Tessa Kelly and Chris Parkinson of ARCADE are artists-in-residence at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge. Photo courtesy IS183 Art School of the Berkshires

Business Briefs: Red Lion Inn artist residency; Berkshire HorseWorks grant; Hazzard joins VIM board; Greylock promotes two; new BCC deans

The Healers and Horses program was created specifically to help local health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic acclimate and reintegrate during and after their experiences battling the virus.

Red Lion Inn, IS183 partner for artist residency

Stockbridge — T​he​ ​Red Lion Inn and IS183 Art School of the Berkshires have announced Tessa Kelly and Chris Parkinson as the fourth annual artists-in-residence at the Red Lion Inn.

Kelly and Parkinson are architects and founders of ARCADE in Pittsfield, the mission of which is to use design as a platform to create and support culture in disinvested, de-industrialized cities. ARCADE’s work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, displayed at MASS MoCA and Hancock Shaker Village, and featured in Dwell magazine and the Boston Globe. Notable projects include the Mastheads and the Westside Riverway Park, both of which expand the relationship between architecture and communities to provide ongoing opportunities for public humanities programming to new audiences.

Kelly is a graduate of Williams College and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and has taught in the graduate program at the Yale School of Architecture. She is a native of Pittsfield. Parkinson is a graduate of Amherst College and the Yale School of Architecture and has taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a native of Williamstown.

On Friday, Aug. 14, IS183 will host a virtual artist talk in which Kelly and Parkinson will discuss their backgrounds, artistic vision for the project and experience so far at the Red Lion Inn. For more information, contact IS183 at (413) 298-5252 or info@is183.org.


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Berkshire HorseWorks received grant for frontline workers

Richmond — Berkshire HorseWorks Inc. has received $10,000 from the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County to support the Healers and Horses program.

The Healers and Horses program was created specifically to help local health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic acclimate and reintegrate during and after their experiences battling the virus. The program’s goal is to provide a safe platform where participants can identify, explore and process their feelings in a mutually supportive environment among other health care workers and family. Exercises will address trauma, offer outlets for expression and develop positive coping skills health care workers can use while still in the midst of the crisis. The EAGALA model of equine-assisted psychotherapy, which will be used in the Healers and Horses program, integrates horses in ground-based, metaphorical activities and is facilitated by a licensed mental health professional and equine specialist.

Participants in the program include staff from Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires, who kicked off the program in July. Berkshire Health Systems vice president of human resources Patrick Borek and head of wellness Maureen Daniels have partnered with Berkshire HorseWorks to select participants from different departments within their network. A combination of families and groups comprise the program, which includes five medical professionals and their families, plus the North Adams satellite emergency facility, MACONY Pediatrics and the Berkshire Health Systems HR department. The Healers and Horses program is currently at capacity.


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VIM Berkshires welcomes longtime United Way leader Hazzard to its board

Kristine Hazzard. Photo courtesy Berkshire United Way

Great Barrington — Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires has announced that Kristine Hazzard has joined the organization’s board of trustees. Hazzard has 30 years of experience leading and managing health and human service organizations. Currently a principal consultant at Katalyst, she specializes in strategic planning, organizational development, executive coaching, community change processes and meeting facilitation. Prior to launching her own firm, Hazzard served as president and CEO of Berkshire United Way from 2008 to 2019.

Before Berkshire United Way, Hazzard spent 10 years as president and CEO of the Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County, a nonprofit agency serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as women returning to the community after incarceration. Prior to that, she was supervisor of school-based health centers for the department of health in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Hazzard began her career as site manager of Planned Parenthood of Connecticut’s Stamford clinic.

Hazzard and her husband, Larry, president of Berkshire Life Insurance Company (a subsidiary of Guardian Life), live in Hinsdale. Larry Hazzard is a former member of VIM’s board of trustees. Kristine Hazzard received her Bachelor of Arts in social work from Albright College and a Master of Arts in social welfare administration from SUNY Albany.


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Greylock Federal Credit Union promotes Beraldi, Hinkell

Gloria Beraldi. Photo courtesy Greylock Federal Credit Union

Pittsfield — Greylock Federal Credit Union has promoted two at its West Street branch. Gloria Beraldi has accepted a new position as assistant vice president, market manager, overseeing four branches in Pittsfield: the West Street and Elm Street locations as well as the employee branches at General Dynamics and Berkshire Medical Center. Johnothan Hinkell has been promoted to fill Beraldi’s former position as branch manager at West Street.

Johnothan Hinkell. Photo courtesy Greylock Federal Credit Union

Beraldi has been with Greylock since 1994. Her most recent volunteer work involves Downtown Pittsfield Inc., Habitat For Humanity, Berkshire United Way and St. Agnes Church. She and her husband, James, have six children, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Hinkell joine Greylock as a teller in 2013 and most recently served as West Street’s assistant branch manager. He was born and raised in North Adams, where he still lives with his wife and two children. Hinkell is active in the community as a volunteer coach for winter basketball, and spends the other three seasons coaching in different youth baseball leagues in North County.


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BCC hires new dean of students, interim dean of enrollment

Celia Norcross. Photo courtesy Berkshire Community College

Pittsfield — Berkshire Community College has hired Celia Norcross as dean of students and Michael Sharp as interim Dean of Enrollment. Christina Wynn, formerly the dean of enrollment management, has taken the position of dean of business and outreach.

Norcross has worked in higher education for the past 22 years, including her most recent career track at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts the past 18 years in student affairs. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business from Western New England University and master’s degree in higher education with a concentration on student personnel/counseling. In addition to her work environment, Norcross can be seen active in the community working with youth groups, coaching soccer or playing volleyball. She resides in the Berkshires, raising her three boys Evan, Tyler and Drew with husband William. She has great pride in being able to support her children’s talents and their involvement in sports, music and other local activities.

Michael Sharp. Photo courtesy Berkshire Community College

Sharp recently worked for St. Cloud State University as adjunct faculty in human relations and multicultural education and was the director of advising and student transitions. In addition, Sharp worked for 15 years as the director, advising and student transitions. He has earned his master’s degree in community organizing at St. Cloud State University and his Bachelor of Science in psychology at Iowa State University. Sharp has spent the last three years doing research for and teaching courses on race and human relations. He lives in rural Clearwater, Minnesota, and is looking forward to the chance, as COVID-19 restrictions allow, to explore the Berkshires during his time with BCC. In his free time, Sharp likes to hike, bike, travel, garden, play music, converse with friends and read.