The Central & Western Massachusetts Chapter of the American Red Cross services a population of more than one million people in Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, Middlesex, and Worcester counties. With chapter offices in Springfield and Worcester, the chapter has strong roots in Central and Western Massachusetts communities and deep relationships with the people who live there.
Tina Bussone was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts in 2017. Tina currently is the Chair of the Heroes Among Us Event and sits on the Board Development and Engagement Committee. Tina is the Executive Director of Bowditch & Dewey, LLP, a law firm in Central Massachusetts. In partnership with the Managing Partner, Tina is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the firm with oversight of human resources, marketing and business development, accounting and information systems.
She holds an M.B.A. in Management Science from George Washington University and a B.S. in Russian Area Studies from Georgetown University. Tina is also on the Board of Directors at the Center for Living & Working, a non-profit independent living center.
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Chair of Volunteer and Mission Capacity Building Committee National Grid, VP of Emergency Planning and Electric Services
Mike joined the Red Cross in 2016 and is currently Chair of the Volunteer & Mission Capacity Building Committee. Mike is also on the Northeast Disaster Team responding to fires and local disasters. In his position as VP of Emergency Planning and Electric Services for National Grid, he oversees the development and documentation of emergency response plans and the business resilience program across the US organization. Additionally, he is responsible for vegetation management, electric meter testing and labs, and the engineering / standards labs. Mike has been instrumental in coordinating the partnership the American Red Cross currently enjoys with National Grid.
Saint Gobain Superabrasives, North America, Human Resources Director
Lynne was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts in 2017. Currently she sits on the Volunteer and Mission Capacity Building and Heroes Among Us Committees. Lynne is Director of Human Resources at Saint Gobain for Superabrasives and the centralized Abrasives Supply Chain Group, North America. During her 13+ years with Saint Gobain (still referred to as Norton by many), Lynne also worked at the Northborough R&D Center, a start-up SG business on Devens and at the NA Bonded Abrasives Plants in Worcester. Prior to working at Saint Gobain, Lynne worked in the defense/aerospace and biotech industries. Though born and raised in the Metro West region, her career has geographically taken her back to family roots as both parents come from Central Massachusetts. Lynne received her BS degree from Bentley College in Marketing Management. Her volunteer work has included local/state election campaigns, Boys & Girls Club Volunteer and she served as Communications/fundraising Manager for the hockey league her son played in for several years. Lynne resides in Lancaster, MA with her husband, Michel, and son, Beau.
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Woodmeister Master Builders, Owner - Ambassador
Kim Goodnow was re-elected to the Board of Directors in 2012 and currently sits on the Philanthropy, Board Development and Engagement, and Heroes Event Committees. She has served as a Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteer and is currently a member of the Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross, a community of women leaders locally, nationally and internationally who advance the American Red Cross mission through a focused investment of time, talent and treasure. As a long-time volunteer with the Red Cross since 2002, Kim shares her passion for service and volunteerism and introduced a pilot program at Woodmeister called Ready When the Time Comes. This pilot program allowed trained employees to respond along with the Red Cross to local disasters (fire, flood, severe storm damage) that occur during business hours. Kim is co-owner and Ambassador at Woodmeister Master Builders, re-sides in Princeton with her husband Ted and has three children. She is passionate about the American Red Cross, enjoys photography and doing anything in the great outdoors.
Kevin Grimes was elected to the Board of Directors for the Red Cross of Central Massachusetts in 2011. He currently serves on the Board Development and Engagement Committee, Volunteer and Mission Capacity Building Committee, and Heroes Among Us Committee. He has served as Vice-Chair and on the region’s Golf Committee since 2010 and co-chaired the Committee in 2012 and 2013. Kevin is Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Grimes & Company, a leading investment firm with a national footprint. His role includes heading the Investment Team, designing and implementing investment strategies, overseeing asset allocations, and serving clients of the firm as well as firm wide management responsibilities. He graduated Magna cum Laude from Babson College with an interdisciplinary degree in Corporate Finance/Entrepreneurial Sciences and a concentration in Economics. He is a CFA® charter holder as well as a Certified Financial Planner™ and is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society.
A father of three, Kevin enjoys spending time with the family, golf, boating, and attending his children’s sports and activity events.
