Berkshire Museum Board of Trustees Elects New President

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Trustees of the Berkshire Museum elected new officers, and appointed four new board members, at its annual meeting on Sept. 23.

Ethan Klepetar, member of the board since 2011 and trustee vice president since 2015, is stepping into the role of president, a position previously held by Elizabeth McGraw. A trustee since 2008, McGraw will continue to serve on the museum's board as vice president alongside Trustee Vice President Melissa Scarafoni.

"This is an exciting moment in the history of the Berkshire Museum, and I am excited about partnering with our Executive Director Jeff Rodgers, the Board of Trustees, and the entire staff as we work together on the evolution of this important community institution," Klepetar said. "The museum is an integral part of the Berkshire community, and I am honored to follow in the footsteps of McGraw and continue to lead us towards a bright future."

During her tenure as trustee president, McGraw was vital in creating a strong financial base for the Berkshire Museum, allowing the institution to secure its educational impact in Berkshire County. Additionally, through her commitment and inspiration of others, the museum raised support to provide all children free admission to the museum in 2020.

Four new members were also elected to the museum's board and welcomed at the Sept. 23 meeting. The following new trustees will serve two-year terms:

* Dennis Egan, a resident of Pittsfield, is a partner at a local law firm that represents individuals and businesses in business succession planning, corporate governance, and institutional and private financing.

* Evan Hickok, a resident of Pittsfield, is an engineer, program manager, and an involved member of the local community who is working to help Berkshire businesses continue to grow in a sustainable way though human capital strategy.

* Judy Rush, director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at Pittsfield Public Schools, has extensive experience in creating organizational goals, collaborating with community partners, and developing innovative programming for grades K-12.

* Brian Tremblay, a Pittsfield native who now resides in Richmond, is an experienced business executive with many years of experience in finance leadership for both Fortune 500 companies and non-profit boards.

The meeting included the election of the slate of officers: Ethan Klepetar, President; Melissa Scarafoni, Vice President; Elizabeth McGraw, Vice President; Stephen Bayne, Treasurer; and Rachel Melendez Mabee, Secretary.

Caitlin Pemble was re-elected for a three-year term. David Glodt was re-elected for a two-year term. Elizabeth McGraw, Ethan Klepetar, and Stacey Gillis Weber were re-elected for one-year terms. Trustees who continue to serve are Stephen Bayne, Douglas Crane, Catharine B. Deely, Wendy Gordon, Rachel Melendez Mabee, Suzanne Nash, Melissa Scarafoni, Josh Simpson, Jeffrey Thomas and Michael Wynn.

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