Business Briefs, Dec. 8, 2017

Thursday, December 07, 2017
Hoffman marks 40 years with Clark’s Corvair Parts

SHELBURNE FALLS — Sharon Hoffman of Greenfield celebrated her 40th year of employment at Clark’s Corvair Parts earlier this year.

Hoffman began working as a parts puller and in the shipping department in 1977. She advanced to taking phone orders, purchasing inventory and supplies. She was promoted in 1980 to assistant manager.

Her responsibilities continued to expand to include accounts payable, payroll and other HR duties.

A luncheon was held in her honor.

Freedom Credit Union gathering gifts for children

For the 10th year, Freedom Credit Union is partnering with the Department of Children and Families to provide gifts to children in need this holiday season.

“Over the past nine years, the generosity of Freedom’s members, employees and area residents have brightened the holidays for children throughout the Pioneer Valley,” said Glenn S. Welch, president and CEO of Freedom Credit Union. “This year we hope to bring even more smiles to local families in need.”

Every branch of the credit union has a tree filled with tags that show the gift request from area children. Anyone who goes into one of the branches may choose a tag from the tree, purchase the requested gift, and bring it back to the branch unwrapped by Dec. 21.

In 2016, Freedom collected 500 toys for foster children in Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties. In Franklin County, the credit union has branches in Greenfield and Turners Falls.

Quabbin Retreat gets grant

WORCESTER — Heywood Hospital received $92,976 for the Community Mental Health Center at the Quabbin Retreat project to establish a licensed community mental health center that will offer a full continuum of affordable substance abuse and behavioral health services to youth and adults.

The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts provided the grant, one of 11 from its Activation Fund.

“The goal of the Activation Fund is to enable an organization to move to a higher level of capacity and to then continue to function at that higher level after the grant ends,” noted Dr. Jan Yost, president and CEO of the foundation.

Don Kilburn named CEO/UMassOnline

BOSTON — Don Kilburn, an online learning expert with nearly three decades of experience, has been named chief executive officer of UMass-Online. Kilburn, the former president of Pearson North America, will join the University of Massachusetts in January.

Prior to serving as president of Pearson North America, Kilburn was CEO of Pearson Learning Solutions and vice chairman of Pearson Higher Education. Before joining Pearson, Kilburn spent 12 years at Viacom and Simon & Schuster, where he held a number of senior executive positions.

In addition to scaling UMassOnline’s delivery of online courses and degree programs from the five UMass campuses, Kilburn will position UMassOnline for strategic growth by developing new offerings and delivery models for degree completion, credentialing and graduate certificate programs.