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Consigli Construction Co., Inc., Director of Healthcare and Life Sciences
Brian Hamilton was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts in 2012 and currently sits on the Board Development and Engagement Committee. Brian is Director of Healthcare and Life Sciences at Consigli Construction Co., Inc., headquartered in Milford with offices in Boston, Washington, D.C., Portland, Maine, Hartford, Connecticut and New York State. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Science degree in Manufacturing from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is also a certified American Society for Healthcare Engineering Healthcare Construction professional. Brian lives in Auburn, Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
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Chair of Philanthropy Committee, United Bank, Senior Vice President/Commercial Banking Executive
Tom McGregor joined the Central MA Chapter board in 2018. He currently is Chair of the Philanthropy Committee and supported the Heroes Among Us event. Tom leads the Commercial Banking team for the Central and Easter Massachusetts market. Prior to his role at United Bank, he held Commercial Banking leadership roles with Santander and Bank of America in Worcester. Involved in several not-for-profit entities, Tom is a board member/trustee for YOU, Inc., Mechanics Hall, Worcester Art Museum and the Worcester Regional Research Bureau. He is a graduate of Boston College and lives in Shrewsbury with his wife Beth and their three children. Tom has spent countless hours coaching basketball, football, baseball and soccer in the community.
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Senior Contract Manager, Fallon Health Care, Worcester
Edgar was raised in Clinton MA and has been a Worcester resident since 2013.
Edgar is responsible for securing provider agreements with hospitals and physician groups. Edgar has over 20 years’ experience in Healthcare Management and Finance.
Edgar received his BS in Business Management from Nichols College in 1990 and his MBA in 1999.
Edgar is a military veteran having served in the United States Air Force and Massachusetts Air National Guard.
Edgar was elected to the Board of Directors in June 2017 and has been a long time Corporator and Volunteer with the Red Cross.
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Linda Russell was elected to the Board of Directors in 2015 and is just starting her 2nd term participating as a member of the Philanthropy and Volunteer Mission & Development Committees, is a Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteer and is a member of the Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross, a community of women leaders who advance the American Red Cross mission through a focused investment of time, talent and treasure by engaging women locally, nationally and internationally. Linda holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business/Finance from Worcester State College and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Babson College. Linda held Corporate Controller positions in several technology start-up companies in the Metro Boston area and after retiring, started a second career owning and running a small herb and tea shop. She and her husband Jim Dobson live in Boylston, MA and spend their winters in Navarre, FL where their daughter and son-in-law live.
Jeff was elected to the Board of the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts in 2013. Jeff currently serves as Chair for the Central MA Chapter and sits on the Board Development and Engagement committee, Philanthropy Committee, and Heroes Among Us Committee. He is a partner and current chair of the Business Group of Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP, a 60-lawyer law firm with offices in Worcester, Westborough and Boston. His legal practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, equity financing, securities regulation, contract drafting and negotiating, business formation, corporate governance and general corporate and business matters. Jeff graduated with a BA from Duke University and received his JD from Boston University.
Prior to attending law school, Jeff handled major property losses as senior claim representative for Prudential Property & Casualty. In that capacity, Jeff witnessed the great work of American Red Cross volunteers as they assisted and comforted families whose homes had been damaged or destroyed by a fire. As a member of Prudential’s catastrophe team, Jeff spent several weeks in Charleston, South Carolina in the weeks following Hurricane Hugo working alongside the Red Cross and other relief agencies in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
Jeff lives in Shrewsbury and is the father of two daughters and a son. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends at their lake house in New Hampshire.
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Independent IT Consultant, IBM Corporation Exec Project Manager, Retired
Dave spent 34 years working for the IBM Corporation and held a variety of technical and managerial positions in Field Engineering, Finance, Sales, Marketing, Consulting, and IT Executive Project Management. Dave has led major, multi-million-dollar IT projects in the United States, China, Japan, Australia, and several European countries. He has worked closely with IBM to secure over a half-dozen monetary grants for the Red Cross. Dave has been on the Board of Director’s since 2015.
In October of 1998, Dave joined the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts as a Disaster Action Team volunteer responding to disasters locally and regionally. In 2000, he became the Communications Lead for the Central MA Chapter. This role involved the design and maintenance of the communications systems supporting the Red Cross responses. Dave designed and setup the first UHF repeater system in the region as well as a cross-band radio system in partnership with Massport. In 2010, Dave also became the Disaster Support Technology Lead. Dave is a Massachusetts-certified EMT and an FCC radio license holder since 1978. He received an Economics degree from St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH. Dave resides in Milford, Massachusetts with his wife Paula. They have two adult children living in Lynnfield and Boston Massachusetts.
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Board Member List
VP, MassMutual Financial Group
Chris Olson is responsible for resilience, information governance, and IT infrastructure for MassMutual. Chris was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018. He started his career as a certified business continuity planner. During that time, he served as a committee chairman for LOMA, a faculty guest speaker for Symantec, and a featured presenter at DRJ Fall World in San Diego, and was published in the Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning and Corporate Security magazine.
