Business Briefs: Jan. 28, 2022

  • From left, Mandy Pappas, care coordinator at Behavioral Health Network (BHN); Kathleen Cordier, family partner at BHN; Steve Winn, BHN president and CEO; and Jodie Gerulaitis, vice president of community relations with Country Bank. Contributed photo

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Published: 1/27/2022 2:39:39 PM
Modified: 1/27/2022 2:38:25 PM
BHN receives $25K donation from Country Bank

SPRINGFIELD — Behavioral Health Network (BHN) has received a $25,000 donation from Country Bank to benefit the Katherine B. Wilson Staff Excellence Fund.

According to a BHN press release, the organization established the fund to support the career and professional development of its workforce and assist in achieving social justice objectives. The Katherine B. Wilson Staff Excellence Fund allows for scholarships and forgivable loans so staff can further their education at local colleges, and also offers licensure support.

“Country Bank is proud to present a $25,000 donation in support of the critical services that BHN provides to the community,” Jodie Gerulaitis, the bank’s vice president of community relations, said in the press release.

“We are incredibly thankful for the continued support from Country Bank,” BHN President and CEO Steve Winn said in the release. “Their generous donation will support our essential workforce, ensuring BHN’s commitment to provide high-quality behavioral health services to the Western Massachusetts community.”

Headquartered in Springfield, BHN has been providing behavioral health services to children and families throughout Western Massachusetts since 1938. It includes the Northern Hope Center and Franklin Recovery Center on Federal Street on the former Lunt Silversmiths property in Greenfield.

Coldwell Banker welcomes new real estate agent

SHELBURNE FALLS — Coldwell Banker Community Realtors has added Maggie Rice to its roster of real estate agents serving Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties.

Rice was raised in Vermont and moved to Shelburne Falls with her family in 2011. Before becoming a Realtor with Coldwell Banker, she worked in banking at Greenfield Savings Bank for almost 10 years.

“I’m thrilled to begin my career in real estate with Coldwell Banker Community Realtors,” Rice said in a Coldwell Banker press release. “When the pandemic hit, I left banking to help my mother, who was sick, and that gave me time to reflect on what I truly wanted to do with this next chapter in my life. I realized I wanted a more flexible schedule that I could control.”

In addition to choosing to partner with Coldwell Banker Community Realtors because of national brand recognition, Rice got to know several Coldwell Banker agents while working in the Greenfield community, and said she was impressed with their knowledge, professionalism and joy in helping people find homes.

“We’re happy to have Maggie on our team,” Brian Megliola, owner of Coldwell Banker Community Realtors, said in the release. “Her experience as a banker, working as a head teller and in customer service, gives her an advantage in working with home buyers and sellers. She will be able to lead her clients right from the start, through the sometimes confusing process of buying or selling a home.”

Rice’s primary focus will be residential real estate in Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties. She can be reached at 413-522-8750 or Maggie.Rice@cbCommunityRealtors.

Law firm welcomes three new attorneys

Sweeney Merrigan Law LLP has announced three new lawyers — Bradley Henry, Victoria Santoro Mair and Jessica Gray — are joining the practice. Henry and Santoro Mair have been named partners at the firm, effective Jan. 1, 2022.

The Boston-based law firm, led by brothers J. Tucker and Peter Merrigan, has seen explosive growth, nearly doubling its staff in the last year and producing notable results for its clients, such as a $12.1 million verdict by Attorney Thomas Merrigan in December 2021 for a victim of sexual assault in Greenfield, marking the largest verdict in Franklin County’s history.

■Henry focuses on wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury and commercial property loss cases, according to a Sweeney Merrigan Law press release. He has twice been named Lawyer of the Year (2019 and 2021) by Best Lawyers in America and has been named to Super Lawyers each year since 2006.

■Santoro Mair is a trial attorney, handling a variety of cases including pharmaceutical litigation, wrongful death, medical malpractice and sexual assault. She also regularly handles arbitration, mediation, complex brief writing and legal arguments. In 2014, she was named an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

■Gray handles a wide variety of cases including wrongful death, personal injury, premises liability and products liability. She serves as co-chair of the New Lawyers Division of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and is active within the Injury Board and American Association of Justice.

For more information about Sweeney Merrigan Law, visit


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