Meet Our Staff
2020 Board Members
Peter Jessop – President – Peter has lived in the Pioneer Valley since 1991. He was the President of Integrity Development and Construction until the sale of the business in 2014. He has previously served on the Board of Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity and the Amherst Housing Authority.
Pat Byrnes – Vice President – Pat Byrnes has served on the board since 2010. She is a housing professional who has worked in both the private and public sectors to address the continuing need for safe affordable housing for anyone who needs it. A native of Springfield MA, Pat now lives in Northampton.
Richard Bauman – Clerk – Richard Bauman is an economist who has worked for both large and small companies as well as national and state governments. He’s a baseball fan who volunteers as a coach and umpire, as well as working with youth, seniors, and in housing. He’s also a theater performer and loves to travel. He has been on the board since 2008.
Richard Abbott – Treasurer
Kim Alston – Kim Alston is a Program & Communications Manager, and Muslim Student Advisor in Smith College’s Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. She has served the College for 11 years, guiding students on their spiritual path and working on issues of equity and social justice. She advises multiple student secular and religious organizations, including Al Iman, the Muslim student organization. She has been on the board since 2018.
Madeline Weaver Blanchette – Maddy is a principal at Foster and Blanchette, a Holyoke law firm specializing in civil liberties and indigent defense. Having grown up in Northampton in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, she returned with her husband Peter and children in 2007. She has been on the board since 2016, after coming to understand Valley’s critical role in supporting local housing affordability and promoting equitable community sustainability during the development of the Lumber Yard in her own neighborhood.
Amy Fyden – Amy Fyden has been on the board and finance committee since 2012. She lives in Hadley with her husband and 2 teenage daughters. She works for bankESB as an Assistant Vice President, Branch Officer for the Hadley Branch. She also volunteers in supporting the town of Hadley as the chair of the Finance Committee, Capital Planning Member, CPA member and a member of the Housing & Economic committee.
Dorothy Nemetz – Dorothy is a non-practicing attorney, a graduate of Hampshire College and Rutgers University School of Law. She is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Northampton Center for the Arts and a member of the Board of Directors of the Northampton Community Arts Trust. Dorothy is also a member of the board of directors of the Northampton Education Foundation. She served Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton in many capacities, including president, fundraising chair and personnel chair.
Donald Perry – Donald “Don” Perry worked in Human Services for 15 years to feed the hungry and house the homeless. Don holds a B.A. Degree from UMASS Amherst. In September 2018 Donald graduated from JustLeadershipUSA at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Currently, Don is a local organizer, activist and consultant for criminal justice reform. Donald has also been on Valley’s Board of Director’s for several years.
Greg Richane – Greg specializes in network engagement, group facilitation, communication, public policy, and event planning. His experience includes campaigns and issue advocacy efforts focused on economic and social justice. He hails originally from Western New York, and came to the Pioneer Valley after time in New York City, San Francisco and Providence. He lives in Easthampton with his wife Amy and son Sam. He has been on the board since 2016.
Carol Walker – Carol Walker is retired from a 40+ year career in affordable housing and human services. Her expertise is in grantwriting, marketing and communications. She lives in Hatfield and has a particular interest in rural issues.
The Board of Directors has the following committees: Executive, Audit/Finance, Governance, Real Estate, Resource Development, and Community Engagement, as well as ad-hoc committees as needed.