Meet Berkshire Taconic's Staff & Board

The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation staff and board are composed of individuals deeply committed to lasting change for the betterment of the Berkshire Taconic area.

PRESIDENT

   
Peter Taylor
President
Email Peter
413.229.0370 ext. 121
   

Finance & ADMINISTRATION

     


A. J. Pietrantone
VP, Finance & Administration

Email A. J.
413.229.0370 ext. 112

Peggy Gearity
Controller
Email Peggy

413.229.0370 ext. 113

Lisa Mlynarczyk
Assistant Controller & Database Manager
Email Lisa
413.229.0370 ext. 116 


   
Cathy Glasner
Office Manager
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413.229.0370
   
     

Philanthropic Services & Programs

     
Berkshire Taconic Director of Philanthropic Services Jill Cancellieri.
Jill Cancellieri
Director of Philanthropic Services
Email Jill
413.229.0370 ext. 103
Maeve O'Dea
Program Director 
Email Maeve
413.229.0370 ext. 111

     
Emily Bronson
Community Engagement Officer for Initiatives & Special Projects
Email Emily
413.229.0370 ext. 109
Shela Hidalgo
Community Engagement Officer for Community Philanthropy
Email Shela
413.229.0370 ext. 118
Natashea Winters
Community Engagement Officer for Education & Scholarships
Email Natashea
413.229.0370 ext. 106
     
 
Danielle Benassutti
Gifts Coordinator
Email Danielle
413.229.0370 ext. 108
Brandon Williams
Grants Coordinator
Email Brandon
413.229.0370 ext. 115
 


marketing & communications

   

Justin Burke
Director of Marketing and Communications
Email Justin
413.229.0370 ext. 123
Hannah Schiff
Communications Officer
Email Hannah
413.229.0370 ext. 114
   



Berkshire  Taconic Board Treasurer Gloria Gaines Callen.
Sarah S. Stack

Chair, Clinton Corners,     NY

Robert W. Norris
Vice Chair, Great Barrington, MA
Gloria G. Callen
Treasurer, Millbrook, NY
Emilie M. Pryor
Secretary, West Cornwall, CT





Ellen Casey Boyd
West Stockbridge, MA

Peter Dillon
Great Barrington, MA
Sheldon Evans
Ghent, NY
Thaddeus Gray
Lakeville, CT




Pamela Green

Pittsfield, MA

Nancy Humphreys
Lakeville, CT
Christopher Kennan
Millerton, NY
Ellen L. Kennedy
Williamstown, MA




Michael E. MacDonald

Pittsfield, MA

Kelly A. Morgan
Pine Plains, NY
Holly J. Nelson
Millerton, NY
Henry Putzel III
Sharon, CT




Thomas S. Quinn
Salisbury, CT
David B. Rich
Lakeville, CT
Richard B. Weininger
Claverack, NY
Vera V.J. Weintraub
Germantown, NY







  • Michael H. Alderman, Salisbury, CT
  • Janet André Block, Salisbury, CT: (1991-2000)
  • Sia Arnason, Millerton, NY: (2006-2012)
  • Sally W. Berg, Ancram, NY: (2004-2013)
  • John R.H. Blum, Lakeville, CT: (1997-2004)
  • Robert Blum, Salisbury, CT*: Founded in 1987
  • Carl V. Bradford, Housatonic, MA: (1990-1999)
  • Richard J. Cantele, Lakeville, CT: (2004-2006)
  • Gail L.K. Cashen, Ghent, NY: (1998-2007)
  • Lo-Yi Chan, New York, NY: (2000-2009)
  • Dana Creel, Salisbury, CT*
  • Wendy Curtis, Millerton, NY: (1995-2004)
  • Joan K. Davidson, New York, NY  
  • Richard Dee, Salisbury, CT*
  • J. Williar "Bill" Dunlaevy, Lenox, MA: (2006-2016)
  • Joan B. Dunlop, Lakeville, CT*: (2000-2009)
  • Sally Eagle, Great Barrington, MA: (1998-1992)
  • Robert V. Edgar, New York, NY
  • Thomas P. Falus, Malden Bridge, NY
  • Susan Fillman, Charlestown, MA*
  • Rachel Fletcher, Great Barrington, MA: (1999-2008)
  • George Garfunkel, New York, NY: (1991-2000)
  • Elisabeth C. Gill, Norfolk, CT
  • Mark S. Gold, Pittsfield, MA: (1998-2005)
  • Ann Goodbody, Sharon, CT: (2007-2016)
  • Jane Grossman, Cambridge, MA: (1991-2000)
  • Eileen Halloran, Hudson, NY: (2011-2013)
  • Mary W. Harrison, Stockbridge, MA
  • John L. Hermans, Millerton, NY
  • Edward Hoe, Ghent, NY: (2007-2016)
  • Lola Jaffe, Stockbridge, MA: (1998-2000)
  • Paul Kardon, Bonita Springs, FL: (1997-2003)
  • David Katz, Pittsfield, MA*
  • Fred Kent, Essex, CT*
  • David L. Klausmeyer, Lenox, MA: (2000-2009)
  • Richard C. Lamb, Williamstown, MA: (2004-2007)
  • Paul Leavitt, Pittsfield, MA
  • Jean Lee, Williamstown, MA*
  • Lael M. Locke, Chatham, NY: (1997-2006)
  • Robert Longley, Salisbury, CT*: (1991-2000)
  • John E. Mack, Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Mark E. Macomber, Bethlehem, CT: (2000-2005)

