Category Archives: Leadership Council

Leadership Council Meeting Minutes – 6/25/14

Leadership Council Meeting Minutes
June 25, 2014

In attendance:  Tim Brennan, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Dave Christopolis, Hilltown Community Development Corporation, Sylvia deHaas-Phillips, United Way of Pioneer Valley, Doreen Fadus, Mercy Medical Center Health Care for the Homeless, Joanne Glier, DTA, Steve Huntley, Valley Opportunity Council, Jennifer Hohn, North Adams Housing Authority, Nat Karns, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, Peg Keller, City of Northampton, Charlie Knight, consumer, Ann Lentini, Domus, Inc., Jay Levy, Eliot CHS-Homeless Services, Bill Messner, Holyoke Community College, Andrew Morehouse, Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Elton Ogden, Berkshire Housing Development Corporation, George Ryan, Hampden County Regional Employment Board, Jay Sacchetti, ServiceNet, Pamela Schwartz, Network, Robin Sherman, Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Linda Stacy, United Way of Franklin County, Lynne Wallace, HAPHousing, Pam Wells, Springfield Housing Authority

Recent Network Acknowledgments
Pamela confirmed that all LC members were aware of the Network’s recent award from the Mass. Nonprofit Network for “Excellent Nonprofit for Collaboration” and of the letter to the Legislative Conference Committee signed by 13 Western Mass. legislators (and led by Senator Rosenberg and Rep. Kocot) requesting their support of the Network budget earmark.  Both are great testimony to the Network’s success, which everyone made possible.

Previous Meeting Minutes Approved
Both the 2/26/14 and 4/23/14 Leadership Council meeting minutes were distributed.

Motion to approve these minutes: Charlie Knight
Seconded:  Tim Brennan
All in favor: unanimous (with Joanne Glier of DTA abstaining)

FY14 Year End Report
Pamela summarized the report and Network accomplishments.  Please click here to see the relevant attachment for details.

FY 14 Budget Review and Wrap-Up
Sylvia deHaas-Phillips of United Way of Pioneer Valley reviewed the FY14 budget.  Click here to obtain the FY14 budget. We are ending the year in good fiscal shape, with $5,361 remaining.  Especially pleased with the results of the first year of LC Partners “Sustaining Contributions” – totaled $14,450 (initially budgeted $18K).  Contributions are currently coming in for this year.  Thanks to all LC members for their partnership on this.  Sylvia noted that the coordinator line-item was  budgeted at a higher amount than previous years (initial thinking of an increase in hours), so the gap (spent $16K less than allocated) is a function of Pamela NOT working additional hours.

FY15 Budget Review and Approval
Sylvia and Lynne distributed the FY15 budget for review.  Please see here.  Lynne noted that there are gaps in the revenue side of the budget right now due to the pending uncertainty of additional funding from Legislative Budget Earmark and the Fireman Foundation.  Similarly, there is a gap on the expense side due to the uncertainty of the hire of a data consultant if the budget earmark were to pass.  Lynne also noted that the coordinator line-item is lower (from $57,600 to $45,600) to account for Pamela’s 2 month leave of absence this summer.

Motion to approve FY15 budget: Charlie Knight
Seconded: Elton Ogden
All in favor: unanimous (with Joanne Glier of DTA abstaining)

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Network Leadership Council Meeting Minutes of 4/23/14

Leadership Council Meeting Minutes
April 23, 2014

In attendance: Jim Ayres, United Way of Hampshire County, Paul Bailey, Springfield Partners for Community Action, Tim Brennan, Pioneer Valley Planning Council, Kathryn Buckley-Brawner, Catholic Charities, Dave Christopolis, Hilltown CDC/ Three County CoC, Steve Como, Soldier On, Patricia Crosby, Franklin/Hampshire Career Center, Sylvia deHaas-Phillips, United Way of Pioneer Valley, Ken Demers, New England Farm Workers Council/Corporation for Public Management, Judge Rob Fields, Western Mass. Housing Court, Brad Gordon, Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority, Mary R. Johnson, YWCA of Western Massachusetts, Peg Keller, City of Northampton, Jay Levy, Eliot CHS – Homeless Services, Gerry McCafferty, City of Springfield, Diana McLeans, City of Westfield, Andrea Miller, Three County CoC/Network, Dave Modzelewski, Network, Andrew Morehouse, The Food Bank of Western Mass., Rebecca Muller, GrantsWork, Jerry Ray, Mental Health Association, George Ryan, Hampden County Regional Employment Board, Jay Sacchetti, ServiceNet, Pamela Schwartz, Network, Robin Sherman, Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Linda Stacy, United Way of Franklin County, Lynne Wallace, HAPHousing, Jennifer Wuest, Behavioral Health Network

Minutes of January 30, 2014 Leadership Council meeting
Motion to approve.
Robin Sherman moved to approve.
Brad Gordon seconded.
All in favor: unanimous

Andrew Morehouse noted that we did not approve February meeting minutes. Pamela will send them out in advance of June’s meeting for review.

