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
  • Val Liptak
  • Kevin O'Connor
  • Elizabeth Oleksak, SP
  • Kathleen Popko, SP
  • Brian Richards
  • Bill Toller
  • Liz 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
  • Lynn Clauson, 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
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding: in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
- Proverbs 3:5-6