Brian Adams

Brian Adams is a Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science at Greenfield Community College and an author of romantic comedies about environmental issues. He and his wife Morey, an active Survival Center volunteer, are the owners of Phippenadams Solar and install solar systems on non-profits throughout the valley. He lives in Northampton.

Debin Bruce, President

Debin_BruceDebin Bruce retired recently from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) where she worked both in Washington DC and from Northampton. Her work there included heading up the agency’s research division, conduction transportation safety studies, and serving as an accident investigator. Since moving to Northampton, Debin has been an active member on several town committees. She joined the Survival Center Board in 2013, after working with both Events Committee and the Program Committee.

Angela Combest

In 2016, Angela returned to the east coast after 22 years living in Chicago. She quickly became involved with NSC, first as a supporter, and then as a member of the Events Committee. She lives in Florence with her cats, Phinneas and Phoenix, and she is the Marketing and Development Director for Chester Theatre Company. In her spare time, she sings, writes, travels, attends concerts, reads in her hammock, knits, and cooks. She joined the Board in 2019.

Lisa Downing

Lisa Downing is the director of the public library in Northampton, Forbes Library. She lives in Easthampton with her wife, two kids and several rescued pets. She is also a Girl Scout troop leader.


Ellen Frank

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

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.

Mikala Hammonds

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.

Rick Katsanos

A native and life-long lover of western Massachusetts, Rick experienced a wonderous childhood in the happy if insulated community of Wilbraham.  After a brief excursion to study Architecture at Penn State and abroad, he returned to his homeland where he has worked at the same company for over thirty years, HAI Architecture, now serving as its President and CEO.  When not juggling multiple commitments, Rick enjoys the dark, star-filled skies of Westhampton, where he sips bourbon in the company of his best friend and wife, Karen Chauvin Katsanos, and their adorable tail wagging Cockapoo, Sammie.

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.

Anthony Scibelli, Vice President

Anthony Scibelli is currently the Vice President, Operations and Chief Administrative Officer for Cooley Dickinson Health Care in Northampton.  Prior to working in healthcare, Anthony was a human resources professional in the retail food industry.  A native of Springfield Mass, he eventually moved back to the area in 2014 after living in Central New York for the previous 15 years.  He and his husband reside in South Hadley.  Anthony joined the Survival Center Board in 2019.

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.

Rich Webber, Clerk

Rich Webber has been a local business owner in the community for the past 35 years. In the past, Rich has been heavily involved with youth sports and coaching along with board service at Hampshire Regional YMCA and the Northeast Center for Youth and Families. Most days around noon time you can see Rich running the streets of Northampton with a few of his old pals. He frequently travels to Boston to be with either of his two children Katelyn and Brian and their families. Rich lives with his wife Mary in Southampton and loves to have weekend visitors from out of town.

Cher Willems

Cher Willems moved to Northampton in 2008 with her husband, Mo and their son, Trix. A former producer of television advertising, she is currently the CFO of the Mo Willems Studio, Inc. and a part time potter. Cher joined the Survival Center Board in 2017.

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