Report to the Community 2019


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Message from Our Leadership

Since March, our focus has been on supporting our neighbors hardest hit by the pandemic and the nonprofits that serve them. We have also sharpened our resolve to work with others to create a more equitable future for all our region’s residents, especially our growing communities of color. 

We are all changed by recent events, and as a result, our lens has changed. Yet as we look back on our work together just one year ago, we accomplished important milestones for our strategic priorities of community engagement, economic opportunity and educational attainment throughout our four counties. And they remain crucial areas for leadership and investment as we move forward in this new landscape. 

We are inspired by the critical organizations and generous donors and partners who made this work possible. To honor their efforts and our commitment to financial transparency, we now share a scaled-down and online-only review of 2019.

Our networks and relationships are especially crucial in moments of uncertainty. As your community foundation, we are uniquely positioned to help identify and address the immediate needs of our communities, and channel generosity to where it is needed most. Facing challenges and finding solutions together is our shared enterprise – this year and every year.

Thank you for being a part of it.

Peter Taylor, President                 Bob Norris, Chair, Board of Directors

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Highlights of Our Work in 2019


We connect donors to causes, leaders to ideas, and people and organizations to resources. Our partnerships have helped promote early literacy, expand school enrichment, make college more affordable, advance the arts, prevent substance abuse, increase access to healthy food, stabilize our neighbors in times of crisis, and strengthen the nonprofits working to improve our communities. In the face of persistent and emergent challenges, we will pursue with new determination our vision of the Berkshire Taconic region as a community of opportunity for all—through philanthropy and leadership. Below are highlights of our work last year.


Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County launched last year to support the untapped potential of diverse residents as they seek to turn their promising ideas into successful businesses. A group of partners that includes Berkshire Taconic and several of our donors raised over $1 million for the first three years of operation to help transform communities into inclusive and thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems. Women-owned businesses won prizes in October during EforAll’s first pitch contest, where aspiring business owners shared their ideas for new startups. An intensive 12-week accelerator program launched in the winter to provide a class of local entrepreneurs with a full year of guidance from mentors and other local experts. Due to the pandemic, pitch contests and a fall accelerator program are being held virtually. Statewide, EforAll alumni have created over 500 new startups and over 720 jobs, raised nearly $35 million in capital and generated more than $25 million in revenue. EforAll startups are 74% women owned, 58% people of color owned and 46% immigrant owned.

Our effort to increase community engagement through the arts in Berkshire County expanded in 2019. The Barr Foundation committed a $1 million investment over three years to our Arts Build Community initiative, which is a partnership of arts and culture nonprofits, schools and students, donors, and residents of diverse incomes, ethnicities and ages. A resident-led research investigation found that many low-income, immigrant and minority communities feel little connection to the arts, and they named social discomfort as a major barrier. Despite this, nearly 80% of respondents expressed a desire to have the arts or creative expression be more a part of their lives. These findings fueled the design of a yearlong learning cohort for arts and culture nonprofits, a new community-led vision for arts education in schools, and a robust grants program that awarded nearly $320,000 last year to arts- and community-based nonprofits so they can test new ideas and collaborate on projects that involve diverse residents in the arts. In response to the far-reaching impact of the pandemic on many local arts organizations, the Barr Foundation has worked with us to provide operating support for cohort members.

Additional highlights: Jane McEvoy, an English teacher at Lee Middle and High School, was awarded the 11th annual James C. Kapteyn Prize for excellence in teaching. She received a $10,000 award for study and travel to enrich her teaching, and the school was given a $2,000 grant in her name. Jessica Piazza and Colin Channer were recipients of the Amy Clampitt residency, which provides poets and literary scholars with the time and opportunity to focus exclusively on their work at Clampitt's former home near Lenox. Among the many artists awarded funding was mixed media painter Ali Herrmann of Lenox, who received grants from the Martha Boschen Porter Fund and the Artist’s Resource Trust (A.R.T.) Fund to focus her time and energy on large projects that feature a diverse range of materials, as well as participate in a month-long residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts. The Honorable James P. Dohoney Scholarship Fund marked its 20th anniversary of supporting students in south Berkshire County with nearly $200,000 in scholarships since its inception.


Our Fresh and Healthy Food for All initiative aims to create a more equitable food system in Columbia County. Thanks to the generosity of two anonymous donors, we awarded more than $173,000 to three critical partners in 2019. The Hawthorne Valley Association launched Rolling Grocer 19’s brick-and-mortar store in Hudson to give residents consistent access to wholesome, local food that is made affordable by tiered pricing based on income. Its staff continues to provide a safe and healthy shopping option during the pandemic, and offers delivery and curbside pick-up for homebound and high-risk customers. The Sylvia Center expanded its healthy cooking programs for students and their families in area school districts, and the New Lebanon Farmers Market helped low-income families and seniors double the purchasing power of their federal food and nutrition benefits to buy fresh, local food.

Last year, we granted $147,000 to our partners in the Early Literacy and Learning Network to ensure that more children in Columbia County reach their potential. Columbia Opportunities and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood launched the Talking is Teaching public awareness and action campaign to provide parents and caregivers with the tools to talk, read and sing more with their kids. These meaningful interactions can better prepare young children for school and encourage lifelong learning. Catholic Charities boosted the early literacy component of its home visiting program, and expanded its offerings to serve more families. The work of the Early Literacy and Learning Network is made possible by two anonymous donors.

