WHO WE ARE

THE AMHERST INDY COLLECTIVE

Kitty Axelson-Berry owns a self-publishing service specializing in memoirs and family histories, was the editor-in-chief of the Valley and Springfield Advocate newspapers in the 1980s, and has lived in the Amherst area since 1971. She raised three daughters in the public schools here and was a member of Town Meeting.

Stephen Braun  is a medical writer/editor, former member of the Finance Committee, Town Meeting, Public Works Committee and an Amherst resident since 2000.

Marla Goldberg-Jamate is the mother of two children who attend the Amherst Regional Public Schools, and recently served on the district’s Facilities Use Advisory Board.  She has been active with the group Save Amherst’s Small Schools.  

William Kaizen – is an independent scholar who is currently researching issues related to performance, visual art and the Cold War. He was an Amherst Town Meeting Representative and is currently the Treasurer of the Amherst Public Art Commission. He blogs about Amherst town government at Town Council for Noobs: tc4n.com.

Art Keene is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at UMass. He coached girls cross country at Amherst High School for 17 years and was a town meeting member for 20+ years.  He has lived in Amherst since 1982.


Laura Quilter –  Militant Librarian,  Attorney,  Geek,  Teacher

CONTRIBUTORS TO THE INDY

Maurianne Adams is a long-time resident of Amherst (District 3) and a retired UMass Amherst Professor.

Denise Barberet Ph.D., EMT-B, is a thirty-year resident of Amherst and a descendant of Mary Bliss Parsons.

Lissa Pierce Bonifaz received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003 and has lived in Amherst since 2006. She was a Town Meeting member and continues to be an outspoken activist for language education and immigrant rights. She currently co-teaches Spanish classes with Sanctuary resident, Lucio Perez at the First Congregational Church of Amherst.

Toni Cunningham is an avid follower of town government, mother of two girls, Irish, a data junkie, and former Town Meeting Rep for Precinct 3.

Darcy Dumont is an Amherst town councilor from District 5 and is the lead sponsor of the legislation to establish an Energy and Climate Action Committee. She is also on the steering committee of Climate Action Now and a member of Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley and of Western MA Community Choice Energy. She is the mother of two, a lawyer and a retired teacher.  She may be contacted at Dumontd@amherstma.gov.

Meg Gage is a founding director of Proteus Fund and Peace Development Fund, ARHS grad, charter commissioner, 32-year Town Meeting member, long-time Amherst resident and voter. 

Hilda Greenbaum is a 65-year resident of the Amherst area and a 50-year resident of Amherst, a town meeting member 1975–2018, and a  former member of various town boards and committees, including Public Transportation, Assessors, and Zoning Board of Appeals. Her particular interests are land use and historic preservation.

Michael Greenebaum was principal of Mark’s Meadow School from 1970-1991 and from 1974 taught Organization Studies in the Higher Education Center at the UMass School of Education.  He served in Town Meeting from 1992, was on the first Charter Commission in 1993 and served on several town committees, including Town Commercial Relations Committee and the Long Range Planning Committee.

Terry S. Johnson  is a retired Amherst teacher, blossoming poet,  and a lifelong student of art, architecture, history, and languages.    

Maura Keene is an obstetrician-gynecologist at Bay State Health Systems. Her four children are graduates of the Amherst schools. She has lived in Amherst since 1982.

Janet Keller is retired deputy director of the Rhode Island energy office, a trained planner and policy analyst. 


Maria Kopicki is a physician, math and science geek, parent, and 20-year Amherst resident.