Noryn holds dual Master’s degrees in speech and hearing science. She practiced for over twenty years as a dually certified and licensed speech-language pathologist and audiologist in a variety of academic, medical, educational, and rehabilitative settings in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Upon relocating to Massachusetts, she has chosen to devote her time to children in foster care, and to local dog rescues. In 2017 Noryn received the Commissioner’s Community Leadership Award from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.
Susan Bain Bellak, Board Member
Susan handles the marketing and public relations efforts for Stakeholders Capital, a financial services firm specializing in sustainable, responsible investing. Her career began in NYC at Random House in the editorial and marketing departments of Fodor’s Travel guides. She then worked at several boutique public relations agencies as well as in-house for major consumer brands. Since moving to Amherst, MA to raise her family, she has put her professional skills to work as a volunteer for a variety of community based non-profits.
Ryan M. Acton, Board Member
Ryan is a Data Scientist for a prominent software and technology company based in the Washington DC area. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology (2010) from the University of California, Irvine, and completed his undergraduate work at The Pennsylvania State University. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area and now living in Washington DC, Ryan enjoys trips to the dog park and being outdoors with his rescue dogs, Allie and Madison.
Sarah Bleichfeld, Board Member
Sarah received her Master’s degree in viola performance from the University of Massachusetts, and has performed throughout the country, as well as internationally. As the Visitor Services Coordinator at the Yiddish Book Center, and a founding member of a number of chamber music groups, she has extensive experience in arts administration and event management. Sarah enjoys performing all types of music, teaching, and spending time with her rescue dogs, Ella and Max.
Dane Letcavage, Technical Consultant
Dane earned his Master’s degree in Public Policy (2012) as well as his undergraduate degree in Comparative Politics and World History from Clark University (2011). As a technologist and creative marketer for a well-known e-commerce company, he works with a myriad of companies to launch new marketing partnerships and technology driven strategies. In his free time, he volunteers with local Boston youth serving non-profits that give kids opportunities to work with and enjoy technology.