BCC's '40 Under Forty' Winners to be Honored
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC), together with partners 1Berkshire and Mill Town Foundation, will honor the winners of its annual 40 Under Forty Awards on Thursday, March 28 at 5 pm in the Robert Boland theater, located on the main campus at 1350 West Street, Pittsfield.
Proceeds benefit the BCC Foundation, which manages about 180 scholarships totaling more than $375,000 for BCC students and supports a number of programs at the College.
40 Under Forty celebrates talented people in the Berkshires, under the age of 40, who try to improving the quality of life for those living and working in the community. Nominees, who hail from throughout Berkshire County, are eligible for the award through their professional work and how it makes a difference, their personal commitment to their community, or other efforts to improve the quality of life for those living and working in the Berkshires.
This year, for the first time, Mill Town Foundation will provide funding for each 40 Under Forty Award winner to re-grant $1,000 to an eligible Berkshire-based nonprofit organization of their choosing. A total of $40,000 will be given to our local non-profits.
Designed to promote purposeful giving, the Mill Town Foundation initiative encourages each award winner to research area nonprofit organizations to gain an extensive understanding of their mission and work before choosing which group to support.
"Mill Town Foundation is proud to partner with Berkshire Community College to celebrate and empower this year's 40 Under Forty award winners," said Program Manager Andy Wrba. "Our philosophy of philanthropy is rooted in the belief that impact requires a thoughtful and holistic approach to giving. It goes beyond the mere act of charity, with an emphasis on collaboration and sustainability. We hope that this empowerment
will lead to a lifetime of philanthropic engagement for future generations of community leaders."
Because the nonprofit sector is extensive and vital to the fabric of the Berkshires community, Wrba explained, the role of philanthropy and charitable giving is of critical importance.
The 2024 Berkshire County 40 Under Forty winners are:
Princewill Abanulo, Quality Manager, Premium Waters
Ciana Barnaba, Community Relations & Resource Development, Berkshire Agricultural Ventures
Scott Barschdorf, Director of Brain Injury Services, Berkshire County Arc
Jessica Bartle, Co-Founder, President, Investment Adviser, EvoQue Investments
Christine Bile, Licensed Certified Social Worker (Clinician), Boston Neurobehavioral Associates
Meaghan Bresnahan, Positive Options Program Coordinator, Lee Public Schools
Josh Brilliant, Engineer, General Dynamics - Mission Systems
Andy Cambi, Director of Public Health, City of Pittsfield
Kalee Carmel, Treasury Management Manager, Adams Community Bank
Zorelly Cepeda Derieux, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Williams College
Jacob Dabrowski, AVP Mortgage Originations, Adams Community Bank
Olivia Daly, Patrol Officer, Pittsfield Police Department
Izinna Degraffenried, Police Officer, City of Pittsfield
Emily Dominik, Corporate Controller, Mill Town
Meghan Donnelly, School Counselor, Pittsfield Public Schools
Paul Farella, Partner, Moneco Advisors, LLC
Cameron Hadley, Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual
Dr. Sonja Haecker, Executive Vice President, Berkshire County Arc
Sidney Hamilton, School Adjustment Counselor, Pittsfield Public Schools
Dr. Claire Horth, Physician, Community Health Programs
Samantha Kendall, Prevention Supervisor and Harm Reduction Trainer, Berkshire Harm Reduction
Christy Lemoine, Volunteer Coordinator/911 Dispatcher, Berkshire and Franklin Medical Reserve Corps/Williamstown Police
Lenny Light, Executive Vice President, Lenco Armored Vehicles
Sara Luciani, Principal, Stearns Elementary School
Andre Lynch, Executive, A. Lynch DEI Consulting
Caitlin McKinnon, Site Supervisor, Intensive Outpatient Program + Recovery Coach Services, The Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Jay Meczywor, Physical Therapist, Berkshire Sports and Physical Therapy
Shawn Mille, Program Associate, Community Access to the Arts (CATA)
Brent Osborne, Director of Berkshire Lake Camp & Director of Special Projects, CampGroup
Khalil Paul, Police Officer, City of North Adams Police Department
Jordan Romeo, Teacher of Deportment, Pittsfield Public Schools
Julia Sabourin, Director of Community Engagement and Communications, Berkshire District Attorney's Office
Allison Schmitt, Executive Director, Entrepreneurship for All, Berkshire County
Brian Seminara, Technical Manager, General Dynamics - Mission Systems
Alicia Starsja, TRIO Academic Counselor, Berkshire Community College
Colin Sykes, Environmental Health Inspector, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission
Dr. Mark Taylor, General Surgeon, Berkshire Health Systems
Kristen Tool, Managing Director, Heart & Soil Collective
Crystal Wojcik, Finance Director/Town Accountant, Town of Adams
Julie Zdon, AVP, Branch Officer, Adams Community Bank