We are pleased to welcome Alycia Gay, Amber Roberts, and Kelley Bryant officially onto the Women’s Fund team! Alycia Gay joined the team this September as the Community Investments Coordinator, Amber Roberts joined in March 2019 as the Office Administrator, and Kelley Bryant joined the team part-time in October 2018 and began her new role as Communications and Events Manager in July 2019.
Alycia Gay is the newest member of the Women’s Fund team. She formerly worked at Roca Inc. and comes to the Women’s Fund with over eight years of experience working at non-profit organizations within the Greater Springfield and Holyoke regions. She joined the team as the Community Investments Coordinator at the beginning of September 2019 to amplify the Fund’s community investments, including the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI) and the Young Women’s Initiative (YWI). Gay graduated from Westfield State University with a Bachelor’s in Ethnic and Gender Studies and is a committed advocate for social justice and opening doors for women and girls within the Springfield Community.
Amber Roberts came to the Women’s Fund with over 10 years experience in bookkeeping and human resources in various industries over the course of her career. She has worked in the aerospace, finance, manufacturing, nonprofit, and retail industries before finally joining the Women’s Fund this year as the Office Administrator. Roberts has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Assumption College and is also a licensed cosmetologist. She enjoys helping women and girls feel confident in their skin and finding meaningful ways to connect with her clients.
Kelley Bryant first connected with the Women’s Fund in 2017 while obtaining her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration. After completing her degree, Bryant joined the Women’s Fund in 2018 and has taken on her new role of Communications and Events Manager in July 2019. In her free time, Bryant enjoys pursuing a new hobby every week and hiking with her dog, Scooter, and husband, Max. Bryant also strives to connect with the cycling community to encourage more female-identified individuals to be independent, self-supported cyclists on bikepacking tours.
Interns Change with Autumn Leaves
Saying goodbye for now to our summer interns!
Thank you for everything, Amiya and Emily!
(We hope you enjoy, Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House)
Amiya worked closely with Monica, Chief Operating Officer, and helped with various YWI projects to prepare for the next Springfield cohort.
Amiya recently graduated from Sabis International Charter School in Springfield with a strong academic record. As a very involved student, Amiya loves to dance and participated on her school’s Urban Dance Team since eighth grade. In her free time, Amiya also enjoys volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club.
In parting this summer, Amiya shared that she hopes to live by the inspiring words of Maya Angelou:
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
– Maya Angelou
At the Fund, Emily worked closely with Monica and Kelley to work on a LIPPI alumnae outreach project, a historical document project, and various communications projects. Emily admited that while she enjoyed connecting with LIPPIstas, her favorite project was compiling and sorting the Fund’s historical documents. She appreciated being able to reflect on the impact that the WFWM has had on women and girls in Western Massachusetts from its inception in 1997 until today.
Emily is finishing her senior year and is applying to and preparing for college.
”Do things that are out of your comfort zone. If you're not comfortable doing something, do it anyway. You'll gain valuable experience and skills by doing the thing that scares you the most.Emily Fafard2019 Summer Intern
Closing one door, and opening another!
Welcoming Khadijah Allen:
Khadijah Allen is the newest member of the Women’s Fund team, serving as the Marketing Intern this fall. Khadijah is a senior Public Relations major with a minor in International Studies at Western New England University (WNE). In her role as an intern, Khadijah works closely with the Communictions and Events Manager and assists other members of the WFWM team by amplifying messaging through the Fund’s external channels.
While in pursuit of her Bachelor’s Degree, Khadijah is an active member of her campus community. She is a member of the Peer Advisors, an organization dedicated to helping first year students transition into college, and also serves as the Class of 2020 Representative on the WNE Student Senate. Khadijah is originally from Brooklyn, New York and during her free time she loves watching the news and traveling. Already, she has been to over 15 countries and plans on traveling to more!