Sunday January 6, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- Elder Services of Berkshire County has named John Lutz as its new executive director. He will join the agency here on Jan. 22.

Lutz has been executive director for the past two years of Highland Valley Elder Services in Florence. The nonprofit elder-services agency serves 24 towns in Western Massachusetts.

Elder Services of Berkshire County serves all of this county’s 30 town and two cities.

Previously, Lutz was associate director of community development at Highland Valley for five years. In this position, he was responsible for nutrition, money management, supportive housing, protective services, caring community build and ombudsman programs.

Before his time at Highland Valley, Lutz worked in various capacities for Tapestry Health, Inc. in Florence; was chief operating officer for the homeless agency Union Mission in Savannah, Ga., and president and CEO for Parent and Child Development Services, Inc., which is also in Savannah.

He holds a master’s degree in public policy and management from the H. John Heinz III College of Carnegie Mellon University, a graduate diploma in business and industrial administration from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.

Elder Services Board President Stephen M. Long, Jr. said that Lutz "brings an impressive background to his new role including almost a decade of leadership in a similar organization.

Green acknowledged "the dedication and leadership of Nicholas Kirchner, who stepped in as interim director of Elder Services here in April of this year, when the previous executive director, Robert Dean, resigned,

Lutz expects to commute from the home near Florence that he shares with his wife and children.