President, SBCC Board
Todd Mack has made a 25-year career as a musician, songwriter, and producer based upon his unwavering belief in the power of music to change the worked. A diehard Do-It-Yourselfer, Mack has often taken the road less traveled. He has self-released 7 CDs of his music, produced dozens of album projects by other indie artists at his Off the Beat-n-Track recording studio in Sheffield, MA and elsewhere, and has toured extensively throughout the United States, Far East, and Middle East, often finding himself in some unlikely places. In 2005, Todd organized a backyard jam in honor of his friend (the late Wall St. Journal reporter) Danny Pearl’s October 10th birthday. Fueled by a resonating belief in music as a universal language, that backyard jam has grown into an internationally touring non-profit organization with innovative community-building programming that serves as a call to action in communities around the world.
Vice President, SBCC Board
Julie Hannum is the Director of Off-Campus Sites for Berkshire Community College, overseeing the college’s South County Center on Main Street, Great Barrington which offers credit bearing academic classes, noncredit workshops, and free English classes for Speakers of Other Languages. A long-time STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educator, Julie spent 18 years overseeing a federal career and technical education outreach program with Berkshire County high schools, and coordinating interdisciplinary professional development opportunities connecting middle/high schools teachers with local businesses and nonprofit organizations to enhance curriculum relevance through local resources.
The current Vice-President of the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, Julie is also a former Vice President Select Board member and Library Trustee for the Town of Sheffield, currently serving on the town’s SBCC Board Finance Committee. She is actively involved as Clerk and a choir member of the First Congregational Church, U.C.C. of Sheffield and is also a member of the Great Barrington Rotary Club.
Spring J. Burke
Treasurer, SBCC Board
Spring has worked in the banking industry for over half of her life in different roles. She is now a recipient of the Five Star Mortgage Professional Award five years in a row, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. She will be featured in the March issue of Connecticut Magazine. Spring implemented the “Teach the Children to Save Day” initiative at Salisbury Bank. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, vacationing, and golfing.
Secretary, SBCC Board
Michelle Derr is the Director of CHP Family Services as well as Director of the Women, Infants and Children’s program located in Great Barrington. She is presently a member of the CHP Senior Leadership team. Michelle has worked for Community Health Programs for 27 years in various positions. Her focus of interest is working with families prenatal to 5 years of age where brain development is at its most crucial point. This passion is spurred by the need to provide services, whether it means getting proper food to families, parental education, or providing new programs to help struggling families. In 2005 she was awarded the Massachusetts WIC Director of the year award. Each year, Michelle advocates with state WIC staff to members of congress at the capital explaining the benefits of the WIC program and CHP.
Michelle Derr received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands, California. In her free time, she loves gardening and has started a small business Mod Pots and Plants.
Member at Large, SBCC Board
Phyllis Webb, V P Operations of Magic Fluke Co in Sheffield MA partnering for the last 18 years with her husband Dale manufacturing ukuleles, violins, banjo ukuleles and a bass right here in the USA proud to be sourcing material and parts as locally as possible. Phyllis is passionate about giving back to our community and the importance of buying local. She and Dale have worked hard to create partnerships with local vendors in Sheffield, Norfolk, Torrington, and Portland CT, Millerton, NY, Pittsfield and Springfield, MA etc., keeping it local whenever possible.
Since arriving in the Berkshires, from New Hartford, CT where she and Dale began their family and Phyllis helped to lead the town of 7,000 as well as the local business organization, she has enjoyed learning about our community and has joined a few committees and boards. A past board member of Music in Common and BerkShares. Committee member – Sheffield Farmer’s Market. Member of the board of directors of the Eagle Fund (SBRSD enrichment endowment). Speaker and Mentor – Entry to Entrepreneurship a BerkShares educational opportunity for young community members. Magic Fluke Co has been a member of the Southern Berkshire Chamber for the past few years, to name a few.
Colin joined Smith Watson & Co in 1997 after several years in the design and construction industries. He concentrates his practice in the areas of individual and corporate tax and financial reporting. Colin is responsible for providing financial statements, business projections and business valuation services to the firm’s closely held business clients. His wide range of experience in business and individual tax law makes him an asset to the firm’s tax group. As one of the firm’s technology experts, Colin is also responsible for overseeing the Information Technology services to clients. Active in the community, Colin is a current member of the finance committee for the Town of Sheffield, a member of the Board of Directors of the Coolidge Hill Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Health Program/Community Health Center of the Berkshires. He is a 1999 graduate of the Berkshire Leadership Program.
I currently work for Berkshire Bank. Prior to Berkshire Bank I was the Business Manager at the Berkshire Co-op, employed by Bill’s Pharmacy for nine years, as their Business Manager; responsibilities included all aspects of daily operations, customer relations, personnel and accounts receivable analysis. Prior to Bill’s I worked in various capacities of finance, management and sales.
