Berkshire Nonprofit Awards 2024

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The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires in partnership with The Berkshire Eagle presents Thankyou toour sponsors!

“Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world a better place.”

How Lucky We Are to Have So Many Great People Working in the Nonprofi t Sector!

Each year we look forward to celebrating the dedication, creativity and passion of the people who work in the Berkshires’ large nonprofit sector. A panel of 21 judges embarks on a challenging process of choosing one honoree in each of 7 categories from among many worthy nominations. It is clear that the nonprofit sector is home to many “rockstar” employees whose great work is so appreciated by their organizations. It is a privilege to gather at the 7th annual Berkshire Nonprofit Awards on May 21st to recognize them all.

While the public may never see the extraordinary behind-the-scenes of nonprofit work, we know the positive impact on our community, and we can show our appreciation in a number of ways – through fi nancial contributions, attending events, volunteering and advocacy. May is not the ”giving” season per se, but if you value our healthcare workers, teachers, caregivers, food pantry organizers, mental health and housing providers, among others, consider donating or volunteering if you are able. Together, we CAN improve our world. – Liana Toscanini/Founder, Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires Watch the free Live Stream of the Awards event at 10:30 am on May 21. Register

Kids 4 Harmony will perform at the 7th Annual Berkshire Nonprofit Awards. Kids 4 Harmony is a free, intensive classical music program for youth from some of the most under-resourced communities in Berkshire County.

These 21 judges from both the corporate and nonprofit sectors carefully ranked their choices from among 62 nominations, culminating in a virtual meeting to fi nalize 7 honorees. We thank them for their time and integrity.

TOP ROW (left to right): Jay Ogle/Adams Community Bank, Liana Toscanini/NPC (Facilitator), Sooja Whalen/Lee Bank, Karen Richards/Volunteer, Paul Farella/Moneco Advisors SECOND ROW (l to r): Emily Schiavoni/North Adams Public Schools, Glenda Matos/Volunteer, Francesca Olsen/Volunteer, Katherine von Haefen/Berkshire United Way, Jennifer Connor Shumsky/Greylock Federal Credit Union THIRD ROW (l to r): Lisa Dent/MASS MoCA, Francesca Stanmeyer/Student, Heather Heim/CATA, Lori Kiely/Berkshire Bank, Shela Levante/ MCLA FOURTH ROW (l to r): Meg Sanders/Canna Provisions, Sabrina Allard/RSYP, Rev. Mike Denton/United Church of Christ, Christine Hoyt/1Berkshire, Ny Whitaker/Du Bois Center for Freedom & Democracy Missing from photo (Lisa Donovan/MCLA, Jonah Sykes/BCC)

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Kate Barton, Berkshire Immigrant Center

Toni Buckley, WAM Theatre

Linda G. Conway, 18 Degrees

Benjamin Lamb, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

Teresa O’Brient, Berkshire Waldorf High School

Arthur M. Peisner, Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires

Daltrey Turner, Berkshire Community Diaper Project

Mike Zippel, Berkshire Arts Center


Margaret Keller, Executive Director, Community Access to the Arts

Mark Lefenfeld and Jay Weintraub, Co-Presidents, Berkshire Bounty

Todd Mack , Music in Common

Molly Merrihew, Managing Director, WAM Theatre

Laurie Norton Moffatt, Director/CEO, Norman Rockwell Museum

Jessica Vecchia, Executive Director, Co-founder, Roots Rising

Barbara Viniar, President, Temple

Anshe Amunim

Nicki Wilson, President, Board of Directors, Triplex Cinema, Inc.

Susan Wissler, Executive Director, Edith Wharton Restoration (The Mount)


Chris Melski, Vice President Residential Services, Berkshire County Arc

Gail M. Molari, President, Molari Family Charitable Fund

Gary Pratt, Director South County Recovery Center

Debbie Caiola, Director–Center for Development, Berkshire County Arc

Ann Jon, Executive Director, Sculpture



Haley Barbieri, Director of Operations, Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum

Veronica Bone, Community & InSchool Program Manager and Teaching Artist, Berkshire Pulse

Carrie Brassard RN, Clinical Nurse Supervisor, UCP of Western


Chris Ciepiela, Youth and Equine Wellness Guide, Berkshire HorseWorks, Inc.

