BCArc Hires Director of Nursing, Supervisor of Behavioral Services

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has named two new members to its staff, naming Caroline Eldred to director of nursing and Kristen Myers to supervisor of behavioral services.

With six years at BCArc, Eldred started as a Residential RN, then Nursing Supervisor before being named Director. Before BCArc she worked at the Brien Center and Spectrum Health Systems.

In her new position, she will oversee the nursing staff for all residential programs. She came to BCArc after experiencing several other nursing environments

"Unlike at hospitals, at BCArc you get to know your patients as people, as individuals. I get to manage their care for years, understand their needs and behaviors," she said. A graduate of Berkshire Community College, she was born in Atlanta before moving to Pittsfield.

In her new position, Myers will assess, implement and monitor the individual behavioral supports needed across Developmental/Intellectual Disability, Autism, and brain-injured adults. Kristen has been with BCArc for 12 years, and has experience in both Day Programs and Residential Services.

Before joining the Clinical Department full-time in 2018, she was an Education Supervisor at Berkshire County Head Start.  She also serves as a clinical liaison for BCArc’s Human Rights Committee.

Myers is a certified Grief Counselor, and has certificates in Autism Services and Trauma-informed Care. She is a Berkshire native who graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with an interdisciplinary degree in Education and Psychology. 

Myers is currently working on completing her Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis at Bay Path University in October.


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