Additional Highlights: For the first time, the Fund for Columbia County dedicated a portion of its grantmaking to projects that create a lasting and positive impact on older residents. Dozens of board members from area nonprofits participated in a learning and discussion session on diversity, equity and inclusion during our Board Leadership Seminar in Hudson. With support from our Community Development Collaborations initiative, one grantee, Philmont Beautification, developed plans to increase small-business ownership of mixed-use storefronts, with affordable housing on the upper floors. The Taconic Hills Education Enrichment Fund celebrated 20 years of enhancing the educational experience for students in the school district. Among the local artists receiving grants were visual artist Fern Apfel of Kinderhook and writer Julia Sedlock of Philmont, who received Martha Boschen Porter Fund grants to pursue their projects.


For more than a decade, the Northeast Dutchess Fund’s NEDCorps program has helped connect residents in poverty to health and human services. The fund expanded this initiative last year with multiple partners and funders, including the Carson Family Charitable Trust and the Walbridge Fund, to reach more residents and offer them a greater array of services. As part of NEDCorps 2.0, mobile case management workers are helping residents meet immediate basic needs—from housing and utilities to food and prescriptions—and achieve financial self-sufficiency. These social workers are helping immigrants navigate support systems, and NED awarded nearly $30,000 in grants to organizations that are developing new programs for the local immigrant community. NED also funded a career readiness coordinator to help high school students gain skills that can be transferable to local employment after graduation. The structure of NEDCorps 2.0 allowed these trusted social workers to immediately provide aid to individuals and families affected by the pandemic. 

Our Community Development Collaborations initiative awarded a grant to Hudson River Housing last year to host a workshop in northeast Dutchess County to better understand the housing needs of the rural workforce and share innovative affordable housing models with local decision-makers, residents, nonprofits and business owners. That event led to the launch of a new group called the Northeastern Dutchess Tri-Town Coalition, which is a collaborative group of Amenia, Millerton and Pine Plains residents and stakeholders that actively works to advance solutions for affordable housing and inclusive economic development in the region. The group hosted multiple meetings in 2019 to receive community input on topics including infrastructure, financing and engagement. It is shifting to virtual meetings and will continue pursuing property acquisitions for affordable housing needs, which are exacerbated by the pandemic. 

Additional highlights: Webutuck Quest for Excellence Fund committee chair Lynn Buckley attended a board of education meeting to highlight the fund's nearly $25,000 in grantmaking over the past five years and outline how the projects enhance the educational experience of Webutuck Central School District students and teachers. Webutuck High School graduate Danielle Cope spent two months in the Ecuadorian Amazon, living and working at Amazoonico Wildlife Rescue Center, thanks to a grant from the Violet H. Simmons Scholarship Fund’s Summer Enrichment Program. The Dover Education Enrichment Program (DEEP) and Sustaining Education Enrichment and Development (SEED) Fund for Pine Plains awarded a combined total of nearly $20,000 to support projects in their respective school districts, such as a geocaching history club and a makerspace area to collaborate on science, technology, engineering, arts and math activities.


Valerie Lenis of Lakeville started her freshman year on campus at Cornell University this fall thanks to the Margaret Derwin scholarship. This $105,000 award supports a Housatonic Valley Regional High School junior who demonstrates a strong commitment to achieving his or her dreams. Valerie will receive up to $25,000 annually toward college tuition and other costs. An additional $5,000 allowed her to travel to the Dominican Republic last year to assist with public health and water sanitation efforts. “This scholarship means so much to me,” Valerie said. “It means opportunity. It means a weight lifted off my shoulders. It’s so valuable, and I want to put it to full use.”

For the fourth year, our Northwest Corner Fund partnered with the McCall Center for Behavioral Health and the Foundation for Community Health to combat substance abuse in northwest Connecticut. We have invested in two strategies to address a crisis that greatly affects the families and communities in our region. Last year, approximately 300 Region One School District students in grades six through eight participated in the Botvin LifeSkills program, an evidence-based class that aims to delay the first use of harmful substances and promote healthy personal development. We also support a local coalition of school staff, community members, and health and human service providers known as the Northwest Corner Prevention Network. These dedicated volunteers plan community events to prevent substance misuse. In 2019, their first family costume skate party reached a record number of participants; their drug take-back event collected 72 pounds of unused prescription medication; and they helped hundreds of students pledge to stay drug free during the national Red Ribbon Week. Residents are invited to their monthly meetings, which are currently held virtually due to the pandemic. Students are now accessing their Botvin classes remotely.

Additional highlights: Our Community Development Collaborations initiative provided grants to the Northwest Hills Council of Governments to launch pop-up hubs in North Canaan, Warren and Cornwall to engage residents on ways to support their town centers, and the Foundation for Norfolk Living to host a conference on affordable housing. More than 50 board members from area nonprofits attended our Board Leadership Seminar in Lakeville to learn how to make smarter fundraising decisions. Our Neighbor-to-Neighbor Fund awarded Northwestern Connecticut Community College a grant to help students in northwest Litchfield County face unexpected expenses that challenge their ability to continue their studies. The Arts Fund for Regional One gave fourth-graders the opportunity to enjoy a day of performances and workshops with artists.



Grants and Gifts






Generous donors have entrusted their philanthropy to Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation for more than three decades. We take seriously our responsibility to steward their gifts with prudent, long-term financial strategies that maximize grantmaking and preserve and grow resources for the future. 

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation provides effective stewardship of charitable assets to preserve and enhance fund values over time for our charitable fund holders. Our investment program offers a stable framework for long-term investment growth of our endowment portfolio and a marketable socially responsible investment portfolio. When the COVID-19 crisis hit in early 2020, our defensive positions provided the protection we expected against that unprecedented market volatility. The foundation’s managed pool continues to outperform our investment policy benchmark and a passive index over time periods of three years or longer. In addition, the managed pool ranked in the top quartile of U.S. community foundations our size reporting returns over those time periods.

