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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Race Brook Lodge quarantine program; small business survey; new Berkshire Music School executive director; new BCC faculty, staff

The survey will help CDCSB focus professional technical assistance to businesses where they most need it in order to weather the economic impact of the pandemic.

Race Brook Lodge launches quarantine and isolation program

Sheffield — Race Brook Lodge has launched a quarantine and isolation program to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Race Brook Lodge offers hospitality services to COVID-19-positive individuals who are asymptomatic or experiencing mild symptoms, as well as others who need to quarantine due to high risk of exposure or other circumstances related to the pandemic. Primary care physicians and other health care professionals can refer their COVID-19 patients for quarantine and isolation accommodations as a safe and comfortable place to rest and recover while protecting family members or others who might otherwise be exposed. The program includes private or shared accommodations with private entrances, and three meals per day delivered to the rooms.

In April, Race Brook Lodge began partnering with Volunteers In Medicine Berkshires and Construct on an emergency housing program for local Berkshire residents. Through the effort, Race Brook Lodge established safety protocols for accommodating COVID-19-positive guests, health care workers and others with a high risk of infection. There is no direct contact between guests and staff and all communication and payments are handled remotely. Cleaning supplies, fresh linens and towels are provided on a regular basis so guests can maintain their own clean living spaces, and trash is collected daily from outside each room. Each guest must be in touch with their own primary care provider or another health professional to monitor their status throughout their stay.

Room rates start at $100. For more information, contact Race Brook Lodge at (413) 229-2916 or


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CDCSB releases small business survey

Great Barrington — The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire has released the Small Business Technical Assistance Needs Survey to assess the greatest needs of small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. The survey will help CDCSB focus professional technical assistance to businesses where they most need it in order to weather the economic impact of the pandemic. CDCSB is joining Hilltown Community Development, Franklin County Community Development Corporation and Valley Community Development in seeking funding to provide free professional business assistance that can include legal and financial advice, strategic planning, access to capital, marketing, pivoting sales to a digital platform, or creating new product lines. This will significantly expand the capacity for small business assistance throughout western Massachusetts, a central part of CDCSB’s economic development mission.

All businesses based in the southern Berkshires are encouraged to complete the survey. For more information, contact the Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire at (413) 528-7788 or


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Berkshire Music School hires new executive director

Natalie Johnsonius Neubert. Photo courtesy Berkshire Music School

Pittsfield — Berkshire Music School’s board of trustees has announced the hiring of Natalie Johnsonius Neubert as its new executive director, replacing Tracy Wilson, who will retire in June after nearly 17 years in that position. The search committee, headed by BMS trustee Christine Condaris, received applications from individuals across the country, and the selection was made in mid-April. Neubert will begin working with Wilson in early June to ensure a seamless transition in leadership.

Neubert joins BMS with 20 years of experience in arts management, specializing in fundraising, programming and marketing for nonprofit music, theater and dance organizations. She has worked with such institutions as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dublin Fringe Festival, Performance Space New York, LUMBERYARD/American Dance Institute and others. Most recently, she served as senior development officer at Shakespeare & Company. As a curator, her productions have been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, American Theatre magazine and the Village Voice.

She is a classically trained musician who plays the piano and saxophone, and is a professional sound designer. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied music and theater. Neubert has also served on numerous boards of directors for organizations locally and across the country, and is co-chair of the Berkshire County Development Association and a member of Berkshire Business and Professional Women. She lives in Lenox with husband David and children Craig and Rose.


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BCC hires new faculty, staff; promotes interim provost

Adam Klepetar. Photo courtesy Berkshire Community College

Pittsfield — Berkshire Community College has hired new faculty and staff, and promoted or changed the positions of others.

Adam Klepetar has been appointed to the post of interim provost after Jennifer Berne, the vice president of academic affairs, was offered a new position at Oakland Community College in Bloomfield, Michigan. Klepetar was the vice president of student affairs and enrollment management. He will oversee academic and student affairs, while enrollment management will report directly to the president. Klepetar earned a Bachelor of Arts in management from St. John’s University, and a Master of Science in college counseling and student development at St. Cloud State University. He lives in Pittsfield and enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, and has expanded his cooking and baking repertoire during COVID-19. He is also a runner who ran his first marathon last October.

Lori Moon has been named dean of nursing after previously being named the interim dean. Moon has a master’s degree in nursing education from UMass Amherst and graduated from the BCC associate degree in nursing program in 1990. She lives in Pittsfield.

Jay Baver. Photo courtesy Berkshire Community College

Jay Baver has been hired as director of workforce development – hospitality in the division of business and outreach. Baver holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from UMass Amherst and a master’s degree in engineering from Lenox Institute of Water Technology. He lives in Lenox and previously produced and hosted the first five years of the television show “On the Water,” which is now in its 17th season.

Paul Mattingly. Photo courtesy Berkshire Community College

Paul Mattingly has been hired as director of workforce development – advanced manufacturing in the division of business and outreach. Mattingly earned a Bachelor of Arts from Central Connecticut State University and lives in Monterey, where he enjoys his hobby of making knives.

Shami Qazi has been hired as director of facilities. He was most recently with Bunker Hill Community College as manager of facilities operations. Qazi has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan; an HVAC diploma from Peterson Tech in Woburn; a Master of Business Administration from UMass Lowell; and a certificate in sustainability and environmental management from Harvard Extension School. He lives in Pittsfield.

David Moran, who previously served as BCC’s director of facilities, will help Shami Qazi transition in his new role while Moran takes on his new position as maintenance supervisor II and master electrician.

Sarah Broughel. Photo courtesy Berkshire Community College

Sarah Broughel has joined BCC as an assistant professor of nursing. She earned an associate degree in nursing from the Community College of Rhode Island; a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Colorado Christian University; and this May, a master’s degree in nursing education from Sacred Heart University. Broughel lives in Lee and loves to spend as much time outside as possible.

Karrie Trautman. Photo courtesy Berkshire Community College

Karrie Trautman has taken a new position at BCC as the coordinator of one-stop operations. Trautman holds a Master of Science in higher education administration from Bay Path University and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She lives in North Greenbush, New York, and is proud that her whole household is part of BCC: her husband is an adjunct faculty member and both of her sons are students.

Jeremy LaCrosse has taken on a new position at BCC as a research analyst. He has an associate degree from BCC, a Bachelor of Arts from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and recently earned his Master of Public Administration from Westfield State University.

Justin Ober. Photo courtesy Berkshire Community College

Justin Ober has joined BCC as the new social media and web content specialist. Ober, who lives in Lee, earned a bachelor’s degree in English writing/communications from UMass Dartmouth and is also a professional ski instructor.

Jennifer Larkin. Photo courtesy Berkshire Community College

Jennifer Larkin has taken on the position of special programs coordinator – student financial services and scholarships. She will be working with students to ensure that they have access to financial sources, including the work-study program. Larkin joined BCC in 2015 as the assistant to the office of advancement and the BCC Foundation, where she was responsible for bookkeeping functions as well as the coordination of the foundation scholarship and awards program. Larkin earned an associate degree in selected studies from BCC prior to attending SUNY Albany, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mediterranean archaeology with a minor in anthropology.

Kenneth Newberry. Photo courtesy Berkshire Community College

Kenneth Newberry has taken on a new role of clerk for student financial services. Newberry has worked on the campus for 14 years. He lives in Pittsfield and enjoys horseback riding, hiking local trails and being outdoors.

Mark Walker has joins BCC as a maintainer. He holds a Bachelor of Science in movement science from Westfield State College and lives in Pittsfield.



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