Executive Director – Liana Toscanini

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Board Bios:

Erika Allison

Erika (she/they) is an engineer, educator, entrepreneur and emcee. Beginning her career in the Fortune 100 corporate world, she left to teach high school math and physics in NYC with the goal of broadening access and increasing diversity in STEM careers. After directing a nonprofit STEM education start-up in NYC and a new rural STEM education initiative in Maine, love brought her to the Berkshires! She became active in community development as Director of Member Services at 1Berkshire, and as Assistant Vice President at Willow – Investments for Loving Change, a women-led wealth management firm. Now, Rev Erika is a Queer interfaith minister, spiritual coach, and author of the book Gay the Pray Away: Healing Your Life, Love, and Relationships from the Harms of LGBT Conversion Therapy. She is a professional speaker on the topics of acceptance and identity. Erika is based in Great Barrington with her partner Toni and two nest-springing teenagers.

Stephanie Bosley

Stephanie Bosley serves as the Director of Community Partnerships 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. 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 earned an associate degree from BCC and is currently attending MCLA to earn a bachelor’s degree. In addition, she is taking courses through The American College to become a Certified Financial Planner™.  She currently volunteers with Berkshire County Elder Services in their Money Management Program and has volunteered with Elizabeth Freeman’s Money School program and has been a money mentor at Miss Halls School. She is a board member of Berkshire County Estate Planning Council and the Estate Planning Council of Hampden County.  She is a dual employee for both Lee Bank and October Mountain Financial Advisors in Lee and has been with the firms for 5 years. Her role with Lee Bank is as Vice President of Private Banking and Trust Services which dovetails with her role in client services with October Mountain Financial Advisors.

Katherine K. Grubbs

Katherine is currently the attorney in charge of the Berkshire County office of the public defender’s division for the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS). Katherine joined CPCS in 2006 as a staff attorney in Bristol County before becoming a supervising attorney. CPCS is dedicated to providing legal representation for those unable to afford an attorney when facing criminal charges. We zealously advocate for equal justice by supporting the rights of individuals and upholding the Constitution to protect the rights of all. Prior to joining CPCS, Katherine taught college writing at the University of California, the University of Maryland and SUNY in Albany, NY. Katherine received her B.A. in English from Middlebury College, her M.A in Composition from SUNY Albany, her C.Phil in Literature from the University of California in San Diego, and her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. Moving to the Berkshires during the pandemic was a challenge, but through volunteering and community outreach, she has met many interesting, highly motivated and diverse people. Recently, Katherine and her office have worked with Pittsfield Beautiful, Community Legal Aid, the Pittsfield Jazz Festival, the Williamstown Theater Festival, and Berkshire Community College to bring collaborative projects to Berkshire County. Katherine is on the executive board of Second Street, an organization providing wrap-around services for people who have recently been incarcerated.

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.

Clemente Sajquiy Ramirez

Entrepreneur, artist and activist. Founder of green river property care and 40 under Forty awardee for helping create a safer environment for immigrants in the county. Originally from Guatemala. Living in the Berkshires for 13 years.

Dan Stanyon (President)

Dan Stanyon is a Vice President and Trust Officer with Salisbury Bank and Trust Company and holds the Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor designation. 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.

Laurie Werner

Laurie Werner has been working in nonprofit management and development since 1994, as both staff member and consultant, with a focus on capital and annual fundraising and organizational strategy. She was employed in senior fundraising positions at The Mount, MASS MoCA, and the Berkshire Museum. Prior to this, she was a research analyst in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and a marketing research director in the corporate sector where her experience included design and analysis of surveys, business strategy, and brand development.  Laurie graduated from Barnard College (Columbia University), and has a Ph.D. in Economics from City University of New York Graduate Center.  She is a resident of Pittsfield and is currently serving on the board of the Berkshire County Historical Society at Arrowhead.