*Deceased

  • C. Virgil Martin, Millerton, NY
  • David McCarthy, Stockbridge, MA: (2010-2014)
  • Neil McCarthy, Sharon, CT: (2002-2011)
  • David McKearnan, Stockbridge, MA*: (1996-2005)
  • Patrick J. Mele, Pittsfield, MA: (2000-2006)
  • Diane Monti-Catania, Salisbury, CT: (2012-2015)
  • Hamilton W. Meserve, Newagen, ME: (1998-2003)
  • Marta Nottebohm, Millbrook, NY: (1994-2001)
  • Charles O'Brien, Williamstown, MA: (2008-2011)
  • William R. Olsen, Salisbury, CT*
  • A.W Olson Jr., Lime Rock, CT
  • Douglas Phillips, Rochester, NY
  • Rosina Rand, Salisbury, CT: (1992-2001)
  • Carmi Rapport, Claverack, NY: (2002-2011)
  • John Roberts, Canaan, CT*
  • John E. Rogers, Lakeville, CT
  • Arthur S. Rosenblatt, Norfolk, CT: (2000-2009)
  • Elizabeth T. Selkowitz, Pittsfield, MA: (1997-2006)
  • Tony Sheldon, Sheffield, MA: (2008-2011)
  • Sally Spillane, Lakeville, CT
  • Nancy Stahl, Millbrook, NY: (2003-2012)
  • Virginia Stanton Smith, Pittsfield, MA: (2006-2013)
  • Karl Stoecker, Hedgesville, WV*
  • John Hoyt Stookey, Sheffield, MA: (2007-2013)
  • William P. Suter, Lakeville, CT: (1993-2002)
  • Catherine Tatge, Cornwall Bridge, CT: (2010-2011)
  • Arthur Taylor, Salisbury, CT*
  • Betsy Taylor, St. Michaels, MD: (1994-2003)
  • Craig Thorn, Hudson, NY*: (2000-2003)
  • John P. Tuke, Millerton, NY: (2000-2009)
  • Andrew C. Vickery, Lenox, MA: (2004-2013)
  • Bradford Wagstaff, New Marlborough, MA
  • Sara B. Wardell, Salisbury, CT
  • Richard Wardell, Salisbury, CT:
  • Donald. Warner, Salisbury, CT*
  • Jane A. Waters, Pine Plains, NY: (1999-2008)
  • Carl G. Whitbeck, Hudson, NY: (2014-2015)
  • M. Scott Wood, Chatham, NY*: (2011-2012)
  • Alice B. Yoakum, Lakeville, CT



DanielleBenassutti
DanielleBenassutti
Danielle Benassutti
Gifts Coordinator


Danielle Benassutti is responsible for reviewing and profiling all incoming gifts, updating donor records and supporting the Philanthropic Services team. Prior to joining Berkshire Taconic, she was a residency manager at the Lexington-Fulton County chapter of NYSARC, Inc., New York's largest nonprofit supporting people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities. She continues to work part-time as a site-based coordinator and mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region. Danielle was featured in the organization’s November 2016 newsletter for her strong mentoring abilities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and business from the University at Albany, SUNY. She lives in Stuyvesant, N.Y.
NatasheaWinters
NatasheaWinters
Natashea Winters
Community Engagement Officer


Natashea Winters is responsible for advancing Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s scholarship programs and grantmaking in education and arts and culture. Prior to this role, Natashea worked to develop, scale and evaluate programs for several local and national nonprofits. Natashea holds two master’s degrees, in social administration and public health, from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire. She lives in Litchfield, Conn., with her husband and border collie Ruby.
EmilyBronson
EmilyBronson

Emily Bronson
Community Engagement Officer


Emily Bronson returns to Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation as the community engagement officer for initiatives and special projects. Previously, Emily served as program coordinator and assistant to the president at the foundation for a total of five years, before moving on to work in development at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., and Community Access to the Arts in Great Barrington. Emily’s experience in the nonprofit sector began at the Merck Family Fund, a private foundation in Boston with a grantmaking focus on protecting the natural environment and strengthening urban communities. Emily holds a B.A. in environmental studies and anthropology from the University of Vermont. She lives in Norfolk, Conn., with her husband.

