Business briefs for 04/21/17




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Friday, April 21, 2017
CISA welcomes Klippenstein, Johnson to board

CISA, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, welcomes two new board members: Ronn Johnson and Amy Klippenstein. The two newest board members were voted in on March 30 and will serve three-year terms.

CISA, a South Deerfield-based nonprofit, strengthens farms and engages the community to build the local food economy. CISA’s board is made up of both farmers and community members who represent a range of business and community ties.

Johnson is the president and CEO of Martin Luther King Family Services in Springfield. This nonprofit organization provides academic after school programs, college preparation, parenting assistance, emergency food and housing and support services to families with mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Johnson has held a variety of community-based positions including director of community responsibility for MassMutual, where he worked with CISA to enable local farmers to sell their products on campus.

Klippenstein, with her husband Paul Lacinski, owns Sidehill Farm in Hawley. Their creamery produces more than 1,500 gallons of yogurt and sour cream a week, which is available all over Massachusetts. They graze their cows on 125 acres of certified organic pasture. Klippenstein has served on CISA’s Emergency Farm Fund committee since it launched in 2012.

GCC student joins board of directors

Aimee Furaha Salmon, currently a student in Greenfield Community College’s health science program, joins the board of directors for the International Language Institute of Massachusetts.

Salmon is the former administrator of CAMME DRC — a nonprofit that helps youth in the Democratic Republic of Congo explore lives without exploitation.

She has a degree in development management from Institut Superieur d’Informatique de Gestion, DRC.

ILI is a nonprofit international language school located in Northampton.

Freedom Credit Union appoints Mortgage Loan Originator

Lisa Mish of South Hadley has joined Freedom Credit Union as a mortgage loan originator. Under this title, she is responsible for real estate origination throughout Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties.

Mish has 14 years of experience in the finance industry, including expertise in residential mortgage origination, first-time home buyer assistance, and secondary market sales. Mish is a board member of the Western Mass Homebuilders and Remodelers Association as well as a member of the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley. She is working out of Freedom’s Main Office Branch in downtown Springfield.

Freedom consists of ten branches throughout the Pioneer Valley.

Coldwell Banker names Elite award recipient

Wanda Mooney, sales associate with Coldwell Banker, received the 2016 International President’s Elite award on April 5. The top 2 percent of sale associates and representatives are qualified for the award.

Mooney also earned the Platinum Level Award from the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley. She ranked third for having the highest number of sales among the top 100 individual real estate agents in Franklin and Hampshire counties combined.

Mooney is affiliated with Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Realtors with four offices located in Amherst, Deerfield, Northampton and Shelburne Falls.