Amanda Doster has been named the new director of The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival. A long-time resident of the Pioneer Valley, Doster has a background in the arts, education, and community service organizing. She holds degrees in literature and writing from Brown University and the University of New Hampshire. She joins the staff at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation where, in addition to directing the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, she will also be coordinating Jewish Culture Connect and the Unsung Hero Awards. She succeeds Janet Kaplan Bucciarelli, who accepted a position at Continuing and Professional Education at UMASS Amherst.