The Chambery Inn in Lee has won a 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice award. Photo courtesy Chambery Inn

Business Briefs: Travelers’ Choice Award for Chambery Inn; Samale returns to CHP; Wadsworth joins BCC; new Salisbury Bank hires

Berkshire Community College has hired Andrea Wadsworth as its new vice president of administration and finance.

Chambery Inn wins 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice award

Lee — Chambery Inn has been recognized as a 2020 Travelers’ Choice award winner for hotels. Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews and prior to changes caused by the pandemic, winners of the award are known for consistently receiving great traveler feedback, placing them in the top 10 percent of hospitality businesses around the globe.

Said Bob Healey, principal of Chambery Inn: “Since our acquisition of Chambery in 2009, clean, comfortable, rooms have been at the heart of our business philosophy. While the elegance of Chambery was recognized in print by many large names of the ‘90s, technological updates in late 2018 really set us apart from other hotels/inns of the area. I mean, where else can you watch Netflix on a 75-inch TV in a 500-square-foot guestroom? Not to mention some of the fastest Wi-Fi, rooms oozing charm, comforts of home, and a dozen nice restaurants that will deliver world-class meals to your door.”

“Winners of the 2020 Travelers’ Choice Awards should be proud of this distinguished recognition,” said Kanika Soni, chief commercial officer at Tripadvisor. “Although it’s been a challenging year for travel and hospitality, we want to celebrate our partners’ achievements. Award winners are beloved for their exceptional service and quality. Not only are these winners well deserving, they are also a great source of inspiration for travelers as the world begins to venture out again.”


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Dr. Jill Samale Returns to CHP Barrington OB/GYN

Dr. Jill Samale. Photo courtesy Community Health Programs

Great Barrington — Community Health Programs welcomes Dr. Jill Samale in her return to the staff of CHP Barrington OB/GYN.

Samale provides comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology care to women of all ages. She is affiliated with Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital’s Family Birthplace. She practiced previously with the CHP team and then joined Berkshire OB-GYN, a Berkshire Medical Center practice. From 2006 to 2014, Samale practiced at South County Hospital Center for Women’s Health in Wakefield, Rhode Island. Earlier, she practiced at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, New Hampshire. From 2000 to 2005, she worked in private practice at Baystate Ob/Gyn Group.

A magna cum laude graduate of Amherst College, she earned her medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. At UVM Dr. Samale earned the 2000 Award for the Excellence in OB/GYN Clinical Clerkship, and served on the UVM women’s mentoring program executive committee. She completed her residency at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a graduate of Monument Mountain Regional High School.


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Berkshire Community College hires new vice president of administration and finance

Andrea Wadsworth. Photo courtesy Berkshire Community College

Pittsfield — Berkshire Community College has hired Andrea Wadsworth as its new vice president of administration and finance.

Wadsworth was most recently the assistant superintendent of business and finance as well as the acting superintendent at Mount Greylock Regional School District. Prior to that, she held the positions of business administrator for Lee Public Schools and senior accounting coordinator/business office accountant for the Berkshire Hills Regional School District. She has served as the chair of the Lee School Committee and is a current member. She served on the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, Division VI, as vice chair through 2019, and currently serves as chair. She also serves as the vice chair of the Berkshire County Education Task Force as a town of Lee representative through 2023, and serves as a commissioner with the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.

A BCC graduate with an associate degree in business administration, Wadsworth also holds Bachelor of Science from Westfield State in business administration. While at the UMass Dartmouth Charlton Business School, Wadsworth earned master’s degrees in business administration and public policy as well as a graduate certificate in public management. She is in the leadership and management certificate program at Harvard Business School. Wadsworth lives in Lee with husband Kevin, son Airen and daughter Tori. Last year, she ran her first marathon.


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Balesano, Ursini join Salisbury Bank

Lakeville, Conn. — Salisbury Bank has announced the hiring of Carla Balesano as executive vice president, chief credit officer; and Christopher Ursini as vice president, credit risk manager.

Balesano most recently worked as senior vice president, syndicated lending, at Liberty Bank. Prior to that, she was an executive credit officer and head of corporate loan strategies at People’s United Bank, and managing senior credit officer at TD Bank. She has also held senior credit positions at Webster Bank and Bank of America. Balesano received her associate degree from Manchester Community College, has completed numerous professional development courses with Risk Management Association, and has continued her education at the University of Connecticut. She lives in Glastonbury.

Ursini has more than 35 years of credit risk, special asset management, and loan resolution experience. He most recently worked at People’s United Bank as vice president, risk management; and loan resolution officer. Ursini holds a Bachelor of Science in resource management from the University of Connecticut. He lives in Waterbury.