Adrian Alcalá is a professional software developer educated at MIT, with a wide range of programming experience including commercial web-based applications in the securities industry and 8 years of small business consulting in the southern Berkshires. He ran his own business in Great Barrington from 1989 to 1997 and served on the board and was an officer of the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce for a number of years. He was also on the board of S.H.A.R.E. and was involved in early planning meetings for BerkShares. He and his wife, Sharon True, have raised their children in the Berkshires. Alcala is very interested in promoting the regional economy using BerkShares. He particularly wants to focus on strategies that are appropriate for the current state of the economy and culture, while not losing sight of the eventual "ideal" outcome to which we aspire.
Brian Butterworth returned to West Stockbridge in September 2018, after he and his wife Amy spent over a year in the Boston suburbs. They live downtown in the house they have owned for 20 years and where their children Tim and Jancy grew up before heading out into the world, to become engaged citizens. They both love the West Stockbridge pace of life and community, especially after experiencing the compassion and support they received during a time of difficulty for the family. Brian has been active locally as a member of the BHRSD Building Committee leading to the addition of Muddy Brook Elementary and Monument Valley Middle schools, as well as serving on Superintendent search and Long Range Planning committees. In town, he's especially proud of his time as Moderator and Treasurer of the Congo church, leading the congregation through the process of becoming "Open and Affirming," followed by the search and call of a new Pastor in that setting. During that time, he worked with the Council to shore up financial practices that will ensure long term stability of the church and to make substantial improvements to the exterior, interior and structure of the Historic Landmark at a gateway to our village. He's been a little league coach and volunteered at a variety of events over the years. While he lived "away," he even served as chair of a sub-division neighborhood association! There's nothing like moving away to clarify how wonderful life is in WS and the Berkshires! Brian's work has allowed him to be active in the business community locally, regionally and at the state and national levels. Roles that may be helpful include the boards of 1Berkshire and BerkShares.
Sidney MacKenzie Fulop is a psychoanalyst. Her home is in West Stockbridge where she resides with her architect husband, John Fulop, and where they raised their two children. For many years she was director of psychology programming at the Wainwright House in Rye, New York where she organized a series of talks, seminars, and conferences on cultural subjects. She founded and for 15 years she administered her own program in Professional Enrichment in Jungian Theory and Thought. She has served on multiple non-profit boards including serving on the executive committee of the board of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, where her children attended classes. She brings an understanding of the role of boards in nonprofits and how those boards can act effectively, as well as experience organizing and framing public discussions.
Andrea Harrington is a Berkshire County native who is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, Florida, and in the United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. She earned her law degree at American University (J.D., cum laude, 2003) and her undergraduate degree from University of Washington (B.A., with distinction, 1999). Harrington has represented death row inmates in their post-conviction appeals and has handled matters in state and federal courts. She joined Hellman, Shearn & Arienti in 2015, after having worked at the firm of Lazan, Glover, & Puciloski from 2010 until 2014. She specializes in domestic relations and family law. She continues to devote a portion of her practice to representing indigent clients in criminal trial and appellate matters, and takes particular pride and satisfaction in advocating for young people in juvenile court. Harrington serves on the Affordable Housing Committee for the Town of Richmond and volunteers for numerous organizations including Railroad Street Youth Project, The Crocus Fund, Berkshire Academies Mentors, and Richmond Consolidated School.
Alice Maggio is a national and international advocate for non-profit, place-based currencies. From 2012 to 2017 she worked at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, educating people in her own community and around the world about the potential of local currencies to serve as democratic tools for building more vibrant and resilient local economies. She has been especially engaged with the Berkshire region’s local currency, BerkShares.
Alice began her new economy work as a BerkShares Intern in May of 2012 and grew into her subsequent role as the Director of Programs at the Schumacher Center and Executive Director of BerkShares, Inc.
As Executive Director of the Berkshire region’s own local currency, BerkShares, she developed an annual membership drive, signed up more than 100 businesses to accept BerkShares, spearheaded multiple BerkShares events, launched, wrote, and produced a monthly BerkShares Business-of-the-Month column in local media, developed an entrepreneurial training program for youth, and deepened BerkShares ties to the local banking community.
In the media, Alice has been interviewed by Paul Solmon for a story on the PBS NewsHour, as well as stories byAl Jazeera America andTruthatlas.com. In 2014 she was interviewed by Henry Rollins for an episode of his History Channel show called "Ten Things You Don't Know About Money." She represented BerkShares and the Schumacher Center at the 2nd and4th International Conferences on Complementary Currency Systems in the Hague and Barcelona, respectively, the Left Forum in New York City, and the Local Prosperity Canada conference in Nova Scotia, among others.
Alice grew up in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and graduated from Mount Everett Regional High School in Sheffield. In 2010 she completed her B.A. in Sociology and French Studies at Wesleyan University. After college she went on to bake pies in Brooklyn, teach English in the Alps, and cook Basque food in Manhattan before coming home to work at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics.
She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Berkshire Children's Chorus and on the Community Advisory Board for WAMC Northeast Public Radio. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Berkshire United Way and the Board of Directors for the 1Berkshire Strategic Alliance. In 2017 she became a corporator for Lee Bank, a community bank in the Berkshires.
Alice Maggio is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University in Boston.
Dale McDonald is an organic blueberry farmer in Falls Village, Connecticut, She lives in Falls Village, Connecticut and New York City. She left Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, for a secretarial job on Wall Street in 1972. In 1988 she left New York City, pregnant with her second child Catherine, a successful debt-options trader having grown her income seventy-five fold. She raised her three children in Greenwich where she learned the reigns of community and political activism. Dale moved to her beloved farm seven years ago, whose acreage she has converted from a foreign invasive din to a flourishing organic paradise. She thrives, as do the tributaries of her life, around the breakthrough understanding that we are OF the land, not on it. She continues political, community and land activism when she is not painting or writing. The Berkshare Board gives her an opportunity to blend her love of group energy, with enhanced community focus and economics.
Van Shields was appointed the Executive Director of the Berkshire Museum in September 2011. Since his arrival, the Museum has launched several new initiatives including the WeeMuse early childhood education program, the BeMuse series for adult audiences, and increased collaboration with area cultural institutions. In 2013 the Museum became the ninth New England organization to be accepted as a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate.
Before coming to the Berkshires, he was the founding CEO of the Culture & Heritage Museums, created by a consolidation of several museums serving the greater Charlotte, North Carolina metropolitan region. Prior to his time in the Carolinas, he spent seven years at New York City’s Museum of the Moving Image and his career includes stints in small business and serving as an Air Force officer.
He has served on the boards of numerous organizations, from planning to social services, tourism, economic development, media, and the arts. He currently serves on the boards of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau, 1 Berkshire Strategic Alliance, Downtown Pittsfield, Inc., and Berkshire Creative.
He and his wife the artist Peggy Rivers live Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Phyllis Webb is co-owner of the Magic Fluke Co. in Sheffield, MA, the largest U.S. manufacturer of ukuleles.