Staff and Board

Director

Jeff Napolitano : Director and Program Coordinator

Jeff Napolitano

Director and Program Coordinator

Jeff came to the Pioneer Valley from eastern Massachusetts in 2003. He joined AFSC in January 2009, bringing experience as an activist around anti-war, higher education, and electoral issues. Jeff’s work at AFSC ranges from civil disobedience training to immigration policy advocacy to community grassroots organizing. He provides supervision to a team of interns and their projects and splits regular hours between AFSC's Northampton and Springfield office.

Program Support Committee

Interns (2016-2017)

Liz Donoghue : Social Media Intern

Liz Donoghue

Social Media Intern

LIz Donoghue is a Sophomore at UMass Amherst. She is a Political Science and Women and Gender Studies double major, with a minor in Spanish. She is AFSC's Social Media Intern. She enjoys taking part in the UMass community, and AFSC!

edonoghue@afscwm.org
Nybria Acklin : Intern

Nybria Acklin

Intern

Nybria is from Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and is a Junior at Smith College. She is an Sociology Major, Economics minor with intended East Asian Languages concentration. She is working with the Nuclear and Carbon Free Future Coalition at AFSC Western Massachusetts. She has been involved with social justice work around racial disparities in education.

nybria@afscwm.org
Viola Sharron : Intern

Viola Sharron

Intern

Viola Sharron, Class of 2019 UMass Amherst, Psychology BA. I enjoy reading fantasy novels and napping on rainy days and during the summer I spend my time hiking, rock climbing or spelunking.  I listen to lots of French music as I have studied it for almost six years now as well as Spanish bachata. I am a Psych major because I enjoy learning how different cultures approach the same topics such as child rearing or film making. I am also intrigued by gender studies. I am the biggest fan of my mom and two best friends.

viola@afscwm.org
Gil Wermeling : Intern

Gil Wermeling

Intern

Gil Wermeling is a second year Biology Major at Amherst College.  He works with the Nuclear and Carbon Free Coalition of AFSC.  He plays the cello and sings in Amherst performance groups.  He also does grassroots journalism and literacy mentoring.

Jenny Gutiérrez : Social Justice Intern

Jenny Gutiérrez

Social Justice Intern

Jenny Gutiérrez is from Los Angeles California and a first-year student at Hampshire College. She hopes to pursue Applied Theatre for Social Change with a focus on the Latinx community. She is one of AFSC's Social Justice Interns.

jenny@afscwm.org
Sierra Conniff : Social Justice Intern

Sierra Conniff

Social Justice Intern

Sierra is originally from Portland, Oregon and is currently a graduate student at UMass in the department of Art History.  Her research focuses on political influences on European and American Art post WW2.  At the AFSC, Sierra is focused on editing audio and publishing the radio show, Bread and Roses.  When not in school, she enjoys traveling, reading and being involved in social justice.

sierra@afscwm.org

Interns (2015-2016)

Michelle Mei : Social Media Intern

Michelle Mei

Social Media Intern

Michelle is a junior studying Economics and Environmental Science and Policy at Smith College. She's an avid Boston Celtics fan. She also likes updating the Social Justice Calendar at AFSC.

michelle@afscwm.org
Nybria Acklin : Intern

Nybria Acklin

Intern

Nybria is from Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and is a Junior at Smith College. She is an Sociology Major, Economics minor with intended East Asian Languages concentration. She is working with the Nuclear and Carbon Free Future Coalition at AFSC Western Massachusetts. She has been involved with social justice work around racial disparities in education.

nybria@afscwm.org
Viola Sharron : Intern

Viola Sharron

Intern

Viola Sharron, Class of 2019 UMass Amherst, Psychology BA. I enjoy reading fantasy novels and napping on rainy days and during the summer I spend my time hiking, rock climbing or spelunking.  I listen to lots of French music as I have studied it for almost six years now as well as Spanish bachata. I am a Psych major because I enjoy learning how different cultures approach the same topics such as child rearing or film making. I am also intrigued by gender studies. I am the biggest fan of my mom and two best friends.

