53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085 • 413.562.3627

Board of Directors, Staff, Volunteers & Volunteering

Board of Trustees

 

  • Lisa McMahon, Chair
  • Yvonne Boudreau, ASP
  • Mary Pat Carr, SSJ
  • Julie Crane, SP
  • Bryarly Lehmann
  • Brant Lingle
  • Val Liptak
  • Kevin O'Connor
  • Elizabeth Oleksak, SP
  • Kathleen Popko, SP
  • Bill Toller
  • Liz Walz, ASP

Staff

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

Administrative Team

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

Operations Team

  • Jennifer Moynihan, Head Cook
  • Rebekah Ryaboklyach, Assistant Cook
  • Abigail Blishchik, Lynn Clauson, Connor Corwin-Johnson, Mary Dugan, Emily Pitoniak, Dietary Aides
  • Dulce Pimentel, Head Housekeeper
  • Nick Lukomsky, Plant Manager
  • Wayne Cumberlander, Maintenance and Grounds
  • 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, Consultant
  • Sr. Ruth McGoldrick, SP, Consultant
  • 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

  • Kathleen Kitka, Arboretum Consultant
  • Janet Kondrat, Herb Gardener
  • Mary Haberstroh, Gardener
  • Pat McKeon, RSM

Volunteers

  • Evelyn Calleva   
  • Julie Crane, SP
  • Bonnie Druschel
  • Kathleen Dugan
  • Peg Gilbert
  • Ann McGaharn, ASP
  • Patricia McGovern, ASP 
  • Robert O’Brien
  • Dorothy Pilkington, SSJ
  • Sue Phelon
  • Sue Salva
  • Lorraine Salvas  
  • Mary Talarico
It is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read sympathetically the scriptures of the world. If we are to respect others' religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world's religions is a sacred duty.
- Mahatma Gandhi