President (1st Half Year)
Dawn Stanyon is a branding and digital marketing consultant. A Berkshires newbie, Dawn and her husband Dan lived in the Burlington, Vermont area for more than 30 years. Her passion is to help individuals and small businesses to succeed. Prior to founding Professionality Consulting, she worked with The Emily Post Institute for nine years to help grow their corporate business etiquette programs by 700% and communicate their message about consideration, respect and honesty. Prior to Emily Post, she worked in non-profit fundraising, event planning and communications for 13 years. Dawn loves using her experience as a certified professional image consultant & personal brand expert, and her deep interest in effective communication, to help businesses, nonprofits, and the Southern Berkshires Chamber of Commerce.
President (2nd Half Year) / EC At-Large
Bill Tighe worked for Becton Dickinson and Company in Canaan Connecticut for over thirty-seven years and when he retired in 2011 was the Sr. Human Resources Business Partner. He is currently the Personnel Director for the Town of Egremont and offers
consulting services for the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, Kimball Fuel and other small businesses. Bill has supported the Chamber for the past few years as a non-Board member of the Membership & PR Committee. Bill and his wife, Marie, live in Sheffield.
Adrienne Arnold is an associate attorney at Lazan Glover & Puciloski, LLP. Adrienne moved to the Berkshires from Texas in 2017 and currently lives in Housatonic. In her free time, Adrienne enjoys hiking, yoga, and spending as much time outdoors as possible. She looks forward to joining the board to help develop commerce in her new adopted home. Adrienne is currently a member of the SBCC Membership & Public Relations Committee as a non-Board community representative.
Sierra King Watson
Sierra King Watson is a mortgage originator for Bay Equity Home Loans and was born and raised in Berkshire County. Her career in the banking industry began over 13 years ago and has served many different positions. Sierra has participated in many community events, lending her skills and time while also building relationships throughout the business community. She served on the Berkshares board before deciding to take some time off to enjoy being a first-time mom. Sierra takes pride in providing the best service possible and is enthusiastic to help develop future changes to our community.
Emily Zelenovic is a real estate attorney, operating the Law Office of Emily Zelenovic in Great Barrington. Born and raised in Great Barrington, Emily moved back to her hometown in April 2017 after living and working in Boston for nine years. With the unwavering support of her husband and family, Emily decided to open her own law practice, focusing exclusively on real estate law. Her mentality was, and continues to be, do one thing and do it really well – and that is the foundation from which her practice has developed.
Sooja (Sue) Whalen
Sue Whalen, area Manager of Lee Bank has over 20 years of banking experience in the Southern Berkshire area. Her banking career began with Legacy Banks and Berkshire Bank, which included roles as Teller Supervisor and Financial Services Representative. During this time she completed a variety of accredited banking courses and was part of the new hire training team. As well, she has supported community programs including Relay for Life, reading at the elementary school, and other community initiatives. Sue joined Lee Bank in December of 2016 where she held the positions of Universal Banker, Community Banker and Area Manager. While at Lee Bank she has continued with her community efforts, such as the Out of Darkness Suicide Walk and continued learning.
Sue was raised in the Berkshires and has resided in Great Barrington for the past 25 years. She has two teenaged children where she has become involved in their local sporting activities. Sue has a passion for sports, as she has coached LHS tennis and Southern Berkshire youth girls softball, led the MMRHS volleyball booster club and was a member of the high school football booster club.
Seth Keyes is the co-owner/co-founder (with his wife, Sally) of performing arts consultants Artistic License LLC, whose local projects include General Management of Saint James Place. He has been a presenter of world-class performing arts for more than 30 years, having held senior management positions at such organizations as the Playhouse Square Center (Cleveland OH), Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater FL), and EJ Thomas Hall/Civic Theatre (Akron, OH), among others. Prior to co-founding Artistic License LLC, Seth served as VP-Programming for independent promoter Innovation Arts & Entertainment, where he was responsible for booking & operating 15 Broadway subscription series across the US and Canada, presenting approx. 70% of David Sedaris’ live engagements annually, and producing/presenting all of the late Anthony Bourdain’s live speaking engagements. Among other projects, Seth produced “Shatner’s World” with William Shatner, on Broadway and it’s three subsequent North American tours. He has lived in Great Barrington, MA since 2007.
Graduating from Chicago-Kent College of Law with Honors in 1982, Scott was recruited by the largest Personal Injury Plaintiff Trial Law Firm in Houston, Texas. In 1999 he moved his family to the Berkshires to be close to the Son Rise Program for children challenged with autism taught at the Option Institute in Sheffield so that his son could benefit from the home-based therapy. Scott has represented injury victims for 35 years in all settings from the claim stage to jury verdict. In 2015 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for the first time in its history, allowed attorneys to question prospective jurors. Scott had been conducting such questioning in his Texas trial law practice for over 35 years and has more experience in the new jury selection process than virtually any Massachusetts attorney.
Locally, Scott is passionate about our community has served on the board of trustees of the Option Institute and Fellowship, The Eagle Fund and The Stanton Home. In April of 2016 He and his wife, Cherri, opened a nonprofit Tea House, ExtraSpecialTeas, operated by special needs young adults.
