The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, in partnership with The Berkshire Eagle, will present the 5th Annual Berkshire Nonprofit Awards on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. The awards recognize people who work tirelessly in the nonprofit sector to serve the Berkshire community.


Nominations were solicited from across the Berkshires in seven categories through Monday, February 28, 2022: Executive Leadership, Board Leadership, Rock Star (formerly Super Staffer), Unsung Hero, Volunteer, Lifetime Achievement, and Samya Rose Stumo Youth Leadership.


A panel of 21 judges from the business and nonprofit sectors has chosen one honoree in each of the 7 categories from among 86 nominations.


On May 24, Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli will co-host a 45-minute virtual event featuring a presentation to the honorees, a message of inspiration from Lieutenant Governor Polito, entertainment by Music in Common, and a drawing for a $3,000 cash prize for one nonprofit in attendance.


The event is free and open to the public thanks to sponsors:

GOLD SPONSORS: The Berkshire Eagle, Warrior Trading

SILVER SPONSORS: Berkshire Bank, Berkshire Health Systems, Berkshire United Way, Black Rock Foundation/The Donald C. McGraw Foundation, The Feigenbaum Foundation, The Jane & Jack Fitzpatrick Trust

BRONZE SPONSORS: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Lamar Advertising Company, Salisbury Bank, Williamstown Community Chest

The NPC is grateful to local and regional businesses for sponsoring this celebratory event. Learn more about how YOU can sponsor the 2022 awards event at this link >>

2022 Honorees

Board Leadership

Dr. Marie G. Rudden/Berkshire Community Diaper Project


Executive Leadership
Ananda Timpane/Railroad Street Youth Project


Lifetime Achievement
Gerard E. Burke/Hillcrest Educational Centers


Rock Star
Katie Clarke/Community Access to the Arts (CATA)


Samya Rose Stumo Youth Leadership
Jade Schnauber/Lever, Inc.


Unsung Hero

Courtney Kimball/Construct Inc.



Charles Bonenti/Berkshire Immigrant Center

2022 Nominees


Lois Daunis/ROOTS Teen Center

Laurie Gallagher/Berkshire United Way

Mark Gold/Community Legal Aid

Mark Harris/Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity

Wendy Healey/WAM Theatre

Alex Kastrinakis/BFAIR

Mary Nash/Flying Cloud Institute

Leslie Reed/Dalton CRA



Christa Collier/Northern Berkshire United Way

Leigh Doherty/Literacy Network of South Berkshire

Jenise L. Lucey/Berkshire South Regional Community Center

Janis Martinson/Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Laurie Norton Moffatt/Norman Rockwell Museum

Bettina Montano/Berkshire Pulse

Robert Mulhall/Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

Maria Rundle/Flying Cloud Institute

Cherri Sanes/ExtraSpecialteas, Inc.

Eugenie Sills/Clinton Church Restoration Project

Ben Sosne/Berkshire Innovation Center

Carolyn Valli/Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity

Brett Westbrook/Berkshire County Head Start



Julianne Boyd/Barrington Stage Company

Darlene Ellis/Berkshire Food Project

Maren Jacobs/UCP of Western Massachusetts

Isabelle Kaplan/Berkshire Immigrant Center

Susan Frisch Lehrer/Jewish Federation of the Berkshires

Douglas Malins/George B. Crane Memorial Center

Christopher Moon/Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity

Maeve O’Dea/Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Liliana Ortiz-Bermudez/Festival Latino of the Berkshires

John Perreault/Berkshire Humane Society

Sheila Toomey/Berkshire County Head Start


Mariah Auman/Berkshire Natural Resources Council

Dustin Belcher/Dalton CRA

Meg Bossong/Williams College

Brendan Farrell/Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity

Nicole Fecteau/Roots & Dreams & Mustard Seeds

Lorie Harrington/Berkshire County Head Start

Stephanie Jimenez/Soldier On

Maryam Kamangar/Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires & So. Vermont

