Meet the Board

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Jennifer Remillard, President

Jennifer Remillard, a triple alumna of Bay Path University, completed her MBA in 2015. A resident of Deerfield since 2014, her ancestors, the Stebbins, Catlin and Corse families, resided in Deerfield in the 1670s.

She is a member of both the Deerfield Historical Commission & Deerfield 350th Steering Committee. In 2021, she was appointed as an alternate member of the Deerfield ZBA.

Jennifer is the former owner of Sassy Mamas’ Delectable Cupcakes, a dessert catering business which served western Massachusetts for over 7 years.

Her professional experience also includes: human services in support of the military; professional speaker; and business and political consultant. 

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James L. Cambias, Vice President

James L. Cambias writes science fiction and designs games. Originally from New Orleans, he was educated at the University of Chicago and lives in western Massachusetts.

 

His latest novel is The Godel Operation, from Baen Books. He started writing science fiction with A Darkling Sea, published in 2014, followed by Corsair in 2015. Baen Books released his third novel Arkad's World in 2019, and The Initiate in 2020. His short stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Shimmer, Nature, and several original anthologies; most recently in the collection Retellings of the Inland Seas.

In March 2020 his story "Treatment Option" was adapted for audio by DUST Studios, starring Danny Trejo. Mr. Cambias has written roleplaying game sourcebooks and adventures for Steve Jackson Games, Hero Games, and other publishers, and in 2003 co-founded Zygote Games. Since 2015 he has been a member of the XPrize Foundation's Science Fiction Advisory Board. Check out his blog at www.jamescambias.com.

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Tim Hilchey, Treasurer

Tim Hilchey is a news journalist. He retired from The New York Times after 25 years in New York and Paris, and returned to Western Massachusetts from New York City in 2015 to settle in Deerfield.

 

He is the chairman of the Deerfield Conservation Commission, chairman of the Deerfield Community Preservation Committee and treasurer of the Friends of Deerfield, Inc.

 

He enjoys traveling to foreign countries; reading mysteries and speculative fiction; watching and making films; and developing inventive recipes that feature produce from our local farmers.

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Christopher (Chris) Harris, Director

Christopher (Chris) Harris grew up in South Deerfield, attended public grammar and junior high school, and then attended Deerfield Academy for four years.  He graduated from Deerfield Academy as the Robert B. Crow Most Outstanding Scholar, then earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with Distinction from Cornell University. 

Mr. Harris’ professional career spans three decades in specialty chemicals/advanced materials in technical/operations, commercial and general management leadership positions, most recently as CEO & President of the NASDAQ-listed CDTi Advanced Materials Inc (formerly Clean Diesel Technologies Inc).

Since returning to Deerfield in 2019, Chris has spearheaded a major public/private-funded historical gravestone preservation project at Old Deerfield’s Laurel Hill Cemetery and serves on the Board of the Deerfield Economic Development & Industrial Corporation (DEDIC).

Chris has also served for many years on the Board of the non-profit Family and Friends of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment Association, his uncle, James Childs, having been an original Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division who parachuted into Normandy, France on June 6, 1944, then jumped into Eastern Holland in September 1944 where he was killed on Day 2 of the operation that came to be known as “A Bridge Too Far.”

Chris’ mother, Alice Childs Harris, was the last of eight generations of the Childs family name in Deerfield (1709-2018), so family and town history is forever linked.

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Stan Adams, Clerk

Stan Adams resides in Deerfield, MA. He dedicated 30 years as the Event Coordinator for Amherst College. As the Event Coordinator, he managed guests expectations by ensuring the appropriate location, funding, entertainment and staffing were maintained for each event. 

Mr. Adams dedicated 25 years to volunteering at the Holy Family Church of Deerfield. During his time there, he co-chaired their large annual craft fair; served as a member of the Pastoral Counsel; and served as a CCD teacher. Over the years involved with the Parish, he dedicated his personal time to creating beautiful flowers in his garden to be utilized in the parishes alter arrangements.