Jackson named to Greylock FCU's board

Tyrone A. Jackson has been selected as the newest member of the Greylock Federal Credit Union's volunteer board of directors, the financial institution has announced.

Jackson fills the seat vacated by former President and CEO Marilyn L. Sperling, who retired in October. He has served on Greylock's supervisory committee for the past year.

Jackson is head of Big Head Books LLC, a literacy organization that he founded in 2011.

His previous experience includes positions with four Berkshire businesses, and a firm in Little Ferry, N.J.

NBT promotes Durkee to executive vice president

Matthew K. Durkee has been promoted to executive vice president at NBT Bank, according to president and CEO Martin Dietrich.

Durkee joined NBT in 2009 to lead the bank's expansion into Vermont and establish a regional headquarters in Burlington. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the banking industry.

Prior to joining NBT, Durkee served as senior vice president of regional financial services and president of Chittenden Canada for People's United Bank in Bridgeport, Conn., and its predecessor, Chittenden Bank, in Burlington, Vt.


A resident of Williston, Vt., Durkee holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Green Mountain College and a graduate degree in banking from the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Berkshire Life grants $127,000 to nonprofits

The Berkshire Life Charitable Foundation has awarded $127,437 in grant funding to 27 local organizations that support a broad variety of programs for Berkshirer County citizens living with disabilities.

Since its inception in 2001, the foundation has awarded more than 320 grant containing a cumlative financial contribution to the community of over $1.5 million.

Requests for applications for 2016 grants can be made to Chrissy Gage, Berkshire Life Charitable Foundation, at 413-395-4861, or christine_gage@glic.com.

Founded in 2001 by the Guardian Berkshire Life Insuance Company, the Berkshire Life Charitable Foundation helps those with disabilities. Berkshire Life is located at 700 South St.