viola@afscwm.org
Ariana Valverde : Intern

Ariana Valverde

Intern

Ariana Valverde is a Senior at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, graduating with a degree in Anthropology. Her primary focus at AFSC is the Four County Listening Project.

ariana@afscwm.org
Natalie Aflalo : Intern

Natalie Aflalo

Intern

Natalie is from Stamford, Connecticut and is a senior at Smith College. She is a Spanish minor and history major with a concentration in U.S social history. She’s passionate about issues of social justice, and is interested in media and communications. Natalie is excited to be working on the Four County Listening Project with AFSCWM.

natalie@afscwm.org
Molly Spring :

Molly Spring

Molly Spring is currently a Junior at UMass Amherst studying Social Thought and Political Economy and Public Health. She is also a part of the Community for Social Progress at UMass.

molly@afscwm.org
Arianna Mosgrove : Intern

Arianna Mosgrove

Intern

Arianna Mosgrove is a second-year studying Cross-Cultural Psychology, Children's Art Therapy and Spanish at Hampshire College. She produces Bread and Roses, AFSC’s monthly radio show, . Arianna is interested in activism that addresses the intersectionality of race, gender and sexuality.

arianna@afscwm.org
Bella Revett : Intern

Bella Revett

Intern

Bella is a Junior Anthropology major at Smith College, concentrating on development studies and women's movements in India. When she's not reading, she's probably listening to music, writing blog posts, or fighting the patriarchy. She is involved in interdisciplinary multiculturalism studies in her spare time.

bella@afscwm.org

Social Justice Academy Coordinator (2014)

Alli Langley : Social Justice Academy Coordinator

Alli Langley

Social Justice Academy Coordinator

Alli was the coordinator of the “Social Justice Academy,” a pilot project to bring an overview of social justice history to incoming college students through popular education. She was a recent graduate of Smith College, where she majored in Sociology and the Study of Women and Gender. As a student, her academic studies were concentrated around histories of social movements and resistance, with a focus on how state repression and control impacted the course of activism. In addition to her coursework, she was also involved in organizing, particularly around issues of classism and economic justice on campus.

While at school, she worked as a research assistant for several professors and spent a summer interning at the AFSC Western Massachusetts program. She wrote: “I am very excited to return to the AFSC, and am looking forward to beginning work on the Social Justice Academy workshop series!”

Interns (2014-2015)

Kelsi Lynde :

Kelsi Lynde

Kelsi Lynde interned at AFSC for the school year 2014-15. She attended Springfield College. She focused on the Springfield No One Leaves databasing and mapping for canvassers.

kelsi@afscwm.org
Molly Spring :

Molly Spring

Molly Spring is currently a Junior at UMass Amherst studying Social Thought and Political Economy and Public Health. She is also a part of the Community for Social Progress at UMass.

molly@afscwm.org
Andrea McCarron :

Andrea McCarron

Andrea McCarron interned at AFSC for the school year 2014-15. She attended Westfield State University and majored in Ethnic and Gender Studies. She helped with the report on military recruitment in western Massachusetts schools.

Bryana Malloy :

Bryana Malloy

Bryana Malloy studied Sustainable Food and Farming and pursued a certificate in Civic Engagement and Public Service at UMass. While at AFSC, she worked with the Nuclear Free Future and was the Nuclear Disarmament intern. She worked to educate and mobilize youth within Western Mass around the issue of nuclear arms. She enjoys being in nature, doing yoga, and fulfilling her life purpose. She interned for two years with AFSC.

Oluwa Jones :

Oluwa Jones

Oluwa Jones attended Smith College and studied Politics and Gender. She worked on the Social Justice Pioneer Valley Calendar.

 

Claire Moss :

Claire Moss

Claire Moss was a student at UMass studying public health. She was a part of the Community for Social Progress, which led her to AFSC.

