Michele D'Amour

PTC Board of Directors Chair

Michelle D'Amour

Michele D’Amour is the Educational Partnership Administrator for Big Y Foods Inc., a family owned supermarket chain that currently operates 61 stores throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut and employs over 10,000 people.

Michele began working for Big Y as a cashier while working her way through college. A graduate of Westfield State College, she holds a Master’s Degree in Education from American International College. She has had a variety of teaching experiences and has also worked at the college level supervising student teachers.

In her role as Educational Partnership Administrator, along with other responsibilities, Mrs. D’Amour has been responsible for managing a variety of community educational initiatives.

Mrs. D’Amour currently serves on the board of Assumption College and has served on many boards and committees over the years and has a long record of philanthropy, primarily focused on education and the arts.

Michele serves as Chairperson of the board on the Parent Television Council, a national, non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. She also serves as a Corporator and Collections Committee member of the Springfield Museums. Michele has served on the board of the Springfield Diocesan Schools, and as a past member of Chapter 1 Parent Advisory Council, past member of the Diocesan School Board, and founding member of her town’s Cultural Commission.

Inspired by Pope John Paul II’s encyclical on Faith and Reason, Michele & her husband, Donald, co-founded the Fides et Ratio grant competition for small Catholic Colleges, as well as the on-going Fides et Ratio summer faculty seminars under the auspices of the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington D.C. Along with the Faith & Reason Seminars, the couple has demonstrated their commitment to faith, health, education and the arts through many philanthropic gifts, including the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, The D’Amour Cancer Center, Assumption College, Community Music School of Springfield, Cathedral High School and St. Michael’s Academy.

Mrs. D’Amour has received much recognition for her philanthropic work including an honorary doctorate of human letters from Assumption College, The National Catholic Education Association’s Elizabeth Seton Award and the Association of Fundraising Professional’s Outstanding Philanthropist Award. She has been married to her husband Donald for over 40 years. They have five children and eleven grandchildren.