Gladys FrancoChair of the Board
Gladys Natalia Franco Rodriguez is a community organizer and educational leader. Gladys is Clerk of the Migration Advocacy Committee and has previously served as the vice-chair of the Board of Directors for the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Springfield. She has 19 years of experience in the education field and has served as a history teacher, Supervisor of Leadership Development, and Assistant Principal in the Springfield and Holyoke Public Schools. She is currently a Special Education Coordinator in the Department of Youth Services and the County Houses of Correction in the Western, Central, and Northeast regions of the State through the Collaborative for Educational Services.
An activist and supporter of activists since the middle 1950's and in Northampton since 1961, Bruce (and his wife, Ruth Hawkins) have played a role in making Northampton as progressive as it is today. Bruce is a physicist with a sideline in computing, still active in research. His hobbies include hiking and landscape photography.
Myra LamBoard Member
Myra Lam began as an undergraduate intern with the AFSC of Western Massachusetts in 2011. She is a founding member of the TRC Board of Directors, and she currently serves as chair of TRC's Youth Committee. She teaches elementary school in South Hadley, and skates for Western Massachusetts Roller Derby.
Jenni ManfrediBoard Member
Volunteering is in Jenni's core. This part of her mission took hold in high school through service clubs. As an AmeriCorps member for two years through Springfield College, she strengthened these roots. Her service was in two high schools in Springfield, where, after graduating, she moved into an 18 year career as a counselor, classroom teacher and administrator. She was a club advisor for several clubs in the schools she was honored to call her community. Student leaders have been a constant source of inspiration. For two years she also served on the board of Keep Springfield Beautiful, through which she was able to make real service connections for and with her students. Now, in her second year as an administrator in the Northampton Public Schools, she has met and worked with many passionate social-activism-and-volunteering driven students. The connection to TRC and the Youth Engagement Committee is quite fitting and congruous to the work of activists and yet another real-world network to connect students as they journey through discovering their values and passions, use their voices, and learn from (and be of service to) others.