About Us


The Cold Spring/Swift River Parent Teacher Organization is a 100% volunteer-operated certified 501(c)(3) charitable organization, started in September 2005. Our Mission Statement is "Working together to assist our children on their academic journey." We strive to achieve this goal by being an active part of our school community. 

Every parent, caregiver, and educator with students in, or who works at, either Swift River or Cold Spring School is automatically a member of the PTO. To become involved, attend a meeting, join a committee, and/or let us know how you can help by sending an email.

Working together to assist our children on their academic journey

Cold Spring/Swift River PTO

Executive Board 2021-2022

Each office is held for a two-year period, with a co-president and treasurer election in odd years and a co-president and secretary election in even years. Terms shall begin on July 1 and continue until June 30 of the year the term expires. Each Executive Board Member has one equal vote, regardless of serving dual roles, if applicable. Please refer to the CSSR PTO By-Laws for more specific information. 

​2021-2023    Social Media & Communications Manager: Nicole Dunham | email: ndunham@cssrpto.org
Hi! I'm Nicole Dunham, mother of two daughters, one of whom is a rising second-grader at Swift River Elementary. Professionally I work as an Administrative & Operations Director for a research institute at UMass. I'm looking forward to working with the PTO as social media and communications manager so that I can help keep our community informed of opportunities to support our students, teachers, and staff at CSS and SRE. I've lived in Belchertown with my husband since 2012 and our daughters are Eleanor, age 8, and Adeline who is three. 

2021-2023    Co-Secretary: Natalie Santana | email: nsantana@cssrpto.org

Hi, my name is Natalie Santana and I have a strong-willed 4-year-old daughter who attends Cold Spring School. I own my own business called Rey of Sunshine Shop and enjoy it incredibly so. I’ve lived in Belchertown since 2002, and have served on a few town committees, including the Anti Bullying Task Force. A graduate of BHS, I went through the whole school system in town myself, including CSS and SRE. I look forward to being a part of the PTO and the rest of this school year!

2021-2023    Co-Secretary: Jennifer Harris | email: jharris@cssrpto.org
Hello! My name is Jen Harris and I’m a Special Education Teacher at Swift River Elementary School. I’ve been working for Belchertown Public Schools since 2006. I have been involved in various committees and events in the community throughout my years in town. I looking forward to continuing to serve on the PTO board as co-secretary. 

2020-2022    Co-Treasurer: Julie Bowder | email: jbowder@cssrpto.org
My name is Julie Bowder, my son Ethan Bowder is a third-grade student at Swift River Elementary, I own Accurate Accounting Service LLC in West Springfield MA. We process roughly 2000 tax returns per year (including some of the staff at Swift River Elementary). I have served as a treasurer for 4 years with Zonta of Quaboag Valley (a group of professional women working to advance the status of women worldwide). I look forward to continuing to help with CSSR PTO.

2020-2022    Co-Treasurer: Meghan Mazzaferro | email: mmazzaferro@cssrpto.org
​Hello, I’m Meghan Mazzaferro. I am a mother of two daughters in the Belchertown schools and I teach first grade at Swift River. Outside of teaching, my husband and I are busy bringing the girls to their sporting events and activities. My favorite place to visit with my family is the beach or the Adirondack mountains. 

2020-2022    Co-President: Marisa Gray | email: mgray@cssrpto.org
Hi there! My name is Marisa Gray. My husband and I moved to town in 2013 when we were expecting our twins. We had our son two years later all three will attend Swift River in the fall. My husband is a Journeyman Lineman and I am a former middle school math teacher turned stay-at-home mom and homesteader. I look forward to continuing working as co-president of the PTO with the schools, families, and community to fundraise for some amazing things!

2021-2023    Co-President: Casey Nadeau | email: cnadeau@cssrpto.org
Hi, my name is Casey Nadeau. I am so excited to begin working closely with the PTO this year. My children William and Charlotte are 7 and 4. We have called Belchertown home since Charlotte was born. I am also a Physical Education Teacher in Chicopee. I believe strongly in the home/school connection and look forward to making the next school year a success!