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, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
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, Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Damaris Jones is Tapestry’s Chief Operating Officer. 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
Marie Dokoupil, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Marie Dokoupil is the Chief Financial Officer. 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
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, Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO)
Rebecca Ramah is Tapestry’s Chief Human Resource Officer, 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.
Kerri Jenkins, Director for the Springfield North WIC Program
Kerri Jenkins is the Director for the Springfield North WIC Program. Kerri brings 15 years’ experience as the Senior Nutritionist prior to the Director roll. Kerri graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Nutritional Science. Her WIC journey began right after that as Nutritionist for the Connecticut WIC program before she came to Massachusetts. Kerri serves on the Health Advisory Committe for the local Head Start as well as The Equity Team for the Family Life Center at Mercy Medical Center. She’s actively involved in the local birthing hospitals where she represents WIC & offers services to patients. Kerri has 3 young boys & describes herself as a “sports mama” & loves every minute of it.
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 is a Senior Account Executive & Account Operations Manager 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 and an Event Coordinator with international non-profit Random Acts. When not working or volunteering, Allison can be found taking and teaching dance classes, 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 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 in 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 Rego-Martin is a trans and queer activist, educator, and nonprofit professional. He is the Engagement Coordinator at the UMass Amherst Office of Equity & Inclusion. In his “spare time,” Cas delivers trainings and technical assistance to educators and caregivers of trans youth in Massachusetts. Cas is also the Founder of the Paula Ford-Martin Memorial Fund, a nonprofit scholarship organization for LGBTQIA youth advocates. Cas holds a master’s degree in public policy & administration from UMass Amherst, and a bachelor’s degree in music from Smith College. 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 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.
Manny Alcantara works as the Manager for Decision Support at Cooley Dickinson Health Care, a member hospital of Mass General Brigham. Manny has more than 20 years of experience in finance and business operations ranging from strategic planning, management accounting and decision support functions from various sectors. Manny has a Master’s degree in Business Administration with focus in Healthcare Administration from Ohio University and is a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional.
Susan Krause, MSN, CNM
Susan (Sukey) Krause is the current Director of the Midwifery Education Program at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where she has been on faculty since 1992. She has been in full scope clinical practice since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. She is active locally and nationally on initiatives to increase and diversify the midwifery workforce. She is invested in efforts to address maternal mortality, racial disparities and health equity. She is a partner in Midwifery Education Design and Development, founded in 2017 to provide consultation services that support alternative program designs for midwifery education. She is excited to join the Board of Tapestry.
Michaela Schwartz is the Vice President of Strategy and Operations and Marketing Doctor in Northampton, MA. She has a BA in Sexuality Studies (self-designed) from Mount Holyoke College, and a background in health education. In her day job, Michaela works with business stakeholders across industries, serving as a strategic partner and high-stakes problem solver while ensuring that her team delivers best-in-class service. In her free time, Michaela is the artist behind a local polymer clay jewelry company. She is passionate about service to the local community and is thrilled to join the Tapestry board!