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 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.

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 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

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.

Khama Ennis MD, MPH, FACEP, Vice-Chair

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. 

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. 

Jeremy W. Melton

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. 

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. 

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 PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Organizational Strategy consulting practice, he focused on strategic organizational design, intentional culture change, organizational performance improvement and leadership and management strengthening

Keyla

Keyla Centeno Díaz

A Puerto Rico native, Keyla is an experienced educator, instructional designer, and is currently the program director for Tech Foundry.  She has a B.S in Biology and a Master’s in Education. A strong proponent of alternative education and pathways programs, Keyla continues to leverage her background and experience in STEM, education, and curriculum design to develop programs that close the opportunity gap in tech for BIPOC and other underrepresented groups. 

Maria Q.

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. 

Marisela Fermín-Schon, RN, MSN, FNP-C

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