Ashley Loe :

Ashley Loe

Ashley Loe is a Senior at Smith College majoring in computer science. She was the web development intern for the 2014-2015 school year and maintained the WordPress website.

Caleb Toner : Administrative Assistant Intern

Caleb Toner

Administrative Assistant Intern

Caleb was a Deaf Studies Major at Holyoke Community College. They are a community activist with many ties to social justice which is how they found their way to AFSC. They were inspired to make a difference in their community because of Banksy's famous quote "Keep your coins. I want change". Caleb was an Administrative Assistant Intern at AFSC where they performed all the tasks that no one else wanted to do.

Jennifer He : Intern

Jennifer He

Intern

Jennifer was a Psychology student at UMass Amherst. Her duties at AFSC included maintaining donor and volunteer databases, updating the social justice calendar and consuming all the snacks in the kitchen.

Michelle Mei : Social Media Intern

Michelle Mei

Social Media Intern

Michelle is a junior studying Economics and Environmental Science and Policy at Smith College. She's an avid Boston Celtics fan. She also likes updating the Social Justice Calendar at AFSC.

michelle@afscwm.org

Interns (2013-2014)

Pepper Neff :

Pepper Neff

Pepper Neff was a senior Political Science and French major at Smith College, who worked on finishing a Five College certificate in African Studies. She's worked on the Immigration Detention Policy report for Western Mass with Lorena, ran the Declaration radio show, and worked with Springfield No One Leaves/Nadie Se Mude. Pepper was interested in social movements and anti-oppression work, and continued to learn and do more social justice work post-graduation.

Anuhea Sebstad :

Anuhea Sebstad

Anuhea Sebstad was a student at Hampshire College, and it was her first experience working with social justice organization. She was excited to be acquainted with various social justice issues that the American Friends Service Committee sponsors.

Ian Whalen :

Ian Whalen

Ian Whalen was a Junior at UMass Amherst and this was his second year interning at AFSC. He continued his work on pacifism by polishing up a report on military recruitment in public high schools. He spent much of his free time working on labor rights at UMass with the Student Labor Action Project and attended various actions in the Pioneer Valley.

Tucker Marvin :

Tucker Marvin

Tucker Marvin was a student at Hampshire College studying the relationship between power/oppression, art, and the body. This was their first year at AFSC, where they worked in collaboration with Tranzmission, a group committed to support and advocacy work for queer and trans* people who are incarcerated.

 

Wei Wang :

Wei Wang

Wei Wang was a student at University of Massachusetts Amherst, majoring in Sociology and Criminal Justice. She began doing social justice work in high school, and has developed her passion in working in social justice field ever since. She hoped to continue doing non-profit work after she graduates, and her goal was to get her license to become a social worker to better serve and help her community and people.

Lorena Nañez-Bonilla :

Lorena Nañez-Bonilla

Lorena Nañez-Bonilla was a student at Smith College, majoring in Anthropology and Latin American and Latino/a Studies. She worked on the Immigration Detention Policy Report for Western Mass, the L3-KEO/Kollmorgen report, as well as the Testimonio project, which she completed this Summer. Lorena was interested in Latin American social movements as well as Immigrant Rights.

Maya Hochberger :

Maya Hochberger

Maya Hochberger interned with AFSC in 2010-2011 and again in 2012-2013. Maya did a variety of office work. She was a Psychology Major at Smith College and spent a year abroad in Thailand. After graduation, she planned to get her Masters in Social Work at the Smith College School for Social Work.

 

Interns (Summer 2012)

Emily Odgers :

Emily Odgers

Emily Odgers was an intern with AFSC for the 2012 spring semester as well as the summer. The youngest member of the Northampton Human Rights Commission, Emily interned with the Bill of Rights Defense Committee as well AFSC. She worked extensively on the Preserving our Civil Rights campaign in Amherst, was trained as a HIPP Trainer, and was a primary author of the Kollmorgen report. She’s currently working at the William Penn House in Washington D.C.