Tonya Frazier, Lead Community Navigator, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity

Maggie McRae, Hall Manager/ Dewey Memorial Hall

Shawn Mille, Vice President, Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention (BCSP)

Brenda Petell, Director of Volunteer Engagement, Berkshire United Way

Lauren Smith, Director of Community Relations and Development, Fairview Hospital

Melissa Helm, Executive Director, NAMI Berkshires


Abigail Allard, Director of Development, Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center

Emma Demastrie, Home Base Visitor, Berkshire County Head Start

Carmen Guevara, Mentorship Program Coordinator and secretary, Latinas413

Lynne Newton, Community Navigator, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity

Karen Richards (Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, WAM Theatre, Du Bois Freedom Center, & The Mount)

Susan Briggs, Executive Director, Williamstown Chamber

Isabelle Kaplan, Senior Volunteer, Berkshire Immigrant Center


Jeanne Lemlin, Volunteer Tutor, Literacy Network

Catherine F. Mayne, Volunteer, 18 Degrees

Judith Wesselman, Community Program Lead Volunteer, Berkshire Community Action Council, Inc.


Chris Ortwein, Berkshire Pulse

Juliana Ospina, Kripalu Shop Manager, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

Isabella Penna-Ward, Board member and Youth Crew Alumni, Roots Rising Noelia Salinetti, Monument High School senior/Inclusion Task Force

Intern and Student Advocate Railroad Street Youth Project

Lydia Shustack , Youth Leader/ Mentor, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

Cashey Young, Scholar (member)


Rites of Passage and Empowerment program, R.O.P.E.

Lucia Pantano, Youth Health Collaborative

Jacob Tullo, Volunteer / Mentor, AYJ Fund

The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires was founded in 2016 by Liana Toscanini to help nonprofits connect, learn and grow. Through workshops, networking events, research and advocacy, the NPC is always connecting nonprofits to resources, including grant opportunities, pro bono consultants and people just like YOU, ready to jump in and help! Call us anytime at (413) 441-9542 to get involved or visit

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Julia Dixon, Secretary

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Kate Barton

Berkshire Immigrant Center

Demonstrates Prudent Use of Assets

Kate ensures BIC’s money is spent strategically and understands the importance of not overusing the goodwill of others. She will ask a package store to donate wine or sparkling water, but won’t hesitate to support spending more when it stands to repay the Center in dividends.

Provides Oversight to Advance Effectiveness and Sustainability

Since joining the board in 2019, Kate has shepherded BIC through the most consequential reorganization in its 26-year history. Her steady leadership and good spirits helped keep Team BIC focused on the common goal of achieving independent nonprofit status, which came In October 2021.

Ensures Compliance While Advancing the Mission

Kate exercises thoughtful oversight and follows proper procedures in all her duties— from monthly board meetings to weekly check-ins with the executive director plus dozens of others. The time and energy she devotes to BIC stems from a deep personal commitment to serving immigrants, amidst a personal history as a white woman from a conservative Southern family steeped in decades of ingrained racism.

Service on Committees/Task Forces/Special Assignments

Kate helped grow our Annual Benefit from a concert to a gala, increasing revenue from $17,000 to $125,000 in four years. She played pivotal roles in both the executive director search and recent year-long strategic planning process.

“Kate inspires people to work hard, and to have fun doing it; she epitomizes a hands-on board member.”

Jessica Vecchia

Roots Rising

Guiding Strategic Growth to Meet Community Needs

The Pittsfield Farmers Market, located in a “food desert” where access to healthy fresh food is limited, was born from Jess’ vision. Her passion for youth development, as evidenced by Roots Rising’s Youth Crews, has offered meaningful paid work to over 145 young people in Pittsfield.

Elevating the Mission

Jess embodies a vision where community members feel connected and cared for. She makes space for all—from Kids4Harmony performers to R.O.P.E.S scholars—and provides “Real Talk”, a goal-setting and feedback process for Youth Crews.

Nurture and Inspire Staff, Board, Donors, and Community Partners

Jess is a bold leader who inspires others. She champions staff benefits, affording muchneeded work-life balance, and does not hesitate to share resources and celebrate Pittsfield’s successes with community partners and donors. Above all else, Jess stands out for her ability to nurture Pittsfield’s emerging leaders.

Creative or Innovative Strategies to Overcome


When Covid hit, Jess made fresh, affordable food accessible to all. In doing so, she ensured farmers’ economic survival and built a meaningful way for people to come together during a difficult time. Her commitment to launching a youth farm in Pittsfield can be largely attributed to an ongoing ability to communicate a powerfully hopeful view of this community.

“Jess is an action-oriented doer whose passion for food justice and community building have informed every aspect of Roots Rising.”

