Northampton 2

Laurie Bell

Care Manager

With Nonotuck Since: 2002
Works at: Northampton 2

Laurie has been with Nonotuck since December 2002. She was an Care Manager. Laurie recently was promoted to Case Manager for the AFC program in 2011. Prior to working with Nonotuck, she was a certified Medical Assistant and also did direct care. Outside of work, Laurie enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

  • Email: bell@nonotuck.com
  • Phone: 413-588-2969

Nikki Cannici

Care Manager

With Nonotuck Since: 2010
Works at: Northampton 2

Nikki Cannici joined our team at Nonotuck in 2010, having spent years prior as a Special Education Teacher in New York City. Nikki has enjoyed living in and traveling to many places in the U.S., Central America, and Europe over the past several years, but is very happy to call Western Massachusetts her home. When she is not working, Nikki’s passions include spending time with her family, being with nature, and horseback riding. Nikki received her B.A. at Mt. Holyoke College and her M.S. Ed. at Bank Street College of Education.

  • Email: cannici@nonotuck.com
  • Phone: 413-387-3004

Julie Chartier

Registered Nurse

With Nonotuck Since: 2007
Works at: Northampton 2

Julie Chartier has worked with the Nonotuck Team for several years now. Prior to this she spent years as a RN working in a substance abuse program triaging medical needs and developing and facilitating trainings on health issues and wellness. Before nursing, she enjoyed many years working in the human service field helping troubled adolescents and people with physical disabilities improve the quality of their lives. In her spare time, Julie loves to garden, hike, bike, and swim in the ocean. Most important to her is spending time with her friends and her big Irish family laughing and eating. University of Massachusetts – BA in Human Services Holyoke Community College – AD in Nursing

  • Email: chartier@nonotuck.com
  • Phone: 413-588-2967

Steve Christopher

Care Manager

With Nonotuck Since: 1996
Works at: Northampton 2

Steve began working in the human service field in 1991. He worked at Belchertown State School as a direct care worker from 1991 until they closed their doors. From Belchertown, Steve worked in a state run group home for the Connecticut River Valley program. He began working part time for Nonotuck Resources in May 1998 as a manager. In July 1998 he was offered a full time position at Nonotuck. Eventually, Steve obtained a full time Care Manager position with Nonotuck.

  • Email: christopher@nonotuck.com
  • Phone: 413-320-9970

Janine Conklin

Program Director

With Nonotuck Since: 2016
Works at: Northampton 2

  • Email: conklin@nonotuck.com

Nichole Hodges

Placement Specialist

With Nonotuck Since: 2015
Works at: Northampton 2

  • Email: hodges@nonotuck.com

Carrie Husted

Care Manager

With Nonotuck Since: 2015
Works at: Northampton 2

Carrie graduated from UMass Amherst in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing (BDIC program). She has since been a Day Care and Pre-School teacher, run a tutoring center, and worked with children and families with mental health and behavior difficulties. She started at Nonotuck as a Care Manager in September of 2015. She is married and has a ten year old daughter. On the weekends she enjoys playing Disc Golf and keeping her daughter entertained with events and performances. Carrie finds her work in Shared Living to be quite rewarding as she is constantly inspired by the loving nature of her Providers.

  • Email: husted@nonotuck.com

Monalisa Longmore

Assistant Program Director

With Nonotuck Since: 2015
Works at: Northampton 2

  • Email: longmore@nonotuck.com

Janet Ross

Registered Nurse

With Nonotuck Since: 2012
Works at: Northampton 2

Janet grew up in the South and Southwest but her adventurous spirit led her to New England, where she settled after earning a nursing degree from UMass/Amherst in 1985. Having worked in pediatrics and hospice for many years, she embraces a broad concept of family and continues to be inspired by the loving bonds that develop in widely diverse circumstances.

Witnessing and supporting relationship building is what Janet finds most rewarding in her nursing role at Nonotuck and she is very happy to be a part of a team that shares her ideals. Janet has 2 children in college, an old house, a big, lovable 3-legged dog and 2 rowdy cats. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, camping, and talking to her animals.

  • Email: ross@nonotuck.com
  • Phone: 413-588-2001

Dan Shafer

Clinician

With Nonotuck Since: 2009
Works at: Northampton 2

Daniel J. Shafer, M.Ed. joined Nonotuck Resource Associates in 2009 as a clinician. Dan received a BA in Special Education from Boston College and a Master’s in Organizational Development and Human Services from Umass/Amherst. Dan has worked for over 30 years in Western Massachusetts both as a special educator in numerous local school districts and as a behavioral consultant. His practice has been focused on developing holistic and person centered plans that seek to support each individual’s aspirations and desire to live and work in the community. Dan is a practitioner of Gentle Teaching and is committed to using positive approaches when engaging someone who has challenging behaviors. His commitment is to nourish relationship and works with the power of engagement to stimulate dialogue and expression. Never working in isolation, Dan encourages all participants to contribute to the evolution of healthy interactions. His teaching background allows for creative and educative initiatives that seek to accommodate the unique learning needs of the people we serve. Dan has an Intensive Needs certification in Massachusetts. In addition he has been on the faculty at Westfield State University teaching various courses in their disability program. Dan has presented at both state level and national conferences and continues to have small private practice as time allows. When not at work, Dan has started a small artisan craft business in stained glass and mosaics. He lives in Belchertown with his wife, Therese.

  • Email: shafer@nonotuck.com
  • Phone: 413-588-2000

Candy Wilkinson

Registered Nurse

With Nonotuck Since: 2015
Works at: Northampton 2

Candy has been a Registered Nurse since 2010. Prior to joining Nonotuck, her nursing career has included geriatrics, Medical-Surgical, and school nursing. Candy is married, has 3 adult “children” on the autism spectrum, and her youngest—born in 2017—had a stroke at birth, so she inherently enjoys working with individuals with differing intellectual and physical needs. In her spare time, Candy enjoys spending time with family, friends, and pets; kayaking; cooking; nature; travel; and home improvement projects.

  • Email: wilkinson@nonotuck.com
  • Phone: 413-588-2968

Dan Zimmerman

Care Manager

With Nonotuck Since: 1991
Works at: Northampton 2

Dan is a lifelong resident of Franklin County who has enjoyed a strong connection with Nonotuck since June of 1991. This is when Dan sought a meaningful career change and sought involvement with Nonotuck through direct care. In the fall of 1993, Dan became integrally involved with the agency’s transition to Shared Living and has been working on policy development and implementation as part of Nonotuck’s administrative team ever since. He is a Care Manager, Human Rights Officer, an AFC Care Manager, an agency trainer (as well as an animal lover, avid pool player, golfer and a dancer of questionable quality!) and has enjoyed membership on myriad committees during his tenure with Nonotuck. Dan never fails to find his commitment to Nonotuck’s ideals and his own personal values endlessly renewed through his close and ongoing contact with caregivers and individuals as they craft their own rich and meaningful lives together.

  • Email: zimmerman@nonotuck.com
  • Phone: 413-588-2003

Katelyn Otto

Care Manager

With Nonotuck Since: 2016
Works at: Northampton 2

  • Email: otto@nonotuck.com

Phone: 413-588-4723

Debbie Mercier

Care Manager

With Nonotuck Since: 2017
Works at: Northampton 2

  • Email: mercier@nonotuck.com
  • Phone: 413-250-4927

Sophoas Ali

Care Manager

With Nonotuck Since: 2017
Works at: Northampton 2

  • Email: ali@nonotuck.com
  • Phone: 508-927-2740

“(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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