 

Interns (2011-2012)

Alex Renirie :

Alex Renirie

Alex Renirie was a student at Hampshire and had been working with AFSC since February 2011 doing local anti-war work and promoting alternatives to military service in nearby high schools. In the summer she spent three months canvassing for the ACLU and Peace Action West, and worked with Amnesty International and international community development projects throughout high school. She planned on studying Peace and Conflict Resolution and Buddhist spirituality at Hampshire.

Bridget Rhinehart :

Bridget Rhinehart

Bridget Rhinehart was back for her third year with AFSC WM after taking a semester off to study in Tanzania. Bridget was a Smith College student studying International Relations and African Studies. She was particularly interested in peace and conflict resolution, development studies and perhaps law. Bridget did a variety of work for the AFSC including intern coordination, the Springfield No One Leave Campaign, local peace and justice organizing and economic justice work.

 

Samara Ragaven :

Samara Ragaven

Samara Ragaven was a Smith College student. She was working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Psychology. Being a "Hindjew" she took a year off to travel to the homeland, where she backpacked around India, volunteering on farms and in hospitals. She focused on Human Migration and working on the Preserving Our Civil Rights campaign at AFSC. She hoped to go to medical school in South Africa, where she grew up.

 

Kyle Howard Rose :

Kyle Howard Rose

Kyle Howard Rose was a student at Hampshire College studying political science, media studies, (and a little bit of art) with an emphasis on social movements, social justice, and intersectionality. In the summer of 2011, she worked with the Bill of Rights Defense Committee which is where she found out about the PCR campaign. With AFSC, she continued her work with the PCR campaign as well as helped to organize the MLK Day celebration in Northampton. She also worked on projects in the community focused on feminism and anti-sexism. Post-grad, she planned on doing something awesome.

 

Stephanie Cristin :

Stephanie Cristin

Stephanie Cristin was a Smith College student studying Government and Comparative Politics. She focused on the Preserving Our Civil Rights Campaign in both Northampton and Amherst. After graduation, she planned to work on community and youth development projects for the Peace Corps in East Africa, and hoped to later pursue a career with an NGO in the same sector.

 

Anne Yukie Watanabe : Intern

Anne Yukie Watanabe

Intern

Anne Yukie Watanabe was a Smith College student studying US history and African-American studies. Prior to AFSC, she spent the summer interning at SisterLove in Atlanta, Georgia, a reproductive justice organization focusing on HIV for women of color. At AFSC, she worked mainly with No One Leaves and the Preserving Our Civil Rights campaign. Post-graduation, she hoped to find work doing community organizing or some other awesome lefty/social justice-y things.

Jayme (Jaymes) Winell :

Jayme (Jaymes) Winell

Jayme (Jaymes) Winell was a fourth year student at Hampshire College studying American history (more than just the United States), the labor and McCarthy movements, guerilla art and performance. They have roots in Northern California and Colorado, loved ones in Mexico and Argentina. They worked with groups, like the AFSC, for economic justice, greater solidarity with (im)migrants and supported education/activist/art spaces.

Phoebe Mayor :

Phoebe Mayor

Phoebe Mayor interned with AFSC 2008-2011. In her time, Phoebe was vital in expanding AFSC WM and contributed to an array of programs. Phoebe graduated from Smith College with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Dance.  Phoebe is currently working as an Americorps Vista in Boston, and plans to pursue a career in dance/arts programming for at-risk youth.

Colleen Johnston :

Colleen Johnston

Colleen Johnston interned with AFSC 2009-2011. Colleen did a variety of work with the office, but focused her work as an alternatives to military service intern. Colleen is a Wisconsin native and loves the Green Bay Packers. Colleen graduated from Smith College in Spring 2011. Her studies focused on social class, student aspirations, and community colleges, and she has plans on becoming a professor.

