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Getting to know our Board

The membership of the Board of Directors of Springfield Partners for Community Action is a vivid representation of our community. As outlined in the bylaws, one-third of the members of the Board are elected public officials, currently holding office, or their representatives; at least one-third of the members are individuals who represent our low-income community; and the other third are officials or members of the business, industry, labor, religious, welfare, education, or other major groups and interests in the community.

Meetings take place the last Thursday of each month and you are welcome to attend. For more information, download our meeting schedule and monthly minutes.

Until further notice all meetings will be virtual. If you are interested in attending, please contact Patricia Wilson via email or by calling (413) 263-6500, ext. 6501.

Michael King

Michael King

Representative of Organizations

Mike has been a Springfield Partners for Community Action director and finance committee member since December 2014, becoming the Board’s treasurer in October 2019.

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Mike is the controller of Berkshire Bank, managing the company’s accounting department with responsibility for the financial close, external reporting, accounting policy, and accounts payable processes. Berkshire is a $13 billion community bank headquartered in Boston, with a significant presence in the Springfield market. Mike graduated from UMass with a degree in accounting and is currently pursuing his MBA at the University of Michigan.

Mike applies financial and analytical skills to help manage the organization’s finances and guide strategic decision making. Mike enjoys supporting Springfield Partners in its mission to empower individuals and families to have happier, healthier, and more productive lives. Mike appreciates opportunities to interact with the local residents the organization serves and experience how the organization makes a difference in the community.

LaTonia Naylor

LaTonia Naylor

Representative of Organizations

Ms. Naylor has served youth and families in Springfield for over two decades through volunteer and civic engagement.

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She earned a master’s in nonprofit management and philanthropy from (then) Bay Path College in order to switch career paths into the nonprofit sector after receiving her bachelor’s in business administration from Our Lady of the Elms College.

Ms. Naylor has co-founded two nonprofit organizations: Parent Villages Inc. (2018), VITAL Center, Inc. (2006). She has advised several other start-ups and currently serves in the roles of director of AmeriCorps, and adjunct faculty member at Springfield College and Worcester State University.

Ms. Naylor actively volunteers as a mentor to youth and young adults in her church and community, establishing computer learning centers, a youth summer camp, and other initiatives.

Ms. Naylor also serves as an elected member of the Springfield School Committee, secretary-treasurer of the MASC (Mass Association of School Committees) Minority Caucus, and holds seats on the boards of DESE’s RIAC (Racial Imbalance Advisory Council), the Young Scholars Fund, Inc., and Springfield Partners for Community Action, along with educationally and community-driven steering committees at and for Springfield schools.

As an active member of the Holy Redeemer Cathedral for over 20 years, she is a licensed evangelist and currently holds the positions of board executive secretary, assistant of Youth Ministries, and director of Liturgical Dance Ministry.

Mrs. Naylor is married to the love of her life, Pastor Mah’dee Naylor Sr. with whom they share four beautiful children.

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Lidya Rivera-Early

Public Official Representative

Lidya Rivera-Early is a seasoned program and project management professional. She holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Springfield College.

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Giving back, empowering others and building relationships is very significant to Rivera-Early and she blends this all at her current role as the director of community engagement at Springfield Technical Community College.

The foundation of her life is family—her husband, one son, and two daughters. Rivera-Early loves to serve as a mentor for students and in her community in general. She is passionate about helping improve the offerings at STCC and making more educational and training options available to all in her community.

She is also a business owner of the LidsLiveWell nutrition and fitness club.

HER motto: “Love Speaks Louder than Words”

Lidya is no stranger to adult education, industry-driven career, and workforce development design and implementation programming. She spent seven years as a program manager and a grants coordinator for the Springfield Housing Authority, where she was responsible for the administrative and technical work involving the managing, coordinating and implementation of triple-digit budgets for all ABE & Family Self-Sufficiency programs. In addition, she significantly helped to expand the agency’s ability to serve a greater portion of a previously marginalized community in the city of Springfield. Before joining the Springfield Housing Authority in 2007, Lidya worked nine years for SEI (Aarons) as a general manager.

Civic Leadership and Involvement:

She is active or was formerly active in a variety of civic, community and cultural organizations including as a Leadership Pioneer Valley Class of 2013 graduate, a Gandara Mental Health Center sub-committee member, Way Finders, Square One, as a former Puerto Rican Cultural Center Board member,  on the Springfield City Council ad-hoc Workforce Development Committee, YMCA Dunbar Center, Solenia (a non-profit incubator for community-based initiative), Let’s Connect (a nonprofit start-up initiative), and as a member of the maintenance and facilities sub-committee for the Springfield, Agawam and Wilbraham YMCA. Through her work at Mercy Hospital (Health Care for the Homeless), she dedicated her time to connect with the homeless population and help them access services such as health insurance, transitional assistance, housing, school/training services, etc.

Current Board Involvement:

  • Way Finders
  • Square One
  • Springfield Partners For Community Action
  • Professional Women’s Chamber

Other Groups Involvement

  • Community Partners Network
  • Latinx Network
  • Professional Women’s Chamber

Awards:

  • 100 Women of Color Award Recipient
  • 40 under 40 Award Recipient
Christy Torres

Christy Torres

District One Representative

Christy is deeply rooted in Hampshire and Hampden County. She has consulted in organizational management, strategic planning, and fundraising for public and nonprofit organizations.

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She has worked extensively with government agencies at the county, and community level on strategic planning, performance management, evaluation, and innovative program design. She has spent 20 years in a variety of capacities to promote, educate, and advocate for young children and their families.

She has her master’s in organizational management and leadership and developed her leadership skills at an early age by becoming the first in her family to graduate from college. She is an undisputed expert in human service issues and has the institutional memory to help clients successfully navigate the legislature and administration. Christy is committed to assisting in facilitating community partnerships, program planning, and helping to build community capacity for housing. Christy’s new project is the Western Mass Tiny Home Initiative which is bringing tiny homes for the homeless population. Christy resides in Hampden County where she enjoys spending time with her three busy young adult children, two grandsons, and two dogs.

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Seneida Torres

1st Vice President

Seneida represents the low-income population here in Springfield, Massachusetts. A single mother who raised three children, now 24, 17, and 4 years old, she knows what it’s like to be in need of programs like the ones Springfield Partners for Community Action offers.

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“I work paycheck to paycheck. I know how hard it is to live and raise children. I am beyond proud and grateful to be a part of a community action agency that does so much for those in need.”

Seneida currently works at a new assisted living community in Chicopee Falls and is in the process of starting a new community event planning business that will also help our community in need. She is also the president and founder of a small local nonprofit that provides resources, wellness, and health fairs to our community.

Executive Board

Sophia Jeffery, President

Seneida Torres, 1st Vice President

Ana Andino, 2nd Vice President

Michael King, Treasurer

Maria Perez, Clerk

Public Official Representatives

Ana Andino

Robert Jackson

Sophia Jeffery

Sasha N. Jimenez

Bernard McClusky

Maria Perez

James Rhodes

Low Income District Representatives

Sylvia Bethea
District 3

Richard Mills
District 4

Carmen Santana
District 5

Grayce-Lynda Sypteras
District 2

Christy Torres
District 1

Seneida Torres
District 6

Representatives of Organizations

Doreen Coakley Rodriguez

Lloyd Harris Jr.

Michael King

LaTonia Naylor

Lidya Rivera-Early

Board members click here for monthly minutes and meeting schedules.

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