Mariám Orengo/Manos Unidas Multicultural Educational Cooperative

Brenda Petell/Berkshire United Way

Brielle Rizzotti/IS183 Art School

Robert J. Shearer DNP, AGACNP-BC, RN/Berkshire Health Systems

Talya Taliferro/TG’s Clubhouse



Ethan Coe/Pittsfield Education Foundation

Deisy Escobar/Railroad Street Youth Project

Jake Harte/Dalton Community Recreation Association

Olivia Nda/NAACP and “Students Who Have a Voice” by PHS



Erica Barreto/MCLA Institute for the Arts and Humanities (MCLA-IAH)

Cathy Buffoni/Stockbridge Library Association

Maggie LaMee/Barrington Stage Company

Sheryl Lechner/Berkshire Immigrant Center

Donna Morelli/Central West Justice Center (CWJC)

Ivania Mottos/Berkshire County Head Start

Arthur Niedeck/Berkshires Jazz, Inc.

Paul W. O’Brien/Sheffield Historical Society

Mindy Shoestock/Berkshire Community Action Council



Hannah DeLisle-Stall/Berkshire Business Professional Women

Shirley Edgerton/Rites of Passage and Empowerment (ROPE)

Ray Gardino/American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Berkshire County

Tanya Haas/Kindness is Foundation, Make-a-Wish, Berkshire Elder Services, Investment Committee Berkshire Place, Blood Donor

Catherine Mayne/18 Degrees

Debra Miersma/Barrington Stage Company

Linda Riiska/HospiceCare in the Berkshires

Candace Wall/Junior League of Berkshire County

Todd Walton/St Joseph Food Pantry

Thank you to our 2022 Judging Panel!


Pastor Joel Bergeland/Zion Lutheran Church of Pittsfield, Catheryn Chacon/Latinas413, Auric Enchill/Elegant Stitches, John Halbreich, Amanda Belanger/Northern Berkshire Pediatrics, Alison Peters/Dalton CRA, Marcus Coleman/Raymond James, Dan Stanyon/Salisbury Bank, Cassey Santos-China/Berkshire Pride, Kim Baker/Toole Insurance, Kelan O’Brien/Williams College, Nichole Dupont/Berkshire Money Management, Jennifer Connor Shumsky/Greylock Federal Credit Union, Jill Cancellieri/Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Mike Greenfest/Wayfair, Brenda Petell/Berkshire United Way, Lauren Smith/Berkshire Health Systems. Not pictured: Brian Drake/MountainOne, Robin McGraw/Black Rock Foundation, Julia Murphy/Office of Rep. Smitty Pignatelli, Gina Vallone/Lee Bank

The NPC is grateful to local and regional businesses for sponsoring this celebratory event. Learn more about how YOU can sponsor a future awards event at this link >>

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors

2022 Breakfast Club Supporters

The Breakfast Club consists of local businesses and individuals who want to show their support for everyone who works in the Berkshire nonprofit world.


Abbie von Schlegell
Berkshire Community Action Council
Berkshire Trade & Commerce
Comalli Group, Inc.
Green River Coaching & Consulting
Ilene Marcus, Aligned Workplace
Kris Hazzard, Katalyst
Lee Bank
MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board
October Mountain Financial Advisors
Price Chopper/Market32
Roger Magnus Research
Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli
Toole Insurance


Kim Baker
Ballen & Associates Consulting
Berkshire Natural Resources Council
Stephanie Bosley
Shannon Castille
Catheryn Chacon
Amy Chin, Berkshire Net Results
Dean Cimini & Liz Strand Cimini
Megan Clarke
Neil & Barbara Clarke
Sarah Cook
Ute Defarlo
Leigh Doherty
Lorena Dus
Jeffrey Gagnon
Marita Glodt
Alexandra Heddinger
Christine Hoyt
Isabelle Kaplan
Margaret Keller
Caroline Kelley
Sheryl Lechner
Todd Mack
Alice Maggio
Kate Mayne
Amy Morris
Judith Nardacci
Mary Nash
Elaine Padilla
Jane Ralph
Karen Richards
Marie Rudden
Amy Rudnick
Gabrielle Senza
Yvette Stoddard

William Svrluga
Leah Thompson
Daltrey Turner
Barbara Viniar
Laurie Werner
Mark & Bridget West

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