Abe Hunrichs is co-owner and founder of Hosta Hill, a Berkshires based farm and vegetable ferment company. Abe was raised in Sacramento, CA, then attended Western State College in Colorado and received his Bachelors in Biology and Outdoor Education. The next several years were spent leading wilderness education courses for Outward Bound, working for California Fish and Game, baking bread, and learning how to Farm.
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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.
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.
Brian Butterworth has been the Director of Sales for The Red Lion Inn and its sister property, the Porches Inn at MASS MoCA since 2002, where he is responsible for group, meeting and international sales and related marketing efforts. An active member of the tourism community in the Berkshires region of Western Massachusetts, he has served as Board Chair and Group Sales Committee Chair of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau (BVB), and currently serves on the Berkshire Chamber Youth Leadership Steering Committee, the Board of Directors of New England Inns and Resorts Association, on a Leadership Committee for NTA, and is an informal marketing advisor to MOTT (Mass Office of Travel and Tourism).
Over the years, he has been recognized by the BVB for "Visionary Leadership" and a ”Greylock Award” for leadership, and by MOTT with a Governor's Leadership Award and a Larry D. Meehan award. Brian is a graduate of the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry and Syracuse University, lives in West Stockbridge, is married with two grown children and stays involved in civic, community and church activities.
Brian Hailes is a global technology executive who moved to the Berkshires from Atlanta in 2013. His company, Hailes & Associates, takes on a range of assignments in business development and executive recruitment. He has held senior positions with a number of technology companies, including Vice President, BellSouth International and Regional Director, ITT Africa & Middle East. As an executive recruiter he was Managing Director and Head of the North American Telecom Practice for Russell Reynolds Associates.
Brian has a B.Sc.(Honours) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Leeds (UK) and a DMS (Diploma in Management Studies) from the Polytechnic of Central London. He is a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng) and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, London (FIET).
Brian has had a lifelong involvement in music. Early in his career he sang and played guitar in clubs in the UK. More recently he has served on the board of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and on the Music Panel of the Georgia Council for the Arts. Combining his experience in music and electronics, he has served as Vice President, Digital Instrument Technology for Gibson Guitar Corp. in Nashville.
Catherine Chester is an attorney with the law firm of Hellman Shearn & Arienti LLP in Great Barrington, MA, where she specializes in the areas of real estate, zoning and permitting, and corporate formation and transactions. She grew up in the Berkshires and returned to the area after living and working in New York City, most recently as an associate with Shearman & Sterling LLP. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in International Relations and French Studies and earned her law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Catherine is actively involved in the community, currently serving on the boards of the Stockbridge Land Trust and the Olga Dunn Dance Company and volunteering for many local organizations including the Literacy Network of South Berkshire, the Berkshire United Way and the Stockbridge Library. She is also a 2014 graduate of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce’s “Berkshire Leadership Program” which further inspired her to make the Berkshires an attractive area for young people and their businesses. Catherine recognizes that the economy and culture of the Berkshires sits at a critical juncture due to dwindling population and job growth and sees BerkShares as a unique and creative effort to assist in reversing that trend and achieving economic sustainability in the region.
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.
Daniel Bellow makes fine porcelain pottery in the barn behind his house in Great Barrington, which he exhibits and sells in fine galleries all over the country, in Anthropologie stores from LA to London, and at the studio, by appointment, where he accepts BerkShares. A former reporter and editor for The Berkshire Eagle, he still writes occasionally for the Berkshire Edge, where his wife, Heather Bellow, is the managing editor. They have two exceptional children who attend local schools and a former stray dog named Ringo. Bellow is very interested in the ideas of E.F. Schumacher and, despite decades of disillusionment in the newspaper business and elsewhere, in the possibility of a better world. He sees his work with BerkShares as a way of putting these ideas into practice.
Gillette Conner is passionate about building bridges between private, public and civil sectors to address both international and domestic development challenges. She is an integrative and holistic thinker with extensive experience in program strategy, design and management with focused expertise in stakeholder engagement processes, building alliances and spearheading and designing development partnerships. She works for the World Bank Group/International Finance Corporation where she is a Senior Knowledge Officer and is Senior Knowledge Officer in the Finance and Markets Global Practice. She has a diverse background with subject matter expertise in HIV/AIDS and women’s health, knowledge management and community and stakeholder engagement. She has worked across multiple sectors including financial services, oil and gas, mining, light manufacturing, technology and the hospitality industries engaging with companies, non-profit organizations and civil society across sub-Saharan Africa, the Russian Federation, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands and the US.
Gillette is committed to local and regional development, and although relatively new to the Berkshires, she currently serves as a Commissioner for the Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women, is a member with the Berkshire Business and Professional Women’s Association, and volunteers her time and expertise with Berkshire Starts. She also works with Halcyon Incubator in Washington, DC, where she has served as a mentor and in other capacities since the first class of Fellows in the fall of 2014. She received her MBA with a focus on Finance and International Business from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and a BA with cum laude distinction in Psychology and French from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
Jennifer Tabakin is now in her second year as Town Manager for the town of Great Barrington. Previously, she served in senior leadership positions in the New York City Government, the MTA, and in the non-profit sector. Before moving to Great Barrington with her husband and two children, Jennifer was Senior Program Manager in the Office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, responsible for construction oversight and operations of Lower Manhattan; design and construction of waterfront parks; development of new parks in the Bronx and as a senior advisor to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development on policy, quality of life issues, environmental issues and urban design. Jennifer grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in history and a certificate in environmental studies, and attained a Masters in Urban Planning from NYU.