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 didn’t grow up here, I have lived in Western Mass since 1982 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 with my husband, Michael, in Worthington and feel fortunate that I have found work for nearly thirty years in the hilltowns that offers help to the residents in the hilltown community. I also feel fortunate that our two adult children and their families have settled nearby in Western Massachusetts. I love the beautiful woodlands that are outside our door. It is wonderful to have our own space for gardening and to catch sight of wildlife wandering through the backyard. When the Hilltown Pantry needed to find a new parent agency in 2005, the Northampton Survival Center stepped into that role and established their only off site program. They continue to be welcoming and supportive to me as a co-worker and to our small, rural pantry.
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 6 years, 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 dog 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.
Artemis Parvati Kampner, Pantry Coordinator
After graduating Naturopathic Medical school in 2015, I kept finding myself working with nonprofits. I find that nonprofits, such as the Survival Center, uphold the naturopathic principle of “treating the cause”. Wellness comes after securing our basic needs. I love sharing what I know with all ages, as a teacher and I have taught throughout Western MA since 2015. I am honored to be a part of such a supportive organization. Originally from the south suburbs of Chicago, I have lived on and off in Western MA for the last 15 years. I enjoy gardening, swimming, yoga and taming my two love birds.
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.
Chantelle Leswell, Office Manager
I’m a recent graduate of Smith College and I spent my time there avidly studying and involving myself in issues at the intersections of social justice, literature, and human services. I’ve lived in Western Mass for the past five years, prior to which I was in Scotland where I was born and bred. Back home, I grew up in a family who were consistently on the cusp of poverty, and I have benefitted from food security programs in the past, so it feels like a complete honor to be able to support an organization which serves clients in situations I recognize intimately. I feel very privileged to have been welcomed into the NSC with open arms and I couldn’t think of a better place to start my career in nonprofits.