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Board of Directors

The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce has been instrumental in supporting small and large businesses in the region for many years. Over the last few years, I have seen firsthand the passion and commitment to success for ALL members through the efforts of our remarkable chamber team and dedicated board members. From small and large events, to pivoting with the ever evolving business practices and retail and dining landscape, to providing educational and advocacy resources for members in every facet, you can’t help but feel inspired.

Inspired to be better community members. Inspired to be better partners with our business community and neighbors. Inspired to celebrate success wherever possible, especially during trying times. Inspired to both hear and be heard as our chamber advocates for all members and contributes to their success.

I have been inspired by the chamber and their tenacity to shift gears on a moment’s notice.  Advocates for policy changes and providing resources to support small businesses help our businesses navigate muddy waters, every day. It is both an honor and a privilege to support the Chamber’s mission as they are a strategic business partner, and always in your corner.

— Lynn Gray, Former Board President

Executive Committee

Michael Gay, President
Vice President - Regional Manager

Heidi Flanders, Vice President 
Owner and Principle Designer
Integrity Development and Construction, Inc.

Robin Brown, Treasurer
Director of Sales
Inn on Boltwood

Maura Guzik, Secretary
Vice President Commercial Loan Officer
Greenfield Northampton Cooperative Bank


Nancy Buffone
Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Sean Cleary
Amherst Copy & Designworks

Lynn Gray
General Manager, Hampshire Mall
Pyramid Management Group, LLC

Kishore Parmar
Vice President
Pioneer Valley Hotel Group


Board of Directors

Sarah Barr
Advisor to the Provost on Campus Initiatives and Director of Community Engagement
Amherst College

Phil Ciccarelli
Attorney-At Law

Karen Dunn
Realtor & Business Development
Jones Group Realtors

Jamie Fitzgibbon
Territory Representative - Commercial Proprane
Superior Plus Energy

Arthur Haskins
Vice President, Real Estate & Community Development
W.D. Cowls, Inc. Land Company

Lisa Johnson
Chief Operating Officer
Encharter Insurance

Alex Laguerra Sierra
Director of Property Management
Amherst Innovative Living

Jake Messier
HEARD Strategy & Storytelling



Kathleen Plante
Relationship Builder
Business West

Samantha Pleasant
Secretary of the College and Special Assistant for Strategic Initiatives
Hampshire College

Steven Prothers
Project Manager
Amherst Landscape & Design Associates, A MountainView Company 

Barry Roberts
E.V. Realty Trust

Fungai Tichawangana
Artist Dynamix

Aelan Tierney
Kuhn Riddle Architects

Jessica West
Associate Vice President, Retail Banking

Sherri Willey
Project Coordinator
Hampshire Hospitality Group


Michael Gay, PeoplesBank
Maura Guzik, Greenfield Northampton Cooperative Bank
Lynn Gray, Hampshire Mall
Philip Cicceralli, Attorney-At-Law
Lisa Johnson, Encharter Insurance
Kathleen Plante, BusinessWest
Aelan Tierney, Kuhn Riddle Architects
Jake Messier, HEARD Strategy & Storytelling
Heidi Flanders, Integrity Development and Construction, Inc.
Nancy Buffone, UMass Amherst
Kishore Parmar, Pioneer Valley Hotel Group
Samantha Pleasant, Hampshire College
Alex Laguerra Sierra, Amherst Innovative Living
Barry Roberts, E.V. Realty Trust
Barry Roberts, E.V. Realty Trust
Arthur Haskins, W.D. Cowls, Inc. Land Company
Robin Brown, Inn on Boltwood
Sean Cleary, Amherst Copy & Designworks
Sarah Barr, Amherst College
Karen Dunn, Jones Group Realtors
Steve Prothers, Amherst Landscape & Design Associates, A MountainView Company
Fungai Tichawangana, Artist Dynamix
Jessica West, bankESB
Jamie Fitzgibbon, Superior Plus Energy
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