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Business Briefs: Dr. Vandana Sethi joins CHP staff; program evaluation workshop; Dupont joins Berkshire Money Management; Community Day at Salisbury Bank

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By Thursday, Sep 6, 2018 Trade and Commerce

Sethi joins Community Health programs

Dr. Vandana Sethi. Photo courtesy Community Health Programs

Pittsfield — Dr. Vandana Sethi has joined the dental staff at Community Health Programs’ Neighborhood Health Center. Sethi joined the Pittsfield dental practice after completing Berkshire Medical Center’s dental residency program at CHP Neighborhood Health Center.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in dental surgery degree at Christian Dental College in Ludhiana, India, and later earned a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. She has worked as a dentist in India, and held administrative and practice management positions in the U.S. before joining the BMC residency program. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Indian Dental Council and the Upsilon Phi Delta Society.


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NPC Berkshires to hold program evaluation workshop

Penny Brierly-Bowers and Jennifer Gordon of the UMass Donahue Institute’s Applied Research and Program Evaluation group. Images courtesy Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires

Pittsfield — The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires will hold the workshop “Program Evaluation Basics for Non-Profit Organizations” Thursday, Sept. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hotel on North.

Presented by Penny Brierly-Bowers and Jennifer Gordon of the UMass Donahue Institute’s Applied Research and Program Evaluation group, the workshop will provide an overview of program evaluation approaches that nonprofit organizations can use to obtain stakeholder feedback, improve program implementation and assess the impact of their work. Through a series of real-world case examples and hands-on activities, participants will be able to identify if their organizations are ready for program evaluation, as well as learn evaluation approaches be best suited to an organization’s needs. There will also be discussion of the leading practices in the three key phases of evaluation: developing research questions, data collection and an approach to data analysis.

Brierley-Bowers, director of the institute’s Applied Research and Program Evaluation group, is a psychologist and certified project management professional with over 25 years of experience developing, operating and evaluating health and human service programs. Her recent work focuses on evaluating state and federal behavioral health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and long-term care systems to promote effective and efficient programs. Brierley-Bowers has presented internationally and nationally as well as authored numerous journal articles, white papers and reports.

Gordon, the institute’s senior research and operations manager, is a research professional with 20 years of experience leading the design, management and implementation of a portfolio of applied research, program evaluation and public policy projects. Her work has a strong focus on K–12 education reform and improvement initiatives including work at local, state and regional levels. She has extensive experience integrating quantitative and qualitative data including student assessments, activity logs, surveys and interviews. Gordon has authored numerous reports presenting research results and surfacing key findings to support her clients’ program development efforts and help them demonstrate the impact of their work.

The cost is $35 for NPC members and $45 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, call (413) 645-3151.


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Berkshire Money Management welcomes new community development director

Nichole Dupont

Dalton — Berkshire Money Management has announced that Berkshire native Nichole Dupont has joined its growing team of investment and business professionals. Dupont is a freelance writer, editor, and communications consultant whose work has appeared in regional and national publications including Berkshire Magazine, Rural Intelligence, the Berkshire Eagle, Newsday and the Huffington Post. She has also helped businesses and nonprofits such as Bard College at Simon’s Rock, the Emma Willard School and Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation tell their stories by bringing unique content to their branding visions and other public platforms.

Dupont earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Clark University, and has done post-graduate work at Yale University and Middlebury College. She lives in Sheffield with her two teenagers, Anna and Lucian. When she isn’t combing over content or writing about local businesses, she is an avid boxer alongside her daughter and trains Brazilian jiu jitsu with her son. She is also an extensive traveler and dabbles in multiple languages.


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Salisbury Bank to hold Community Day

Great Barrington — Salisbury Bank will hold a free Community Day Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon at its Great Barrington location. Each participant may bring up to four boxes of paper (no binders) for shredding by Legal Shred personnel. All shredded paper will be recycled.

Participants are asked to consider contributing a donation of nonperishable food items including canned goods, cereal, macaroni and cheese, cake mix, peanut butter, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard and tomato sauce. Household necessities such as paper towels, diapers, shampoo and soap are also appreciated. The donated items will be distributed among local food pantries.

For more information, call Salisbury Bank at (413) 528-1201.


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