 

Bliss Requa-Trautz :

Bliss Requa-Trautz

Bliss Requa-Trautz interned with AFSC for the Summer 2009 and Fall 2010/Spring 2011 as a Human Migrations and Mobility intern. Bliss graduated from UMASS Amherst  in 2011 with a degree in anthropology and sociology. She holds a certificate in Labor Studies from the Murphy Institute of Labor Studies and Worker Education.

Myra Lam :

Myra Lam

Myra Lam interned with AFSC in the spring of 2011. Her work focused on military counter-recruitment in local high schools, as well as the Preserving Our Civil Rights campaign. She spent her junior year studying Chinese in Hangzhou, China, and she practiced synchronized swimming and played with the circus at Hampshire in her spare time.

 

Uri Strauss : Law Fellow

Uri Strauss

Law Fellow

Uri Strauss was the first Law Fellow with our Western MA office. He is a native of Canada who has lived in the Valley for seven years while studying at UMass. He is a lawyer licensed in Massachusetts, with past legal experience in labor, civil rights and benefits law. His work with AFSC focused on helping to build the Springfield No One Leaves Coalition by providing legal services, and working on the Preserving Our Civil Rights campaign. In his spare time, he is active in the National Lawyers Guild and the Palestine solidarity movement.

Interns (2009-2010)

Rose Metting :

Rose Metting

Rose Metting interned in the Fall 2010 as an Alternatives to Military Service Intern, as well as helped coordinate the monthly Brown Bag Lunch Vigils. She hopes to pursue a career in social work focusing homeless and at-risk youth, and is interested in volunteering with the AmeriCorp VISTA program upon graduation.

 

Alicen Roberts :

Alicen Roberts

Alicen Roberts interned with AFSC in the Fall 2010 as a community organizer and peace building intern. Allison was a religion major with a focus in Peace and Conflict Studies at Smith College. She pursued interests in religion's role in conflict evolution and resolution.

 

Marianna Ballou :

Marianna Ballou

Marianna Ballou interned with AFSC Fall 2010/Spring 2011 and was a full time Fellow Summer 2011. Marianna  graduated from Smith with a degree in religion, a focus on South Asian Studies, and fake concentrations in food studies and language study (she is a student of Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish). In addition to her work with the AFSC, Marianna was also a cook and farmer, and works on social justice programming for youth.

 

Lindsay Cope :

Lindsay Cope

Lindsay Cope spent Fall 2009/Spring 2010 as a "Nuclear Free Future" intern with AFSC. She completed her final year at Hampshire College studying International Relations and Global Security. Growing up in Maine, Lindsay was a young peace activist with the organization Seeds of Peace. Lindsay enjoys learning foreign languages, she is currently studying Chinese. After she graduates she hopes to spend a few years living abroad before pursuing a career in diplomacy.

Lindsay McCluskey :

Lindsay McCluskey

Lindsay McCluskey spent the Summer of 2009 with AFSC as an intern working on immigration issues. She has gone on to become the President of the United States Students Association. She was featured at the One Nation - Working Together rally. Al Sharpton is smiling because he got to share the stage with this brilliant woman.

 

Jesse Greer : Intern

Jesse Greer

Intern

Jesse Greer was an intern in the summer of 2011 from Silver Spring, MD while on break from high school in Washington D.C. at The Edmund Burke School. Raised a Quaker, he started interning at the AFSC in mid-July 2011. Among other things, he worked on integrating and re-vamping the AFSC website and media archiving, as well as developed a brochure for Nuclear Free Future Coalition and was also involved with the Preserving our Civil Rights campaign. Jesse entered 12th grade in the fall after his internship, and planned to hike the Appalachian Trail after graduating high school. Jesse volunteers regularly, mostly with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington.

Elisa Martinez : Intern

Elisa Martinez

Intern

Elisa Martinez interned with AFSC during 2011-2012 school year, working with us to further research on her Ph.D. about non-profit organizations. She was involved in the Preserving our Civil Rights campaign in Northampton and Amherst.