Joe O’Hare joined the Board of Directors in May 2020. He was born, raised, educated, and currently resides in Holyoke. After college graduation, Joe worked for 30 years as an Operational Manager for Tyco Healthcare and Health New England. Eight years ago he changed his profession to fulltime teacher working with special needs students in Holyoke.

Joe was first introduced to The Bureau for Exceptional Children and Adults in 1977, some 42 years ago, and joined a young group of volunteers that helped facilitate the beginning of Jericho’s Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program. Joe’s passion for horses coupled with his interest in helping the local disabled population became a lifelong priority and he has remained a part of the Jericho family to the present day.

As Jericho grew in size with many new programs created for the Western Massachusetts disabled community, Joe also became a volunteer for the Special Religious Education Program, The Jericho Players Theatrical Group as well as helping with the square dance groups and Bingo Fundraisers. He also became an advocate for parents in need of help with their children's religious and liturgical growth.

“Father Wagner and Sr. Joan Magnani played an important part in my teen years as mentors and teachers with my faith with God. They helped me and numerous other teen volunteers shape our moral, ethical, and religious belief systems by their dedication to the critical need for religious education classes and services for people with special needs in Western Massachusetts. Our growth as young adults was positively influenced by the religious growth and inclusion of programs long overdue for the special needs community. My experience working with the special needs population at Jericho was an integral part of my career change as a teacher of students with different abilities. I look forward to working on the Board of Directors and giving back to a community that has blessed my life exponentially."

 

Bill Page, President

Bill Page, President

Bill was raised in Holyoke.  He first became acquainted with Jericho in 1978 as a volunteer, he...

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Bob Suprenant, Treasurer

Bob Suprenant, Treasurer

Bob Suprenant has been practicing as a certified public accountant for 30 years, is the father of tw...

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Kerry Jo Nagle, Secretary

Kerry Jo Nagle, Secretary

Kerry Jo Nagle is secretary of the Board of Directors at Jericho and is on the golf committee. Kerry...

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Maureen Lempke

Maureen Lempke

Maureen is a Holyoke resident and has been a supporter of Jericho since the 1970's and 80's working ...

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Jill Tellier

Jill Tellier

Jill lives in Southampton and is married with two daughters. She has been teaching for 24 years and ...

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Erin Paul

Erin Paul

Erin (Ottomaniello Egan) Paul was born and raised in Holyoke, where she attended both Mater Dolorosa...

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Dan Lawry

Dan Lawry

Dan Lawry joined the Jericho Board in 2002. Over the years he has served as a past President and is ...

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Ray Hershel

Ray Hershel

Ray Hershel is the dean of Western Massachusetts television journalists.Ray Hershel is the dean of W...

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Tina Edwards

Tina Edwards

Tina was born and raised in Holyoke, attending Blessed Sacrament and Holyoke Catholic High School, d...

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Joe O'Hare

Joe O'Hare

Joe O’Hare joined the Board of Directors in May 2020. He was born, raised, educated, and currently r...

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