Northampton

Kitty Curtin

Executive Vice President of Operations

With Nonotuck Since: 2000
Works at: Northampton

Kitty grew up in a very pleasant environment: part of a large family in the small town of Lee, MA. She attended and graduated from Springfield Technical Community College, Berkshire Community College, Maria College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. She is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science Degree and held a Massachusetts Educator’s License to teach Practical Nursing. She has extensive and varied nursing experiences over the past twenty plus years in the following areas: Community, Pediatric Development, Commonwealth of Mass DDS, Day Habilitation, as well as an Independent Nurse contracted through Mass Health. Her relationship with Nonotuck began in 1996 and continues, at this writing, as a Shared Living Provider. She was hired as a Registered Nurse in 2006, the Director of Nursing and Adult Family Care services in 2008 and the Executive VP of Operations since 2015. Kitty has two sons and thoroughly enjoys her busy life in the Berkshires.

  • Email: curtin@nonotuck.com
  • Phone: 413-586-5256 x110

George H. Fleischner

CEO & President

With Nonotuck Since: 1987
Works at: Northampton

George has led the agency as its President and CEO since the fall of 1987. He brought to Nonotuck a firm and deep-rooted set of values that centered on his profound belief in family, community, life sharing and authentic relationships. Early in his tenure, and based on these values, George guided the agency’s path from congregate care [by closing 15 group homes and moving all 55 people it served] into the personalized service of shared living. His leadership has taken Nonotuck from a small western Massachusetts based organization to a large state-wide agency with 12 offices from Pittsfield to Hyannis while serving over 300 people in shared living and over 800 people in Adult Family Care. George is nationally recognized as an innovator of value based and personalized services to people with intellectually and/or physically disabled people. George has two children and lives in the small town of Williamsburg, MA.

  • Email: fleischner@nonotuck.com

Richard French

COO

With Nonotuck Since: 1997
Works at: Northampton

Richard French has been with Nonotuck since 1997. Richard received his Bachelor of Arts from Merrimack College majoring in sociology in 1976. He then was awarded a M.Ed. from the Institute of Open Education of Antioch University in 1981. Throughout the 1980’s he participated and assisted in Team Leading PASS workshops presented by the Normalization Safeguards Project and continued his involvement with the introduction of Social Role Valorization. He has worked in the field since 1977 at a variety of agencies across Massachusetts ending up in Berkshire County in the 1980’s. Rich was a Program Director in the Berkshire office and provided oversight for the Adult Family Care Program. In 2011, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Nonotuck. Rich enjoys hiking, kayaking and camping. He and his lovely wife Anne have two adult children.

  • Email: french@nonotuck.com
  • Phone: 413-586-5256 x113

Karina Swenson

Vice President, Human Resources

  • Email: swenson@nonotuck.com
  • Phone: (413) 588-4761

Deborah Lawton

Accounts Payable Clerk

With Nonotuck Since: 2012
Works at: Northampton

Debbie joined the Nonotuck team – continuing her fifteen years of support to the non-profit sector. She shares a home in Williamsburg with her partner, David, and son, Jonathan, as well as their two kitties, Blackie and Grey Guy, and two parakeets. In her free time, Debbie enjoys exploring genealogy, history, antiques and collectibles, and is an avid fan of Agatha Christie novels and the movies based on them.

  • Email: lawton@nonotuck.com
  • Phone: 413-586-5256 x114

Diane Basnet

Chief Financial Officer

With Nonotuck Since: 2016
Works at: Northampton

Diane grew up in Southwick and now resides in Chicopee. She graduated from Stonehill College with a BSBA in Accounting. Upon graduation she completed a year of service with the Holy Cross Associates in Portland, Oregon working with individuals with dementia. She has since committed her career to service for the past eleven years working in the non-profit and public sector. Diane earned her Masters of Public Administration from Westfield State University and is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). She has volunteered with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and enjoys running in her free time.

