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Claudia Pazmany
Executive Director

As the Executive Director of our Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, Claudia brings a 17+ years of proven business development skills combined with a long history in Capital Campaigns, Philanthropy, Community Engagement, Social Media, and Alumni Relations, where she has built visionary and sustainable movements of giving through work in educational, community and grantmaking organizations.

She brings this work history to our Chamber to build a responsive and professional team that encourages a true partnership with area leaders in collective support of the civic, educational, recreational and economic well-being of the Amherst Area.

She continues to apply her non-profit skills to creating a more just and equitable world as the Advisory Board President of our local chapter of CHD's Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County and in her previous service as President of Friends of Amherst Recreation, granting over $100K to area organizations to ensure vibrant recreational opportunities in and around Amherst.

Claudia has been a speaker, has trained myriad boards and volunteers and co-led board retreats. She has received training in social media & marketing, database management, board management, and in cultural humility, diversity and inclusion which in turn, support her well in her professional and volunteer leadership roles.

She has served on many search committees, and has been a judge for the Berthiaume Center for  Entrepreneurship of UMass Amherst Isenberg School of Management, and is currently working to support Greenfield Community College’s workforce development initiative serving on their Future of Work Advisory Committee.

Claudia resides in North Amherst with her husband of 25 years, and both have advanced degrees from UMass. They have two children, Cary and Vivian, who are both enrolled in Master’s programs. Claudia was born in NJ, raised in Connecticut and grew up in Fairfield County. Though the call to the coastline remains, she calls Amherst 'home' and is happy to serve the community where she works AND lives and support the pipeline to encourage others to work and live here in the 413.

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John Page
Marketing & Membership Manager

John Page is the Marketing and Membership Manager at the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, responsible for developing engaging marketing campaigns including maintaining our website, social media, and communications. He also strives to help members see the value in the Chamber through its programming to promote business and professional development in our community.

John graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BBA in Operation and Information Management. An Amherst Regional alum, John received the Amherst Area Chamber and Cooley Dickinson Health Care Scholarship in 2015. John had been working for UMass Dining for six years rising through the ranks, before joining the Chamber in 2018. He has a passion for civic engagement and politics and serves on a number of local committees including as a volunteer for the Amherst Municipal Affordable Housing Trust, a member of the Amherst Affordable  Housing Advocacy Coalition, and Board Member of the Amherst Education Foundation.

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Joan Temkin
Visitors Information Center Coordinator
Lisa Totz
Lisa Totz
Consultant Coordinating Amherst Area Gift Card Program
MEET LISA
A 15+ year veteran of corporate America working for defense contractors, micro-electronics manufacturers and more as a Systems Engineer, Design and Test Engineer and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, I was looking for greater satisfaction than just to be a cog in the machine. As an independent consultant, one could be the lubricant - instead of the cog, enabling organizations to become more efficient, effective, proactive and responsive.
Lisa will be coordinating the expansion and increased effectiveness of our Amherst Area Gift Card Program.
Shaunak Shah
Shaunak Shah
Marketing Intern, UMass Amherst Student

MEET SHAUNAK

I am inspired by making a positive impact by applying quality control skills and my problem-solving abilities allow me to address challenges to achieve results.

Shaunak Shah is a senior at UMass Amherst and will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Managerial Economics, a Minor in Information Technology, and a Certificate in Applied Economic Research on Cooperative Enterprises. He is also a Chancellor's Award Scholarship recipient. He will be pursuing a career as a corporate financial analyst. He joins us againthis year as an intern honing his business management and financial analysis skills. He will focus on database management and his attention to detail when addressing high-volume task loads is a huge value-added benefit to our Chamber team. We are grateful that he brings and continues to develop his critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration skills to our team.

 

Grace Tredo
Grace Tredo
Marketing Intern, UMass Amherst Student

MEET GRACE

Hello! I am a freshman at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, majoring in Biology on the pre-medical track! I am also in the Commonwealth Honors College, and I am living on campus this semester. I am from Belchertown, so I am pretty familiar with this area! I love marketing and establishing ways to connect with the community, especially in times like now. I am so incredibly excited to be teaming up with the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce to help support them and the local community in any way that I can! I am looking forward to diving deeper, and finding innovative ways of providing support through such unprecedented and challenging times.

Grace Tredo will be focusing on digital marketing of Chamber members including bringing back "Membership Mondays" and implementing "Takeout Tuesdays," as well as maintaining our online "Open for Business" Listing.

Laurie Freitag
Accounts Manager / Bookkeeper
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