Cassiel is a native New Yorker who has made her home in the Valley for the last 15 years. During that time she earned her BA in Child Development and Eastern Philosophy from Hampshire College, and her MSW from the Smith College School for Social Work. While at Smith, she was selected to participate in the school's first international field placement in Chiang Mai, Thailand. For the past seven years, Cassiel has practiced throughout the Pioneer Valley, providing clinical support to women and children, most recently as a School Adjustment Counselor at the Northampton High School. She will join the Deerfield community with her husband David and their son, Frederick.