First Vice President, Marketing and Innovation, PeoplesBank
Matthew Bannister was promoted to first vice president of Marketing and Innovation of PeoplesBank in 2016. He previously served as vice president of Corporate Responsibility.
Matt possesses more than thirty years of brand management and corporate social responsibility experience. A resident of Hadley, Mr. Bannister holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His prior experience includes advertising, public relations, and event marketing for top advertising agencies and major non-profit organizations.
Carly Camossi joined the Board of Directors in 2019 and has been an active voice for the Town of West Springfield as a Blood Drive Sponsor since 2016. Carly is currently the Outreach Coordinator for the Town of West Springfield working out of the Mayor’s Office since 2017. She provides staff assistance to the Mayor on all aspects of Town operations, including coordination with Town officials and outside representatives of the public and private sector on various Town programs. She also acts as liaison between the Mayor’s office, Town departments, Town Council, state officials, and the public. She received her undergraduate degree from Westfield State University in Westfield in Regional Planning and is currently a student at Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee pursuing a Master’s Degree in Behavior Analysis. Residing in West Springfield where she has lived all her life, Carly can be found riding her bike or in aerial class.
Jamie Campbell was elected to the board in 2018. Born and raised in Springfield, MA, Jamie works as a Business Development Specialist, helping businesses with their workflow and efficiency.
Graduate of Bryant University, Jamie played Division I college basketball on a full athletic scholarship. She is also a 2018 recipient of the BusinessWest 40underForty award.
Locally, Jamie also serves as Chair of the Pioneer Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s and Ambassador of Unify Against Bullying. In 2017, Jamie deployed with the Red Cross to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief. Passionate about giving back to her community, she loves to be outside, playing sports, laughing, and spending time with friends and family.
Director, Communications & Community Relations, Columbia Gas of MA
Sheila Doiron was elected to the Board of Directors in 2012. Sheila is an active member of the Heroes Planning Committee, and has served as the on-stage co-host for the Heroes event for several years. She also facilitates her company’s ongoing Presenting Sponsorship status for the Heroes breakfast. Sheila also served as co-chair of the former Golf Classic fundraising event.
As Director of Communications and Communications for Columbia Gas, Sheila is responsible for internal and external communications, municipal collaboration, community and media relations, public and external affairs, and charitable giving. She has served in that position since she joined Columbia Gas in 2007.
Sheila holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Nichols College in Dudley, MA, and an MBA also from Nichols College.
Sheila enjoys golf, snow skiing and water sports, and she is an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan.
Brigadier General John J. Driscoll
Director, Joint Staff for the Massachusetts National Guard
General Driscoll is Director, Joint Staff for the Massachusetts National Guard located at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. He serves as the chief advisor and principal assistant to the Adjutant General. He is responsible for directing, supervising, training, coordinating the staff and assisting the Adjutant General in the deployment and coordination of programs, policies, and plans affecting over 8,000 members of the Massachusetts National Guard.
General Driscoll is a graduate of Northeastern University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and American Military University where he received a Master’s Degree in Military Studies.
News Director, 22 News WWLP TV
Mike Garreffi is the news director for WWLP-TV. Mike has served on the Board since 2013. Mike and the team at WWLP-22News and The CW Springfield support the local efforts of the American Red Cross with consistent media coverage. Mike is an active member of the Heroes Planning Committee, and has served as the Media Sponsor of the Heroes event for the past 16 years.
Account Executive, Market Mentors Advertising • Marketing • Public Relations
Lisa Grenier was elected to the Red Cross Board of Directors in 2019. She has over 20 years of experience and expertise working in the marketing, advertising and public relations industry. In her current position at Market Mentors, she is dedicated to developing new business for the agency as well as actively supporting existing client relationships.
Lisa was a behind-the-scenes supporter of the Red Cross during her 10 years with 22News, through Hometown Heroes and blood drives. Currently, Lisa also serves as a board member for the West Springfield Rotary and is actively involved in her community. She was born and raised in Springfield, and now resides in Agawam with her husband and son Tommy—when he’s not away at college.
Chief Executive Officer, Van Pool Transportation
Kevin Hinkamper currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for Van Pool Transportation in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. Van Pool provides special transportation services for students with special needs. Previous positions with Van Pool include serving as Vice President from 2003 to 2008, and as President and CEO from 2008-2017. Prior to Van Pool Kevin served in the United States Navy as a naval aviator.