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Jill Cancellieri
Director of Philanthropic Services


Jill Cancellieri joined Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation as its first director of philanthropic services in 2012. In this position, Jill is responsible for stewarding the foundation’s donor advisors, working with people who want to open new funds at BTCF and with professional advisors whose clients have charitable interests. Jill helps new and current donors identify where their giving can have the greatest impact, creating individualized philanthropic vehicles that are expressions of an individual’s or family’s values. She has over 15 years of experience as a development professional, most recently conducting local and global fundraising for the Nature Conservancy and Save the Children. She began her nonprofit career as development director with the Girl Scout Council in Connecticut, where she managed the annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, special events and a capital campaign. Prior to that, Jill worked in marketing and public relations in New York City, rising to vice president at the Cohn & Wolfe agency, where she specialized in consumer product accounts and sports marketing. Jill holds a B.S. degree from Boston University’s School of Communication. Jill’s volunteer activities have included working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the Greater Bridgeport School Mentoring Program, Norwalk Maritime Aquarium and a stint teaching children with learning disabilities in Tanzania. Jill has two sons and lives in Great Barrington, Mass.

JustinBurke
JustinBurke

Justin Burke
Director of Marketing and Communications


Justin Burke has worked in nonprofit communications for over 15 years. He previously served in senior communications roles at the Children’s Aid Society and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, and spent six years with AIDS Project Los Angeles. Earlier in his career, he worked in film and television production at Nickelodeon and Paramount. A graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., he joined the foundation in March 2014. He lives in Monterey, Mass.

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Sarah S. Stack
Sarah Stack is an Asian art curator and appraiser specializing in Chinese, Japanese and Korean ceramics who maintains her professional contacts in New York and is active in community nonprofits in Dutchess County. For 11 years, she served on the Clinton Community Library Board, including two years as president, during which time she oversaw the organization’s move from a reading association to a chartered member of the Mid-Hudson Library System. Sarah is a past board chair of Dutchess Day School in Millbrook, NY. She received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and studied Chinese language at Taiwan National University in Taipei. She and her husband David reside with their children in Clinton Corners, NY.

NancyHumphreys
NancyHumphreys

Nancy Humphreys 
Nancy Humphreys has over 35 years of banking experience concentrating on liquidity and treasury management. She spent 18 years at JP Morgan and a decade at Chase Manhattan Bank before serving for 10 years as managing director and treasurer of Citibank’s North American Investment Bank. She retired in 2000. Nancy graduated from Chatham College (now part of Chatham University) in Pittsburgh, Penn., with a B.A. in political science and earned her graduate degree, also in political science, at the Maxwell Graduate School at Syracuse University. Nancy has maintained an active interest in several Lakeville organizations, serving as a director of the Salisbury Bank and Trust Company, a board member of the Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association and a trustee of the Salisbury Association. For the past five years, Nancy has been a member of the audit committee of Berkshire Taconic. She and her husband Neil have split their time between New York City and Lakeville for over 30 years. They have two grown children.

PamelaGreen
PamelaGreen

Pamela Green
Pamela Green is a partner in the law firm of Smith Green & Gold, LLP in Pittsfield, Mass., where she concentrates her practice on sophisticated trust, estate and tax planning, estate administration, elder law and real estate. She served as managing editor of the Western New England Law Review and has authored or co-authored several articles and book chapters in her practice areas. For four years in a row, Pam has been named to Boston magazine’s “Super Lawyers Rising Stars” list and was part of the inaugural class of young professionals named as “Berkshire County 40 Under Forty,” presented in 2016 by Berkshire Community College. Pam volunteers her time as general counsel for the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum and director of the Berkshire County Estate Planning Council. She is on the board of directors of the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority and serves on the audit committee for Hancock Shaker Village.

PeterDillon
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Peter Dillon
Dr. Peter Dillon was appointed superintendent of schools for the Berkshire Hills Regional School District—serving the towns of Stockbridge, West Stockbridge and Great Barrington, Mass.—in 2009. He was recently also named superintendent of the Shaker Mountain School Union, which serves Richmond, Hancock and New Ashford. Previously, Peter was executive director of policy in the Office of Portfolio Planning at the New York City Department of Education, where he helped to create and sustain more than 150 new schools. Prior to that, he was principal of the Heritage School in East Harlem, a collaboration between Teachers College, Columbia University, and the New York City schools. He has taught in New York and in the Republic of the Marshall Islands as a Peace Corps volunteer. Peter earned a doctorate in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College, where he also received an M.A. in teaching English to speakers of other languages. He holds an Ed.M. in international education from Harvard University and an A.B. in history and religion from Bowdoin College. Peter serves on the boards of the New England School Development Council and St. James Place, and is a member of the Berkshire Compact for Education and Multicultural BRIDGE’s Race Task Force. He is a past president of the Berkshire County Superintendents’ Roundtable and the Great Barrington Rotary Club. He lives with his wife Diane and their three children in Great Barrington.  

