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 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.
Vice President, 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 28 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.
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 was featured in the 2017 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.
Clerk, SBCC Board
Phyllis Webb, V P Operations of Magic Fluke Co in Sheffield MA partnering for the last 19 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 twenty 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.
Business owner and operator of Fuel Great Barrington for 12 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 23 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 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.
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 McMahon Rundle is the Executive Director of Flying Cloud Institute, a local science and art education nonprofit. She grew up in the Berkshires and currently lives at Gould Farm in Monterey with her husband Nathaniel and three children. Prior to working at FCI she was director of development at Gould Farm and a member of the Southern Berkshire Regional School District school committee. She moved back home to the Berkshires ten years ago after working as an educator in Ithaca, NY and as a union organizer 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 (12) and Emma (10) who attend Under Mountain school in Sheffield.
Bob Climo is the Owner of The Great Barrington Bagel Company at 777 Main Street in Great Barrington. Bob moved to the Berkshires in 1996 after graduating from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. His first job in the Berkshires was as a line cook at Canyon Ranch in Lenox. Bob worked at “the Ranch” for 9 years as Chef de Partie, Food Purchasing Manager and ultimately as the Demonstration Chef, teaching cooking classes both in Lenox and traveling the country teaching private and group classes. Previously, Bob was the Wholesale Manager for Guido’s Fresh Marketplace’s wholesale division. Bob started working as the manager of the bagel shop in 2006 and purchased the business from Marvin and Judy Lieberman in November 2014. He strives for quality and excellence in both his product and from his staff.
Bob has lived in Egremont since 1996. His wife Karen is a realtor at William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty and also helps at the store. Bob and Karen have two daughters, Lillian, a senior at Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, and Tessa, an eighth grade at Monument Valley Regional Middle School.
Janis Martinson is Director of Advancement at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, and 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.
Karen Shreefter is the owner of Karen Shreefter Landscape Design, a design/consultation/ build company founded over a decade ago. She studied Japanese gardens in Kyoto, Japan and received certificates in Landscape Design from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and Horticulture from MCLA. While working at Naumkeag, The Trustees of Reservation property in Stockbridge, Shreefter felt as if she studied with Fletcher Steele (1885 – 1971) one of America’s first landscape architects, because she researched his life and work, studied his original blueprints for the property, and created a tour of the gardens created by Steele and Naumkeag owner Mabel Choate.
She is often asked what kind of gardens she likes to create: cottage, formal, Japanese-style, native, shade, vegetable, wildlife, or woodland. Her response, “Whatever will make my clients feel more at home. I find all my clients, despite their protests, know what they like and want; my job is to intuit this as we create landscape and garden designs.”