Debin Bruce, Vice President
Debin 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.
Carla Costa, Clerk
Carla 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 Hadley, MA.
Ellen Frank is the Executive Director at Lander-Grinspoon Academy. She also serves on the Abundance Farm Advisory Board, and has over two decades of experience in finance and fundraising. Ellen, her husband, her three boys, and their dog Panko, live in Northampton.
María José Giménez
María 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.
Mikala Hammonds owns THELō Home and Modern Wellness on Main Street in Northampton. With a background in graphic design and a certification as a health coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Mikala has opened successful retail stores in New York City and in Concord, Massachusetts. She and her husband, Jay, live in Northampton.
Tim 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.
Margaret 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 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.
Michael Skillicorn, Treasurer
After working in the fair trade coffee industry for a farmer’s cooperative in Peru and roaster in the U.S. for many years, Michael began working with local food and farm initiatives back home in Western Mass. These included running a mobile farmer’s market in Springfield and serving on the Board of the Quabbin Harvest Cooperative in Orange. He now works at Grow Food Northampton as the Director of Programs, delivering fresh produce to the Survival Center, among other things. Michael joined the NSC Board in 2018.
Jeff 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 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 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.
Nesser arrived in Western Mass in late 2012. He grew up in Baghdad, Iraq and lived in Syria for 6 years before he was granted refugee status and chose Massachusetts as his destination where he met family. Fitness and health have been his passions since he was a teenager. Working as a Personal Trainer with the Hampshire Regional YMCA has allowed Nesser to pursue his passions while strengthening his connections within the community. He currently resides in Northampton with his family.