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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. 

Mavis Nimoh, Executive Director

Mavis Nimoh joins Tapestry after serving as the Executive Director of the Center for Health and Justice Transformation in Providence, RI, where she led a dedicated team of content experts in public health, physical and behavioral health, and the criminal legal system. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a deep commitment to health equity and community well-being. Mavis brings extensive experience in the public health sector including programs that support those who are uninsured and underinsured, HIV early intervention, testing and counseling, as well as prevention services with a focus on supporting those who are impacted by systemic health inequalities. 

Mavis’s impressive professional journey includes her role as an Associate Professor at Brown University School of Public Health, and her tenure at the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons and her leadership as the Executive Director of the Dauphin County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services. Her background in harm reduction and health equity aligns perfectly with Tapestry’s mission to provide non-judgmental, quality care for all. 

Damaris Jones, Deputy Executive Director

Damaris Jones is Tapestry’s Director of Program Development and 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.

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 and Engagement

Lisa Andrews is the Director of Development and Engagement 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

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. 

Khama Ennis MD, MPH, FACEP, Vice-Chair

Khama Ennis, MD, MPH, is an Emergency Medicine 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 syringe exchange program during medical school in New York City. She is the Immediate Past President of the Medical Staff at Cooley Dickinson Hospital and is starting a private practice focusing on Lifestyle Medicine and Integrative Health. She created Faces of Medicine, a project focusing on the journeys of Black female physicians, which will result in a docseries and collection of mini-memoirs. Dr. Ennis has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2023 recipient of the Woman Physician Leadership Award.

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.

Tess Andrekus, Secretary/Clerk

 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.

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. 

Amy Aaron

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.

Caitlin Reed, JD, MPH

Caitlin is an attorney at Health Law Advocates, where she represents families in Western MA whose kids have unmet mental health and educational needs.  She earned her law degree and her master’s degree in public health in 2010 as part of a dual degree program with Northeastern University School of Law and Tufts University.  She attended Mount Holyoke College as an undergrad and has long appreciated Tapestry’s work in the local communities.  In addition to her role at HLA, Caitlin is also actively involved in Gender Identity Validation Services (GIVS), which helps gender diverse people in Western MA get legal name and gender marker changes.

Cas Ford Martin, MPPA

Cas Ford Martin is a trans and queer activist in pursuit of a kinder world for LGBTQ+ youth. He currently works with the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ+ Students as a trainer and technical assistant for youth-serving organizations in Massachusetts. Cas is also the Founder of the Paula Ford-Martin Memorial Fund, a nonprofit scholarship organization for LGBTQ+ youth advocates. Cas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Education from Smith College, and he recently earned his MPPA from the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst. A proud resident of Hampshire County and a firm believer in access to quality healthcare without stigma, Cas has long admired Tapestry’s critical work in the community: he is honored to serve as a Board member. 

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. 

Marisela Fermín-Schon, RN, MSN, FNP-C

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