Leadership

Tapestry’s leadership team operates out of our Administrative Office in Springfield, MA. For more information about the leadership and staff, please call the main number at 413-586-2016.

Our Leadership Team

 

Cheryl Zoll, Ph.D.,  CEO

Cheryl Zoll, Ph.D., has been CEO of Tapestry since 2014. She previously served as Executive Director of the Amherst Survival Center and as site director for The Literacy Project’s Orange, MA programs. Cheryl started her career as a linguistics professor, teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Amherst College, Hampshire College and the University of Iowa. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University, a Master’s Degree from Brandeis University and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

 

Damaris Jones, Director of Operations Harm Reduction

Damaris Jones is Tapestry’s Director of Harm Reduction Operations. Prior to Tapestry, she worked for the Georgia State Board of Workers Compensations as Director of Process and Improvement. In this capacity, she led a project to implement an Integrated Claims Management System. Damaris also worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for many years as a Courtroom Clerk.  She enjoys meeting people and loves to motivate and make people smile. Her passion is to help motivate at least one person a day.

 

Cindy Miller, Director of Clinical Services

Cindy Miller is the Director of Clinical Services for Tapestry, she oversees Tapestry’s clinics throughout Western MA. Cindy received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health from Springfield College. She is a member of the Springfield Maternal Child Health Commission, Project Baby Springfield, Springfield CHNA, the YEAH Network and is currently the chair of Holyoke’s mayoral commission on teen pregnancy (HASHPPC), and Vice President of the Ludlow CARES coalition.

 

Liz Whynott, Director of Harm Reduction Programs

Liz Whynott is the Director of Harm Reduction Programs at Tapestry and joined the agency in 2008. She oversees agency and community efforts throughout Western MA to provide needed services to people who inject drugs and people who engage in high-risk sexual behaviors. Liz received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2009 and she is a member of several local and state wide coalitions related to syringe access, overdose prevention, access to Hepatitis C treatment and decreasing the stigma of drug use in health care settings.

 

Karla Merced-Fraguada, Director of WIC Family Nutrition

Karla Merced-Fraguada is the Director of WIC Family Nutrition at Tapestry. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Puerto Rico. She completed a 1 year internship at the Puerto Rico Department of Public Health, soon after that she obtained her License to practice Nutrition. She started her career working as a Clinical Dietitian in some of the local Hospitals in Puerto Rico. She moved to Massachusetts in 2012 to pursue professional growth. She started working at WIC in 2014 and has over 10 years of experience in the health field, with a passionate heart to help others in need.

 

Marie Dokoupil, Director of Finance

Marie Dokoupil is the Director of Finance. She earned an MA in Slavic Linguistics from Brown University in Providence, RI, and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH. Marie’s most relevant professional experience has been primarily in the non-profit healthcare environment. Marie likes to read, swim and walk with her dog.

 

Barbara Brown, Director of Quality Assurance

Barbara Brown has been the Director of Quality Assurance for Tapestry since December 2016 and previously worked with the organization from 1985-1997 (it was then the Family Planning Council of Western Massachusetts). She has worked in health care administration and organization development in this region for over 25 years. She is a Licensed Certified Social Worker and holds an M.Ed. in Organization Development from UMASS Amherst.

 

Lisa Andrews, Director of Development

Lisa Andrews is the Director of Development for Tapestry. Lisa formally Co-founded/Co-directed the Prison Birth Project to grow from a small group of volunteers to a nationally recognized Reproductive Justice organization that passed one of the most comprehensive anti-shackling laws in the nation. She has over 10 years of experience passionately fundraising for social justice.

 

Amy Davis, Director of  Marketing and Communications

Amy Davis is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Tapestry. She earned her BFA from Westfield State University. Prior to joining Tapestry in 2018, Amy was a creative director and curated a local studio gallery that explored social justice issues and worked to de-stigmatize reproductive rights and sexual freedoms through various art mediums.

 

Rebecca Ramah, Human Resource Manager

Rebecca Ramah is Tapestry’s Human Resource Manager, bringing over 20 years of HR Experience to the agency. At Tapestry, she focuses on employee relations, diversity, ethics and compliance, recruiting, and employee development. She earned her Bachelor’s Dregee in Business Administration from the University of Massachustees, and serves on the board at Womenshelter/Compañeras in Holyoke. 

 

 

Our Board

 

Jeremy W. Melton, Chair

Jeremy Melton is currently the Director of Operations and Risk Management for Florence Bank in Florence, MA. Originally from Missouri, he earned his BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville Missouri before going on to earn his MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. Jeremy moved to Holyoke MA in 2012 and began serving on the Tapestry Board in 2014. When he isn’t working, volunteering, or spending time in the studio Jeremy enjoys cooking for friends and family whenever he can.

 

Amy Aaron, Vice-Chair

Amy Aaron has spent the past 38 years managing non-profit and educational organizations. After working with youth serving organizations, animal and teen runaway shelters, Amy spent ten years as associate director of Tapestry, then known as the Family Planning Council of Western Mass. In 2017 Amy retired from 21 years as Director of Administration at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School. Since retiring she spends her time hiking with her dogs, volunteering and trying to stay young. Amy was honored to join the Tapestry board is 2017.