The investment objective of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation is to maximize returns from its portfolios, preserve capital and liquidity, and produce long-term growth for its charitable funds. The foundation’s investment program is led by a committee of volunteer investment experts, working with its professional staff and independent consultant, Prime Buchholz Associates of Portsmouth, N.H. The foundation strives to produce long-term returns that offset grants, administrative fees and inflation to maintain the real spending power of funds over time. It achieves those objectives by deploying a diversified asset allocation measured against industry and peer benchmarks. The foundation works with over 50 investment managers in several portfolio strategies, including long-term endowment, social impact, income, money market and trusts. Berkshire Taconic complies with the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA) in the management of its funds.

To view documents related to our investment strategy, go to our investments page.




Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation net assets grew $26.3 million last year due to strong investment returns and growth in charitable giving. Investment returns grew by 19.1% in both the managed pool and the socially responsible investment pool, adding $26.3 million in net returns. Contributions rose to $13.4 million as gifts and bequests grew by $3.7 million. Grants and scholarship awards also grew to $10.7 million, an increase of $2.4 million.

To view audited financial statements, Internal Revenue Service filings and other materials from which this information is obtained, go to our financials page.



New funds


At Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, we use a collaborative approach to philanthropy that connects donors to the causes they care about. The new funds listed below channel generosity to where it is needed. Working with partners throughout our four counties, our emergency response funds help nonprofits and our neighbors affected by the pandemic.  

Ball Stick Bird Fund
BEC Succ3ss Idea Jam
Becket Athenaeum Children's Endowment Fund
Berkshire Hills Emergency Food Distribution Fund
Emory Fund
John Brett Legacy Fund
Music Mountain Fund
Orion Fund for Women Writers
Out of School Time Fund
Roger T. Knollmeyer Scholarship Fund
Tom Giddings Memorial Scholarship Fund                                                                                                                    

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Columbia County Business Continuity Fund
in partnership with the Fund for Columbia County, Columbia Economic Development Corporation, Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Hudson Business Coalition

Columbia County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
in partnership with the Fund for Columbia County

COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County
in partnership with Berkshire United Way, Northern Berkshire United Way and Williamstown Community Chest

Northeast Dutchess COVID-19 Relief Fund
in partnership with the Northeast Dutchess Fund and a generous anonymous donor

Northwest Corner COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
in partnership with the Northwest Corner Fund and Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

We welcomed the new funds listed above between Oct. 31, 2019 and Aug. 31, 2020. 



Professional Advisors

We thank the professional advisors who partner with us to fulfill their clients' charitable visions.

Molly Ackerly, Esq.
Ackerly Brown LLP

Paula K. Almgren
Almgren Law

Andrea Doyle Asman
Litwin Asman PC

Alexander W. Bloomstein, Esq.
Baldwin & Bloomstein LLC

Jennifer M. Boll, Esq.
Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC

Louise F. Brown, Esq.
Ackerly Brown LLP

Michael Bucci
Pattison Koskey Howe & Bucci PC

J. Peri Campoli, Esq.
Campoli, Monteleone & Mozian PC

Matthew Chester, CFP
RBC Wealth Management

Michael Citrin
Drury, Patz & Citrin LLP

Janice J. Cook, Esq.
Donovan O’Connor & Dodig LLP

Thomas A. Curtin

Alexandra Dest
Alexandra Dest Capital Management

Jason Dohaney, MBA
MountainOne Investments

Edward F. Downey
Downey, Haab and Murphy PLLC

Geoffrey Drury
Drury, Patz & Citrin LLP

Keith J. Flint, Esq.
Flint Law Firm

Mark S. Gold
Smith Green & Gold LLP

Pamela R. Green
Smith Green & Gold LLP

Mitchell I. Greenwald
Law Office of Mitchell I. Greenwald

Sherwood Guernsey II, Esq.
Law Offices of Sherwood Guernsey

Martin L. Huban III
Brazee and Huban CPAs

Ellen Janis, MBA
Commonwealth Financial Group

Ira J. Kaplan, Esq.
Attorney at Law

Katherine Kiefer, Esq.

Richard P. Koskey
Pattison Koskey Howe & Bucci PC

James M. Lamme III
Lamme and Linscott

Wendy Linscott
Lamme and Linscott

Thomas Malinowski
Renaissance Investment Group LLC

Robin A. Markey
Smith, Watson & Company LLP

John J. Martin, Esq.
Martin & Oliveira LLP

William E. Martin, Esq.
Martin & Oliveira LLP

Michael McCarthy
George, Massimiano & McCarthy PC

Kathleen McCormick
McCormick, Murtagh & Marcus

Ronda G. Parish
Law Office of Ronda G. Parish

Linda Patz
Drury, Patz & Citrin LLP

Lucy Prashker
Cain Hibbard & Myers PC

Holly Rogers
Law Office of Holly Rogers

Keith Salisbury
Walsh, Wicks & Salisbury

Gary Schiff
October Mountain Financial Advisors

Brooks Sherman
RBC Wealth Management

James J. Sisto, Esq.
Berkshire Elder Law Center

Benjamin Smith
Benjamin Smith & Associates Legal Counsel PC

George Smith, CPA
Smith, Watson & Company LLP

Susan M. Smith, Esq.

