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Business Briefs: Berkshire Fallon Health mobile unit; Verizon ribbon-cutting; business plan workshops; Berkshire Workforce Board honors leaders; new Norman Rockwell Museum trustees

The Norman Rockwell Museum has announced the election of Jill Hai and Louis Henry Mitchell to its board of trustees.

Berkshire Fallon Health Collaborative announces mobile health unit

Great Barrington — The Berkshire Fallon Health Collaborative, a MassHealth Accountable Care Organization Partnership Plan, has announced the launch of a new state-of-the-art mobile health unit that will travel throughout Berkshire County, increasing outreach and bringing health care directly to patients.

Unveiled during a ceremony at Community Health Programs’ Community Health Center, the 40-foot vehicle contains two full exam rooms, an intake area and a bathroom. It will be staffed by a coordinator, a nurse practitioner and a medical assistant, and offer a variety of services from primary care, sick visits, preventive health screenings, ophthalmology and social services.

Patients with MassHealth ACO Berkshire Fallon Health Collaborative insurance will be able to schedule appointments at the MHU’s location ahead of time through CHP’s electronic medical record system or with a walk-in visit. Dates and locations for the MHU will also be available via online calendar, social media and local newspapers, and each CHP practice will have access to the schedule. The hours of operation will vary to fit the needs of the community.

MHU staff will also provide basic care, including blood pressure checks, flu shot clinics, immunization clinics, vision screenings and screenings for chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and asthma. The unit will also offer social services through such organizations as the Women, Infants & Children Nutrition Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, fuel assistance and licensed social workers.

–E.E.

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Verizon Wireless Zone co-owner Jewish Federation of the Berkshire executive director Dara Kaufman, Jewish Women’s Foundation founder Jane Glaser and Verizon Wireless Zone co-owner Eric Maldonado. Photo courtesy Southern Berkshire Chamber of COmmerce

Verizon Wireless Zone opens with ribbon-cutting ceremony

Great Barrington — The official grand opening of Verizon Wireless Zone took place Sept. 19, complete with refreshments, a ribbon-cutting and a presentation for the Non-Profit Award winner. The Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce along with Greylock Federal Credit Union, Berkshire Community College, the Jewish Women’s Foundation, the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, the general public and many Verizon employees were on hand to celebrate the new owners. The Verizon store changed ownership earlier in 2019, with new franchisees Eric Maldonado and Bill Sestrom taking over the location in February.

Leading up to the grand opening, Verizon Wireless Zone held a nonprofit challenge, with members of the public invited to stop in at the store in the Big Y plaza to vote for their favorite nonprofit organization. The winner was the Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires. Jewish Federation of the Berkshires executive director Dara Kaufman and Jewish Women’s Foundation founder Jane Glaser were on hand to receive the $1,000 award.

–E.E.

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Greylock to offer workshops on writing a business plan

Pittsfield — In collaboration with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, Greylock Federal Credit Union will offer two workshops on writing a business plan. The class will be offered in Spanish Wednesday, Oct. 2, and in English Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Greylock Insurance Agency’s Community Room in the Allendale Shopping Center, 5 Cheshire Road. The class will help participants evaluate their new business ideas, draft an outline of their business plans and review start-up expenses.

The workshops are free and open to the public. Registration and refreshments begin at 5 p.m. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP due to space limitations. For the Oct. 2 workshop, contact to Gloria Escobar at (413) 236-4875 or gescobar@greylock.org. For the Oct. 9 workshop, contact Carol Hebert at (413) 236-4147 or chebert@greylock.org.

–E.E.

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Berkshire Workforce Board honors three area leaders

Berkshire Workforce Board President Eva Sheridan, Melissa O’Brien and Heather Williams. Photo courtesy Berkshire Workforce Board

Pittsfield — The MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board held its quarterly meeting Sept. 13 at its offices. As a state-certified High Performing Workforce Board, the BWB highlighted several accomplishments including the college and career readiness programming, training in health care and manufacturing, employer outreach and engagement, rapid response services to assist those impacted by company closings, and more collaborative efforts in meeting the demand for more highly skilled workers.

