Berkshire County Arc Expands Leadership Team

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has promoted Sonja Stewart to director of Family Support and Advocacy and hired David Singer as director of Marketing and Communications, a redesigned position. Both will join the agency's administration team.

As the director of Family Support and Advocacy, Stewart will continue to oversee case management in the Adult Family Care program. She will direct the operations of BCArc's Family Support Center, providing services that support children and adults with disabilities living in the community with their families. She will also coordinate Berkshire County Arc's respite services, which provide a break for family members and create opportunities for community engagement for individuals with disabilities.

Prior to this position, Stewart served as BCArc's Family Support Manager for two years, where she oversaw the case managers and family advocates. When first starting at BCArc she served as a family advocate and case manager herself. Before coming to BCArc, she worked for several years serving at-risk youth and low-income families in an array of capacities.

Stewart holds a master's degree in education from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and a bachelor's degree in social work from the College of Saint Rose.

"Sonja has always been committed to enriching the lives of the individuals and families we serve, and her advanced degree in education allows her to be a strong, effective advocate for those who need her support with the schools," said Kenneth Singer, president and CEO of BCArc.

David Singer (no relation to Ken Singer) will drive the agency's communications, marketing and development strategies. He joins BCArc after serving as director of communications and marketing for Albany Law School, Albany, N.Y.

He started his career as a reporter covering several Boston suburbs. After that he served as managing editor of the Dispute Resolution Journal, an international magazine for mediators, arbitrators, and negotiators. He has worked in communications for the Massachusetts Department of Education, Allmerica Financial in Worcester, Mass., the PR firm Schwartz Communications in Boston, and at Sawchuk Brown Associates in Albany, N.Y. He has written for a variety of publications, and currently reviews live music for the Daily Gazette in Schenectady, N.Y.

"We have elevated and expanded the role marketing will play in our agency, and we think Dave is in a unique position to fill that role," Kenneth Singer said. "We think his ideas and experience will raise us to the next level."


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