Virginia Stanton Smith, Esq.
Smith Green & Gold LLP

David R. Stack
McLaughlin & Stern LLP

Donna Turner
Smith, Watson & Company LLP

John N. Umlauf
Umlauf & Dunn PC

Charles C. Vail
Ackerly Brown LLP

Emily Vail
Ackerly Brown LLP

Donna D. Vincenti
Law Offices of Donna D. Vincenti

Carl G. Whitbeck Jr., Esq.
Whitbeck Benedict & Smith LLP

Douglas F. Wicks, Esq.
Walsh, Wicks & Salisbury



Legacy Circle

We thank the legacy donors below who have made a commitment to strengthen the future of our region and have chosen Berkshire Taconic as the vehicle for their generosity.

Eunice Agar
Dr. Nicholas Boraski
Christine and Tack Burbank
Duncan Calhoun and Russell Gibson
Ted Cobden
Kevin and Jean Decker
Sally Eagle and Dan Mead
Norma Edsall* and Alice Corbin
Monroe England
Sheldon Evans and Martha McMaster
Fred and Nancy Fagelman
Brian Fairbank
Ralph D. Fedele
Charlie and Betty Frank
Renee Fuller*
Pamela R. and Jay R. Green
Joan Griswold
Donald Grody*
Ed and Lisa Bouchard Hoe
Thomas and Barbara Joseph

Francoise Kelz
Dave Klausmeyer
Peter Krysa*
Lael Locke
Eleanor Lord
Priscilla J. McEwen and Charles A. Garman
Phil and Kathy McKnight
James and Catherine Miller
David Wilson Milne and Joyce Harris Milne
Kelly A. Morgan
Carol Perkins
Ralph Peterson
Elizabeth and Wynn* Sayman
Mary Silks
Sam and Elizabeth Smith
John and Jid Sprague
Lawrence Strauss
Laurel Trahan
Vera V.J. Weintraub
Anonymous (28)



The funds below are designated to receive a bequest from a generous donor.

Dr. Bernard and Eleanor Auge Family Fund
Crofut Family Fund
Dorsoduro Family Fund
Ferris Burtis Scholarship Fund
Fund for Mt. Washington
JB2 Fund
Mario Fund
McCarthy Family Fund
Pine Grove Cemetery Fund
Whistler's Brother

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Board of Directors

Our board members care deeply about our communities and bring knowledge, passion and commitment to their work.

Bob Norris was elected as our new board chair last year. The Great Barrington resident, who was a longtime teacher at the Rudolf Steiner School, joined our board in 2013. He has been critical to the launch and leadership of a range of nonprofit organizations, including BRIDGE and Berkshire South Regional Community Center.  He replaced Sarah Stack, who served as chair for three years and is currently co-chair of our Northeast Dutchess Fund.

Bob Norris
Great Barrington, MA

Dr. Richard B. Weininger
Vice Chair
Claverack, NY

Emilie M. Pryor
West Cornwall, CT

Jodi K. Rathbun-Briggs
Great Barrington, MA

Ellen C. Boyd
West Stockbridge, MA

Dr. Peter Dillon
Stockbridge, MA

Sheldon Evans
Ghent, NY
Peter Frank
Hudson, NY

Thaddeus Gray
Lakeville, CT

Pamela R. Green
Pittsfield, MA

Nancy N. Hathaway
Millbrook, NY

Elizabeth R. Hilpman
Norfolk, CT

Nancy Humphreys
Lakeville, CT

Jane Iredale
Great Barrington, MA

Suzette Brooks Masters
Canaan, NY


Kelly A. Morgan
Pine Plains, NY

David Offensend
Wassaic, NY
Henry Putzel III
Sharon, CT

Eleanore Velez
Lee, MA




Our Region

Berkshire Taconic serves a four-county area where New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts meet. Our region is home to nearly 250,000 people, spread out across 2,200 square miles in 70 towns and three cities. Throughout our communities, we draw on the deep local knowledge of hundreds of volunteers who serve on grantmaking committees and direct resources to achieve impact.


Elizabeth M. Hewitt
Elizabeth Hewitt joined the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 2015 as chief investment officer and senior vice president. She is responsible for managing the foundation’s endowment, including asset allocation strategy, fund manager selection, risk analysis, portfolio performance evaluation and liquidity management. Prior to joining the foundation, Elizabeth was managing director of public investments at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she selected and monitored investments with managers, participated on the institutions risk assessment committee and contributed to overall portfolio management. Earlier in her career, she was a senior vice president for Lazard Asset Management (2001-2006), a hedge fund analyst for The Torrey Funds (1999-2001), and a wealth management associate for the U.S. Trust Corporation (1998-1999). She holds an M.A. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Elizabeth is a trustee of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y., where she has a residence.


Bailey Jacquier 
Finance Associate

Bailey Jacquier joined Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in July 2021 as finance associate. She grew up working on her family's fourth-generation Laurelbrook Farm in East Canaan, Conn. Bailey was previously an office assistant at Laurelbrook Natural Resources in Canaan, Conn., and Camp Sloane YMCA in Lakeville, Conn. She holds bachelor's degrees in business administration and equine business management from Centenary University. Bailey lives in Canaan, Conn.


Caitlin Healy
Grants Associate

Caitlin Healy joined Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in November 2020 as grants associate. She has nearly 10 years of experience working for arts and culture organizations in Connecticut and Massachusetts. She previously served as the community investment manager at the Greater Hartford Arts Council, where she coordinated grant programs to support arts nonprofits. Caitlin has also worked at the University of Connecticut Music Department, Goodspeed Musicals, Audubon Arts Neighborhood Music School, Emerson College's Office of the Arts, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, MASS MoCA and MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Arts from MCLA. She lives in North Canaan, Conn.


