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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 typically take place the last Thursday of each month and you are welcome to attend.

For more information, download our meeting schedule and monthly minutes.

 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.

Christy Torres

Christy Torres

Public Official 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.

Executive Board

Robert “Cee” Jackson, President

Tony Taylor, 1st Vice President

Mickey Harris, 2nd Vice President

Michael King, Treasurer

Grace-Lynda Sypteras, Clerk

Public Official Representatives

Ana Andino

Sasha Viands

Bernard McClusky

James Rhodes

Christy Torres

Low Income District Representatives

Jacquelyn Lee-Washington
District 1

Grayce-Lynda Sypteras
District 2

Sylvia Bethea
District 3

Giselle Miranda
District 4

District 5

Tony Taylor
District 6

Representatives of Organizations

Robert “Cee” Jackson

Mickey Harris

Michael King

Sybel Gonzalez

Calvin Blakes