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Trevor McCarthy

Trevor McCarthy

Jessica West

Jessica West

Erin Cleary

Erin Cleary

Published: 01-03-2024 1:59 PM

Move to Heal Recovery Program opens in S. Hadley

SOUTH HADLEY — Move to Heal, a nonprofit that supports people who are facing mental health issues, addiction and other life challenges by offering free group exercise, recovery meetings, nutritional coaching and mental health counseling, is opening a location in South Hadley on Saturday at SVG Athletics, located at 749 New Ludlow Road. No reservations or sign-ups are required.

Free group workout sessions, held every Saturday at 10 a.m., are open to anyone facing anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, post-partum or other life challenges. Participants take part in a 30-minute workout catered to all fitness levels, followed by a one-hour support meeting. Free individual therapy with a licensed therapist is also offered, by appointment. Those who attend regularly qualify for free gym memberships and free nutritional coaching, as Move to Heal believes that exercise, commitment and repetition create healthy habits.

Move to Heal partners with gyms to provide a comfortable and welcoming environment with free fitness classes, followed by non-denominational group recovery meetings. Participants bond on a physical level during workouts and on an emotional level at meetings.

Two promotions at bankESB

EASTHAMPTON — BankESB recently promoted Jessica West to assistant vice president/branch officer of its 36 Main St., office in Easthampton. The bank has also promoted Trevor McCarthy to float retail manager.

West, of Hadley, has 31 years of banking experience. She was previously assistant vice president/branch manager in Amherst. Before that, she was branch manager at the Northampton Street office in Easthampton, and before that, assistant branch manager at the Belchertown office. She started at bankESB in 2002 as senior teller in Belchertown.

West has an associate degree in mechanical technologies from Springfield Technical Community College. She has been actively involved with the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst and Craigs Doors, helping to prepare free community breakfasts every week. West also volunteers at the Amherst Survival Center. She is currently a board member of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.

McCarthy, of Chicopee, has three years of banking experience and joined bankESB in 2020 as a teller. In his new role, he will manage the float staff at bankESB. He will be based in Easthampton but will float to all bankESB branches to support with supervisory needs.

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McCarthy has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Westfield State University.

Greenfield Co-op promotes Cleary

SOUTH HADLEY — Greenfield Cooperative Bank has promoted Erin Cleary to branch manager of its South Hadley branch.

Cleary joined Greenfield Cooperative Bank in August 2022 as a teller and was promoted to head teller four months later. In July 2023, she was named assistant manager.

Cleary attended Greenfield Community College and lives in Northampton.

Greenfield Co-op grants Empty Arms Bereavement $5K

Greenfield Cooperative Bank’s nomination of Empty Arms Bereavement, an organization that offers compassionate support to families experiencing pregnancy or infant loss, has resulted in a $5,000 grant from the Massachusetts Bankers Association Community Service Grant Program.

This year, the MBA Charitable Foundation awarded 41 grants, totaling $152,500 to nonprofit organizations across the state. Empty Arms’ dedication to grieving families stood out amongst the many nominations, earning them this vital funding.

UMassFive recognized for outstanding performance in investment services

HADLEY — UMassFive College Federal Credit Union (UMassFive) and its team of CUSO Financial Services (CFS) Financial Advisors have been recognized with the Gold Keystone Award in the medium-sized financial institution category for 2022.

This annual award recognizes CFS programs with the highest ratio of GDC per $1 million of total deposits. This is the second year in a row that UMassFive has received this honor. In addition, UMassFive Financial Advisor, Aimee Marden, has also been recognized for her contributions to this GDC ratio with a CFS bronze Pacesetter Award for 2022.

UMassFive has offered retirement planning and investment services as a complimentary benefit to their members and the local community for over 15 years. The department is led by financial advisors Marden, Dana Graham and Sam Einzig and supported by Senior Investment Advisor Assistant Emi Lee.