Who We Were (2019-2021)


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 worked for many years as a journalist in Massachusetts and Connecticut. She is the mother of two children who attend the Amherst Regional Public Schools, and served on the district’s Facilities Use Advisory Board.  She served on Amherst Town Meeting and 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.

Jennifer Page
writes, reads, knits, cooks, advocates, resists, speaks out, and spends too much time on Facebook. She is the parent of an APRS student, a UMass Amherst employee, and former Town Meeting member.

Laura Quilter is a militant librarian, attorney, geek, teacher. She works at UMass and parents in Amherst.


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

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 the now-retired founding director of the Peace Development Fund and the Proteus Fund, national organizations based in Amherst that organize within philanthropy to advance campaigns related to peace, human rights and democracy.   She is a graduate of ARHS and taught at the high school. She served on the recent Charter Commission and is currently the Chair of the Participatory Budgeting Commission and on the Planning Team of the District One Neighborhood Association (DONA).

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.

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

Sarah McKee is Past President, Jones Library Board of Trustees; Former General Counsel, Interpol U.S. National Central Bureau, Washington, D.C.; Member, D.C. Bar. 

Annalise Peterson is a rising senior at Amherst Regional High School, where she can be found running cross country, stage managing, and playing ultimate. Her writing has appeared in ARHS’s The Graphic, the New England High School Journalism Collaborative’s The Vanguard, and The Amherst Indy.

Timothy Scalona is a graduate student in the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy. 

Russ Vernon-Jones was the Principal of Fort River Elementary School from 1990-2008.  He is a co-facilitator of the Coming Together Anti-Racism Project in the Amherst area.  He co-chairs the Racism-Climate Change Connections working group of Climate Action Now of Western Mass, and blogs regularly on climate justice at www.RussVernonJones.org.

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