Commissioner Biographies

Andrew Churchill, Chair:

Amherst School Committee, 2004-2010 (chair 2006-2010); Director of the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative; Town Meeting Member

Thomas Fricke:

Teacher of U.S. History, Economics, and Constitutional Law, Amherst Regional High School

Margaret Gage:

Amherst Native; Founder, Peach Development Fund & The Proteus Fund; Town Meeting Member

Nicholas Grabbe, Clerk:

Editor and writer for the Amherst Bulletin and Daily Hampshire Gazette, 1980-2013

Mandi Jo Hanneke, Vice Chair:

Town Meeting Electronic Voting Task Force (2015-2016); Rental Bylaw Implementation Group; Inactive Attorney; Board Member, Pioneer Valley Symphony (President 2012-2015); Town Meeting Member

Irvin Rhodes:

Amherst School Committee, 2010-2013 (chair 2011-2012); Consultant; President, Rotary Club; Board Member, A Better Chance & New England Public Radio; Town Meeting Member

Julia Rueschemeyer:

Divorce Attorney & Mediator in Amherst & Springfield; Town Meeting Member

Diana Stein:

Amherst Select Board, 2008-2014; Amherst Board of Health, 1983-1992; Community Preservation Act Committee; Retired Professor of Biology, Mount Holyoke College; Town Meeting Member

Gerald Weiss:

Amherst Select Board, 2004-2010 (chair 2008); Psychotherapist, Amherst; Town Meeting Member