Cold Spring/Swift River  Parent Teacher Organization
BELCHERTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS


















Executive Board 2019-2021
Each office is held for a 2 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. 


2018-20    Co-President: Emily Bambacus, ebambacus@cssrpto.org

Hello! I’m Emily Bambacus and I’m serving as co-president again for the 2019-20 school year. I have a daughter in first grade and my youngest will be starting K in Fall 2020. I have enjoyed working with the PTO and meeting new families and school staff. Professionally, I am a pediatric and educational audiologist in CT.  During my free time (is there such a thing as a parent?) I enjoy doing arts and crafts and reading. My family also enjoys spending time outside.


2019-21    Co-Secretary: Lyn Girard, lgirard@cssrpto.org
Hi I am Lyn Girard.  I am a reading teacher at Swift River Elementary School.  I have raised my family here in town.  I look forward to working with the PTO.


2019-21    Co-Secretary: Jennifer Harris, 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 serving on the PTO board as co-secretary. 


2019-21    Social Media & Communications Manager: Karen Miller, kmiller@cssrpto.org
Hello, My name is Karen Miller.  In 2019, I volunteered to take on a role co-organizing the Teacher, Staff, and Bus Driver Appreciation Week. I really enjoyed getting to know other parents in our community and meeting all the amazing educators and staff during the appreciation luncheons etc.   I was so impressed by how many people were willing to lend a hand to make it a success! I soon saw how my skills could be used at the PTO and I chose to get even more involved.  In my free time I enjoy yoga, reading, music festivals, traveling to new places, and spending time with my family.  The CSSR PTO is a great group of people who really care about our schools and kids.  My greatest hope is that I can help other parents get involved in the PTO by revamping our website and creating new social media channels for fast and efficient communication.  If you have ideas, please contact me! 


2019-21    Co-President: Ashley O'Connor, aoconnor@cssrpto.org
My name is Ashley O’Connor, my husband and I moved to town in 2013 and we have been running a business and raising a family here ever since. I started working with the PTO in 2018 when I took on the position of coordinator of the mixed bag fundraiser. I quickly learned that the PTO was a great place to volunteer in the schools. I enjoyed working with the parents and staff during the fundraiser and I look forward to continuing to work together, while helping the schools to assist our kids in their journey.


2020-2022    Co-Treasurer: Julie Bowder, jbowder@cssrpto.org

My name is Julie Bowder, my son Ethan Bowder is 1st 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 helping out with CSSR PTO.


2020-2022    Co-Treasurer: Meghan Mazzaferro, mmazzaferro@cssrpto.org
​Hello, I’m Meghan Mazzaferro. I am a mother of 2 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 Adirondack mountains.