Long-Time Leader of Berkshire United Way Joins Volunteers in Medicine Board

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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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Doctor Returns to CHP Barrington OB/GYN

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs welcomes Dr. Jill Samale in her return to the staff of CHP Barrington OB/GYN. 

Dr. Samale provides comprehensive obstetrical and gynecology care to women of all ages. She is affiliated with Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital's Family Birthplace. She practiced previously with the CHP team and then joined Berkshire OB-GYN, a Berkshire Medical Center practice.

From 2006-2014, Samale practiced at South County Hospital Center for Women's Health in Wakefield, R.I. Earlier, she practiced at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, N.H. From 2000-2005, she worked in private practice at Baystate OB/GYN Group.

A magna cum laude graduate of Amherst College, she earned her medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She completed her residency at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

At UVM Dr. Samale earned the 2000 Award for the Excellence in OB/GYN Clinical Clerkship, and served on the UVM Women’s Mentoring Program Executive Committee. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

She is a graduate of Monument Mountain Regional High School.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a CHP Barrington OB/GYN clinician, call 413-528-1470.

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