HRA is governed by an 11-member Board of Commissioners, all of whom are residents of Franklin County. Nine members are appointed by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) for five-year terms. None of the nine FRCOG appointees may be from the same town. Two commissioners are appointed by the Governor for four-year terms, or until they are replaced. The Governor’s appointees may be from any of the 26 towns in Franklin County. The Board of Commissioners typically meets at 6:00pm on the first Monday of the month at the Greenfield Savings Bank branch located on Avenue A in Turners Falls. Meetings are open to the public; it is good to call in advance to confirm the date, time and location of a meeting. All meetings will be posted in the Public Notice section of this website.


  • Chair: Jane Banks, Greenfield (FRCOG Appointee)

  • Vice Chair: Jessica Atwood, Greenfield (Governor’s Appointee)

  • Treasurer: Leslie Brown, Erving (FRCOG Appointee)


  • Sharon Cottrell, Montague (FRCOG Appointee)
  • Sonya Hamdan, Charlemont (FRCOG Appointee)
  • Bruce Parkin, Shutesbury (FRCOG Appointee)
  • Deana Prest, Northfield (FRCOG Appointee)
  • Michael Slowinski, Colrain (FRCOG Appointee)
  • Jonathan Tuttle, Shutesbury (Governor’s Appointee)

Vacancies: There are currently two vacant seats on the Board of Commissioners.


Correspondence to the Board of Directors can be mailed to:

Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment
ATTN: Board of Commissioners
42 Canal Road, Turners Falls, MA 01376

You may contact the Commissioners via phone by calling Frances Pheeny, HRA's Executive Director, at 413-863-9781 x 134.