Berkshire 25 for 2017
Jayne Atkinson-Gill and Michel Gill
Berkshire Magazine/TownVibe Announce
The Berkshire 25
August 24, 2017 — Berkshire Magazine has released this year's names of the Berkshire 25 — a group of leaders, doers, creators, and community stalwarts who help make the Berkshires a dynamic place to live and work. Representing every aspect of the community, these 25 people are highlighted in the upcoming September issue of Berkshire Magazine. The selected individuals have contributed tremendously to our community — selflessly, in many case. They come from various walks of life, reflecting the diversity and dedication of people who have made themselves an integral part of our unique region. This is our fourth year of honoring a select group of individuals. With the help of a panel of advisors, we proudly present the Berkshire 25.
Asma Abbas, Bard College at Simon’s Rock educator, political theorist, founder and executive director of the Hic Rosa Collective.
Joe Baker, landscape artist, musician, art teacher, website designer, and community activist, instrumental in creating the Monterey Community Center.
Hinda Bodinger founder of Berkshire Baby Box, providing newborns with some essentials, a safe sleeping space, and connectivity to Berkshire resources.
Shavelle Boire, coach of Pittsfield High School’s cheerleading squad, owner of Spirited Shears Salon.
Julianne Boyd, artistic director of Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield.
Linda Burlak, science teacher and academic dean at Buxton School in Williamstown whose avocation is music.
Darren Derby, Pittsfield Police Patrol Officer a major supporter of the Special Olympics who is described by many as a community hero.
Michelle Derr, director of WIC and Family Services at CHP in Great Barrington, a strong advocate of CHP’s mobile health van for rural communities.
Jayne Atkinson-Gill and Michel Gill (pictured above), widely known for their roles in Netflix’s “House of Cards” who have given support to various local entities such as WAM, Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, Chesterwood, BTG, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative.
Kathleen Hall, a retired Lee High School teacher who serves on the Lee School Committee and was instrumental in the building of a toddler playground at the Lee athletic field.
Sally and Fred Harris, who saved Saint James Place in Great Barrington and turned it into a community space that houses nonprofits, a theater, studios, and more.
Tom Kelly, program director for Project Connection, an after-school and summer program with the Berkshire Hills Regional School District that offers activity-based experiential learning.
Laurie Norton Moffatt, director and CEO of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge.
Christopher Nye, board chair at Orion magazine, vice president of the Myrin Institute, a founding member of the Great Barrington Land Conservancy. He led the business and later the sciences and engineering divisions during his 26 years at BCC.
Linda Sinopoli O’Brien, backbone of UNICO (Unity, Neighborliness, Integrity, Charity and Opportunity) Pittsfield, serving as the secretary to the president.
Tessa Kelly and Chris Parkinson, husband-and-wife architects and founders of The Mastheads Writers’ Residency Program.
Cara Petricca, who devotes much of her life to rescuing injured, wild animals. A compassionate and determined wildlife rehabber at Bluebird Farm, an animal sanctuary in Cheshire.
William “Smitty” Pignatelli, a Lenox native who has served as a State Representative for the 4th Berkshire District since 2003. Now serving his eighth term and recently appointed chairman of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
Arthur “Art” Sherman, a tireless volunteer with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Also the founder and chief benefactor of OLLI’s Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture series.
Jenn Smith, community engagement editor and education reporter at The Berkshire Eagle, who is involved in many community projects and is a trusted media voice.
Ilana Steinhauer, director of medical services at Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires, which provides free primary and urgent health care to individuals in need.
Alice Trumball, co-founder of Moments House in Pittsfield who has had a major impact on the whole community. The Berkshire community recently has come to support Alice, who is now battling cancer.
Berkshire Magazine will honor the 25 individuals at a reception on Monday, August 28, at Naumkeag in Stockbridge.
Berkshire Magazine tells the stories of this region of western Massachusetts. The magazine explores the arts, homes, activities, personalities, and attractions with an authoritative voice, informed curiosity, and great images. The publication reaches 15,000 homes, and an additional 5,000 copies are sold at newsstands and provided in-room at area inns and hotels. It is published by TownVibe, a leading publisher of high-quality lifestyle magazines for the Northeast's most sophisticated, savvy, and sensible readers. TownVibe's six award-winning magazines and websites, townvibe.com and berkshiremag.com, are read regularly by 225,000 people.
For additional information, contact Anastasia Stanmeyer, editor of Berkshire Magazine, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-429-5504.