Amid entrenched pandemic, Berkshire nonprofits' resilience tested

NORTH ADAMS — During the coronavirus pandemic, Berkshire County largely has turned to nonprofits to meet communities' needs. Yet, as increased joblessness, social isolation and health risks …

Local Bed Bath & Beyond store to remain open PITTSFIELD — Bed Bath & Beyond on Wednesday announced the first 63 stores that it plans to close by the end of the year, but the chain's Pittsfield outlet is not among them. The chain is …
Manufacturing virtual job fair scheduled The MassHire Franklin-Hampshire Workforce Board will hold a manufacturing virtual job fair Sept. 28-30. Nearly 100 jobs will be available. Ten employers located in Franklin or Hampshire counties that …
Initiative to support women-owned restaurants Chef and restaurateur Joanne Chang has joined the Massachusetts Conference for Women and the Massachusetts Restaurant Association to announce a new $250,000 initiative to award grants to dozens of …
Foundation contributes $1 million for COVID relief PITTSFIELD — Due to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Berkshire Bank Foundation has contributed more than $1 million to collaborative efforts supporting nonprofit …
Webinar on navigating workplace bias GREAT BARRINGTON — The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires will host a two-hour webinar, "Navigating Bias in the Workplace" with Gwendolyn VanSant of Multicultural BRIDGE at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 via …
Feuer chosen employee of the year GREAT BARRINGTON — Mary Feuer, assistant director of the Women, Infants and Children and Family Services programs at Community Health Programs, has been named CHP's 2020 Employee of the …
Willey joins CHP Lee Family Practice GREAT BARRINGTON — Family Nurse Practitioner Rita M. Willey has joined the clinical care team at CHP Lee Family Practice. Willey has practiced since 2012 at Fairview Medical in Great …
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Executive Spotlight
Executive Spotlight: Katherine Grubbs, attorney in charge, Committee for Public Counsel Services PITTSFIELD — Long hours, low pay, constantly fighting uphill against often-long odds. It's not easy to be a public defender representing indigent defendants in state courts. Those who choose …
Executive Spotlight: Michelle Lopez, executive director, Berkshire Immigrant Center PITTSFIELD — If you're looking on a map for Michelle Lopez's hometown in the Catskills, you probably won't find it. Greenville, N.Y., is that tiny, she says. Cultural diversity in a town of …
Executive Spotlight: Deborah Leonczyk, executive director of the Berkshire Community Action Council PITTSFIELD — Maybe it's the type of work that she does, or maybe it's just her personality. But, whatever the reason, Deborah Leonczyk would rather talk about the organization she heads and her …
Executive Spotlight: Malia Lazu, executive vice president/chief experience and culture officer at Berkshire Bank PITTSFIELD — Malia Lazu is an example of the cultural diversity that exists in America but, historically, is not found in the banking industry. Lazu, an Afro-Latina whose father is Black …
Executive Spotlight: Ty Allan Jackson, founder of Ty Allan Jackson LLC PITTSFIELD — When Ty Allan Jackson was growing up in the Bronx in New York City, he used to take books with him to the park and read while his friends were playing basketball. "My mother was …
Executive Spotlight: Cynthia Pansing, executive director of Berkshire Agricultural Ventures PITTSFIELD — Farmers and others who are involved in local agriculture have found a financial ally in Berkshire Agricultural Ventures. Since it transitioned from a program of other …
Executive Spotlight: Tony Mazzeo, co-owner of Mazzeo's Ristorante PITTSFIELD — Running a restaurant is never easy. An eatery's average life span is five years. About 60 percent of restaurants close in their first year of operation, and nearly 80 percent …
Executive Spotlight: Carolyn Valli, CEO of Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity PITTSFIELD — Carolyn Valli moved around a lot as a child. But, all that rootlessness helped the native of New York's Capital District learn the value and the power of homeownership. That …
Executive Spotlight: Laurie Lane-Zucker, CEO of of Impact Entrepreneur PITTSFIELD — Investing isn't always about just making money. The financial return can be balanced with a social or environmental component, something that creates a positive outcome, maybe in …
Executive Spotlight: Chris Post, owner, Wandering Star Craft Brewery PITTSFIELD — Chris Post was looking to upgrade his home-brewing equipment while living in New York City 17 years ago when he found the contents of a since-expired brewpub in Michigan for sale …
Executive Spotlight: Deborah Gallant, executive director of Berkshire County chapter of Entrepreneurship for All PITTSFIELD — Deborah Gallant had worked independently as a business coach for 15 years. But, when an opportunity to head a business growth-related organization came up last year, she jumped at …
Executive Spotlight: Andy Perenick, broker/owner of Berkshire Dream Home PITTSFIELD — Andy Perenick's father and brother served as police officers, and he originally followed them into that line of work. But, his father-in-law, former Berkshire Realtor Al Gelinas, …
Executive Spotlight: Christine Macbeth, president, CEO of The Brien Center PITTSFIELD — Christine Macbeth likes to place these three words on her computer's screen saver: "Keep hope alive." Those words are especially meaningful in social work, which Macbeth is …
Executive Spotlight: Cheryl Mirer, executive director, Downtown Pittsfield Inc. PITTSFIELD — Cheryl Mirer has an eclectic professional resume. Mirer, a painter, has held positions in the arts and in education, headed two small community libraries, served as a volunteer …
