Board of Directors
The members of our Board of Directors are all volunteers, dedicated to making sure Stavros services meet the needs of the disability community of the Pioneer Valley. By law, more than half of them are themselves persons with disabilities, and they use their experiences - in accounting, banking, the law, business, and advocates - to develop plans for the future.
Glenn Hartmann has served on the board of Stavros, a center for independent living for people with disabilities and hearing loss, for 28 years, and has received the Ted Martineau Award for his activism. Hartmann has volunteered extensively, including delivering durable medical equipment to Haiti and helping six Vietnamese children gain access to orthopedic treatment. He and his wife started Health and Education for Vietnamese Youth, a nonprofit that supports 75 children's education and brings others to receive medical care. Hartmann believes that everyone should work together to care for one another and improve life for all.
Bryan Marshall is devoted to the pursue of equity and access for people with disabilities. As the Vice President of the Stavros Board of Directors he works to ensure Stavros continues to be relevant to the communities we serve.
Greta LaMountain Biagi
Greta LaMountain Biagi was born in western Massachusetts and has spent most of her life in the Amherst area and in Boston, where she lived for 13 years. She has been an attorney for 20 years, in solo practice for 12 years, and sits on the Board of Directors of Stavros as Secretary. She has been a board member since 2006 and is proud to work with this amazing organization.
Justin Pelis, who has lived most of his life in Northampton, has extensive leadership and managerial experience as a business owner, the Executive Director of Look Park, and in the community in various service roles, including Treasurer of the Board of Directors at Stavros Center for Independent Living and the Northampton St. Patrick’s Day Committee. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Springfield Technical Community College in Landscape Design & Management Technology and an instructor in the recently established landscape skills training class for the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office.
Rose Ann Gaskin-Rice
Rose-Ann Gaskin-Rice, MBA is the founder and President/CEO of Patient Centered, an employee-owned and operated home health care agency established in 2009. With over 15 years of experience in leadership roles across different areas of healthcare, Ms. Gaskin-Rice has a passion for delivering continuous patient-centered care. Her experience as a Practice Manager at an academic community health center in an underserved population led her to create a multidisciplinary team that bridged the gap between patients, their primary care physicians, and the hospital Emergency Room. Ms. Gaskin-Rice's agency, Patient Centered, is dedicated to treating patients as if they were family members, with a focus on excellent quality care.
Mr. Robinson is a retired longtime employee of Stavros, a musician, a baseball enthusiast, a grandfather and a husband. He is an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. He promotes the mission and vision of the organization and is an active ambassador for Stavros.
I am retired after working at UMass IT for 20 years, where I directed a group of website and multimedia developers and acquired an interest in digital accessibility. That, and living with a disabled family member, has made me keenly aware of disability issues in general. Besides that, I spend my time making and showing art in the area.
Janet is a retired longtime employee of Stavros and lifelong advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. She taught hundreds of folks Independent Living skills and rights regarding self determination. She continues as aa member of the board of directors to help insure the continuing operation of Stavros and it's philosophy so that we may continue to provide extraordinary services to our consumers.
I am current resident of Chicopee Massachusetts. Along with being a member of the Stavros B.O.D. I have worked with Greater Springfield Senior Services Money Management Program as a volunteer and employee. I have also had involvement as a ember of the Chicopee Commission on disability for many years although not current engaged.