Elected to the Board of Directors in 2016, Kevin resides in Wilbraham with his wife Andrea. They enjoy spending time with their two children, traveling, volunteering at their church and supporting events in the local community.
Director, VA Medical Center
Roger Johnson retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs after 38 years of culminating in the Directorships for the VA Connecticut and VA Western Massachusetts Healthcare Systems. He has a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from the George Washington University.
Roger Johnson was elected to the Western Massachusetts Chapter Board of Directors in 2010. Roger is a Co-Lead volunteer for the ARC Massachusetts Government Operations Team, the lead volunteer for the ARC Western Massachusetts Pillowcase Program, and an active DAT and Home Fires Campaign Volunteer.
Associate Director of VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System
McMahon, who first joined the VA in 2011 in the finance office in Leeds, was later promoted to chief financial officer in 2013. He was instrumental in the realignment of VA clinics in Worcester and Fitchburg from Boston to VACWM, which resulted in a 45% increase in patients.
McMahon guided the facility through an unprecedented growth period of over 200 additional employees between 2014 and 2017, contributing more than $100 million to the local economy in salaries. Through his stewardship of eight sites of care and more than 1,000 employees, VACWM's economic impact exceeds $150 million, including $30 million in care coordinated with medical professionals in the community, and $20 million in ongoing construction projects.
Moving forward, McMahon said in his new role as Associate Director he will seek to expand on investing in the facilities infrastructure.
"We're here to serve America's Veterans, and we work hard to be a world-class healthcare provider, and to be a good neighbor to the community through our many partnerships," he said.
McMahon holds a Master's degree from Boston University in Management and he is pursuing an additional Master's degree in Public Health Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He also serves as a Budget Officer in the Massachusetts Air National Guard.
Fire Chief, Amherst Fire Department
Tim Nelson has been the Amherst Fire Chief since 2010. Chief Nelson was added to the Board of Directors in 2011. Serving as the Holyoke Fire Chief prior. Tim is known as an accomplished professional who brings the full range of knowledge and experience to Amherst. Chief Nelson was recently added to a statewide task force to lend his expertise examining ways to improve safety and security for sports stadiums, concert halls, convention centers and other places where people gather in significant numbers.
John Santoro, M.D.
EMS Medical Director
John Santoro, M.D. currently serves as the Vice Chair Department of Emergency Medicine and Associate EMS Medical Director at Baystate Health in Springfield, MA.
John has served on the Board since 2007. He sits on the EMCAB (Emergency Medical Care Advisory Board as the ARC Mass representative where he is representing the interests and function of the state Red Cross Chapter. This advisory board functions under the DPH. We review and recommend changes to the pre-hospital care services in the state.
John attended St. Bonaventure University and State University of New York Upstate for medical school. He did his residency in Family Medicine and is double board certified in Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine.
He presently resides in Longmeadow, and is active with the Special Olympics, the Springfield Thunderbirds (professional hockey team), the Falmouth Road Race, and Six Flags Amusement parks serving as their National Medical Director.
Manager of the Building Construction Division at R.H. White Construction
Shawn Semo is Manager of the Building Construction Division at R.H. White Construction in Auburn, MA. Shawn joined the company in 1993 as an Assistant Project Manager and has held positions of increasing responsibility during his 26-year tenure. He has served as a Project Manager, Senior Project Manager and Project Executive prior to his current role as Division Manager.
Elected to the Board of Directors in 2019, Shawn holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA and a Master’s of Business Administration from Nichols College in Dudley, MA where he also resides with his wife and three children.
Shawn enjoys playing all types of sports, is an avid professional sports fan as well as an enthusiastic volunteer; supporting a number of church, community and workplace fundraising events.”
Born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, Payton Shubrick is a proud graduate of Springfield Central High School, College of the Holy Cross, and most recently Bay Path University. The oldest of four children, Payton is a natural leader and innovative thinker who enjoys new challenges facing traditional and emerging industries. Skilled in design thinking and ideations to solve tough problems, she currently works at MassMutual as a Home Office Technology Strategist. During her time with MassMutual she has focused on fostering an innovative culture with the creation of ideation spaces that have evolved into open work spaces throughout the home office. She has also worked on multigenerational relationships, helping to support reverse meeting with our “Truth to Power” program to support understanding between senior and millennial employees. Additionally, she serves on the companies Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity committee focused on the notion of “belonging” for all employees. She continues to call Springfield home, recently starting an Adult Use Marijuana establishment and is currently doing consulting work with Smallify and Link to VR.