PITTSFIELD -- The Berkshire Leadership Program recently graduated its Class of 2014, which consists of 30 professionals that have diverse backgrounds.

The program, an initiative of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, in its 17th year. There are now 452 graduates of the program, which seeks to prepare, involve, and sustain leaders who are committed and competent to address community challenges and improve the quality of life in the Berkshires.

This year’s 11-week program began with a two-day kickoff retreat at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in late March.

Following the retreat, participants toured Berkshire County on a daylong economic development bus tour, and attended eight weekly, four-hour evening sessions that focused on topics that define a community, such as health care, workforce development, energy & environment. At each session local experts addressed the class, allowing them to effectively connect with community leaders throughout the program.

The participants were tasked with completing an economic development class project of their choosing. The Class of 2014 promoted awareness of the Berkshire Train Campaign. To learn more about their class project, visit www.berkshirechamber.com/blp.

The following individuals are in the Class of 2014:

Katrina Cardillo, Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc.; Katelyn Chaffee, Iredale Mineral Cosmetics; Catherine Chester, Hellman Shearn & Arienti LLP; Matthew Chester, RBC Wealth Management; Joseph Choon, Advantage Employee Network, a Division of BCArc; James Clark, Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc.; Valerie Conte, The Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America; Jesse Cook-Dubin, Cohen Kinne Valicenti & Cook LLP; Megan Cromer, Massachusetts Department of Transportation; Brian Cruey, Berkshire Botanical Garden; James Czarnecki, Taking Shape via Indoor/ Outdoor Fitness; Mary Deely, Darrow School; Jonathan Denmark, Berkshire Bank; Julia Dixon, Berkshire Creative; and Gary Fuls, G. Fuls Jr. Real Estate Corp.

Also, Sarah Gaffey, MountainOne Bank; Krystle Gallo, General Dynamics-AIS; Linda Gaspardi-Febles, Coakley Pierpan Dolan & Collins Ins. Agency, Inc.; Danielle Giulian, AdvoCare; Joshua Hampton, Multicultural BRIDGE; Kathryn Jensen, CoHear Projects, LLC; Aimee Knysh, The Berkshire Eagle; Bethany Kralovic, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort; Marybeth Mitts, Williams College; Melissa O’Neil, The Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America; Kate Reardon, Interprint Inc.; Rudy Sacco, General Dynamics-AIS; Heidi Weber, Berkshire Community College Catherine VanBramer, City of Pittsfield; and Leonid Yantovsky, Pittsfield Cooperative Bank.