Debbie Reinhart
Board Liaison and Assistant to the President

Debbie Reinhart returns to Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation as the board liaison and assistant to the president. Previously, Debbie served as the interim office manager in 2018 and continued to support BTCF through project-related work. Prior to relocating to Virginia, she also worked at the foundation from 2004 to 2008 as finance assistant and program associate. Debbie is an active volunteer in her church, where she serves as treasurer. She lives with her husband in Pittsfield, Mass.


Nicole Baker
Community Engagement Officer for Northeast Dutchess County

Nicole Baker joined Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in June 2021 as community engagement officer for northeast Dutchess County. She has 18 years of experience as a development professional specializing in grantwriting, volunteer engagement, capital campaigns and events planning. She previously worked on youth development initiatives at The Art Effect and anti-violence and family support programs with Family Services, both located in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and strategic plan implementation with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y. Nicole has also worked with various national and international nonprofits, including the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Trust for Public Land, and Phoenix House. Her volunteer efforts have included working with the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, teaching English as a second language, and campaigning for climate change awareness. A Hudson Valley native, she holds a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University in religion and art history, and lives in Clinton Corners, N.Y., with her family.


Jennifer Lilienthal
Philanthropic Services Associate

Jennifer Lilienthal joined Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Services department in February 2020 following more than 12 years of employment in community banks, where she focused on accounting. She has worked in development at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires, and the Austen Riggs Center. Jenny sings tenor in Berkshire Hills Chorus, a four-part a cappella chorus. She lives in Lee, Mass., with her husband, Peter.


Brenda Trierweiler

Brenda Trierweiler joined Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation as controller in November 2020. She has over 30 years of financial experience, both for-profit and nonprofit, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Brenda most recently served as the chief financial officer at the Children’s Study Home in Springfield for nearly 10 years. Brenda has lifelong ties to South Berkshire County, and she returned to the region to support BTCF and its mission. Brenda lives in Sheffield, Mass., with her partner, Bob, and enjoys the outdoors and spending time with friends and pets.


Ackneil M. (Trey) Muldrow, III
Trey Muldrow is a New York-based partner in the private equity practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He advises corporations, sovereign wealth groups and private equity sponsors around the world on market-leading transactions, including cross-border merger, buyout, SPAC, spinout, carve-out and divestiture transactions. He also has a well-recognized practice in asset manager mergers and acquisitions and complex secondaries transactions. Prior to joining Weil, he was the partner in charge of Akin Gump’s New York office and a member of its global corporate steering committee. He was named 2015 Private Practitioner of the Year by the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and named among the 2013 CUP Catalysts: Change Agents in the area of law by the Council of Urban Professionals. He serves on the board of the High Line and chairs the board of Dance Theatre of Harlem. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Virginia School of Law, he lives part-time in Taghkanic, N.Y.  


Bryan E. House
Bryan House is director of community outreach and engagement with the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office, where he is responsible for managing and cultivating partnerships with community groups and organizations to advance the office’s mission and goals. Previously, he served as a deputy director and youth programming director of the Berkshire Community Action Council, a human services agency that assists low-income residents of Berkshire County in achieving sustainability and self-sufficiency. He is heavily involved in the community and currently serves on the BRIDGE Race Task Force, the City of Pittsfield’s Personnel Review Board, MassHire’s Berkshire Workforce Board, Greylock Federal Credit Union’s volunteer Supervisory Committee, and the boards of directors of UCP of Berkshire County and Pittsfield Community Television. Educated at Illinois State University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Bryan is a former professional baseball player and high school coach. He lives in Housatonic, Mass.  


Berkshire Nursing Families supports young families through playgroups, lactation education and consultations. Multiple BTCF area funds and donor advised funds make grants for this critical work. Photo by John Dolan.


The Berkshire Museum received an Arts Build Community grant and participated in a yearlong learning program for arts and culture nonprofits as part of the initiative. Photo by John Dolan.


From left, Eliza Petrie, Lupe Evans and Evelyn Garzetta of Grace Immigrant Outreach provide aid to individuals and families in northeast Dutchess County. Photo by John Dolan.


Rolling Grocer 19’s brick-and-mortar grocery store in Hudson give residents consistent access to wholesome, local food that is made affordable by tiered pricing based on income. Photo by John Dolan.


Valerie Lenis of Lakeville is the ninth recipient of the $105,000 Margaret Derwin scholarship. Photo by John Dolan.


Columbia County Recovery Kitchen received a grant from our Columbia County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to provide meals for families experiencing food insecurity. Photo by John Dolan.


Valerie Chisom (right) of Lee, Mass., explained her business idea at EforAll Berkshire County's inaugural pitch contest in October 2019 at the Berkshire Museum. Following the contest, she joined EforAll's first yearlong business accelerator training program. “I’m a teacher with 30 years of experience in the classroom," she said. "I founded Berkshire Learning, which is an in-home-based preschool focused on play and nature—perfect for the beautiful Berkshires.” Photo by John Dolan.


Jane Iredale
Jane Iredale founded Iredale Cosmetics in 1994 and served as its chief executive officer for 26 years. The Iredale makeup line is sold nationwide and in more than 50 countries. Jane is credited with introducing the first natural makeup line to professionals and was named the International Spa Association’s Visionary of the Year in 2014. After the company’s purchase in 2019, she became a board member and serves as an active adviser to the new CEO. Previously, she was co-owner of a New York film and theater production company that received an Emmy Award and a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical. Jane currently sits on the board of the Personal Care Products Council. Locally, she is a board member of the Berkshire Botanical Garden and previously served for many years on the boards of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center and Berkshire Grown. Jane attended New York University and received a master’s degree at the University of Albany-SUNY.


