Executive Director – Liana Toscanini

Contact Liana if you have an idea for a webinar, partnership or collaboration, need advice or help with starting a nonprofit, fiscal sponsorship, volunteering for the NPC or joining the board.

Operations Manager – Elizabeth Stone

Contact Elizabeth if you have questions about: invoicing and online orders, membership, event registration, advertising, updates to your Giving Back profile or Connections sponsorship.

Board Bios:

Erika Allison

Erika is an engineer, educator, entrepreneur and emcee.  Beginning her career in the Fortune 100 corporate world, she left to teach high school in NYC with the goal of broadening access for girls and minorities in STEM careers.  After 10 years in the STEM education space, a relationship prompted Erika’s move to the Berkshires. She eagerly inserted herself into this community and became Director of Member Services at 1Berkshire, where she was best known for her Facebook Live videos. In her current role as Assistant Vice President at Willow – Investments for Loving Change, a Berkshire-based, women-led wealth management firm focused on socially- and environmentally-responsible investing, holistic financial planning and conscious leader empowerment, she continues to work for innovative and inclusive economic development in the Berkshires. Erika is also a student at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. Erika lives in Great Barrington with her partner Toni and two teenage stepsons.

Stephanie Bosley

Stephanie Bosley serves as the Community Connector Partnership Coordinator with Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC). She is living her lifelong dream of serving her community and has held positions with 1Berkshire, the American Cancer Society, the Town of Adams and the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition. Stephanie currently serves as a Commissioner on the Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women, and on the Board of Directors for the Hoosic River Revival project. She is a graduate of the Berkshire Leadership Program, the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts’ Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI) Program and most recently the Dulye Leadership Experience Gen Now Retreat. Stephanie was a recipient of Berkshire Community College’s 40 Under Forty award in 2019. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a Master of Science in Public Affairs from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Grant Writing Certificate from the University of Southern Maine.

Patrick Danahey

Patrick Danahey is a Berkshire-based entrepreneur, operations strategist, and design enthusiast. In 2017 he co-founded R3SET Enterprise, a company that develops brands and products to effect positive socioeconomic change within communities. Recently Patrick and his team opened Sp3ak Easy Studio, the Berkshire’s first video podcasting studio, helping organizations harness the power of contemporary marketing and storytelling. He is a Berkshire Leadership Program graduate, a Washington Center graduate, and a two-time academic excellence recipient at Westfield State University. When not working Patrick enjoys skiing at Jiminy Peak and talking entrepreneurship.

Auric Enchill

Auric Enchill graduated from Tufts University in 2018 with a U.S. History major and an Entrepreneurial Studies minor.  He currently works as a sales manager at Elegant Stitches, his family-owned business in Pittsfield.  In the past year, he secured a PERC technical assistance grant to update the company website, increasing sales by 30%, and an SBA8a certification to become a government contractor, as well as certification as a minority-owned business.  While at Tufts, Auric played men’s Varsity Lacrosse, earning several championships.  In spring of 2019 he served as a judge for the Berkshire Nonprofit Awards.

Marianne Fresia (Treasurer)

Born and raised in Pittsfield, Marianne is a 1999 graduate of PHS currently attending BCC.  She volunteers with the Money Management Program through Berkshire Elder Services, Money School with the Elizabeth Freeman Center, and has been a money mentor at Miss Halls School.  She is a board member of Berkshire County Estate Planning Council and a member of Estate Planning Council of Hamden County.  As a dual employee for both Lee Bank and October Mountain Financial Advisors in Lee, she has been with the firms for over 3 years and is a Vice President of Private Banking and Trust Services for Lee bank.

Ilene Marcus (Secretary)

A resident of Monterey, Ilene Marcus has been a Berkshire community member for over 20 years. After 30 years in the C-suite of multi-million dollar organizations, including running one of the largest social welfare bureaucracies in the country, she has built her own business over the last 7 years using her experience to guide leaders to build kind, joyful, and purposeful workplaces. Ilene founded Aligned Workplace, working to build cohesive teams for business growth, and is the author of How to Deal with Annoying People. Academically, earning both her MSW and MPA from Columbia University, she served as Adjunct Faculty in the Social Work Masters Program for 10 years and for 4 years as Adjunct at Hunter College in NYC. Ilenespeaks, writes and mentors on how to navigate and create powerful engaged teams.

Dan Stanyon (President)

Dan Stanyon is a Vice President and Trust Officer with Salisbury Bank and Trust Company and holds the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor destination. He moved to the Berkshire area in 2014 from Burlington, Vermont where he met his wife Dawn Stanyon and raised two children. While in Burlington, he served on several boards in varying capacities including HomeShare Vermont Board Chair, Converse Home Board Chair, Foster Grandparent Program Board Chair, and National Alliance on Mental Illness finance committee member. Dan joined the Berkshire County Estate Planning Council in 2016 and has served as Vice President and Clerk. Dan enjoys time with his family and likes to hike, camp, do yard work, and smoke meat.

Abbie J. von Schlegell, CFRE

Abbie J. von Schlegell, CFRE has been in the development field for over 40 years.  She has held key major gifts positions at Stanford University, The University of Chicago, and was Chief Development Officer for both the Shakespeare Theatre Company and for Enterprise Community Partners. She edited the first book about women’s philanthropy, Women as Donors, Women as Philanthropists, published by Jossey Bass and continues to do research and speak about women’s giving.  Her extensive nonprofit experience includes capital campaigns, major gifts programs and volunteer and staff training. She now heads her own firm, based in the Berkshires, and is a Certified Governance Trainer with BoardSource.