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Peter Taylor
President

Peter Taylor became the fourth president of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in January 2016. From 2009 to 2015, he was vice president, program development and grantmaking Services at the Maine Community Foundation, a $400 million statewide community foundation he joined in 2002. In addition to overseeing MaineCF's $20 million annual grantmaking and scholarship programs, he led the implementation of its three strategic priorities focused on increasing postsecondary degree attainment, fostering leadership and helping Maine’s environment and downtowns flourish. He also directed a $4 million impact investing program providing loans from charitable funds that donors pooled together to support economic development. Previously, Peter was associate dean of students at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. His board service includes chairing Maine Philanthropy Center and Maine Commission for Community Service. Peter and his wife Stephanie, a pediatric nurse practitioner, have two daughters.

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Berkshire Taconic staff. Photo by Sarah Edwards

Mike
Mike
Michael E. MacDonald

Michael MacDonald is executive vice president and general counsel of Petricca Industries, Inc. in Pittsfield, Mass. While in private practice, Michael was an associate at Cook & Shepard, from 1981 to 1984; a junior partner at Cain, Hibbard, Myers & Cook, PC, from 1984 to 1986 and a partner there from 1986 to 2007. His past civic and board involvement includes serving as president of Berkshire Theatre Group; vice president of the Colonial Theatre Association, Inc.’s board of trustees; president of Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.; president of Downtown Investment Company, Inc.; chairman of planning board for the town of Windsor, Mass.; and clerk of the Central Berkshire Chamber of Commerce. Michael’s earned Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.’s Edward R. O’Keefe Person of the Year Award in 2006, the Massachusetts Bar Association’s community service award; the Colonial Theatre a Community Service to the Arts Award in 2007 and the Esther Quinn Community Service Award in 2011 from the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce. Michael earned a B.A. in history at Assumption College and a J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law.

Richard
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Richard Weininger

Richard Weininger is a health care entrepreneur who has founded several small health care management companies over the last two decades. The last of these was merged with CareCore National, where Dr. Weininger served as executive vice president, chairman, and, most recently, chief medical officer of this 3,000-employee enterprise. Richard studied oncology and hematology at Columbia University and Yale University, and taught medicine at Yale before setting up a clinical practice in Hudson 35 years ago. He is a board member of the Greenport Rescue Squad in Columbia County and of the National Advisory Council for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis. He is besotted by his two grandchildren, ages 4 and 2, and resides in Columbia County.

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Ellen Casey Boyd
Ellen Casey Boyd is an advisory committee member of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Denise Kaley Fund. She currently volunteers with the Berkshire Hills Soccer Youth Program and recently co-chaired the Berkshire Country Day School Parents Association. Her professional experience includes serving as event coordinator of the Literacy Network of South Berkshire; director of development at the Starlight Children’s Foundation of New England; manager of corporate relations at the American Cancer Society’s Eastern Division; development and marketing associate for Gilda’s Club; and development associate at the New York Women’s Foundation. Ellen graduated cum laude with a B.A. in sociology and American studies from Skidmore College, where she was a member of the Periclean Academic Honor Society and the Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociological Honor Society. Ellen lives full-time in West Stockbridge, Mass., with her husband Steve and their two children. 

Thaddeus
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Thaddeus Gray
Thaddeus Gray has served as a member of Berkshire Taconic’s investment committee since March 2013. He is a managing director at Abbott Capital Management, LLC, a New York-based investment advisor focused exclusively on private equity. Thaddeus is chief investment officer and a member of Abbott’s executive committee, overseeing staff responsible for screening, due diligence, selection, closing, monitoring and reporting on investments in private equity limited partnerships on behalf of institutional clients. Total assets under Abbott’s management are approximately $7 billion, with investments focused on venture capital, growth equity, leveraged buyouts and special situations. Prior to this, Thaddeus was syndicate manager and assistant vice president for Commerzbank Capital Markets Corporation and an analyst in the corporate finance department of Credit Commercial de France in Paris. He has served on the Sharon Association board and was co-chair of the Security and Street Life Committee for Community Board 8 in Manhattan. A Litchfield County native, he is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania and New York University Graduate School of Business Administration. Thaddeus resides with his family in Lakeville, Conn.
BrandonWilliams
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Brandon Williams
Grants Coordinator


