BCC Hires, Promotes Staff

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced the hiring and promotion of staff to the College.
 
Damien Boutillon has joined BCC's TRIO (Talent, Resources, Initiative, Opportunity) Student Support Services Program as an Academic Advisor. Previously, he was a Strategic Planning Associate at Williams College and a Research Fellow at Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching. A resident of Williamstown, Boutillon received a master's degree and a PhD in social anthropology from Durham University, England, a master's degree in linguistic anthropology from the School of Advanced Social Studies, Paris, and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Cambridge University, England.
 
Ashley Carter has joined the Office of Student Affairs as an Academic Success Coach. Previously, she was a retention specialist at a Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, California. A resident of Tempe, Ariz., Carter holds a master's degree in education administration and leadership and a bachelor of arts degree in international relations, both from University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. 
 
Julie Hannum has returned to BCC as STEM Starter Academy Program Coordinator after recently retiring with 25 years of service. Most recently, she was BCC's Director of Continuing Education and South County Programs and had previously served as Director of Off-Campus Sites and Director/ Coordinator of Career and Technical Education Partnerships. A co-founder of the Berkshire STEM Career Fair, Hannum received a master's degree in science education from MCLA and a bachelor's degree in general science/ chemistry from Westfield State College. She is a native and lifelong resident of Sheffield.
 
Kelsey Jones has joined the Office of Student Engagement as an Academic Success Coach. Previously, she was a community and civic engagement intern at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. She recently earned a master's degree in higher education student affairs administration from Nazareth College and holds a bachelor of arts in history and political science from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She resides in Mendon, N.Y. in the Rochester area.
 
Richard Kovarovic has joined the Jonathan Edwards Library as a Library Assistant III, with responsibilities in technical services and interlibrary loans. Previously, he worked for several years as a cataloging specialist at Croton Free Library in Westchester County, N.Y., where he was most recently the Temporary Reference and Circulation Supervisor. A resident of Pittsfield, Kovarovic holds a master's degree in English literature and a bachelor of arts degree in English, both from Mercy College. He is currently pursuing a Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
 
Julie Krzanik has joined the Administration & Finance Department as Assistant to the Vice President of Administration and Finance/Divisional Support Manager. Previously, she was a registrar at Miss Hall's School in Pittsfield. She received a bachelor of science degree in business administration and economics from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and an associate's degree in environmental science from BCC. She resides in Adams, MA.
 
Matthew Martin has joined BCC's Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation (CTLI) as Coordinator of Learning Experience Design, a position shared between BCC and Greenfield Community College. Since 2019, he had been an academic support coordinator at Buxton School and was an online social studies instructor with Virtual Virginia for more than 10 years. A resident of Williamstown, Martin earned a master's degree of arts in education from The College of William and Mary and a bachelor of arts degree in history from UNC-Chapel Hill.
 
Abby Powers has joined the Office of Student Engagement as an Administrative Assistant. Previously, she was a member services coordinator at 1Berkshire. A resident of Pittsfield, Powers received a master of business administration degree from MCLA and a bachelor of arts degree in mass communication from Westfield State College.
 
Deborah Thayer has been promoted to Database Administrator for the Information Technology Department. Previously, she was a database analyst/programmer. Thayer received a bachelor of science degree in computer science from MCLA and an associate's degree in computer information systems from BCC.
 
Taylor Woodward has joined the Office of Advancement as an Administrative Assistant. Previously, he was a development associate at Kaufman Music Center in New York City. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Elon University in North Carolina. Woodward resides in downtown Pittsfield.

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Greylock and Credit Union of the Berkshires Agree to Merger

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Greylock Federal Credit Union and Credit Union of the Berkshires (CUB), both of Pittsfield, have reached a definitive merger agreement subject to the approval of the CUB membership and regulatory agencies.
 
"We are pleased that Greylock and Credit Union of the Berkshires have reached this merger agreement," said Greylock President and CEO John L. Bissell. "We know that the credit union difference remains strong in Berkshire County. We look forward to completing the merger and
combining the resources of CUB and Greylock to help the community thrive."
 
With final approval of the merger, Greylock will assume CUB's nearly $23 million in assets.
 
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