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New members for the Women's Fund board of directors

Eight local women have recently joined the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts board of directors: Gwendolyn VanSant, Shela Levante, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, Luzed Guzman, Martha Potvin, Lisa Ranghelli, Nancy Robinson and Karla Travieso.

The Women's Fund is a nonprofit that helps women enter leadership roles in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties.

VanSant, of Great Barrington, is the founding director of Multicultural BRIDGE and the equity and inclusion team lead at Changemaker Strategies (formerly Imagine Philanthropy). She is vice chair of the Great Barrington W. E. B. Du Bois Legacy Committee.

Levante is director of development at Berkshire Community College and is a former community engagement officer at the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Amatul-Wadud is a Springfield attorney and a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. She ran for the U.S. House 1st District in 2018, but lost to incumbent Richard Neal.

Guzman is an insurance agent at Liberty Mutual Insurance and finance director on the Campaign to Elect Jesse Lederman to the Springfield City Council at large.

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Potvin is the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Springfield College. She is a founding board member and current president of the Association of Chief Academic Officers.

Ranghelli, of Greenfield, is a longtime advocate for social and racial justice. She has served for many years on the Women's Fund grants committee and she's the senior director for assessment and special projects at the District of Columbia-based National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.

Robinson is the senior director of operations at The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and a member of the Food is Medicine statewide planning council.

Travieso is the development and communications coordinator for Gardening the Community, Springfield.


New SVMC emergency department doctor, surgeon

Two doctors recently joined the medical staff  at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC): surgeon Dr. Gina Melissa Diaz and Dr. Erin Duquette, emergency department.

Duquette received her doctor of  allopathic medi-cine degree from the State University of  New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, School of  Medicine, and completed a fellowship in social emergency medicine and population health at Stanford University in California. In addition, she completed a residency in emergency medicine at the University of  Tennessee.

Diaz received her medical degree from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras Facultad de Ciencias Medicas, Honduras. She completed her residency in general surgery at Virginia Tech's Carilion Clinic. She is a member of  the American College of  Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and the American Society of  Colon and Rectal Surgeons.


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