Heidi Nortonsmith, Executive Director
I was delighted to join the NSC as Executive Director in May 2004, having previously been a program manager at a national non-profit, the director of operations at a fast-paced socially-responsible local business, and a public interest lawyer serving the deaf community in the Washington, DC area. My spouse, Gina, and I live in Northampton with our two sons, Avery and Quinn, and are active in the Northampton Quaker Meeting.
Sarah Pease, Program Director
I began volunteering at the NSC in 2000 and was immediately hooked on the place, so it was truly a blessing to become the Program Director in March of 2008. Previously, I have done administrative work for educational and social service organizations and worked as a computer programmer and a math teacher. Although I spent 11 years of my childhood as a corn-fed Iowa girl, I have lived in this area for more than 20 years and feel blessed to call Northampton my home. When I am not at the NSC, I enjoy doing origami and singing a capella music.
Diane Meehan, Hilltown Pantry Director
I live in Worthington with my husband and our two children who are in college. I have worked for the Hilltown Food Pantry for over ten years with a group of very dedicated volunteers. In 2005 the pantry needed to find a new parent agency in order to keep operating. The Northampton Survival Center took on that role with enthusiasm and commitment, and now the pantry is stronger than ever. The staff at the Center have been very supportive and a pleasure to work with. I feel very fortunate to be part of a staff that approaches their work with great compassion and good humor.
Walter Clune, Office Manager
I have lived in the Pioneer Valley for the past nine years and am very happy to be part of such a great organization. Before returning to the area, I worked for a number of years in international assistance with the Peace Corps in their DC office as well as in Ghana as their administrative officer. I later had the privilege to assist in post-Katrina New Orleans with Mercy Corps in logistics and procurement. Since returning home, I have been involved in area arts organizations. I live in Holyoke and am a novice kayaker, try to hike, garden, and see the arts when can.
Diane Drohan, Volunteer Coordinator
I relocated to Northampton in August, 2011 after 25 years in Vermont. I served as a volunteer at the Northampton Survival Center for over a year and am honored to have accepted the position of Volunteer Coordinator. I have worked in hospitality, customer service and most recently as a therapeutic mentor and recovery coach. I wholeheartedly embrace the mission of the Northampton Survival Center along with our dedicated staff, all of whom together help our wonderful clients. I have three grown sons, John, Dylan and Thomas and one daughter, Catherine. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, reading, live music and local theater.
Amy Marsters, Donor Relations Coordinator
I have been in the Valley for a year and a half, having lived in New England on and off throughout my life. I come to the NSC with experience in administration of outdoor education and nonprofit organizations. I am an avid gardener and cook, can’t spend enough time outdoors in any season, and can be found hiking with my hound dog Ripley most weekends, when not enjoying listening to local live music. The Center is a fabulous organization and I’m more than thrilled with being a part of the great work being done here.
Bill Mullen, Pantry Coordinator
I have lived in New England my entire life and just in the last few years, I moved to Easthampton from Westfield. I began volunteering at the Survival Center in 2013 and was immediately drawn into working with the wonderful staff and volunteers in assisting those in need. In 2016 I was very honored to be chosen as the Pantry Coordinator. In this position, I have the pleasure of assisting clients both new and returning, working with our staff and volunteers to ensure our mission is met, and that clients are happy and satisfied. I have been graced with making many friends in every area of the Survival Center and feel a great sense of well-being in helping everyone who asks. It truly is an honor and a privilege to join the amazing staff and be part of the team. In my spare time, I like geocaching, hiking and of course spending as much time with my beautiful grandson Aiden.
Carlos Rivera, Pantry Manager
Over the years I have worked in several non-profits in the Valley one of which was Tapestry. My hobbies include woodworking and cooking for friends and family. I grew up in Hamp in a lower to middle class Latino family of 8. My parents worked hard but sometimes it was difficult for them to feed six kids. During tough times we come to The Northampton Survival Center (NSC) for help. I remember that NSC staff always treated us with love, respect, compassion and empathy. NSC positively impacted me as a child and I am privileged to be part of this amazing organization.