 

Greer Clarke, M.D., Treasurer

Greer Clarke has been on the Tapestry Board of Directors since 2014 and treasurer since 2017. She has practiced pediatric and adolescent medicine in Western Massachusetts for the past 30 years. During this time, Dr. Clarke has also developed the relationships with local school systems, community organizations, and medical professional and paraprofessional training programs that have enabled her to serve and provide health education and medical training to a community much broader than her patient populations. Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Clarke is a graduate of Wheaton College (Norton, MA) and SUNY Upstate Medical Center (Syracuse, NY). She came to Western Massachusetts to complete her residency at Baystate Medical Canter (Springfield, MA) and has never left. She is currently a provider at Redwood Pediatrics (East Longmeadow, MA).

 

Oona Cook, JD, Secretary/Clerk and Governance Chair

Oona Cook is a former teen mother and graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the University of Connecticut School of Law. She has nearly twenty years of experience working to increase access to high quality legal, medical and educational services and has been on the Tapestry Board of Directors since 2016. Her hobbies include New York Times Cooking, traveling, people watching and demolition derby spectating. 

 

Alejandro J Esparza-Perez, M.D.

Alejandro Esparza earned his Doctor of Medicine from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine Residency in a UMass program at Metro West Medical Center in Framingham. He lives and works in Holyoke, where he pursues his passion to provide high-quality health care to the underserved people of his community. As the Chief Medical Officer of Holyoke Health Center, Dr. Esparza’s goal is to provide excellent and compassionate primary healthcare and use his experience to bring the delivery of health care and practice of medicine to a new level. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Dr. Esparza has a hands-on approach to medical leadership, believing that a strong team is the key to a successful organization. He joined the Tapestry Board in 2015.

 

Chontae Thomas

 

Elisabeth Berger, MD, MPH

Elisabeth Berger, MD, MPH is a physician and activist working at the intersection of community based medicine, health equity and public health. She currently works as a hospitalist and Instructor of Medicine at the Berkshire Medical Center. She completed her residency at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. Prior to medical school, she lived and worked in rural Haiti with Partners In Health/Zanmi Lasante and received her Masters in Public Health from Columbia University with a focus on migrant and refugee populations.

 

Emily Laufer, 

Emily Laufer was appointed to the Tapestry Board in 2020. Ms. Laufer is a long time ally and client of Tapestry Health. Ms. Laufer is passionate about advocating for women’s reproductive health as well as supporting programs that help our most vulnerable populations get access to resources. She works full-time at a nonprofit in Holyoke MA and is a mother of a 7 year old boy. She is honored to volunteer for the community.

 

Jan Eidelson

Jan Eidelson has committed her career to human services in a variety of areas ranging from sexual and reproductive health to domestic violence to foster care. As president of the Amherst Survival Center Board of Directors, she oversaw an organizational turnaround and led a team that raised over $2 million dollars for a new building for the organization, and she has been active on numerous other campaigns in the area. Jan has a BA in Human Development from Penn State.

 

Kevin Lake

Now mostly retired, Kevin Lake is a manager and consultant with over 40 years experience in developing and implementing approaches to organizational performance and change. As a national leader for PrincewaterhouseCoopers’ Organizational Strategy consulting practice, he focused on strategic organizational design, intentional culture change, organizational performance improvement and leadership and management strengthening.

As a manager, he has been vice president and member of the top management teams of three publicly traded international companies.

During the 14 years prior to joining the corporate world, Mr. Lake held top management positions in three not-for-profit social service organizations and was as assistant professor of psychiatry and clinical training supervisor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

He is chair of the Northampton Conservation Commission and is active with the United Way and other local organizations. He was for nine years a trustee and secretary of the board of Cooley Dickinson Hospital and continues to serve on their Organizational Culture Committee.

Mr. Lake holds an MBA from Yale and a BA and MSW from Boston University.

 

Luis Guevara

 

Natalie Miknaitis

Natalie Miknaitis is the Director of Operations for Tech Foundry in Springfield, MA. She earned a BA in English from St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and from there went on to get an MBA in Operations Management from the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University, Chicago. In addition to her work as a board member for Tapestry, Natalie also volunteers as a Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County.

 

Robert Rovella

Robert Rovella works as the Director of Financial Planning and Reimbursement at Cooley Dickinson Health Care. Robert has devoted his career to the support and development of rural and community health care systems with a focus on fiscal stewardship and successful execution of strategic initiatives. Robert earned his BA in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management.

 

T. Stephen Jones, MD, MPH

Steve Jones participated in the global eradication of smallpox. He was on the staff of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for more than 25 years. For the last three decades, he has worked on health issues of people who use drugs. For the last ten years, he has focused on preventing opioid overdose deaths, particularly programs that work with active drug users. He joined the Tapestry Board in 2014. His vehicle license plate is NOPOX.

 

Tess Andrekus

Tess Andrekus is a Springfield, MA native, and has been working in Information Technology at MassMutual Financial Group for eight years. She earned a BA from College of the Holy Cross in Sociology and Latin American Studies and is currently pursuing her MA in Information Management and Communications. In addition to Tess’ work at Tapestry Health, she had volunteered with the Miss Peru Organization in Lima, Peru, facilitating their partnerships with NGOs, and served as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County.

 

Wheatly Gulmi-Landy

 

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