—Susan Kelly, nominator

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Brenda Petell

Berkshire United Way

Positive Impact on Organization

Brenda uses her passion and talent for building relationships to expand opportunities for others to give back in meaningful ways. Her own reputation and network of trusted relationships has secured BUW as the “go-to” resource for sharing time and talent in the community.

Personal Attributes Contributing to Achievement

An incredible and supportive team player, Brenda is focused and intentional about continuous improvement. She ensures our commitment to equity is clear and consistent and seeks creative and innovative ways to partner in the community. Her strong values lead the way, chief among them a commitment to service and inclusive engagement.

Commitment and Dedication to Organization/Mission

Brenda strengthens connections with the Pittsfield Public Schools surrounding career mentorship programs; partners with NPC Berkshires via volunteer fairs and board matching services; and coordinates with community providers to ensure new arrivals, including migrant families, feel supported.

Going “Above and Beyond” the Job

Brenda finds joy in helping others through the Central Berkshire Habitat For Humanity Volunteers in Tax Assistance (VITA) program. She knows the precious dollars saved by maximizing credits and refunds can not only make a positive difference in people’s lives but also help break the cycle of poverty.

“Brenda regularly checks the pulse of the community to identify unmet and emerging needs…and ensure there is a rapid and effective response to meeting them and closing gaps.”

—Tom Bernard, nominator


Noelia Salinetti

Monument Mountain Regional High School, senior

Impact on Organization and Community

As one of six interns for the Railroad Street Youth Project’s Inclusion Task Force, Noelia has been an empowered voice for their peers—partnering with administrators to build DEI capacity and address what students of color needed to feel safe and heard at school.

Demonstrates Passion and Commitment to Chosen Cause

Noelia consistently shows up around advocacy and education. They are focused and assured yet open to learning and growth. When they need to be leading the way, they do; when advocating for a peer, they can step back from the spotlight and be a strong and silent supporter.

Makes a Difference in the Community

Noelia brings issues adults are not considering to community spaces. Their work at school has led to great ripple effects of impact throughout the community as evidenced by outreach with RSYP, the Southern Berkshire Health Coalition as well as the Stoke Collective—all of which provide a platform to collaborate and present to constituents from throughout Berkshire County.

Shows Young People Can Make a Difference

Noelia has not only helped to change the culture of their school but also inspired others by modeling that when you are present and use your voice with astounding clarity, people will listen.

“Noelia has immense courage, conviction and a deep sense of empathy that converge to make them a formidable leader.”

—Sean Flynn, nominator


You go above and beyond for Berkshire United Way and our community every day!

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Brenda! ROCK STAR AWARD recipient

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center/ WAM Theatre/DuBois Center for Freedom and Democracy/The Mount

Importance of Role Within Organization

At the Mahaiwe, Karen is a highly valued employee whose formal title includes Playbill Marketing and Special Projects. At WAM, she’s the go-to person when help is needed, providing insight and connecting with valuesaligned community members. Karen’s volunteer support has been invaluable for the smooth running of The DuBois Center. At The Mount, Karen steps in when gaps arise— moving seamlessly from volunteer to staff, offering major administrative and organizational support.

Personal and Professional Qualities

A diligent work ethic and welcoming spirit set Karen apart. Others rely on her to perform vital tasks, and she is eager to assist wherever most needed—no matter if the job is glamorous or not.

Worthiness of Work and Attitude

Karen quietly puts her shoulder to the wheel at four nonprofits across the county, making a real difference at each but never drawing attention to herself. She works hard, is kind to everyone around her, and takes joy when others succeed.

Recognition: Internal vs. Public

Her deep contributions to the functioning of cultural organizations make Karen a role model for others. She is an exemplar of what it means to humbly do what is needed without expectation.

Judith Wesselman

Berkshire Community Action Council

Annual Volunteer Hours: 295 Volunteer Activities

Jude’s impeccable organizational skills have proven pivotal in bringing The Elf Warm Clothing Program to the next level. For several months each year, she volunteers as many hours as paid employees work—meticulously labeling and organizing mountains of clothing for boys and girls ages 0-12. Her volunteerism extends to the Elks Lodge #272 where she dedicates her time to ensuring the success of community dinners and organizing the annual golf tournament, a vital fundraiser.

Impact on Organization

Jude’s passion for The Elf Program is evident and made opening our boutique a success. She helped to create a warm atmosphere in which families can shop for their children at no cost rather than receive pre-chosen articles of clothing. Jude’s support extends to helping with fundraisers, including sale of raffle tickets, and organizing a musical bingo.

Impact on Those Served

“If Karen sets her mind to something, it gets done well. She is constantly pondering how to improve results the next time, and her positivity never flags.”

