BFAIR Hires Director of ABI/MFP, Director of Homecare Services

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Family and Individual Resources has hired people to fill two key agency vacancies; sirector of Acquired Brain Injury/Moving Forward Plan (ABI/MFP) and director of Homecare Services.

Both positions are filled by veterans in the human services industry with more than 20 years of experience in the field. The first was filled by an internal promotion of Deanna Davila and the second was filled by Tim Brelsford, who came from Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth.

Davila holds a bachelor's degree in human services and joined BFAIR in April 2017 as a house manager in Northampton in the Acquired Brain Injury program. She assisted in opening a new ABI/MFP home in Northampton and helped four individuals transfer out of nursing homes. She became the program coordinator of Hampshire/ Hampden counties in April of 2018.

"Deana’s promotion is well deserved, and I look forward to working with her in her new role," said Michelle Carleton, vice president of Residential Services.



Brelsford's experience in nonprofit and human services field expands more than 30 years. He started his career at 16 years old volunteering at the Forest Hills Special School in Paducah, KY.  From there he went on to work at Lourdes hospital as an ER technician and a nurse's aide in the Homecare and Hospice Department. In 1996, he moved to the Berkshires, where he started working at in the human service field eventually working his way up to management. Most recently, he went on to be a program director at Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth.

Brelsford holds a master's degree in business, a bachelor's degree in computer science and an associate degree in Computer Science.

"Tim has been a great addition to the BFAIR team, his experience with management and supervision will be pivotal in the continued success, quality and growth of our Homecare Services Department," said Theresa Gelinas, senior vice president of Day Services at BFAIR.

 


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Greylock Elementary Celebrates Bike-To-School Day

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Greylock Elementary School celebrated Bike-To-School Day by hosting a Family Bicycle Night organized by the Greylock School PTG, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition’s Mass in Motion and Safe Routes to School on Thursday, May 30.

In May, the North Adams Public School Committee approved a pro bike-to-school policy for the 2019-20 school year. This policy will promote bicycling to school and enforce bicycle safety. Greylock School will be the pilot school for a Bike-to-School Day in the fall, so Family Bicycle Night was an opportunity for students to ride their bicycles and learn and practice bicycle safety.

The event included a bike safety check station led by the North Adams Police Department, who provided and fitted bike helmets, and a bike rodeo set up by MassBike, with courses set up to learn and practice bicycle riding safety and the rules of the road. Students received a certificate of completion and free bike gear give-aways. There was also a free raffle with chances to win new bike lights, locks and one new bicycle.

This event drew more than 100 students and family members. Greylock School looks forward to doing another Bike-to-School Day in the fall.

 

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