Leadership

Our Leadership Team

Tapestry’s leadership team operates out of our Administrative office in Springfield, MA. If you would like more information about our leadership or staff, please email us at [email protected] or call our Administrative Office at (413)586-2016.

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 Program Development and Operations

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 is the Director of Clinical Services for Tapestry.  In her role with Tapestry, she oversees Tapestry’s clinics throughout Western MA.  Cindy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health from Springfield College.  Cindy has worked for Tapestry for 39 years.  Cindy is a member of the YEAH Network, board member of the Public Health Institute of Western MA,  community faculty member at UMass Medical School/Baystate, Vice President of the Ludlow CARES coalition and is currently the chair of Holyoke’s mayoral commission on teen pregnancy, (HASHPPAC).

Liz Whynott, Director of Harm Reduction

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 preven-tion, access to Hepatitis C treatment and decreasing the stigma of drug use in health care settings.

Maria O'Donnell, Director of WIC Family Nutrition

Maria O’Donnell is the Director of the WIC Family Nutrition program at Tapestry. She graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and dietetics.  Maria received a Master of Science in nutrition from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is motivated to work with national health and nutrition programs to improve the level of nutrition available to all people.

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.

Rebecca Ramah, Director of Human Resources

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 Degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, and serves on the board at Womenshelter/Compañeras in Holyoke.

Our Board of Directors

Oona Cook, JD, 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.

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.

Robert Rovella, Treasurer

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.

Kevin Lake, Secretary/Clerk

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.

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.

Allison Furkey

Allison Furkey is an Account Executive at Marketing Doctor in Northampton. She has a BA in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Elmira College, an MS in Advertising from Boston University, and an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst. In addition to her work with the Tapestry Board, Allison is also a member of the Alumni Board of Directors at Elmira College, an Event Coordinator with international non-profit Random Acts, and a candidate mentor with the Greater Easthampton Distinguished Young Women program. When not working or volunteering, Allison can be found taking and teaching dance, enjoying the local restaurant and music scene with friends, and traveling the world. She’s honored to help support and represent Tapestry and the incredible work the organization does. 

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.

Katie Neill

Katie Neill is a registered nurse, working in Labor and Delivery for 13 years before moving to Western Mass for Nurse Midwifery School.  After receiving her Certificate as a CNM, she took some time off to raise her four children. Katie has been working as an R.N. at the Women’s Correctional Center in Chicopee, MA, since 2012. Katie’s passion is women’s health care and in a past life she was a dancer and continues to love to move. Katie is honored to have recently joined the Tapestry Board. 

Khama Ennia MD, MPH, FACEP

Khama Ennis, MD, MPH, is an Emergency Physician with a longstanding interest in public health and health equity. Those seeds were planted during time spent volunteering at a shelter as well as at a needle exchange program during medical school. She currently works at Cooley Dickinson Hospital as the Associate Chief of Emergency Medicine and the Medical Staff President. 

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Maria Quinn

Maria Quinn is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Holyoke Medical Center and the Comprehensive Care Center. Maria is a Holyoke native with a special focus on supporting people with substance use disorders in their care and treatment needs. She is a local leader and mentor who is involved in local, state and national study initiatives to reduce opioid use and overdose deaths. 

Natalie Ulrich

Natalie Ulrich is the Director of Development for Safe Passage in Northampton, 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.

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.

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