About Celebration of Hope

The Celebration of Hope of Western Massachusetts was formed in 2011 and is a new non-profit corporation in Springfield made up entirely of community volunteers who have in some way been affected by cancer.

Our Board of Directors:

Terry Hegarty

President/Media Chair

Terry is a lifelong resident of Springfield, is a founding member of the Celebration of Hope of Western Massachusetts Committee and serves on the committee as the President/Media Chair. Terence has worked as a journalist since 1998 and has spent most of that time doing television and print reporting for the Diocese of Springfield’s Catholic Communications Office which produces the television programs "Real to Reel" and "The Chalice of Salvation."

He is a lifelong parishioner of Holy Name Parish in Springfield where he has volunteered in a variety of capacities. He is the proud father of five and the husband of Monique Hegarty, his high school sweetheart.

Terence’s mother died from breast cancer when he was 24-years-old. He is committed to supporting agencies that help in the battle against cancer and those that promote cancer prevention and healthy living.

Fran Carlucci

Vice President/Resource Chair

Francesca Carlucci is a Physician’s Assistant and has been employed at the Urology Group of Western NE for the past 11 years. She is a graduate of Springfield College. Fran has a special interest in working with patients with prostate, bladder and kidney cancer. She is a member of the MAPPA, AUA, and NCCPA.

Fran is the mother of 2 grown children. Among her many interests are live music, theater, photography and cooking. She recently relocated to Western MA after 30 years in Vermont. This is her 2nd year on the Celebration of Hope Board and looks forward to serving in her new position as the Vice President.

Barb Turcotte

Entertainmen Chair/Web Interim

Barb Turcotte brings with her valuable organizational and leadership skills. She is employed at Baystate Health Foundation and though she has worked in the Fundraising Division for the past fifteen years she has been employed by Baystate for thirty-five. She presently serves on the Steering Committee for Rays of Hope and wears a range of hats while Chairing and Co-Chairing various sub committees within that charity.

With Rays of Hope as the benefactor she organizes two very successful sell out events a year as well. She also served as an Ambassador to the City of Springfield for about five years, created and facilitated a social group with 125 people for ten years called Just ‘Cause, was a Domestic Violence Advocate for approximately eight years and also participated the Read-A-Loud Program through the Springfield School System for approximately six years. In addition she has also organized and facilitated several singing and comedy contests at O’Brien’s Corner.

She feels that giving back feeds her soul while creating a fun atmosphere for people to enjoy and is dedicated to helping others who are struggling. Her work experience as well as her accomplished volunteer services will be valuable in creating a successful celebration all while adhering to the mission statement. She believes together we can and do make a difference!

Angela Dell'Aera-Jachym

Event Venue Liaison

Angela is a lifetime resident of Springfield. She graduated from Western New England College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She has been employed at TD Insurance in West Springfield for the past eight years. Angela is an active member of Holy Cross Parish in Springfield, and serves as Event Venue Liaison on the Celebration of Hope Committee.

Angela’s devotion to raising awareness of cancer began in 2009 when her dear sister, Rosa, was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. She has been co-captain of her sister’s team for the Rays of Hope, (Rosa’s roses of Hope) for the past three years raising over $22,000.00.

Serving on the Celebration of Hope Committee she is committed to raise awareness of ways in which people can prevent cancer. Just as importantly, she strives to and give people with cancer and their families, courage, hope and support.

Angela is a devoted wife, mother and sister. She enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering for her daughter’s school and church, gardening and reading.

Kim Lee


Kimberly A. Lee is employed by Peoples Bank as the Branch Manager of the Sumner Avenue Office. Kim holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Elms College in Chicopee, MA and is a 2012 graduate of the Springfield Leadership Institute.

Kim serves as Treasurer of the Celebration of Hope Board of Directors. In addition to this, Kim also serves as the Treasurer for the Forest Park Business Association. Kim belongs to the Springfield Rotary, is a member of the East Forest Park Civic Association, and is a Springfield Public Schools Read Aloud volunteer.

Kim’s inspiration in life is her mom, a cancer survivor who has taught Kim perseverance and unconditional love and who encompasses all that she hopes to be. Kim and her husband Joe reside in Springfield with their two beloved children.

Jennifer Klock Rossmiller

Printed Materials Chair

Jennifer Rossmiller is a lifetime resident of Springfield. She is a Training Consultant at MassMutual, an active member of School Centered Decision Making for Springfield Public Schools, and serves on the Celebration of Hope Board of Directors.

A cancer survivor, Jennifer is devoted to the mission of the Celebration of Hope, and incorporates the "Live Rejoice Hope" mantra into every aspect of her life.

Jennifer is a mother of two small children, a voracious reader, and an amateur photographer. Credit for the "Celebration of Hope" logo goes to her, and features a photograph of her son.

Gary Berte

Volunteer Chair

Gary is one of the original founding members of the Pink Mass and Celebration of Hope of W. MA (COH) due to his on-going battle with multiple tumors. Currently he receives medical treatments for bladder cancer at the Urology Group of Western New England in Springfield as well as in Boston. His story is powerful because his tumors were discovered during a routine medical checkup and cancer screening. That saved his life!

He is a strong advocate for routine cancer screenings. He feels that men as a group are notoriously neglectful in scheduling routine screening and then following through. He also feels due to its grass roots organization, the COH plays an important role in getting a vital message delivered to our community. Many cancers as with his, know no financial boundaries, racial boundaries or gender boundaries.

Gary holds a doctorate degree from UMass Amherst and is a full-time professor of Criminal Justice at Springfield College. He also serves as Vice President of the Forest Park Business Association and having been affected by this disease, he feels that he has much personally and educationally to offer to COH.

