Debin Bruce, Vice President

Debin_BruceDebin Bruce moved to Northampton in 2006. She joined the Survival Center Board in 2013, after having served on both the Events Committee and the Program Committee. She’s is an active volunteer in city committee work and enjoys her neighborhood connections.

Michael Cohen, Treasurer

Michael-Cohen-crop-121x150Michael Cohen founded Light Life Foods in 1979, and served on the board of the Food Bank of Western Mass from 2000 to 2003.  He is active in many community organizations. He lives in Northampton with his wife Chia, daughter Chianna, and their dog Lulu.


Carla Costa, Clerk

CarlaCarla Costa is an arts administrator and facilitator whose work fosters creativity, innovation, and organizational change. She supports artists/educators/administrators through new program development, space + strategic planning, and project management education. She creates fiction and film with a community of storytellers and scientists in Northampton, MA.

Chris DeFrancis

Chris_DeFrancisChris moved to Northampton in 2001 with his wife Jennifer and their two children, Amelia and Oscar. Chris practices law in-house at an asset management firm in Springfield, having come from a large law firm in Boston. Chris has previously served on the boards of the Northampton Montessori School, the Northampton Cycling Club, and Northampton Community Rowing.

María José Giménez

maria_joseMaría José Giménez is a translator, editor and rough-weather poet with a rock climbing problem. She has worked as a freelance translator, reviser, and language consultant for 15 years. In addition to her professional work in English, Spanish, and French, she has translated poetry, short fiction, essays, screenplays, and a mountaineering memoir. She is co-founder of EasthamptonCo.Lab.  She is also a trained massage therapist and lives in Easthampton, MA.

Tim Jones

tim-jones-e1365016768247-112x150Tim Jones has lived in Northampton with his wife since 1999.  They have two children, and live just around the corner from NSC.  Tim is an attorney, who is presently employed as an environmental law hearing officer, otherwise known as an administrative law judge.  He is based in Springfield, but he travels throughout the Commonwealth hearing cases.  In the past, he served on the Board of the Northampton Montessori School and worked as a Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General and adjunct professor of law.  Tim joined the NSC Board of Directors in 2012.

Estefi Martí Malvido

Estefi is an international student from Mexico City at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is getting her masters degree in Public Policy with a specialization in Food Science Policy. She was previously part of the UMass Women’s Rowing. Estefi moved to Northampton fall 2016 and started volunteering at the NSC since.

Margaret Miller

margaret_miller_biggerMargaret Miller is a psychologist in private practice in Florence, where she also lives with her husband and two sons.  She has been on the board of her Jewish community, Beit Ahavah  for 2 tenures, and has been chair of the social justice committee for that congregation for 12 years and has coordinated many food drives for the NSC. She joined the NSC board in the fall of 2013.

Celia Overby

Celia_OverbyCelia Overby moved to Western MA in 2014 and lives in Holyoke with her wife, Jamie.  She does workforce development programming with youth involved in the juvenile justice system through the management of a custom silk screening social enterprise called Exclusive Tees.  Celia joined the board in 2015.

Beth Spong

beth_spong_rev1Beth is a longtime Northampton resident, and lives downtown very happily with her husband and two step children. Serving and strengthening nonprofits is her vocation, as well as an avocation. A fundraising and organizational development consultant, Beth has been on the boards of the Women Business Owners Alliance, National Priorities Project, Rowe Camp and Conference Center, Women in Philanthropy.  She joined the board in 2014.

Jeff Steblea

Jeff_StebleaJeff Steblea has been a Pioneer Valley resident for over 20 years. He earned his Master’s in Communication from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and currently serves as Senior Account Executive & Data Strategist at SilverTech, a digital marketing agency. Jeff is also a devoted husband and father, as well as a musician who performs as part of the vibrant Western Massachusetts music scene. Jeff joined the NSC Board of Directors in 2015.

Mark Sullivan, President

mark-sullivan-e1364491814762-122x150Mark Sullivan joined the NSC Board of Directors in 2011.  He is the president of the Northampton commercial contracting firm D.A. Sullivan & Sons, Inc., and has served on the Northampton Planning Board since 2008.  He and his wife Roberta live in Northampton with their three children.

Cher Willems

Cher Willems moved to Northampton in 2008 with her husband, Mo and their kid, Trixie. A former producer of television advertising, she is currently the CFO of the Mo Willems Studio, Inc. and works with First Book on their annual Friendiversary Book Initiative, which distributes books to students in area Title 1 schools. Cher joined the Survival Center Board in 2017.

Share This