Sunday July 28, 2013

PITTSFIELD Berkshire Creative has elected three officers to its board of directors who have all begun new terms as the organizations president, vice president, and president-elect.

Van Shields, executive director of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, has been elected president; John Toole of L.V. Toole Insurance Co. in Lenox, vice president; and Megan Whilden, Pittsfields Cultural development director, president-elect. Brian Astorino will continue in his position as treasurer.

Shields succeeds Cathy Deely, who will now sit on the board as immediate past president. In addition to overseeing the organizations programs and operations, Shields will continue to serve as one of three Berkshire Creative representatives on the board of 1Berkshire Strategic Alliance.

Four new members have also been elected to the volunteer board: Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, associate professor of comparative literature, media studies, and human rights at Bard College at Simons Rock in Great Barrington; Christine Condaris, chairperson of the fine & performing arts department and professor of music at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams; Peter Garlington, director of design at Interprint, Inc. in Pittsfield; and Denis Guyer, operations manager and special projects for Iredale Mineral Cosmetics in Great Barrington.

Browdy de Hernandez is the founding director of the annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers and the editor of two anthologies of contemporary African, Latin American and Caribbean women writers.


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Condaris was co-founder and served as chair of the Northern Berkshire Creative Arts, a not-for-profit arts education organization in North Adams. A recent guest editor for an arts and medicine edition of the International Journal of User Driven Healthcare, she is also a frequent contributor to MultiCultural Journal. Condaris holds degrees in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, and a masters in musicology from New York University.

Garlingtons work includes cultivating new trends and emerging design movements for use in business, retail, and hospitality environments as well as other applications where people live, work, learn and relax. Garlington also has his own design/build studio focusing on furniture and design objects.

Guyer is a lifelong resident of the Berkshires who served three terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011. He served on the legislatures Joint Committee for Tourism and Cultural Development. Guyer, who also served two terms on the Dalton Board of Selectmen, lives with his family in Pittsfield.