As grants coordinator, Brandon is responsible for processing all grant requests from the program staff. Prior to joining Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Brandon served as a systems analyst for Berkshire Life Insurance Company. He holds a B.A. in communications and a B.S. in business information systems from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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Shela Hidalgo
Community Engagement Officer

Shela Hidalgo is the community engagement officer for community philanthropy. She partners with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s 11 area funds on fundraising and grantmaking, and provides strategic support for a range of other BTCF funds. Shela is active in many philanthropic organizations, including the Junior League of Berkshire County, Berkshire Business and Professional Women, and Berkshire Young Professionals. Prior to joining the foundation, Shela served as database associate at the Arizona Community Foundation. She holds a B.A. in nonprofit leadership and management from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. Shela lives in Pittsfield, Mass.

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Kelly A. Morgan

Kelly Morgan is a managing director at Boston-based investment firm Seaward Management and a skilled portfolio manager with 27 years' experience in investments. Kelly joined Seaward in 2008 after 11 years with Putnam Investments, where she ultimately served as a chief investment officer for all retail and institutional U.S. large cap growth portfolios. Prior to Putnam, Kelly spent 10 years at Alliance Capital Management in New York and London. Throughout her career, she has managed assets for foundations and endowments large and small, for schools, churches, land conservancies, and health care nonprofits and hospitals. Kelly received her undergraduate degree in mathematics from Middlebury College and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Active with Big Sister Association of Greater Boston for nine years, she lives part-time on a working farm in Pine Plains, NY.

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Ellen L. Kennedy
Ellen Kennedy was named the seventh president of Berkshire Community College in 2012 after previously serving as the college’s chief financial officer. Prior to joining BCC, Ellen was interim chief operating officer of the National Patient Safety Foundation, director of development at WFCR (New England Public Radio), chief advancement officer for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and president of the MCLA Foundation. She has a B.S. in business administration from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a master in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an Ed.D. from Northeastern University. Ellen’s community involvement includes serving on the boards of Berkshire Health Systems, the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, Berkshire County Regional Employment Board and the executive committee of the Berkshire Compact for Education. She is a member of the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board Career Pathways Committee, the Berkshire Business Roundtable and the Pittsfield School Building Needs Committee. Ellen lives in Williamstown with her husband, Mark Gold. 
Christopher
Christopher Kennan
Chris Kennan is a private investor based in Pine Plains, NY. From 1998 to 2001, he was a registered representative at Melhado, Flynn & Associates, an investment management firm in New York. Prior to that, he founded East River Holdings, Inc., which developed and marketed Latin American investment opportunities to individual and institutional clients. From 1982 to 1993, Chris was a senior associate to David Rockefeller, overseeing Mr. Rockefeller’s association with The New York City Partnership, the New York City Chamber of Commerce, the Americas Society, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. Chris was also employed by Rockefeller & Co., the investment arm of the Rockefeller Family, as an advisor on private equity investments in South America. In addition to serving on the Wilson Council, Chris is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an Officier Commandeur in the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, a French oenological organization. He lives with his wife and children in Pine Plains, New York.
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Cathy Glasner
Office Manager

Cathy Glasner joined Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in March 2013. In her role as office manager, she supports the president and board of directors and enthusiastically greets all who call or visit the office. Cathy is a graduate of the Ancell School of Business at Western Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Prior to joining the foundation, Cathy worked for Lime Rock Park, LLC and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. She lives with her husband, dogs and cats in Goshen, Conn.

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Jill Cancellieri
Director of Philanthropic Services

Jill Cancellieri is Berkshire Taconic's first Director of Philanthropic Services. In this position, Jill is responsible for stewarding the foundation’s donor advisors to ensure high quality service and satisfaction. She has over ten years of experience as a development professional, most recently conducting local and global fundraising for The Nature Conservancy and Save the Children. She began her non-profit career as Development Director with the Girl Scout Council in Connecticut, where she managed the annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, special events and a capital campaign. Prior to that, Jill worked in marketing and public relations in NYC, rising to Vice President at the Cohn & Wolfe agency, where she specialized in consumer product accounts and sports marketing. Jill holds a BS degree from Boston University School of Communication. Jill’s volunteer activities have included working with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, the Greater Bridgeport School Mentoring Program, Norwalk Maritime Aquarium and a stint teaching children with learning disabilities in Tanzania. Jill has two sons, and recently moved to Great Barrington from New Canaan, Conn.

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Peggy Gearity
Controller

Peggy joined Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in July 2013 as controller. Prior to joining the foundation, she worked as controller at Encore Community Services in New York City for 10 years. Peggy graduated from Baruch College of the City University of New York with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She lives in Ghent, NY, with her wife and two cats, Cleo and KayLee.

