MountainOne Expands Commercial Lending Team

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Commercial Lending Division at MountainOne continues to grow with the recent additions of Peter Duckett and Christopher Glynn as commercial portfolio manager and associate commercial portfolio manager, respectively.
 
Peter Ducket, Commercial Portfolio Manager
 
In his role as commercial portfolio manager, Duckett evaluates new and existing borrower relationships; manages, implements, and develops commercial and credit related initiatives, policies, and procedures; and assists with the preparation for internal and external audits, among other responsibilities.
 
Prior to joining MountainOne Bank, Duckett was a portfolio manager with Brookline Bank in Boston.
 
A resident of Dorchester, Duckett received a Bachelor of Arts in economics and business management from Assumption College where he was captain of the NCAA Division II Golf Team and a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
 
 Christopher Glynn, Associate Commercial Portfolio Manager
 
As an associate commercial portfolio manager, Glynn is responsible for interacting with and evaluating new and/or existing loan relationships, making credit recommendations, and managing specific credit activities to ensure that performance quality, consistency of underwriting, and timeliness meets or exceeds customer expectations.
 
Prior to joining MountainOne Bank, Glynn was an associate with BrightSpire Capital in Tampa, Fla.
 
Glynn received a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, and currently resides in Lenox, Massachusetts.
 
"We are excited to welcome both Peter and Chris to our growing commercial lending team," said Robert Fraser, president and chief executive officer at MountainOne. "Their addition supports our ongoing efforts to enhance our commercial lending capabilities and drive success for our clients."

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Drury High's Myers Named North Adams Teacher of the Year

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Donna Myers started at Drury as a student teacher before joining the history department full time in 1998.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury High school year culminated on June 7 with an end-of-the-semester showcase, the presentation awards and the naming of this year's Marion B. Kelley Teacher of the Year.
 
Donna Myers, sitting in the front row of the auditorium, was shocked when her named was called to applause and cheers.
 
Superintendent Barbara Malkas described her as the epitome of the Teacher of the Year award, named for the principal of the former Sarah Haskins and Johnson schools who worked in the public schools for a total of 40 years (with a nine-year gap when forced to leave her teaching job when she got married).
 
"She excels at building relationships with all of her students, many return year after year to visit her and check in. She also acts flabbergasted as to why not realizing the impact she has had on the community at Drury High School," said Malkas. "When she's not in her classroom. She is in the stands at most basketball games, chaperoning dances, even getting out on the dance floor. Getting involved in lip dub or other community-centered events."
 
The Pittsfield High School graduate attended Berkshire Community College and received her bachelor of arts in history degree from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (then North Adams State) in 1996. She began as a student teacher under history teacher Bonnie Rennell, was a substitute and then joined the history department in 1998, and later became its leader. She would mentor future educators, including Principal Stephanie Kopala, and earn her master's in education in 2000 from Cambridge College.
 
Myers had put her plans for retirement on hold when project-based learning courses were introduced and immediately began planning new courses to engage students and now has all of her courses completely booked for next year, said the superintendent. She's sought out for advice by students and staff and always quick to offer help.
 
The yearbook was dedicated to Myers two years ago, with then junior Rachel Barrows saying, "she never fails to inspire us to do our greatest at everything we do. She's a person you can always count on for a good laugh but at the same time, she always keeps everyone in line."
 
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