For the past nineteen years, I have lived in Otis, where I had previously spent many years vacationing. For the past twenty-seven years, I have been a part-time alpine ski instructor at Otis Ridge; in 2003 I was named one of the top 100 instructors in the US. When not skiing, I enjoy relaxing with family and friends, cycling, boating and working outdoors. I was born and raised in Greenwich, CT and raised my three children in Milford, CT. My two sons, their spouses and seven grandchildren reside in CT, my daughter, her spouse and two grandchildren reside in Wake Forest, NC.
My husband & I opened Evergreen Contemporary American Crafts in 1980. Our original location was at 13 Railroad Street. Our second location was across the street at #34. About 25 years ago, we moved to 291 Main Street. I am involved in every aspect of the business. From designing the logo, ordering & displaying merchandise, promotion & advertising, employee scheduling— to sales & customer relations. [My formal education was at SUNY Oneonta, before transferring & graduating from Southeastern Massachusetts University – now U Mass Dartmouth- with a BFA in Visual Design.]
When I’m not at Evergreen, I enjoy tennis, Zumba & gardening. I have been on the board of Railroad Street Youth Project for 10 years. I am a Co- Leader of the Great Barrington chapter of Dining for Women.
Nick is a Stockbridge native who returned to the Berkshires in 2009 after practicing law in Boston. Nick’s practice includes residential and commercial real estate transactions, zoning, permitting and land use matters, construction law, employment law, corporate entity formation and estate planning. Nick previously was an associate at the Boston firm Vena, Riley, Deptula LLP, where he concentrated on construction litigation matters representing a broad range of clients, including public and private owners, general contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers. Nick also served as Deputy General Counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Labor, managing the Wage and Hour Law programs for the Commonwealth, including interpretation of the prevailing wage, minimum wage and overtime laws.
Nick is Chairman of the Lee Finance Committee, is a Board member of the non-profit Construct, Inc., and serves on the Board of the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce.
Business owner and operator of Fuel Great Barrington for 11 years. Experience and understanding of a wide range of people and “plays well with others”. Cares deeply about our town and community and the direction it is going. Mother of three children who attend our public schools.
Lynda Mulvey has lived in the Berkshires since 1994. A native Floridian by way of Eastern Long Island, she moved here from Boston with her husband of 3 months with no friends and no family. Taking chances is her motto! This place seems like heaven on earth.
As luck would have it, she was approached to work with CMC (Center for Motivation & Change) in New Marlborough. This new position allows her to develop further administrative skills in an effort to round out her business career. During her over 22 years in the Berkshires, Lynda has been involved and/or volunteered for Tri-Town Rotary, Stockbridge chamber, Bidwell Museum, Fairview Gala, Jacobs Pillow Gala, Southern Berkshire Community Center and Monterey Fire Department to name a few. She has been involved for numerous year with the Southern Berkshire Chamber helping to host many events and is currently on the events and programs committee.
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 34 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 34 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.
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.
Maria will begin her new role as the Executive Director at the Flying Cloud Institute on January
Maria is exiting as the Director of Development at Gould Farm in Monterey, where she has worked since 2008. Initially managing the childcare program, Maria was promoted to her current position in 2012 and has raised a substantial portion of Gould Farm’s annual budget. In addition, she just completed a four-year term on the school committee of the Southern Berkshire Regional School District.
Prior to moving to Monterey, Maria was an educator while getting her master’s degree in education from SUNY-Binghamton. She spent three years after her college experience as a union organizer both in Chicago and New York.
Andrew Hare grew up in Great Barrington MA and attended the local schools until 8th grade. During the elementary years, he was an active outdoors-man who participated in ball sports, competitive water skiing and Alpine ski racing. In the 8th grade, with the support of his family, he decided to pursue a career in Alpine ski racing and transferred to a ski academy in Vermont called Stratton Mountain school. At first, he attended the winter term only, swapping in and out of Searles middle school in the Fall and Spring. After one year, it was clear that this was the path he wanted to pursue and switched to a full-time student at SMS where he graduated. After graduating from SMS, he took a year off to work with the US Ski team and then after a season he decided it was time to go visit his brother in Utah for the summer, which turned out to be 5 years later. He graduated from the school with a degree Marketing and tourism. While there he walked onto the Utah NCAA Division 1 ski team and competed all four years where he was an All American 3 of the four years.
Andy is very excited to be “Back Home” working in the community he grew up and is looking forward to getting re-acquainted with all the wonderful people that make this such a great community. Andy currently resides in Alford with his wife Wendy and two children Parker (11) and Emma (9) who attend Under Mountain school in Sheffield.