Peter Frank
For nearly 25 years, Peter Frank has been a freelance set designer and prop stylist with a focus on interior, still life and lifestyle photography in the home furnishings sector. Peter served as a contributing editor to Martha Stewart Living, and has produced and styled features for magazines such as House Beautiful, Real Simple and Elle Decor. His commercial work includes advertising campaigns for Target, Viking, Proctor & Gamble, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, DuPont, Macy’s, Starwood and other national brands. Since relocating to Hudson, N.Y., Peter has been an engaged community leader. He is founding board chair of Friends of Hudson Youth, an organization dedicated to enhancing programming at the Hudson Youth Department. Peter has also been active with the Hudson Pride Festival, Alliance for Positive Health and Historic Hudson. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University. 


Eleanore Velez
Eleanore Velez is an admissions counselor and coordinator of the Multicultural Center at Berkshire Community College. She helps lead efforts to foster a welcoming and engaging campus for students from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds so they can thrive and achieve their full potential. Eleanore is a longtime liaison and advocate with community agencies working to enhance the dialogue that leads to deeper community integration. A diversity and inclusion champion, she has received the Literacy Network of South Berkshire Founders of America Award, the Berkshire Immigrant Center’s Jane Addams Spirit Award and the Multicultural Competence Award from BRIDGE. In October 2019, Eleanore was one of 41 recipients of the 2019 Latinx Excellence on the Hill award from the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus. She is currently a board member of Barrington Stage Company and a member of the Four Freedoms Coalition. Eleanore, who resides in Lee, Mass., was born in Mexico. She holds an associate’s degree from BCC and a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College.


David Offensend
David Offensend is president and CEO of Education Development Center, a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health and expand economic opportunity. Before that, he was chief operating officer for America Achieves, a nonprofit that helps communities and states build high-quality educational systems and prepare young people for college and careers. He previously served for 10 years as COO of the New York Public Library, the nation’s largest public library system with 90 affiliated branches. Prior to his work in the nonprofit sector, David cofounded Evercore Partners, an independent investment banking advisory firm, and played leadership roles at the investment organization of Robert M. Bass and Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking Partnership. He has served on the boards of Princeton University, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation. David holds a B.A. in public and international affairs from Princeton and an M.A. in business administration from the Harvard Business School. Dave and his wife, Janny, live part-time in Wassaic, N.Y.


Joseph R. Baker, MBA
Vice President, Finance and Administration

Joe Baker joined Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in May 2019 as vice president of finance and administration. In this role, Joe oversees finances, investments, human resources and operations for the foundation. Joe has worked in the community foundation field for 13 years and brings a background in nonprofit finance, development and community initiatives. He previously worked for Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and the Community Foundation for Greater New Britain, both in Connecticut. Joe has also led United Ways, nonprofit service organizations and developed Danbury Children First, a parent-led community initiative. Joe earned his MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and Spanish from Colby College. He lives in Sheffield with his family.


Miriam McKibben
Administrative Manager

Miriam McKibben joined Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in February 2019 as administrative manager. She welcomes visitors, supports office operations, assists the foundation’s staff and board of directors, and coordinates meeting and events. Prior to joining BTCF, Miriam served as a paralegal specializing in real estate and finance for more than 30 years, most recently at Dechert LLP in Hartford and Related Companies in New York City. She resides in Sheffield with her husband.


Kelly Sweet
Community Engagement Officer

Kelly Sweet joined Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in January 2019 as community engagement officer for philanthropic services. She works to advance the foundation’s strategic priorities and enhance its donor and community relationships. She has over 20 years of experience in business and service management in the U.S. and abroad, including eight years in development at the American Institute for Economic Research, a national nonprofit focused on economic education. In addition to program work in the area of grant making, Kelly assists nonprofits with their fundraising efforts and planned giving programs, as well as manages the foundation’s relationships with professional advisors. She is a board member of the Berkshire County Estate Planning Council and supports organizations that provide human services and historic preservation. She was raised in Hillsdale, N.Y., and graduated from the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass. She obtained degrees in inclusive elementary and special education, and sociology, from Syracuse University. She lives in Alford, Mass., with her husband Peter and their dog, Lola.


Kara Mikulich
Chief Philanthropy Officer

Kara Mikulich joined Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in October 2018 as chief philanthropy officer, a new role that provides the strategic vision, staff leadership and operational oversight for all asset development and donor engagement activities. With more than 25 years of leadership in the nonprofit sector, she has worked on both sides of the fundraising relationship. Most recently, she served as vice president, strategy and development, at Public Allies, a national service organization that prepares young people in 25 cities for careers in public service. She has led grant-seeking and development efforts for a wide range of nonprofits, from local direct-service agencies to national and international nongovernmental organizations, and she previously served as a program officer at the Joyce Foundation. A lawyer by training, Kara began her career as a staff attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and the College of the Holy Cross. Kara and her husband live in the Berkshires and are the parents of two young adult children. 


John Gillespie
Interim Chief Financial Officer

John Gillespie brings more than 40 years of finance experience to Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in his role as interim chief financial officer. He recently served as vice president of finance and information technology at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Mass., and currently delivers interim CFO and accounting services to nonprofits and social enterprises as part of the team at Charles River CFO. In early 2011, he sold his consulting firm to Veris Consulting, where he launched the financial executive search practice and led both the CFO and executive search practice groups. His community work includes serving as board president of the Stockbridge Library Association. John holds a master’s degree in accounting from Boston College and a bachelor’s in communications from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He lives in Stockbridge with his wife, Linda, and their dog, Kibo.