Executive Spotlight: Cynthia Pansing, executive director of Berkshire Agricultural Ventures PITTSFIELD — Farmers and others who are involved in local agriculture have found a financial ally in Berkshire Agricultural Ventures. Since it transitioned from a program of other …
Executive Spotlight: Jeromy Richardson, CEO of EDM PITTSFIELD — Jeromy Richardson didn't take the traditional route to his position as CEO of EDM, an engineering, architectural and design firm based in Pittsfield. Richardson holds a college …
Executive Spotlight: Sandra Carroll, CEO of Berkshire County Board of Realtors PITTSFIELD — Sandra Carroll grew up around real estate because her father was a Realtor. But, Carroll had no experience in the field at all until she answered an ad seeking an executive officer …
Executive Spotlight: Leea Foran, owner of Foranimals PITTSFIELD — Leea Foran didn't own a dog while growing up, because the apartment complex she lived in didn't allow them. But, whenever her family visited someone who had one, "I just spent my …
Executive Spotlight: Barbara Vacarr, CEO of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge PITTSFIELD — Therapist, college president, leader of a large nonprofit. Barbara Vacarr has served in all of those capacities during her professional career.
Executive Spotlight: Tim Burke of Mill Town Capital PITTSFIELD — Like many young people who grew up here in the early 2000s, Tim Burke thought he had seen the last of the Berkshires when he graduated from high school. The local economy was …
Executive Spotlight: Orion Howard, co-founder and owner of Bright Ideas Brewing To say that Orion Howard is a busy man would be an understatement. The oncologist based in Northampton is the co-founder and owner of Bright Ideas Brewing at the Massachusetts Museum of …
Executive Spotlight: George Haddad, president of Haddad Dealerships of the Berkshires PITTSFIELD — George Haddad is the third-generation owner of one of Berkshire County's largest auto dealerships, but his father and grandfather originally didn't want him to join the family …
Executive Spotlight: Paul LeBlanc, founder and CEO of Zogics PITTSFIELD — Paul LeBlanc always wanted to be an entrepreneur. But, it took awhile for him to hit on the right formula. For a long time, his greatest success occurred in cycling — a three-time U.S. Junior national champion who made the U.S. national cycling team in the early 1990s. Then, the Waltham native invented a citrus-based cleaning wipe to help cyclists clean their hands of grime after changing a flat tire while on the road. That product led LeBlanc to launch Zogics ...
Executive Spotlight: Shawn Kinney, CEO of Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing PITTSFIELD — Shawn Kinney lived in Pittsfield while he was studying for his doctorate in chemistry at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the early 1990s. But, at the time, there were no …
Executive Spotlight: Judie Culver, owner of Purple Plume PITTSFIELD — It doesn't take long to learn Judie Culver's favorite color. She arrives for an interview either clad in or toting several items that are colored purple. They include purple …
Executive Spotlight: William Caligari Jr., co-owner, William Caligari Interiors PITTSFIELD — William Caligari Jr. was 13 when his parents sent him to a day camp in Great Barrington. He was the only local kid there. Everyone else came from the New York City …
Executive Spotlight: Amelia 'Lia' Spiliotes, CEO of Community Health Programs PITTSFIELD — Amelia "Lia" Spiliotes knows what it's like to come in from the outside, on a temporary basis, to help restructure an entity that is struggling. As a senior adviser and partner …
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PITTSFIELD — Bed Bath & Beyond on Wednesday announced the first 63 stores that it plans to close by the end of the year, but the chain's Pittsfield outlet is not among them. The chain is … more
The MassHire Franklin-Hampshire Workforce Board will hold a manufacturing virtual job fair Sept. 28-30. Nearly 100 jobs will be available. Ten employers located in Franklin or Hampshire counties that … more
Chef and restaurateur Joanne Chang has joined the Massachusetts Conference for Women and the Massachusetts Restaurant Association to announce a new $250,000 initiative to award grants to dozens of … more
PITTSFIELD — Due to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Berkshire Bank Foundation has contributed more than $1 million to collaborative efforts supporting nonprofit … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires will host a two-hour webinar, "Navigating Bias in the Workplace" with Gwendolyn VanSant of Multicultural BRIDGE at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 via … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Mary Feuer, assistant director of the Women, Infants and Children and Family Services programs at Community Health Programs, has been named CHP's 2020 Employee of the … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Family Nurse Practitioner Rita M. Willey has joined the clinical care team at CHP Lee Family Practice. Willey has practiced since 2012 at Fairview Medical in Great … more
PITTSFIELD — Shaun Hall has been named director of employment services at Berkshire County Arc. He will oversee BCArc's community-based employment services — which include more than 120 … more
LENOX — Debra M. Allen, a registered nurse and certified case manager with 25 years of experience, has joined Almgren Law's Life Care team as a care coordinator. "We're thrilled to bring Deb … more
PITTSFIELD — The Berkshire Innovation Center will hold a virtual panel discussion on Wednesday in conjunction with the showing of the first episode of "Project Frontline" a documentary series … more

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