As the recipient of the Utah’s Business Magazine Top 20 in their 20’s award, Kwamane has proven leadership skills, leading youth and family programs. Kwamane has around 15 years of experience working with at risk youth in the non-profit sector. Most recently, Kwamane worked with the United Nations Civil Society Youth Committee that led outreach initiatives for the 68th Civil Society Conference, which was attended by 2,000 representatives from more than 500 civil society organizations from over 100 countries. Kwamane has a B.S in Criminal Justice with a emphasis on Juvenile Justice.
Rachel Telushkin has been the Business Manager at the Brick House since July 2017. She has extensive experience providing fiscal, human resource and operational management at non-profit organizations in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden County. She has also served on numerous area boards. She has a B.A. and M.Ed from the University of MA. What she likes most about her work at the Brick House is seeing a truly grass roots, diverse, multi-cultural community-driven vision be implemented, and of course, crunching numbers. Outside of work, she is active in the Western MA Prison Abolition Network and hikes with her old Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Youth Program Director
Before becoming Youth Program Director at the Brick House, Jane worked at Turners Falls High School as a Therapeutic Teacher Assistant. Jane is also a carpenter and musician, and loves to share her skills with the youth at the Brick House. She cares a lot about supporting and empowering young people, and has training in trauma informed support and conflict resolution strategies. She loves spending time with her cat Rubix Cube, hiking, cooking, and studying Shiatsu and Chinese Medicine.
Community Resources Director
Before becoming Community Resources Director at the Brick House in May 2020, Aisha spent several years in the public health and reproductive rights field. Aisha is also a dance instructor who teaches throughout the Valley. She is dedicated to local organizing, LGBTQ+ rights, and fostering meaningful relationships throughout the community.
Food Resources Specialist
Wallace has experience in public school education, creative writing and anti-racism workshop facilitation. They are Haitian-American, Queer, and non-binary writer of speculative fiction and poetry. They have a B.A. from Smith College and a M.A. in African Diaspora Studies.
Wallace spends their time outside of the Brick House thinking and writing about food justice, reparations and mutual aid, social equity, and the end of systemic violence against Black Transgender and femme-identified people.
Parent & Family Services Director
Stacey has done work with individuals and families for the past several years, and has facilitated groups as well. She feels strongly that community is an important part of healing and for maintaining good health overall – physical, emotional and mental. Stacey lives in our community with her husband and 2 cats, and feels lucky to have the opportunity to contribute to the overall well-being of our families. In addition to her work at The Brick House, she is the Family Engagement Coordinator for the Gill-Montague Regional School District, and co-chairs the Parent Education Workgroup under the Communities that Cares Coalition.
Parent and Family Services Coordinator
Sandra has worked in the Human Service Field for 30+ years. With such programs as: The Care Center, Valley Opportunity Council, Community Action and most recently for The Foodbank of wma. Sandra enjoys working with the community and helping families obtain resources that may be available to them in times of need. She enjoys cooking, shopping and dancing Salsa. She loves spending time with family especially her children and her 3 grandchildren.
She is excited to be a productive team member of the Brick House and help raise awareness of local resources.
Americorps Youth Support Staff
Dan Musante is our DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps Member. He is new to the Turners Falls area, coming from nearby Northampton. He has built meaningful relationships with youth at the Teen Center and enjoys helping them set purposeful goals and exploring concrete resources and pathways to achieve those goals.