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Friday May 25, 2012

Pittsfield: Dentist to head state society

Michael Wasserman, a general dentist from Pittsfield, has been elected President-Elect of the Massachusetts Dental Society.

A member of the MDS since 1983, Dr. Wasserman previously served as MDS vice president and also as the Berkshire District Dental Society Trustee on the MDS board of trustees.

Wasserman is a past treasurer and chairman of the Berkshire District Dental Society. He is currently a member of the MDS Budget and Fiscal Planning Committee, and he volunteers for the Yankee Dental Congress.

Wasserman received his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his dental degree from New York University College of Dentistry in 1979. He served in the U.S. Army as a general dentist at Fort McClellan, Ala., before moving to Pittsfield in 1983. He maintains a private practice at 54 Wendell Ave.

Williamstown: Financial adviser joins firm

John T. Turner has joined True North Financial Services as a senior financial adviser, president and CEO Rob Abel has announced.

As a financial adviser, Turner will be responsible for managing investment portfolios for individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations. Turner has decades of experience in the investment industry, most recently concentrating on retirement issues of public sector employees in Berkshire County.

Prior to joining True North, Turner worked as a retirement specialist with both Nationwide Retirement Solutions and American Express Financial Advisors in Pittsfield. He also has an extensive background in banking.

Sharon: Land trust names new president

The Trustees of Reservations, a statewide land trust that manages several tracts in Berkshire County, has named Barbara Erickson as its next president.

She succeeds Andrew Kendall, who had served as president for 12 years. Erickson was selected from a wide field of candidates following a nationwide search by the Boston firm of Isaacson, Miller. She will join the Trustees in July.

Erickson comes to the Trustees from Save The Children, where she served as vice president of the international nonprofit overseeing that organization's fundraising and engagement functions. A former longtime Boston resident, Erickson also spent six years as Chief Development Officer at the Boston-based EarthWatch Institute, the world's premier environmental volunteer organization.


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