Amy is the Dean of Resource Development at Holyoke Community College (HCC). Since December 2001, Amy and her team has raised millions in external funds for student support services, curriculum development, middle and high school college transition programs, and capital campaigns. Amy’s favorite grants are those developed along with external partners, including the Enchanted Circle Theater, Holyoke Public Schools, members of the Five Colleges, the Juntos ABE Collaborative, and many others.
Amy joined the Board of Directors in 2012 after meeting Priscilla Kane Hellweg at meetings to help create a Full Service Community School in the Holyoke Public School District. She shares a strong commitment to ensuring that all students have access to learning in creative ways and believes that creative expression strengthens individuals, families and communities.
Prior to moving to western Massachusetts, Amy worked at Generations Incorporated, a Boston-based nonprofit that specializes in building intergenerational relationships and life-long learning in youth and older adults. She began as an AmeriCorps member in 1997 and left in 2001 as the first full-time staff member dedicated to fundraising. During her tenure with Generations Incorporated, the organization grew from a small basement operation in Cambridge (literally) to beginning to become what is now a nationwide leader in providing intergenerational literacy programming for public schools.
Amy holds a Master’s of Science in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Bay Path College; her capstone topic, “Improving the Capacity of Community College Strategic Planning and Fundraising: An Analysis of the Role of Resource Development,” emulates her desire to ensure that fundraising efforts go hand-in-hand with organizational visioning and planning. She graduated in 1994 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology specializing in Evolution, with the thought of becoming the next Jane Goodall. A year out west with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps taught her the values of community service, teamwork, and how to operate a chainsaw. She currently resides in Easthampton, MA with her partner, two sons, her mother, and an elderly cat and two kittens.