GCC Foundation announces new board members




For the Recorder
Published: 1/9/2020 8:12:19 PM
Modified: 1/9/2020 8:11:41 PM

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College (GCC) Foundation Executive Director Regina Curtis announced the foundation is beginning the new year with three new board members.

The new members are: Ann Barker, who co-owns and operates Quonquont Farm in Whately; Dr. Savitri Rambissoon, of South Deerfield, a general surgery specialist who has been practicing for 22 years; and Jacqui Zuzgo, a Hadley resident and parent of a GCC alum.

“Each has been eager to get involved to help support GCC’s mission and bring a depth of knowledge of the college’s impact on students and our community,” Curtis said of the new board members in a press release.

“Our college is fortunate to welcome this group of foundation board members who have experienced first-hand the transformative impact that we have in the community,” GCC President Yves Salomon-Fernández said. “We look forward to learning from them and to working together to live our mission to its full potential.”

“As the GCC foundation board chair, it is a privilege to work hand-in-hand with such a talented and dedicated group of volunteer leaders,” added Leigh Rae. “Our work to raise funds, develop resources and build philanthropic and community relationships that advance the mission of the college has never been so important as it is now.”


With her addition to the GCC Foundation board of directors, Barker continues a family legacy of supporting educational and health programs, according to the GCC press release. Her interest in working with the GCC Foundation stems from wanting to help those whose journey to self-sufficiency is hampered by socioeconomic barriers.

“I look forward to working with the Foundation members to further strengthen the GCC community,” Barker said in the release. “The college’s mission is of the utmost importance to the health of our community and I hope my time on the board will make a positive impact.”


Rambissoon completed her medical degree at Canada’s McGill University and specializes in general surgery. She became familiar with GCC when her nephew, Mario, who lived with her family, graduated with an associate’s degree and transferred to the University of Massachusetts to continue his studies.

In appreciation of the impact GCC had on her family, Rambissoon first established the Mario Rambissoon Engineering Scholarship at GCC and is now serving on the Foundation board of directors, according to the release.

“After experiencing the high quality of education and the support that my nephew received at GCC as he started his engineering path, I knew I had to become more involved with this special place,” she said. “The strength of the faculty and staff impressed me to do whatever I could to facilitate the college’s growth so that future students would have the opportunity to grow and excel here, too.”


Zuzgo is a top real estate agent with Five College Realtors, representing buyers and sellers in Hampshire and Franklin counties.

According to the release, Zuzgo has two connections to GCC. In addition to being the parent of GCC graduate, she is also a lifelong friend of the college’s Chief Academic & Student Affairs Officer Mary Ellen Fydenkevez.

“Serving on the GCC Foundation board is an honor, and provides me an opportunity to belong and support the efforts of a truly unique and expanding college,” she said. “I believe in the nurturing ways of its faculty and the enthusiasm to help all who walk through their doors. My hope is my efforts and willingness to contribute will foster a positive outcome.”

With these new elections, the GCC Foundation board of directors is saying goodbye to members Michael Davey of Florence Bank, Michael Smith of Berkshire Insurance and Rich Fahey from the Greenfield Recorder (retired), whose terms have expired, the release states.

For more information about the GCC Foundation, visit gcc.mass.edu/foundation or contact Regina Curtis at 413-775-1600.

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