Jennifer DeMaio

Annual Giving Chair/Administration

Jennifer DeMaio has lived in Western Mass her entire life. She spent several years in marketing and advertising before finding her true calling in fundraising. Jenn has been at Baystate Health Foundation for five years playing an instrumental roll in the hospital’s largest capital campaign and implementing a Grateful Patient program. Prior to that, she held several positions in the fundraising department at the Williston Northampton School.

Jenn has several friends and family members that have battled cancer. This has inspired her to draw on her fundraising experience to join in the fight for a cure. In addition to serving on the Celebration of Hope Board, she also serves on the Rays of Hope Steering Committee. Jenn is the proud mother of two boys and remains devoted and active in their school, sports and extra-curricular activities.

Joyce Stavros

Ticket Sales Chair

Joyce Stavros is a lifelong Springfield resident having raised 3 children here. Joyce earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Care and Education from the University Without Walls at UMass. She worked as a preschool teacher for fifteen years prior to obtaining her current position as Assistant Director for the YMCA of Greater Springfield’s, Wilbraham Early Learning Center.

For more than ten years, Joyce has been a volunteer with the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. Along with being captain of the “Just Cause” Rays of Hope team she has also walked on a Relay for Life team in Belchertown.

Many close friends and family have been afflicted with cancer; this, her passion for helping others and her commitment to living a healthy life style have brought her to the Celebration of Hope.

Neil Phillips

Legal Advisor

Neil brings to the Celebration of Hope his legal expertise and his camaraderie of legal colleagues. He has been a partner of Dunn & Phillips, PC since 1988 which is located in Springfield, MA. Prior to that he completed his Juris Doctorate at WNEC School of Law and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1979.

Neil has been a crucial part in soliciting help to complete our non-profit status. He believes strongly in the mission statement since having been touched within his immediate family with cancer. He shares the passion of this community volunteer based committee and offers many ideas for it's growth.

Suzanne Balicki

Raffle Chair

Suzanne is a newcomer to the Board of Celebration of Hope but not to volunteer work, specifically fund raising for breast cancer. As a thirteen year survivor, the desire to give back is essential and clearly a cause very near and dear to her heart. Her only sibling Roberta has been a survivor for seven years.

A lifelong resident of Chicopee, she is employed at Elms College as the Bursar. She has a long history with the school, having worked as an Admission Counselor immediately following graduation in the late seventies. After a ten year hiatus she returned on a part time basis while raising her family. Her volunteering began with the Rays of Hope walk while working with her daughter who was the Co-chair of Entertainment. When her daughter stepped down to relocate to the Boston area for employment, Suzanne then became the Co-Chair and remained so for 8 years while serving on the Rays of Hope Steering Committee as well.

In addition, she served on the committee at the Springfield Country Club for their golf tournaments to benefit breast cancer. She continues to work in whatever capacity is needed at various events, striving to offer support and encouragement to others. She values family life immensely and enjoys time spent with her husband, son, daughter-in-law, daughter and her partner.

Kim Clemons

Clerk of Organization/2014 Face of COH

Kimberly Clemons is a life-long resident of Springfield and has been employed at Baystate Medical Center in the Pain Management Center since 2006. She has two awesome children and is the proud grandmother of incredible young granddaughter. Kim unfortunately experienced cancer when she found the first lump in her breast in October of 2011 which led to surgery, chemo therapy and then radiation. It was a very long road and she overcame many obstacles along the way and is now healthy and here!

Exactly one year to the day while in remission, she found another lump which lead to another surgery but she was very lucky, no chemo or radiation this time. She is now in remission again and says she will fight it over & over if it ever comes back. Inspired by this medical journey, she created the Big People Little Wheels Race which started in 2013 where adults race on tricycles, big wheels, skateboards, etc., anything with little wheels. It is a fundraiser she started with a few friends and raised almost $4,000.00 her first year that was donated to The Rays of Hope.

This year she is going to split the proceeds of this popular event with the Celebration of Hope as well as the Rays of Hope! Kim is also the 2014 Face for the Celebration of Hope which she says is a huge honor. She is committed to and loves helping anyone going through what she has gone through and hopes to help in finding a way to eradicate this awful thing we call CANCER!

Loretta Gaffney

Sponsorship Chair

Loretta Gaffney is a founding member of the Celebration of Hope, a cause she believes in because of familial cancer, especially the deaths of her father and husband.

A graduate of Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing and American International College, she is both a registered nurse and certified teacher.

Always a volunteer, she hopes Celebration of Hope earnings will help with the treatment and care of those with cancer.

A devoted mother of 6 children and 13 grandchildren, they are her special joy.

Eileen Sullivan

Pink Mass Co-Chair

Eileen has been a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph for forty-six years. She has a Master’s degree in education from Lesley College, Cambridge, MA.

Eileen was an elementary educator, Assistant Dean of Students and Vocation Education Coordinator for the Sisters of St. Joseph before she began her ministry as a Pastoral Minister more than 20 years ago.

For the past 14 years, Eileen has been the Pastoral Outreach Minister for St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield. In addition to serving on the Celebration of Hope Board of Directors, She presently serves on the Advisory Board for the Open Pantry, the Diaconate Formation board of the Diocese of Springfield and the St. Thomas More Society.

Eileen’s two sisters, friends, and many people she encounters in her Ministry have battled cancer and many are survivors. It is because of their faith, hope and courage that she believes so strongly in the mission of the Pink Mass and the Celebration of Hope of Western Mass.