BMM CEO Joins South Berkshire Development Board

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDCSB) has welcomed Allen Harris as its newest member to the Board of Directors.  
 
Allen, a Berkshire native and longtime resident of Dalton, was elected to serve a three-year term this week on the nonprofit's Board of Directors.
 
He is the Founder and CEO of Berkshire Money Management (BMM), a full-service financial management firm, located in Dalton. Allen is a professional investment management veteran who, for more than 20 years, has used his expertise to help his clients increase their investment portfolio value while protecting their wealth during economic downturns. 
 
He has grown his company to more than 15 employees and is in the process of opening BMM's first satellite office on the corner of Castle and Main Street in Great Barrington.
 
"BMM's community development outreach includes nations across the globe, but the emphasis has typically been in Berkshire County. In particular, the towns near our headquarters," said Allen.  "Our move to Great Barrington means we'll widen our primary target area, which we have already begun by making donations to area non-profit organizations. But a check can only go so far. The CDCSB has presented me with an opportunity to apply time, experience and physical effort to helping the southern Berkshires become an even better place."
 
In his personal life, Allen has a passion for philanthropy, with a particular focus on animal welfare. He has personally fostered scores of pets in his own house as he tried to find them "forever homes."
 
Allen is also a strong supporter of both economic revitalization and the arts in the Berkshires. He will be a member of both the Economic Development and the Marketing/Fundraising subcommittees of the board helping to move forward the CDCSB's mission to build affordable housing and support small businesses.
 
 CDCSB Executive Director Allison Marchese welcomed Allen to the board, remarking, "Allen brings to us his immense talents as both a business leader and a caring, dynamic human.  
 
"The CDCSB has already benefited from his generosity as the lead sponsor of our upcoming Virtual Film Fundraising event taking place on Zoom on Friday, October 8, at 7pm." 
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Meet Teachers at Berkshire Waldorf School

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Waldorf School (formerly Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School) announced the appointment of Andrew Gilligan as First Grade teacher for the 2022-23 school year. 
 
Families whose children will be six by Sept. 1, 2022 and interested community members are invited to meet Mr. Gilligan, along with First Grade subject teachers, at the school's Meet the First Grade Teachers event Saturday, Jan. 29 at 10:30am via Zoom. 
 
Parents and caregivers can register for this live, virtual, free event at berkshirewaldorfschool.org, or by contacting Admissions Director Robyn Coe at  admissions@berkshirewaldorfschool.org.
 
Andrew Gilligan has taught children across the Elementary and Middle School grades as well as Early Childhood for the past twelve years. He is currently a class teacher at the Seattle Waldorf School, where he has taught First and Second Grades for the past two years. Mr. Gilligan was a Class Teacher for First through Fourth Grades and Sixth through Eighth Grades at Meadowbrook Waldorf School in Richmond, RI, where he was also a member of the Board of Trustees and the Core Group of Teachers, leaders of the fiscal and pedagogical decision-making for the school. Mr. Gilligan earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont, and completed both his Elementary Education and Waldorf Education Certificates, as well as his Masters of Education degree, from Antioch University New England. 
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