Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts Announces New Board Members

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The Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts (GSCWM) elected eight members to the Board of Directors at the virtual Annual Meeting on June 23, 2021. 
 
The essential business of the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts' (GSCWM) annual meeting was conducted virtually via Zoom.
 
"I am pleased to welcome, and thrilled to have the privilege to serve on the board with these new members," said  GSCWM Board President Joan Bertrand of Sterling. "They are dynamic individuals with diverse talents and experiences to help oversee the operations of the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts and further our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place."
 
GSCWM's board members were elected to serve a two-year term.
 
Board members include:
 
Ms. Roberta McCulloch-Dews, Director of Administrative Services within the Office of the Pittsfield Mayor and Public Information Officer for the City of Pittsfield
 
Roberta currently serves as Director of Administrative Services within the Office of the Mayor and serves as the Public Information Officer for the City of Pittsfield. A communications professional with more than 20 years of experience, Roberta began her career as a newspaper journalist in 2000, and later transitioned to marketing communications and public relations in the fields of healthcare and higher education. Roberta graduated from New York University (NYU) with a bachelor's degree in Print Journalism. In 2019, she earned her master's degree in Social and Public Policy and an Advanced Certificate in Project Management from SUNY Empire.
 
Ms. Carla Carten, of Shrewsbury, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategy for Mass General Brigham Health Care
 
Ms. Ella Grant, of Sturbridge, Senior Girl Scout and student at Tantasqua Regional High School
 
Ms. Lisa Greene, of Shrewsbury, Director of Patient Accounts/HIM for AdCare Hospital of Worcester
 
Ms. Kate Kane, of West Brookfield, Wealth Management Advisor for Northwestern Mutual
 
Dr. Shirley Konneh, of Worcester, Assistant Director at the Center for Career Development at the College of the Holy Cross
 
Ms. Laura Marotta, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Creative Hub Worcester
 
Ms. Addison Witkes, of Rutland, Senior Girl Scout and student at Wachusett Regional High School

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Firefighters used several avenues of attack to douse the blaze.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A midday fire Thursday on South Atlantic Avenue killed a pet and left a family homeless.
 
Police happened to be at a neighboring house when they were notified of a fire at 16 South Atlantic. The Fire Department was called out at 12:35 p.m. and found "heavy fire conditions" on the first floor in the kitchen area, reported Deputy Chief Daniel Garner.
 
The fire had extended into the adjoining rooms of the 2 1/2-story, wood frame home. Crews from four engines and a ladder truck attacked the blaze; a primary search was conducted to ensure no one was in the building. 
 
There were no reported injuries but a dog perished in the blaze. Garner estimated that the house suffered about $20,000 to $50,000 in damage, largely from heavy fire and smoke on the first floor and smoke damage throughout. 
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