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Thursday, September 28, 2017
Norman honored by Home Care Aide Council

BURLINGTON — Al Norman of Greenfield, executive director of Mass. Home Care, was presented The Home Care Leadership Award, a new recognition initiated in honor of the Home Care Aide Council’s 50th anniversary at an event at the Boston Marriott in Burlington.

“Al’s persuasive voice and tireless advocacy on behalf of home and community based care is unparalleled,” Michael Trigilio, president of the council board, said at the event.

“The council is proud to have partnered with Mass. Home Care on home care priorities over the years, and through this award we show our appreciation to Al Norman for his support of the home care aide workforce,” said Lisa Gurgone, council executive director.

Mass. Home Care is a nonprofit network of 29 agencies whose goal is to help elderly and disabled individuals live in the community in the least restrictive setting possible. Norman, who has been a champion and advocate for Massachusetts elders for over 30 years, has demonstrated “an unwavering commitment to elders and disabled adults living in the community, as well as the home care aides that care for them.”

Franklin County Bar Association elects officers

GREENFIELD — New members of the Executive Committee were named during the Franklin County Bar Association annual meeting at the Deerfield Inn earlier this month.

New members of the Executive Committee for 2017/2018 are Lisa Kent, president; Benjamin Simanski, president-elect; Peter James, treasurer; Jennifer Dieringer, secretary; at-large members: John Connor, Siri Goldberg, Caitlyn Rock and Kathleen Simanski; and Past President Timothy Flynn. The Bar Association provides services to attorneys, the courts and the public. The Lawyer Referral Service can provide referrals in 30 different areas of law. Information is available at www.franklincountybar.org or call 413-773-9839.

State labor secretary to speak

SPRINGFIELD — Rosalin Acosta, who was recently appointed as secretary of labor and workforce development by Gov. Charlie Baker, will be the Pastries, Politics and Policy speaker on Oct. 11 at the TD Bank Conference Center, 1441 Main St. from 8 to 9 a.m.

Acosta will discuss how workforce development is a critical component of the region’s economic success.

A widely respected financial and banking professional with over 30 years of experience in Greater Boston financial institutions, Acosta was most recently a senior vice president and managing director for enterprise wealth management at Enterprise Bank in Lowell, where she oversaw the operations of the bank’s Wealth Management and Brokerage Divisions since 2013.

Reservations are $18 for members ($23 at the door), $25 for general admission ($30 at door) and include continental breakfast. Reservations may be made online at www.springfieldregionalchamber.com or by emailing events@springfieldregionalchamber.com.

Ohlund given Olver Scholarship

SPRINGFIELD — Glen Ohlund, community development director of Rural Development Inc./Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority, has been awarded the Congressman John W. Olver Scholarship to attend the NeighborWorks America Training Institute (NTI).

The scholarships provide free tuition, travel and single-room lodging.

The scholarship, according to a press release, “recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations that demonstrate leadership, dedication and commitment in the housing and community development field in the four western Massachusetts counties (Hampshire, Franklin, Berkshire and Hampden).”

The scholarship is awarded by NeighborWorks America, through its affiliate Way Finders, formerly HAPHousing. Tim Geller, executive director of South Berkshire County CDC, also was awarded a scholarship.

New chief nursing officer at Holyoke Medical Center

HOLYOKE — Colleen Desai, who previously worked for Heywood Healthcare, has been appointed chief nursing officer at Holyoke Medical Center, according to Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems.

“Colleen has a diverse background in nursing leadership, accompanied by 13 years of serving in the Army National Guard,” said Hatiras. “Her knowledge and commitment to quality and excellence will allow Colleen to continue to develop the culture and standard of care we are committed to providing patients.”

Most recently Desai served as system-wide director of Emergency and Critical Care Services, Respiratory, Neurodiagnostics at Heywood Healthcare with hospitals in Gardner and Athol.