Leadership

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

Our Leadership Team

Cheryl Zoll, CEO
Jim Ireland, Director of WIC
Liz Whynott, Director of HIV Health and Prevention
Cindy Miller, Director of Sexual and Reproductive Health
Damaris Jones, Director of Operations
Marie Dokoupil, Director of Finance

 

Our Board

Jeremy W. Melton, Chair

Jeremy Melton is currently the Risk Management, Compliance, and Community Reinvestment Act Officer 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.

Jan Eidelson, Vice-Chair 

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.

Greer Clark, M.D., Treasurer

Oona Cook, JD, Secretary/Clerk

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. 

T. Stephen Jones, MD, MPH-Governance Chair 

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.

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.

Celia Clancy

Celia Clancy is a passionate merchant leader with extensive experience in retail and consumer businesses. She is currently President of Celia Clancy Consultants, where she is a corporate director and advisor, with special focus on applied customer insights, strategic planning and business process improvement.

Celia currently serves on the Boards of Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity and Tapestry Health.

She served as President, CEO and Board member of The Fitzpatrick Companies, known for the Country Curtains brand. At Fitzpatrick, Celia contributed to the Finance and Compensation Committees. In her role as President and CEO of Ashley Stewart, a plus-size specialty chain serving urban, ethnic women, she also served on the board.

Celia earned a BA from Wellesley College and completed graduate coursework at the Carroll School of Management, Boston College.

Jane Cross, MD

Jane Cross is a pediatrician who cared for children in Holyoke, MA, from 1993 until she retired in 2018. She firmly believes in and fights for everyone’s right to confidential and full health care. She has served on the Board of The Care Center in Holyoke for 25 years and joined the Tapestry Board in 2014. She volunteers as a physician overseas.

Alejandro J Esparza-Perez, MD

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.

Lisa Khanna RN, CPHQ

Lisa Khanna is the Director of Clinical Quality for Baystate Home Care and Hospice. She has held healthcare quality and patient safety positions in a variety of settings including community health, acute care hospitals, ambulatory care and acute rehabilitation. In addition to being a registered nurse, she holds certifications in both Health Care Quality and Patient Safety. She has devoted her career to promoting safe, high quality, affordable, culturally appropriate healthcare care. Lisa joined Tapestry Board of Directors in 2017. 

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.

Merry Nasser, JD 

Merry Nasser has been a partner in the Northampton law firm of Lesser Newman Aleo & Nasser for many decades, and a Board member at Tapestry for over 20 years. She has long-standing commitments to reproductive rights, and to access to health services for women in underserved communities. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, she served on the Boards of the first two domestic violence organizations in Western Massachusetts. In the 1990’s, she helped create a court-affiliated parenting education program for divorcing parents, which is now mandatory state-wide. 

Chontae Thomas

Abbie J. von Schlegell

Abbie von Schlegell, CFRE, has been in the development field for over 40 years. She has held key major gifts positions at Stanford University, The University of Chicago, and was Chief Development Officer for both the Shakespeare Theatre Company and for Enterprise Community Partners. 

She has presented at various Habitat conferences, including two sessions at the 2017 Global Habitat Conference in Atlanta. Her extensive nonprofit experience includes capital campaigns, major gifts programs and volunteer and staff training. She now heads her own firm, based in western MA, and is a Certified Governance Trainer with BoardSource.

Shoshana Wirth, BSN, RN

Shoshana Wirth is the Director of Clinical Operations for the Cooley Dickinson Physician Hospital Organization. She has worked in healthcare for almost 20 years, with a passion for primary care and community-based health care. She has lived in the Pioneer Valley for most of her life and is dedicated to improving healthcare access and delivery for all who live here. Shoshana joined the Tapestry Board in 2017.

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