. Recently she has also been teaching ESL, taught at Webs Yarn, and volunteered and taught at a community center in Galway, Ireland. Mary and Eva volunteer at the Village Closet every Tuesday, and the both love being part of helping others and spreading resources to the community.

Rick Brown

Rick has spent over forty years in education, most of it in leadership positions for a variety of school settings. During his career, he also served as a Trustee for three schools. He I have also been active in volunteer roles outside of educational institutions. In the past, he have served on a variety of state agency boards, as well as boards centered locally, as well as volunteering in Alabama after Katrina for the Red Cross, serving as a Foster Care Case Reviewer for DCF, and doing tutoring for the Literacy Network of South Berkshire. Currently in Sheffield, he is an officer of the Sheffield Democratic Town Committee and was recently appointed to the Sheffield Commission on Disabilities. Rick believes that raising children, while supporting the earliest moments of parenthood, leads to healthy outcomes for kids, parents, and our community.

Nicole LaRoche

Nicole and her partner live in Shelburne Falls where they are raising their daughter and son, Anorian age 2 ½ and Anson who is 16 months old. Nicole worked for Greenfield Public schools and Frontier Regional in Applied Behavioral Analysis programs as well as in their preschools, in both general and special education. Nicole is drawn to the stage, and spent a number of years on the board of directors for The Country Players. She is now helping now to continue the development of a Shelburne-based company called Footlights At The Falls, and is proud to say that she directed their successful summer production of “Our Town”, in commemoration of the town’s 250th anniversary. As an alumni Home Visit family, Parents Group participant, and volunteer at the Village Closet, Nicole knows first-hand the importance of community and service to something bigger than one’s own self.

It Takes a Village Advisory Council

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

 

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