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Our Staff

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Amie G. Miarecki
President
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Amy Alaimo
Entrepreneurial Pathways Director
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Amie joined JAWM as president in November of 2023. Prior to this position, she was an executive director for an assisted living facility and director of community relations and marketing for several local non-profit organizations. She brings over 22 years of experience working in health and human services concentrating on serving vulnerable and underserved populations with her strengths in marketing, resource development, and advocacy.

Before returning to where she grew up in Western Massachusetts in 2013, she worked and volunteered in the Greater Boston Area for over twelve years. She holds a Master of Science degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication with a Specialization in Leadership from The College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

She believes in giving back to the community by fostering inclusivity and a strong economy. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors and Ambassador Committee for the East of the River Chamber of Commerce and on the Legislative Steering Committee and Workplace and Workforce Subcommittee for the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the Business Segment Committee for Living Local 413, the Rotary Club of Ludlow, Springfield City Library’s Civic and Community Engagement Committee, and the Financial Education Network Committee. She is the former president of the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield’s (YPS) Board of Directors, and a former board member of the Professional Women’s Chamber, the Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs’ Agawam Junior Women’s Club, and MotherWoman. 

She has a certification from the Comprehensive Outreach Education Certificate Program from the Community Health Education Center of The Boston Public Health Commission. Amie also received The Boston Public Health Commission John Auerbach Team Award for Innovations in Public Health and a BusinessWest 40 Under Forty Award.

She lives in East Longmeadow with her husband and their daughter. 

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Amy Alaimo

As our Entrepreneurial Pathways Director, Amy Alaimo manages programming and provides support for students, volunteers, and community partners, especially in our CLIC. She also assists with operational tasks, such as database management and analyzing JAWM event and program evaluations to ensure quality delivery of educational experiences.

Prior to officially joining the JAWM staff in 2014, Amy served as our strategic analyst intern. She graduated from Bay Path University with a degree in psychology. Amy resides in Agawam.

Amy has long been active in the Girl Scouts and has achieved the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. These reflect a minimum of 150 hours of community service; the Gold Award is the equivalent to the Eagle Scout ranking in the Boy Scouts, and is earned by less than six percent of all Girl Scouts.

NICOLE STRATTON

Nicole Stratton is our Learning Experiences Coordinator and primarily assists with the CLIC space and as an educational specialist for school-based partnerships.

Recently retired, she is a dedicated educator who taught Business at Westfield High School for 18 years.  Some of the courses taught over her career included: Financial Literacy, Accounting, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Introduction to Business, Career Counseling and Advanced Management Marketing.  She was also co-founder and advisor for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter at Westfield High School, where students learned essential business skills and competed in national events. 

Prior to entering into education, she worked for 10 years in the private sector as a Network Administrator for KPMG and Hampden Bank, both in Downtown Springfield.  Combined, she has over 25 years of business experience between the private and public sectors and will continue to work with Junior Achievement in their CLIC center, lending support to students.
 
Nicole is married and has two grown daughters and currently resides in Agawam, MA.  Though she will miss her students at Westfield High School she is looking forward to traveling in her retirement.