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A. J. Pietrantone
VP, Finance & Administration

A. J. Pietrantone joined the foundation as vice president of finance and administration in October 2014. In this role, he serves as the foundation’s chief operating and financial officer and provides high-level support to its finance and investment committees, which oversee the annual operating budget and the foundation’s $130 million in assets. With 25-plus years of experience as an executive at a broad range of nonprofits, A. J. has held senior finance and administrative positions with organizations focused on the arts, social services, civil rights and the environment, including national nonprofits Environmental Defense Fund and the Human Rights Campaign. Based in New York City from 1997 to 2014, A. J. served as executive vice president of KidRo Productions, the production company and charitable foundation of actress and TV personality Rosie O’Donnell. Most recently, he spent five years as executive director of Friends of Hudson River Park, the fundraising and advocacy arm of the longest waterfront park in the U.S., on the city’s West Side. A graduate of the Catholic University of America, he earned his M.B.A. in finance and investments at George Washington University. He lives in Millerton, N.Y.

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Hannah Schiff
Communications Officer

As communications officer, Hannah Schiff supports communications strategy and content development for emerging and ongoing projects with the Programs and Philanthropic Services teams. She also manages multiple communications channels for the foundation alongside the director of communications, including media relations, print publications, online platforms, budgeting and administration. In 2016, Hannah graduated from 1Berkshire’s Berkshire Leadership Program, a comprehensive 12-week course to prepare and sustain young leaders who are committed to addressing local challenges. Prior to Berkshire Taconic, Hannah interned at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass., Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Mass., and Berkshire Living magazine in Pittsfield, Mass. Hannah graduated from Smith College in May 2014 with a B.A. in English language and literature. She lives in Lenox, Mass.


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Henry "Pete" Putzel

Pete Putzel, currently counsel to the New York City law firm Morvillo LLP, defends clients in civil and criminal white collar cases. He is also an adjunct professor of law at the Fordham University School of Law, where he teaches courses in Trial Advocacy. Prior positions include service as an assistant United States attorney for Southern District of New York and as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, the New York Council of Defense Lawyers and the Federal Bar Council. Since 1995 Mr. Putzel has served as a member of the Merit Selection Panel for Selection of United States Magistrate Judges in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He has served on several nonprofit boards including the Turtle Bay Music School, Concern for Dying, the Osborn Association and the Federal Bar Council, American Inn of Court (where he served as president from 2003-2004). Mr. Putzel currently resides with his wife Anne in New York City and in Sharon, CT.

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Emilie M. Pryor

Emilie Pryor has been involved in the nonprofit world, professionally and as a volunteer, for almost 30 years. After receiving a B.A. in environmental studies and geography from the University of Vermont, she worked at the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C., for nine years. At WWF, she was program officer for Asia, supervising grants in environmental education, organizational development and strategic planning. She also wrote grants for a variety of projects, and designed workshops and guidebooks to help organizations strengthen their institutional capability. Emilie later earned an M.S. in museum education at the Bank Street College of Education. She has served as a director on many boards, including the Connecticut chapter of the Nature Conservancy, RARE Center for Tropical Conservation, Open Space Institute, Miss Porter’s School, Indian Mountain School, Prime Time House, the Cornwall Library, Cornwall Child Center, the Cornwall Conservation Trust and the World Rehabilitation Fund. Emilie served for six years on the planning and zoning commission for the town of Cornwall. Since 2008, she has been on the advisory board of Berkshire Taconic’s Alice and Richard Henriquez Memorial Fund. She lives with her husband Joe and their two children in West Cornwall, Conn.

Sheldon Evans
Sheldon Evans

Sheldon Evans
Sheldon Evans has been in the real estate business in New York City for over 50 years, specializing in the management of high-rise luxury apartment buildings. In the 1980s, he was in the forefront of purchasing buildings for conversion to co-ops and condos. He is also a licensed stockbroker and founder of Elliot Evans. Sheldon served for 12 years as a board member of Community Access, a New York City agency that provides housing and advocacy for people with psychiatric disabilities, where he was chair of the real estate committee. He was treasurer of the Columbia County Historical Society board for 15 years, a longtime board member and vice chair of the Columbia Land Conservancy and in 2006 founded Vote Columbia, a nonpartisan organization helping second-home owners vote in their local towns. He has been published in Walks Around Protected Land in Columbia County and Columbia County Outdoors. A graduate of Pratt Institute, Sheldon lives with his wife in Ghent, NY. 