Betsy Maury
Community Engagement Officer for Community Philanthropy

Betsy Maury joined Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in May 2018 as the community engagement officer for community philanthropy, a new role that focuses on area funds in northeast Dutchess and northwest Litchfield counties, as well as the foundation’s strategic priorities of community engagement and economic opportunity. Betsy has a background in book publishing and has worked as a senior acquisitions editor at Random House. She is actively involved with multiple community organizations in Connecticut’s Northwest Corner, serving on the board of the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury, and volunteering for the SOAR after-school enrichment program at Salisbury Central School and St. Mary’s church in Lakeville. Betsy visited Millerton as a child and worked in Europe for 15 years before moving the region. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and Latin from Smith College and lives in Lakeville with her husband and son.


Dr. Tim Wilmot
Director of Strategy, Evaluation and Learning

Dr. Tim Wilmot has served as director of strategy, evaluation and learning since August 2018. In this role, he develops and refines program strategies, evaluates outcomes and impact, and promotes learning and knowledge sharing among staff, board, donors and partners about the foundation’s priorities and issues facing the region. Tim has two decades of experience in the fields of strategy, research and evaluation at philanthropic foundations. He previously worked for the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust in Phoenix, and the Marin Community and Charles & Helen Schwab Foundations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tim started his career as a knowledge management consultant for Ernst & Young LLP, and he earned his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University and a B.A. in economics with honors from Eckerd College. Originally from the Boston area, he lives in Pittsfield, Mass. with his wolfadoodle, Maggie.


Amy Taylor
Community Engagement Officer for Education

Amy Taylor joined Berkshire Taconic Community in June 2018 as the community engagement officer for education to advance the foundation’s strategic priority of educational attainment. She works with donors, scholarship funds and education enrichment funds to harness optimal impact for children, families and communities. Amy has 25 years of teaching experience from an array of educational settings. Most recently, she led cross-sector initiatives with and for children and families as community liaison at the Berkshire United Way. She holds a Master of Arts in developmental perspectives in education from Mills College, a bachelor’s degree in human services from Lesley University, and multiple Massachusetts teaching credentials. She lives with her family in the Berkshires.


Jessica Keute
Office Manager

Jessica Keute joined Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in January 2018 as the office manager and executive liaison. In this role, she welcomes visitors and supports staff members in all aspects of their work. Jessica grew up in Hudson, N.Y., where she was previously a receptionist and aide at Excel Physical Therapy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management with a concentration in strategic human resources from Siena College. She lives in Austerlitz, N.Y., with her boyfriend and two dogs.


Jodi Rathbun-Briggs
Jodi Rathbun-Briggs has two decades of experience in the banking sector, specializing in the fields of internal audits, risk management and commercial lending. Jodi joined the team at Greylock Federal Credit Union in 2010 and was promoted to the position of senior vice president and chief lending officer in December 2015. She previously worked for a decade at Legacy Banks in Pittsfield, Mass., where she served in various roles, including vice president of commercial lending from 2004 to 2010. She was a recipient of the 2015 Credit Union Heroes Award, given by Banker & Tradesman. Jodi’s volunteer activities include sitting on the board of directors for the 1Berkshire Foundation and previously serving on boards and committees for Community Health Programs and Berkshire Community Action Council, among other organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Western New England College and an associate’s degree from Berkshire Community College. She resides in Great Barrington, Mass.


Suzette Brooks Masters
Suzette Brooks Masters is an expert on immigrant and refugee integration policy who currently provides strategic advice on the topic to foundations, nonprofits and corporations, including Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. She previously oversaw immigration-related grantmaking at the J.M. Kaplan Fund, a New York-based family foundation, for nearly a decade. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Suzette practiced corporate and environmental law in New York City until 1999, when she shifted her attention to immigrant issues. She co-founded New York Cares, a nonprofit volunteer organization that engages young professionals in community service, in the late 1980s. Suzette has served in leadership roles on a number of nonprofit boards, including the New York Immigration Coalition, the Tenement Museum, HIAS (formerly the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), the National Immigration Forum and the Lawyers Alliance for New York. She has received awards from the New York Immigration Coalition, Welcoming America, City and State Reports, the American Immigration Council, the National Partnership for New Americans and Upwardly Global. Suzette has degrees in economics from Amherst College and Cambridge University, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She lives with her husband in Canaan, N.Y., and New York City.


Nancy Needham Hathaway
Nancy Needham Hathaway was the head of school at Dutchess Day School in Millbrook, N.Y., for seven years before retiring in 2017. She sat on the school’s board from 1989 to 1999, served as treasurer from 1994 to 1999 and joined the faculty as a history teacher from 2007 to 2010. The school’s renovated science wing was named in Nancy’s honor. Nancy began her career in finance, spending 15 years at Bankers Trust Company before moving into education, teaching math at Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, Conn., and then at Greenwich Country Day School in Greenwich, Conn. She is currently the treasurer of the board of directors of Dutchess Land Conservancy, where she served as chair from 1992 to 1997. She was also a member of the management committee for the Millbrook Horse Trials for 10 years. She holds a master’s degree in history from Western Connecticut State University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Smith College. Nancy resides in Millbrook, N.Y.


Michael Clinton
Information Technology Manager

Michael Clinton joined the staff at Berkshire Taconic Community foundation in June 2017. In his role as information technology manager, he is responsible for the day-to-day integration of technology, as well as general maintenance and security of data and applications. He has a background in educational and retail technology in both the private and public sector. He holds an associate’s degree from Gateway Community College in New Haven, Conn. He currently resides in Winsted, Conn.


Dustin Briggs
Finance and Operations Associate

Dustin Briggs joined Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in April 2017. In his role as finance and operations associate, he is responsible for accounts payable, contribution processing, payroll systems support, data analysis and facilities maintenance. Prior to joining BTCF, he was a financial assistant at Community Health Programs in Great Barrington, Mass. Dustin holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a minor in mathematics from Westfield State University. He lives in Sheffield, Mass.


