Spring J. Burke
President (Winter) / Treasurer
Spring works at Pittsfield Cooperative Bank and has worked in the banking industry for over half of her life in different roles. She has been 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. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, vacationing, and golfing.
President (Spring) / 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.
President (Summer) / Clerk
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 (Fall) / Vice President
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.
SBCC Board, EC At-Large (2021)
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.
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 29 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 runs a small business Mod Pots and Plants.
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.
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.
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.
Christine Bump is the co-founder, CFO, and Head Brewer at Big Elm Brewing in Sheffield MA. Her love for brewing was developed in college where she received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Minor in Environmental Studies at Millersville University, Millersville PA.
After college, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa, from 1998-2000. During her time in Niger, her projects concentrated on gardening and animal husbandry, her second loves to fermentation. She has stayed involved in this community through Naney, Inc. as a board member and treasurer. Naney, Inc. is a non-profit that empowers communities through sustainable loan programs (see Naneyinc.org for more information).
Christine, through Big Elm Brewing, has enjoyed supporting the Berkshire community with many fundraising events and donations. She looks forward to increasing her involvement and contribution to the community as a Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce board member.
Sooja (Sue) Whalen
Sue Whalen, area Manager of Lee Bank has over 19 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.
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.
Julie Hannum works for the First Congregational Church of Sheffield. Previously, she was 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 school teachers with local businesses and nonprofit organizations to enhance curriculum relevance through local resources. 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 also a member of the Great Barrington Rotary Club.
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.
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.
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.