New editor named at The Women's Times

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The Women’s Times has named Audrey Manring editor as of May 1. Manring is a former freelance writer and editor with experience in business, technology and community journalism. Before joining The Women’s Times as associate editor in January 2005, she served as editorial director of an IT consulting firm in Stamford, Connecticut, and worked as a management consultant in the financial services sector. In 2001, she co-founded an online children’s art nonprofit and subsequently taught art at Hillcrest Educational Centers in Lenox. “Audrey has been a tremendous asset to The Women’s Times,” said founder and publisher Eugenie Sills. “She possesses very strong writing and editing skills, as well as a deep interest in women and community. We have worked closely together over the past 16 months and share an editorial philosophy—to tell women’s stories and share resources with substance, style and integrity—that we believe serves our readers and advertisers well. I am delighted that Audrey is stepping into this new role. I cannot think of a better person for the job.” Manring, 32, lives in Stockbridge, Mass. She takes over the editorial helm from Sills, who, after 5 years in the editor’s seat, will turn her attention back to marketing and business development. The magazine unveiled a redesigned 4-color cover in March and plans other changes to the magazine this summer. The Women’s Times is the region’s only publication for women. 32,000 copies of the magazine are distributed monthly in two neighboring regions: the Berkshire Region and the Pioneer Valley. Copies are available at venues around the region or by subscription. For more information, call 413-528-5303.
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Long-Time Leader of Berkshire United Way Joins Volunteers in Medicine Board

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Kristine Hazzard has joined the Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires as a member of the 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, Kristine served as president and chief executive officer of Berkshire United Way from 2008 to 2019.

"Kristine's proven commitment to improving the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community, combined with her expertise in program development, fundraising, public relations, board development and coaching will be invaluable to VIM," said Arthur Peisner, VIM's chairman of the board. "VIM is needed now more than ever, and Kristine will be instrumental in helping ensure we grow strategically and sustainably."

Before Berkshire United Way, Hazzard spent 10 years as president and chief executive officer 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 city of Bridgeport, Conn.’s Department of Health. She 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 and a former member of VIM’s Board of Trustees, live in Hinsdale. Kristine received her bachelor's degree in social work from Albright College and a master's degree in social welfare administration from SUNY Albany.

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