The staff of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.


Darryl Gangloff
Communications Officer

Darryl Gangloff joined Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation as communications officer in October 2017 to help share BTCF’s mission of strengthening communities through philanthropy and leadership. He was previously the entertainment editor at The Lakeville Journal Company in Lakeville, Conn. His career in local journalism has included positions at the Poughkeepsie Journal in Poughkeepsie, N.Y, the Harlem Valley Times in Amenia, N.Y., and the Register Herald in Pine Plains, N.Y. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Marist College. Darryl is a lifelong Dutchess County resident. He lives with his wife and daughter in Millerton, N.Y., where he is the secretary of the Friends of the Irondale Schoolhouse board.


Elizabeth R. Hilpman
Liz Hilpman joined Barlow Partners in January 2001 as chief investment officer and a partner of the firm. She has over 30 years of investment management experience, including at Commonfund, Dartmouth College and Global Asset Management. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Liz is a frequent speaker at hedge fund conferences and serves on the investment committees of the University of New Hampshire Foundation, the Maine Community Foundation and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y. She resides with her husband, Bryon Tucker, in Norfolk, Conn., and New York City.


Michael J. Wynn
Michael Wynn has been serving and protecting his hometown of Pittsfield, Mass., for more than 20 years. He has led the Pittsfield Police Department as the chief of police since December 2007. He began his career in 1993 as the first director of the Westside Neighborhood Resource Center — an organization directed at improving communication and police services in a drug-impacted neighborhood. He attended the Police Academy in 1995 and joined the Pittsfield Police Department in 1996. In 2003, he was selected to serve as a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Leadership Fellow, working in the DEA's Leadership Development Unit in Quantico, Va. He is a certified trainer in numerous disciplines, including defensive tactics, patrol procedures, cultural diversity, bias crimes, leadership and workplace discrimination. As the president of Victory Force Options Training in Pittsfield, he has provided training and education on these disciplines to law enforcement supervisors since March 2007. He graduated from Taconic High School, attended the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated from Williams College with a degree in English literature and American studies.


Danielle Benassutti
Philanthropic Services Associate

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.

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.

Emily Bronson
Senior Community Engagement Officer

Emily Bronson returns to Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation as the senior 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 Falls Village, Conn., with her husband and daughter.

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.


Justin Burke
Director of Marketing and Communications

Justin Burke has worked in nonprofit communications for nearly two decades. 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.


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.


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.


Pamela R. Green
Pamela R. 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. Pam was named to Boston magazine’s “Super Lawyers Rising Stars” list in 2013-2016 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 vice-chair of the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority board of directors, general counsel for the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum, and is the past board chair of the Berkshire County Estate Planning Council. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Western New England University School of Law, where she served as managing editor of the law review. Pam is also a cum laude graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in world politics.  


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 also named superintendent of the Shaker Mountain School Union, which serves Richmond, Hancock and New Ashford, in 2016. 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 Stockbridge.  


Peter Taylor

Peter Taylor became the fourth president of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in January 2016. Since his arrival, Peter has led the board and staff through a regional community assessment and a strategic planning process resulting in new foundation priorities aimed at increasing educational attainment, community engagement and economic opportunity. During his tenure, the foundation has worked collaboratively with BTCF donors, committees, other funders and community groups to launch multi-year initiatives focused on supporting entrepreneurship, strengthening community engagement through the arts, increasing educational attainment and reducing poverty and substance use. Previously, Peter served as vice president, program development and grantmaking services, at the Maine Community Foundation, a statewide community foundation he joined in 2002. Prior to this role, Peter was associate dean of students at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Peter serves as chair of the EforAll Leadership Advisory Board, vice-chair of the Regional School District Planning Board, and the board of Philanthropy Massachusetts. His past board service includes chairing Maine Philanthropy Center and Maine Commission for Community Service. 


Berkshire Taconic staff. Photo by Sarah Edwards

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 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.


Ellen Casey Boyd
Ellen Casey Boyd has over 20 years of experience in development, marketing and corporate relations for nonprofits and grantmakers focused on health, literacy, and women and girls. She spent seven years in New York City, where she was on the development staff at the New York Women’s Foundation and Gilda’s Club, before managing corporate giving for the American Cancer Society’s Eastern Division. She then led the development program at Starlight Children’s Foundation of New England in Boston. Locally, she has served as event coordinator for Literacy Network of South Berkshire. Ellen is chair of the South Berkshire County Fund committee, a BTCF area fund with over $3.5 million in assets, and sits on the advisory committee of the Denise Kaley Fund, which supports Berkshire County women with cancer in financial need. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and American studies from Skidmore College. Ellen lives in West Stockbridge, Mass., with her husband, Steve, and their two children.


Thaddeus Gray
Thaddeus Gray has served as a member of Berkshire Taconic’s investment committee since March 2013. In 2017, he retired as a managing director at Abbott Capital Management, LLC, a New York-based investment advisor focused exclusively on private equity. Thaddeus was 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.


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.


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.

Kelly Bio

Kelly A. Morgan
Kelly Morgan is a managing director at Boston-based investment firm Prio Wealth and a skilled portfolio manager with three decades of experience in investments. Kelly joined the firm 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, N.Y.

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 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.
Cathy Bio
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.

Jill Bio
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.

Peggy Gearity

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.


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 $150 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.

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.

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.

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 former 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. Simmons 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, N.Y.

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
Senior Accountant

Lisa Mlynarczyk is one of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation's longest-serving employees. 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

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.

Berkshire Taconic Staff and Board Photo by John Dolan