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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Sophia Jeffery, President
Seneida Torres, 1st Vice President
Ana Andino, 2nd Vice President
Michael King, Treasurer
Maria Perez, Clerk
Public Official Representatives
Sasha N. Jimenez
Low Income District Representatives
Representatives of Organizations
Doreen Coakley Rodriguez
Lloyd Harris Jr.