Budget review 
The Network is on track for meeting its expenses this year.

Re: partnership contributions. Goal for FY14 was $18,000; contributions totaled $13,750. All agreed this was an excellent start for the first year of implementation.

Motion to approve continuing sustaining contributions for FY15:
Robin Serman moved.
Jay Sacchetti seconded.
All in favor: unanimous.

Gerry recommended that we communicate with all partners the amount donated last year so they know their baseline and request an increase if possible!

With regard to the FY15 budget, Pamela shared that she received approval from the Network’s Executive Committee to take a leave of absence for two months, July-August, 2014, to live in Ecuador with her family. She will stay connected to the Network via email but work irregular and minimal hours, so cost-savings will occur. Continue reading

Leadership Council Meeting Minutes – 1/30/14

Leadership Council Meeting
January 30, 2014

In attendance:  Father Stan Aksamit, Our Lady of Peace Parish, Jane Banks, Center for Human Development, Paul Bailey, Springfield Partners for Community Action, Kathryn Buckley-Brawner, Catholic Charities, Steve Como, Soldier On, Patricia Crosby, Franklin/Hampshire Career Center, Sylvia DeHaas-Phillips, United Way of Pioneer Valley, Judge Robert Fields, Western Division Housing Court, Clare Higgins, Community Action, Dave Gadaire, CareerPoint, Peter Gagliardi, HAPHousing, Joanne Glier, Dept. of Transitional Assistance, Brad Gordon, Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority, Community Action, Steve Huntley, Valley Opportunity Council, Charlie Knight, consumer, Jay Levy, Eliot CHS – Homeless Services, Kim Lee, Square One, Gerry McCafferty, City of Springfield, Bill Messner, Holyoke Community College, Diana McLean, City of Westfield, Bill Miller, Friends of the Homeless, Dave Modzelewski, Network,  Marsha Montori, 6 Point Creative, Andrew Morehouse, Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Jay Sacchetti, ServiceNet, Robin Sherman, Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Jerry Ray, Mental Health Association, George Ryan, Hampden County Regional Employment Board, Pamela Schwartz, Network, Lynne Wallace, HAPHousing, Jennifer Wuest, Behavioral Health Network

Budget Update:

Click here for a copy of the budget update distributed at the meeting.
The Network is in good fiscal shape so far this year.
Secured $15K from Community Foundation of Western Mass.
Received $14,000 in sustaining contributions from partners thus far.  Had budgeted $18,000 (ambitious!); still time to donate ‘til June 30!
Expense side of the budget is fine.

Network Program Updates:
Pamela shared the success of the Secure Jobs Connect celebration on 1/10/14.  17 elected officials involved; 12 businesses, powerful personal stories from clients served.  A very compelling combination of heart and politics with potentially substantial impact around growing the program!

Pamela also provided an update on the SAMHSA grant – final year of 3 year grant to provide clinical support services to chronically homeless individuals with dual diagnoses of mental health and substance abuse.  Very successful program, working to meet goals (biggest challenge is finding available housing units but progress being made); Andrea’s work on the online Housing Options Tool is proceeding and it will go online in the next few months.

Network website revamped (huge thanks to Andrea), providing more data on different relevant issues.  Website traffic has increased (yesterday alone saw 194 visitors to the website).  We also plan to cultivate media use of the website as the go-to spot for local and regional data.

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Leadership Council Meeting Minutes – 10/23/13

Please click here for Leadership Council meeting minutes of 10/23/13.

The next two Leadership Council meetings will take place on:

January 30, 10 am – 12 noon, Hampden County 

February 26, 10 am – 12 noon, Franklin County
(locations to be determined)

Note:  2 meetings in close succession to allow for greater Network participation in legislative advocacy around FY15 state budget.