Berkshire Workforce Board President Eva Sheridan, Joshua Mendel, Heather Williams. Photo courtesy Berkshire Workforce Board

The BWB recognized three leaders for their efforts:

  • Melissa O’Brien, human resources generalist at Interprint received the Employer of the Year Award for her longstanding support of the region’s career readiness programming, STEM engagement, hosting teacher externships and participation in the region’s advanced manufacturing training programs. O’Brien volunteers as a judge for the science and engineering middle and high school fairs at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, participates in a number of school districts’ career fairs, has hosted local educators for externships opportunities, has provided company tours and shadowing opportunities, and serves to connect the community to Interprint.
  • Berkshire Workforce Board President Eva Sheridan, Erik Ungewitter and Heather Boulger. Photo courtesy Berkshire Workforce Board

    Joshua Mendel, director of recruitment and outreach for MCLA’s graduate and continuing education division received the Workforce Professional Award. Mendel has led the Berkshire Compact Aspiration and Access Committee and has developed an array of college and career readiness events and programming for the region’s youth in grades K-12. He leads the charge with MCLA’s annual eighth-grade career fairs, the 10th-grade career expo, third- and sixth-grade college visits, the Dual Enrollment Summer Academy, and the development of certificate programs within local critical industry sectors.

  • Erik Ungewitter is a licensed insurance broker at Scarafoni Financial Group and received the Workforce Ambassador Award. For over a decade, Ungewitter has provided customer service to both large and small clients and goes above and beyond to assist with complex medical and benefit packages.

During fiscal year 2019, the BWB leveraged over $2.8 million, which convened 46 companies for human resource networking; evaluated 18 programs impacting 150 people; trained 50 individuals; placed 389 high school students in internships, assisted more than 3,174 students in college and career readiness activities; provided data to 120 organizations which generated $1.6 million in new resources; convened the Berkshire Skills Cabinet, generating $1.5 million; assisted three companies in transition, impacting 150 workers; and the MassHire Career Center provided employment services to 3,900 job seekers and 321 employers.

–E.E.

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Norman Rockwell Museum welcomes new trustees

Jill Hai. Photo courtesy Norman Rockwell Museum

Stockbridge — The Norman Rockwell Museum has announced the election of Jill Hai and Louis Henry Mitchell to its board of trustees.

Hai is vice chair of the Lexington Board of Selectmen, a trustee of the Cary Memorial Library, former chair of the Lexington Capital Expenditures Committee and a member of Lexington Town Meeting. She serves on the board of directors of Repair the World, and as a committee chair of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network. She has served on Combined Jewish Philanthropies’ board of directors and is a member of CJP’s organizational development committee, governance and nominating committee, and commission on strategic priorities. She has also served on the Lexington Education Foundation board of directors. Hai was a labor and employment attorney at Edwards and Angell in Boston, and counsel and director of HR operations and labor relations at Lechmere Inc. She is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Vanderbilt University Law School. Hai and her husband, Marc Rubenstein, live in Lexington and Stockbridge. They have two children, Paul and Elise.

Louis Henry Mitchell. Photo courtesy Norman Rockwell Museum

As creative director of character design, Mitchell directs and oversees all aspects of character art for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind “Sesame Street.” Mitchell has been at Sesame Workshop since 2000. Prior to that, he freelanced for the organization since 1992. Most recently, Mitchell designed Julia, the first “Sesame Street” character on the autism spectrum. Among the skills he uses to accomplish his work are drawing, painting, and sculpting. In addition, he creates and art directs in traditional and digital media. Louis attended the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League. He lives in Rego Park, Queens, New York with his wife, Yvonne.

–E.E.

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