On The Job/Business Briefs, April 27, 2018



Thursday, April 26, 2018
Moore appointed to national health group

Karen Moore of Shelburne Falls, senior vice president of operations and chief nursing officer at Lawrence General Hospital, has been appointed to the Council of Regents, the legislative body of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The Council of Regents serves as the vital link between the college and members by approving governance and membership regulations as well as promoting American College of Healthcare Executives programs, services, and activities within their respective areas. Moore is a past president of the Massachusetts chapter of the college and will represent Massachusetts in the national body in her new role.

Moore has served in her current job at Lawrence General Hospital since 2015. She has worked at a number of hospitals including Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.

Double Edge co-director now a ValleyCreates adviser

Matthew Glassman, co-artistic director of Double Edge Theater in Ashfield, has been appointed to be one of ValleyCreates five local community advisers to reinforce commitment to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts in the Pioneer Valley.

He will serve as a liaison to rural arts and culture organizations with a focus on Franklin County. He is invested in community engagement and development in rural communities.

Among other advisers named was Gina Beavers, arts and culture editor for The Valley Advocate. She will serve as a liaison to arts and culture organizations in Hampshire and Hampden counties.

Thorpe joins Dakin Humane

SPRINGFIELD — Allie Thorpe has been hired as associate director of marketing at Dakin Humane Society, where she will develop strategies that enhance the organization and connect it to the communities that it serves. She will also oversee and implement Dakin’s marketing and communications strategy.

She was formerly communications manager at Stockbridge School of Agriculture in Amherst, and prior to that communications specialist for the Central Hampshire Veteran Services of Northampton, and web producer at Knectar Design Inc. in Easthampton.

A former assistant public affairs officer for the U.S. Navy, Thorpe earned a master’s degree in communications and information management at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, and a bachelor’s degree at Hampshire College in Amherst.

Thorpe lives in Easthampton.

Valley CDC lands grants

The Valley Community Development Corp. has landed a $20,671 state grant to provide foreclosure and first-time homebuyer counseling.

The grants are part of $1.5 million being doled out by the state Division of Banks to fund first-time homeownership counseling programs and foreclosure prevention education centers throughout the state.

Ten consumer counseling organizations and 11 foreclosure prevention regional centers received funding. The program is in its 10th year.

Foreclosure prevention programming assists homeowners who may be experiencing financial hardship caused by either a loss or reduction in income, a medical issue, or an unexpected life event that can result in a mortgage delinquency.

Consumer and homeownership counseling programs provide prospective homebuyers with resources to determine if homeownership is right for them, and how to navigate the home-buying process.

The Division of Banks supports these programs by fees associated with the licensing of mortgage loan originators.

Carpe joins law firm

Amanda Carpe has joined the Gove Law Office, with offices in Northampton and Ludlow, as an associate attorney focused on real estate transactions, estate planning, and estate administration.

“Amanda is a very valuable addition to our firm, and will be supporting our growing real estate department, as well as helping clients plan for their future and negotiate the probate process,” said Michael Gove, founding partner of Gove Law Office.

She earned her law degree from Western New England University in 2016.

BRW Electronics closing its doors at its 2 locations

BRW Electronics, the former RadioShack franchisee with stores in Brattleboro, Vt and Northampton, has announced that it will close its business within the next 45 days. The Northampton store is tentatively set to close on May 6 and the Brattleboro store will be closed by June 1.

BRW opened for business on Putney Road in Brattleboro in 1983 and has served the community there for the past 35 years. The company had operated for many years in Greenfield and moved into the former RadioShack space on King Street in Northampton a year ago.

Regarding the closing of its stores, co-owner Ira Brezinsky said, “I wish to thank all of our wonderful and loyal customers in the Brattleboro, Greenfield and Northampton areas who have supported us for so many years. As is the case with so many other brick and mortar stores, online competition has made our business difficult to sustain, so it is time to move on.”