Diego Gutierrez was born in Bogota, Colombia and immigrated to New York City at age of nine. He attended high school in Manhattan, and graduated in 1987 from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, with a Bachelor in Architecture. He worked for various architectural firms in New York until moving to the Berkshires in 2000. Now in his own practice, he works on a wide range of residential and commercial projects in the tri-state area. Diego’s love of architecture extends to education: he teaches children about the art and science of architecture through various design workshops at local schools, libraries and community centers. He has been a member of various local committees, including the Energy Committee, which was instrumental in gaining state designation for Great Barrington as a “Green Community.” He has been a member of the Steering Committee of Friends of the Great Barrington Libraries, an all-volunteer group dedicated to supporting and promoting the libraries in Great Barrington. He assisted the Parks Committee of Great Barrington in developing a Master Plan for the Housatonic Village Green. Currently is on the Board of the Clinton Church Restoration organization, a non-profit group created in 2016 to preserve the Clinton AME Zion Church Building, the oldest African-American church in the Berkshires, and covert it to a Center of African-American History and Culture in the Berkshires.
Sandy Sosa moved to Great Barrington a decade ago because she enjoyed its peacefulness and small-town charm. Shortly after arriving, she and her husband Nestor started their first restaurant. Fiesta Bar and Grill was established in 2011. The pair worked tirelessly for many years to make it what it has become today, and Sandy attributes its success to the unwavering support of the community.
Opening a second restaurant had always been on their minds after Fiesta took off. Nine years later, in the midst of a global pandemic, Sandy and Nestor established Fiesta’s sister restaurant Agaves Mexican Grill. Now they continuously strive to improve and keep their businesses relevant in today’s industry.
Ana Suffish is the director of the Berkshire Community College Adult Learning Program. She has been with the program since August 2017 and was promoted to director in January 2018. Prior to that, she worked in the Pittsfield Public School systems as an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tutor for seven years. Ana is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and she started her professional career in Boston in the Human Resources field. Ana serves on the Berkshire County Kids Place Board of Directors and has been a CATA gala committee member since 2016. A native of the Berkshires, she returned to the area with her husband and growing family in 2001.
Janis Martinson is Executive Director at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, where she worked for many years as the Director of Advancement. She is a long-time resident of Egremont. She was a high school English teacher for many years before becoming a fundraiser for arts and education non-profits, with over 25 years in the field and $95 million to her credit. She has served as Chief Advancement Officer at Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, and most recently as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Lesley University.
Her Board service includes stints on the National Coalition of Girls Schools and the Berkshire South Regional Community Center boards, and she served a term as an elected official on the Planning Board in Egremont. She is a graduate of Princeton University, with an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Her husband, Steve Sagarin, is Faculty Chair of the Berkshire Waldorf High School in Stockbridge, and they have two grown children.
Luke Masiero was born and raised in his family’s business, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace. He worked at Guido’s as soon as he was able, taking breaks only to work at another family business, Baba Louie’s Pizza. From a young age, Luke gained a sense of the hard work, passion, and tenacity it takes to build a business from the ground up. His father and uncle, Guido’s owners Matt and Chris Masiero, instilled in him the importance of community and giving back whenever possible. After graduating from Monument Mountain Regional High School, Luke left the Berkshires to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder. He returned home in 2013 and has worked in the stores since then, first in Guido’s Kitchen in Pittsfield and then as Customer Service Manager in the Great Barrington store, a position he currently holds. He’s immersed himself in all aspects of the business, striving to carry on the essence of what his family has created by providing the best quality food and service to the community.
In his free time, Luke enjoys playing soccer with a community team, snowboarding, and spending time with friends and family.
As a Wharton graduate in Marketing, David Bruno developed an interest in the fashion and retail industry. He entered the Federated (Macy’s) Merchandising Executive Development program to work alongside designers to create trend-driven private brand menswear collections, and then became a buyer for Bergdorf Goodman’s Men’s store. Partnering with designer Simon Spurr, David helped take the brand to an internationally acclaimed runway menswear collection, receiving a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Nomination.
In 2011, David was tapped by menswear designer Todd Snyder to build his eponymous collection, earning another nomination for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. Seeing the rise in the high-margin, direct-to-consumer market, the team pivoted to Todd Snyder E-commerce sales in 2012. Partnering with Shopify and utilizing targeted customer acquisition, they grew the vertical direct business to over 80%, leading to an acquisition by American Eagle Outfitters in 2016. Post-acquisition, David and Todd designed and opened a flagship experiential retail store on Madison Square, NYC including a fully independent hair salon, cafe, and an on-site tailor. The mix of innovative marketing and business strategies led to Dustin Wilson, MS formerly of Eleven Madison Park., and his new wine retail business Verve Wine. David secured a management deal for Dustin Wilson and his chef-partner, Michelin-Starred Austin Johnson, to run the newly opened Goodman’s Bar in Bergdorf Goodman’s Men’s Store in December 2019. David also assisted the pair with branding, uniforms, and strategy for their fine dining restaurant “One White Street “in Tribeca New York. This shift towards hospitality and wine became both his passion and his career and provided David the opportunity to start his own wine retail company in the winter of 2020. Départ Wine launched with two physical locations : Great Barrington, MA and on track level at the new Moynihan Train Hall in Manhattan in 2022.
Emily Davis, AVP / Branch Officer of The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, Great Barrington Office. She has been in banking for over 25 years in the Southern Berkshire area.
Emily is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Sheffield where she is currently serving as the club president.
Margie’s insurance career spans over 3 decades and still counting. She joined the Great Barrington office of Wheeler & Taylor Insurance in 2014 as a Commercial Lines Account Manager. In her role as an Account Manager, Margie consistently delivers exceptional service and expert advice to numerous Berkshire businesses. Throughout her years in the industry, Margie maintained an active membership in The Massachusetts Association of Insurance Women-Berkshire Chapter and serves on their Board.
Always looking for ways to give back, Margie remains an active member of her community. She volunteers her time to make the Berkshires a better place for everyone. A current member of the Sheffield Kiwanis, she serves on the board and previously as President. Passionate about animal welfare, Margie channels this energy by volunteering weekly at the Berkshire Humane Society.