Vera V.J. Weintraub
Vera V.J. Weintraub

Vera V.J. Weintraub
Vera “Tinny” Weintraub served as the executive director of Literacy, Inc., a nonprofit focused on organizing neighborhoods to read with their children, from 1997 to 2007. Earlier in her career, she was a consultant for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) and vice president of the financial institutions group within the Chemical Banking Corporation, where she worked from 1982 to 1995. Tinny has served on the boards of Henry Hudson 400 in New York City and the Edgewood Club of Tivoli, as well as on the advisory committee of Berkshire Taconic’s Fund for Columbia County. She also participates in the strategic planning efforts of the prominent NYC chorale group, The Collegiate Chorale. Tinny received a B.A. from Smith College in 1965, and an M.B.A. in public and private management from Yale School of Management in 1982. She resides with her husband Myles in Germantown, NY, and New York City.

Thomas S. Quinn
Thomas S. Quinn

Thomas S. Quinn
Tom Quinn is an investment adviser with over 30 years of experience in banking, investment management and commercial property. He is the former global head of real estate investment management for UBS Wealth Management and Business Banking, a position he held from 2004 to 2009. Prior to joining UBS in April 2004, Tom founded and managed TS Quinn Associates, LLC, a real estate investment management firm. Before that, he spent 23 years in various senior management positions at JP Morgan. From 1994 to 2001, Tom was responsible for JP Morgan's proprietary private equity investments in the real estate sector. He previously had a broad range of assignments in corporate finance and investment banking, including positions in New York, Mexico City and London. He is a director of Alpha Investment Partners Limited, a real estate investment management firm in Singapore, a trustee of the Hotchkiss School and a former member of the National Real Estate Advisory Board of the Nature Conservancy. Tom graduated from Dartmouth College and earned a master’s degree from Middlebury College. He lives with his wife, Maria Horn, and their children in Salisbury, Conn.

Henry Putzel
Henry Putzel

Henry Putzel III
Henry “Pete” Putzel is counsel to the New York City law firm Morvillo LLP, where he defends clients in civil and criminal white collar cases. He is also adjunct professor of law at the Fordham University School of Law, teaching courses in trial advocacy. Prior positions include assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. He has a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Yale Law School, and is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, the New York Council of Defense Lawyers and the Federal Bar Council. Since 1995, Pete has served as a member of the merit selection panel for U.S. magistrate judges in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He has served on several nonprofit boards, including the Turtle Bay Music School, Concern for the Dying, the Osborn Association and the Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court, where he was president from 2003 to 2004. Pete lives with his wife Anne in New York City and Sharon, Conn.

Robert Windsor Norris
Robert Windsor Norris

Robert W. Norris
Bob Norris was a teacher at the Rudolf Steiner School in Great Barrington, Mass. for 17 years. Previously, he was a managing partner of Provent AB, led training seminars for International Management Training for Educational Change and worked for the National Program for Educational Leadership. He also worked as the assistant management director and then assistant plant manager at Lennox International, Inc. Currently a board member of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Bob has served on multiple boards for a range of nonprofit organizations, including the Lennox Foundation, The NOAH Center, Construct and Berkshire South Regional Community Center. A graduate of Grinnell College, the University of Stockholm and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bob lives with his wife Mary Ann in Great Barrington, Mass. 

Holly J. Nelson
Holly J. Nelson

Holly J. Nelson
Holly Nelson is co-founder and sales manager of Iceland Adventure and Horses North, LLC, the country’s oldest horseback tour operator providing specialty tours of Iceland. She previously co-founded and managed Oblong Books in Millerton, NY, which today is Dutchess County’s largest independent book store. Holly is an active member of her community, participating on a number of boards, including Salisbury Bank and Trust, and as an advisor to the Violet H. Summons Scholarship Fund and the Martha Boschen Porter Fund at Berkshire Taconic. She previously served on the planning board for the town of North East and the boards of the Harlem Valley Partnership for Development, Harlem Valley Transportation Association, the Hudson Valley Grass Roots Energy and Environmental Network, and the New York Environmental Planning Lobby. Holly is a 1979 graduate of Cornell University with a B.A. in rural economic development.  When she is not traveling through Iceland and Greenland, she is busy sending people on tours to those spots. She lives with her husband, Brad Vogel, in Millerton, NY.

Ellen L. Kennedy
Ellen L. Kennedy

Ellen L. Kennedy

Ellen Kennedy is president of Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Mass. Prior positions include interim chief operating officer of National Patient Safety Foundation, director of development at WFCR – Public Radio for Western New England and chief advancement officer for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and president of MCLA Foundation. In addition to her work with BTCF, she serves on the Board of Trustees of Berkshire Health Systems and the Board of Directors of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, Berkshire County Regional Employment Board and the Berkshire Compact for Education. She is a member of the Berkshire Business Roundtable, The Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board Career Pathways Committee and the Pittsfield School Building Needs Committee. Kennedy lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts with her husband, Mark Gold.