  • Email: basnet@nonotuck.com
  • Phone: 413-586-5256 x112

Sindy R Mojica

Rep-Payee Coordinator

With Nonotuck Since: 2007
Works at: Northampton

Sindy has worked in the Administrative field since 2000. She worked as a Financial Aid Assistant at Holyoke Community College where she graduated with an Associates Degree in Business Administration in 2000. After working many years in the administrative field, she came to Nonotuck Resource Associates in 2007. This is her first nonprofit experience. Sindy has been so inspired by working here that she decided to finish her B.S. in Human Services at University of Massachusetts graduating in 2012. Helping others is something that she really enjoys. Her dream is to work as a lawyer defending those who cannot defend themselves. In her spare time she volunteers for a Teenage Pregnancy group & her daughter’s cheerleading booster club.

  • Email: mojica@nonotuck.com
  • Phone: 413-586-5256 x101

Shirley Plowucha

Executive Vice President of Finance

With Nonotuck Since: 1983
Works at: Northampton

Shirley is the Executive VP of Finance for Nonotuck and has been at Nonotuck since 1983. She is active in the field and formerly co-chaired the Human Service Forum Fiscal Officers Group. Shirley was also the former Vice President of the Western Mass Service Providers group. She has her BS in Business Administration. She has been married since 1972 and has three children and 4 grandchildren. She enjoys crosswords and fishing.

  • Email: plowucha@nonotuck.com
  • Phone: 413-586-5256 x102

Grayson Fleischner

Assistant Director of Quality Assurance

With Nonotuck Since: 2008
Works at: Northampton

Grayson has been with Nonotuck since 2008. In 2011, he completed his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts at Holyoke Community College and will be receiving his Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Fall of 2014. Grayson hopes to utilize his musicianship and skills in human services to pursue a career in Music Therapy.

  • Email: gfleischner@nonotuck.com
  • Phone: 413-320-3029

Sidney Gomez

Rep-Payee Assistant

With Nonotuck Since: 2016
Works at: Northampton

  • Email: gomez@nonotuck.com
  • Phone: 413-586-5256 x101

Ryan Gaw

Senior Accountant

With Nonotuck Since: 2017
Works at: Northampton

Ryan was raised in Westfield and currently lives in Easthampton with his wife Casey. Ryan graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2007 with a BS in Accounting, and is currently enrolled in the MS in Accounting program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Ryan has spent over 10 years as an accountant in various industries including Audit, Property Management, and Mutual Fund Accounting. He is an avid fan of the Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins, and Celtics. In his spare time he enjoys golf, running and hiking in addition to playing and listening to music.

  • Email: gaw@nonotuck.com

Kathy Tranghese

Contract Specialist

With Nonotuck Since: 2018
Works at: Northampton

  • Email: tranghese@nonotuck.com
  • Phone: 413-586-5256 x115

Savanna Langheld

Administrative Assistant

With Nonotuck Since: 2018
Works at: Northampton

  • Email: langheld@nonotuck.com

Amanda Stanislas

Payroll Administrator

With Nonotuck Since: 2018
Works at: Northampton

  • Email: stanislas@nonotuck.com
  • Phone: 413-586-5256

Linda Reid

Accounts Receivable Assistant

With Nonotuck Since: 2018
Works at: Northampton

  • Email: reid@nonotuck.com

Jannelle Robinson

Marketing Coordinator

With Nonotuck Since: 2019
Works at: Northampton

  • Email: robinson@nonotuck.com

“(Through shared living) people with a disability experience a real transformation and discover confidence in themselves; they discover their capacity to make choices, and also find a certain liberty and above all their dignity as human beings.”

—Jean Vanier

Caregiving with Love:
Guide for Shared Living Providers

Learn how Nonotuck developed a love-based ideology of care. We started our shared living program as an alternative to group homes for people with disabilities. Instead, Shared Living creates genuine life transformation for people with disabilities, as well as families and communities. The true power of caregiving is found through hospitality, authenticity, and love.

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