53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085 • 413.562.3627

Board of Directors, Staff, Volunteers & Volunteering

Board of Trustees

  • Yvonne Boudreau, ASP, Chair
  • Bryarly Lehmann, Vice Chair
  • Kevin O'Connor, Treasurer
  • Lisa McMahon, Secretary
  • Mary Pat Carr, SSJ
  • Julie Crane, SP
  • Val Liptak
  • Elizabeth Oleksak, SP
  • Kathleen Popko, SP
  • Brian Richards
  • Bill Toller
  • Elizabeth Walz, ASP
  • Ann Weber


  • Elizabeth Walz, ASP, Executive Director
  • Sr. Elizabeth Oleksak, SP, Foundress, Gardener, Sabbatical Team, Spiritual Director


Administrative Team

  • Jo Ann Bourquard, Retreat Coordinator and Spiritual Director
  • Jane Comerford, CSJ, Sabbatical Director and Spiritual Director
  • Bonnie Druschel, Marketing Coordinator and Photographer
  • Annette Lally, Administrative Coordinator
  • Cindy Lees, Financial Services
  • Donna O'Connor, BioSpiritual Focusing Coordinator, Spiritual Director 
  • Trisha Riga, Registrar and Hosted Groups Coordinator
  • Jean Risk, Program Manager

Operations Team

  • Jennifer Moynihan, Head Cook
  • Abigail Blishchik, James Robb, Rebekah Ryaboklyach, Assistant Cooks
  • Connor Corwin-Johnson, Mary Dugan, Marshal Kolosov, Emily Pitoniak,  Dietary Aides
  • Dulce Pimentel, Head Housekeeper
  • Wayne Cumberlander, Plant Manager
  • Daniel O'Connor, Summer Gardener

Program Committee

  • Yvonne Boudreau, ASP, Consultant
  • Jo Ann Bourquard, Consultant
  • Mary Pat Carr, SSJ, Consultant
  • Jane Comerford, CSJ, Consultant
  • Ann McGaharn, ASP, Consultant
  • Sr. Ruth McGoldrick, SP, Consultant
  • Jean Risk
  • Liz Walz, ASP

Spiritual Direction

  • Jo Ann Bourquard
  • Jane Comerford, CSJ
  • Ruth McGoldrick, SP
  • Donna O’Connor
  • Elizabeth Oleksak, SP 

Volunteers & Volunteering

Volunteers help fulfill Genesis’ Mission through hours of office support, gardening activities, guest registration, and special projects. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Genesis Office staff at 413-562-3627.

Earth Caretakers

  • Mary Haberstroh, Gardener
  • Kathleen Kitka, Arboretum Consultant
  • Janet Kondrat, Herb Gardener
  • Daniel O'Connor, Gardner
  • Ronnie Sienkiewicz, Gardner


  • Evelyn Calleva
  • Ann Cestari
  • Julie Crane, SP
  • Kathleen Dugan
  • Peg Gilbert
  • Ann McGaharn, ASP
  • Patricia McGovern, ASP 
  • Bob O’Brien
  • Kat Peterson
  • Sue Phelon
  • Dorothy Pilkington, SSJ
  • Lorraine Salvas  
  • Mary Talarico
How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all, the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious teeming with creatures beyond number- living things both large and small.
- Psalm 104:24-25