Five New Trustees Elected to Berkshire Museum Board at Annual Meeting
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Five new trustees are joining the Berkshire Museum's board of trustees, bringing to the board significant expertise in community development, diversity and inclusion, STEM education, entrepreneurship, leadership, marketing and communications, and art.
New members elected by the board to two-year terms and welcomed at its annual meeting on Monday, Sept. 24, include:
· Catharine B. Deely, a resident of Pittsfield, is a marketing and communications professional and a proponent of the creative economy and economic development.
· Rachel Melendez Mabee, a resident of Pittsfield, is a communications professional with over 13 years of experience developing and executing end-to-end marketing plans for local to national organizations.
· Josh Simpson, a resident of nearby Shelburne Falls, is a world-renown glassmaker and artist whose work is on view at the Museum. He served as Honorary Chair of the Museum’s 2018 “GALAxy” fundraiser along with former astronaut Cady Coleman.
· Jeffrey Thomas, a resident of Williamstown and a scientist, educator, and entrepreneur, is the founder and Executive Director of Lever, the North Adams-based startup incubator.
· Michael Wynn, a resident and chief of police of Pittsfield, attended the U.S. Naval Academy, graduated from Williams College, and directed the Westside Neighborhood Resource Center (Pittsfield) before beginning his career in law enforcement.
"These new board members bring diverse and valuable skills to the museum at a time of renewed energy, enthusiasm, and optimism about what’s possible here," said Elizabeth McGraw, president of the board of trustees. "We are fortunate to have their knowledge and passion as we implement our interdisciplinary plans to interpret the three pillars of our mission; art, history, and science, and we guide the Berkshire Museum into a sustainable and relevant future for everyone in our community to enjoy."
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