David Barrett Rich
David Barrett Rich

David B. Rich
David Rich is the executive director of Supportive Housing Works, an alliance of homeless providers, government agencies and foundations whose mission is to end homelessness in Connecticut. He has also worked to provide affordable housing as the executive director for the Mutual Housing Association in New Haven, as well as the board chair of HousingUs, Berkshire Taconic’s regional affordable housing initiative. David’s professional career has focused on the creation of social enterprises and sustainable business initiatives in India, Belize and the U.S., advising and developing worker-owned companies, cooperatives, and community-based organizations. He also worked for a number of years on a sustainable agriculture program for New England farmers. David graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in political science in 1984, and later received a master’s in urban studies from Southern Connecticut State University and a master’s in management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He lives with his wife Cristin in Lakeville, Conn.

Gloria Gaines Callen
Gloria Gaines Callen

Gloria G. Callen
Gloria Callen’s professional career has included public relations, curating a private collection of Old Master and contemporary drawings, and strategic planning and business development for the Office of the Chairman and President of Chase Manhattan Bank. Gloria has also worked in the thoroughbred industry and was a founding partner of a thoroughbred breeding operation in Lexington, Kentucky. She has served on the Contemporary Arts Council of the Museum of Modern Art, the Associates Committee of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the boards of Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation and the Gaines Center for the Humanities at the University of Kentucky. Gloria received her B.A. from Georgetown University and her M.B.A. from Columbia University. She resides in Millbrook, New York, with her husband Craig.

Christopher Kennan
Christopher Kennan

Christopher Kennan,

Chris Kennan is a private investor based in Pine Plains, New York. From 1998 until 2001, Mr. Kennan was a registered representative at Melhado, Flynn & Associates, an investment management firm in New York. Prior to joining Melhado, Flynn, he founded East River Holdings, Inc., which developed and marketed Latin American investment opportunities to individual and institutional clients. From 1982 to 1993, Mr. Kennan was a senior associate to David Rockefeller, where he oversaw Mr. Rockefeller’s association with The New York City Partnership, the New York City Chamber of Commerce, the Americas Society, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. Mr. Kennan was also employed by Rockefeller & Co., the investment arm of the Rockefeller Family, as an advisor on private equity investments in South America. In addition to serving on the Wilson Council, Mr. Kennan is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (NYC) and an Officier Commandeur in the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, a French oenological organization. He lives with his wife and children in Pine Plains, New York.

Maeve O’Dea
Maeve O’Dea

Maeve O’Dea
Program Director

After more than 20 years of service, Maeve O’Dea is the foundation’s longest-serving employee and has been an integral part of its growing impact on the region. As program director, she oversees all of the foundation’s grantmaking, working with hundreds of donors, advisory committees and applicants. She is also the foundation’s first point of contact for many nonprofits and serves as a mentor for colleagues in other foundations. Prior to her move to the U.S., Maeve worked as an executive assistant at a Dublin accounting firm, in corporate public relations in London and in customer service at an engineering firm in Galway. Maeve is a graduate of the University College Dublin.

Lisa Mlynarczyk
Lisa Mlynarczyk

Lisa Mlynarczyk
Assistant Controller & Database Manager

Lisa Mlynarczyk is one of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation's longest-serving employees. As assistant controller and database manager, she is responsible for ensuring that all transactions of the organization are recorded properly across multiple systems. Her responsibilities include gift processing (checks, cash, credit cards and public securities), accounts payable, grants processing, data analysis and asset rebalancing, bank reconciliations and assistance with the annual budget and audit. Lisa also acts as the back office for BTCF's supporting organization, the Foundation for Community Health in Sharon, Conn. Lisa attended Canterbury School in New Milford, Conn., where she attained a post-graduate degree, and attended the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Pittsfield, Mass., with her husband, son and daughter.

Cathy Glasner
Cathy Glasner

Cathy Glasner
Office Manager

Cathy joins BTCF in March 2013 as the Office Associate. She looks forward to supporting her entire team and enthusiastically greeting all that call or visit the office. She lives with her husband and dogs in Goshen, CT. Cathy is a graduate of the Ancell School of Business at Western CT State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining BTCF Cathy worked for Lime Rock Park, LLC and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Peggy Gearity
Peggy Gearity

Peggy Gearity
Controller

Peggy joined the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation team in July 2013 as Controller. Prior to joining Berkshire Taconic, Peggy worked as Controller at Encore Community Services in NYC for ten years. Peggy is excited to join such a hard working and dedicated team and looks forward to contributing her expertise to Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

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