—Molly Merrihew, nominator

congratulations & gratitude to Karen Richards! Karen’s service to the Mahaiwe on special projects — amidst other roles at the Du Bois Freedom Center, WAM Theatre, and The Mount — is invaluable.

Jude is committed to making a difference in the lives of others. Her work at BCAC ensures that children in need—a figure she’s grown to approximately 2,000 each year—receive warm clothing and feel confident during the winter season. Beyond our doors, Jude’s support of the Elks’ fundraising efforts have benefited organizations throughout Berkshire County.

“Jude’s spirit of generosity serves as an inspiration to us all; she is an example of what one person’s impact can have on an entire community.”

—Deborah Leonczyk, nominator

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Congrats on your #BNA24 Unsung Hero award, Karen! Congratulations Berkshire Nonprofit Award honorees! Thank you, nonprofit colleagues-you affirm the power of community in all you do. Rooted in Williamstown, sheltering our community since 1927

Berkshire County Arc

Widespread and Ongoing Community Influence

As Vice President of Residential Services, Chris oversees the residential facilities at 50+ properties; the quality of life for 400+ individuals with disabilities; countless service providers; and a staff of 600+. It’s impossible to count the number of people to whom Chris has brought joy over his 38 years at BCArc.

Individual’s Exceptional Accomplishments

Chris is strategic in placing individuals in appropriate residential settings and started a successful “Men’s Group’’ to address a need. He was successful in merging two large BCArc departments (funded by different sources and with different requirements) and instrumental in BCArc receiving the highest marks available during the annual state review.

Commitment to Highest Values

Chris is successful because he follows ethical and regulatory guidelines. His first reflex is always in the best interest of the individuals BCArc serves—whose family members and neighbors he knows. Whether shopping in town or shoveling his walk, Chris is recognized throughout the community.

Exhibits Long-Term Courage and Perseverance

Human services work is not for the faint of heart. From loss of life after decades of care and friendship to challenging moments with families, staff and agency partners, Chris does not flinch when holding tough conversations.

“Chris has a heart of gold. He routinely takes individuals with disabilities to lunch, calls them on the phone, and visits them in the hospital…he asks for little attention and avoids recognition.”

—David Singer, nominator


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18 Degrees

Adams Theater Presents Aston Magna Foundation for Music & the Humanities

Austen Riggs Center

AYJ Fund

Bard College at Simon’s Rock Barrington Stage Company

Baseball in the Berkshires, Inc.

Becket Ar ts Center of The Hilltowns

Becket Athenaeum


Berkshire Agricultural Ventures

Berkshire AHEC, Inc.

Berkshire Ar t Center

Berkshire Ar t Museum

Berkshire Athenaeum

Berkshire Bach Society

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Berkshire Bounty

Berkshire Busk

Berkshire Center for Justice

Berkshire Children’s Chorus

Berkshire Choral International

Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention

Berkshire Communit y Action Council

Berkshire Communit y Diaper Project

Berkshire Communit y Land Trust

Berkshire Communit y Radio Alliance

Berkshire Concert Choir

Berkshire County Arc

Berkshire County Historical Society

Berkshire County Kids’ Place & Violence Prevention Center

Berkshire County Regional Housing Authorit y

Berkshire Dance Theatre

Berkshire Education & Correction Services

Berkshire Environmental Action Team

Berkshire Farm Sanctuar y

Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative

Berkshire Food Project

Berkshire Freedom Academy

Berkshire Grown

Berkshire Health Systems

Berkshire HorseWorks

Berkshire Housing Services

Berkshire Humane Society

Berkshire Immigrant Center

Berkshire Innovation Center


Abbie von Schlegell, CFRE

Ac risure (Toole Insurance)

Adams Community Bank

& Co. PC

Berkshire International Film Festival

Berkshire Museum

Berkshire Music School

Berkshire Natural Resources Council

Berkshire Nursing Families

Berkshire Opera Festival

Berkshire Place

Berkshire Pond Hockey Classic

Berkshire Pulse

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Berkshire Running Foundation, Inc.

Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum

Berkshire South Regional Communit y Center

Berkshire Taconic Communit y Foundation

Berkshire United Way

Berkshire Workforce Board (MassHire)

Berkshires Jazz


Bidwell House Museum

Black Rock Foundation

Blackshires Communit y Empowerment Foundation

Blue Rider Stables


Canine Link, Inc.

Center for Peace Through Culture

Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity


Child Care of the Berkshires

Choices Mentoring Initiative

Communit y Access to the Ar ts Communit y Development Corporation of South Berkshire

Communit y Health Programs

Communit y Television for the Southern Berkshires

Construct, Inc.

Coolidge Hill Foundation


Dalton Communit y Recreation Association

Dewey Memorial Hall

Dovecote Homes Inc.

Du Bois Freedom Center

Du Bois Statue Project

Elder Services of Berkshire County


Flying Cloud Institute

Freelance Investigative Reporters & Editors

Friends of Great Barrington Libraries

George B. Crane Memorial Center

Gladys Allen Brigham Communit y Center

Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires

Gould Farm

Great Barrington Historical Society Great Barrington Land Conser vancy


Guthrie Center

Hancock Shaker Village

Hillcrest Educational Centers

Hinsdale Food Pantry

HomeFarm at Undermountain

Hoosic River Revival

Hoosic River Watershed Association

HospiceCare in The Berkshires

Housatonic Valley Association, Inc.

Images Cinema

Integritus Healthcare

Invisible Together

Jacob’s Pillow

James Weldon Johnson Foundation

Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires

Kimball Farms

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health


Lenox Histor y Literacy Network

Love of T Foundation

Mahaiwe Performing Ar ts Center

Mass Audubon Berkshire

Wildlife Sanctuaries

Massachusetts College of Liberal Ar ts

Millay Arts

Moon in the Pond Farm

Music in Common

NAMI Berkshire County

New England Musicians Relief Fund

Noble Hear t Sanctuar y

Norman Rock well Museum

Northern Berkshire Communit y Coalition

Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity

Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action

Initiative - Friendship Center

Food Pantry

& Quinn, PC

Kwik Print Lamar

Northern Berkshire United Way

Oakdale Foundation

Otis Preser vation Trust

Pediatric Development Center

Philanthropy MA

Play to Lead Foundation

Racial Fairness Berkshires

Railroad Street Youth Project

Riverbrook Residence

Roots & Dreams and Mustard Seeds Inc.

Roots Rising

ROOTS Teen Center



Saint James Place

Schumacher Center for a New Economics

Second Street Second Chances


South Communit y Food Pantry

Southern Berkshire Ambulance

Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce

Stanton Home

Stockbridge Bowl Association

Tamarack Hollow

The Ar tist Book Foundation

The Brien Center

The Christian Center

The People’s Pantry

Triplex Cinema

TurnPark Ar t Space

United Cerebral Palsy

Ventfor t Hall

Villages of the Berkshires

Vocalis Youth Choir

Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires

Walking Our Talk

WAM Theatre


West Side Legends

West Stockbridge Historical Society

Williamstown Communit y Chest

O rganization, Inc.

Paper Crane Associates

Roge r Magnus Research

The Berkshir e E agle

The Berkshir e Edge

The Killoe Group

The Williams Inn

TL Phillips Consulting

Warrior Trading Willow Invest ment s

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Berkshire United Way has been in my DNA for decades. I was very fortunate to be connected to service at a young age through GE and the Elfuns, helping others and giving a hand-up has always been important to me. One of the things I do best is to connect people and organizations with needs in our community.

Volunteering at BCAC for the past 14 years has been the highlight of the winter season that turned into a fall season as well. We have worked hard to provide the best experience for the clients. The staff at BCAC is so committed, it’s an honor to work with them.

Chris Melski Lifetime Achievement

Working in this field – helping others live good lives – is incredibly gratifying. Many of us feel like it’s the most important job in the world. A lot of people have contributed to my success here – I share this award with them and with everyone who does this kind of work.

I grew up with a great love for the arts, literature and history and am so pleased to be able to pursue those interests in my semi-retirement. That the organizations I am affiliated with (Mahaiwe, Mount, WAM, DuBois center) can use the skills I obtained in my career to their benefit has meant so much to me.

Jess Vecchia Executive Leadership

As a recipient of the Executive Leadership award, I’m deeply honored. I’m surrounded by inspiring colleagues and community partners who deserve recognition-- so this award truly humbles me. Roots Rising is my dream job. I’m grateful for the opportunity to collaborate and make a difference in our community.

This award is extremely important to me because I consider my work for BIC to be one of the most important things I’ve ever done. I am honored to be part of an outstanding team – staff, board, and volunteers – who support each other and serve our clients with such dedication and competence.

It is with immense gratitude that I receive this news. My experience as a multi-racial and queer person in this rural community has meant allowing complexity to exist as a strength. Thank you to all the people who saw me as a leader, and worked to foster my anger into action, my loss into love.

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