Board of Directors

Tim Geller

Tim Geller works in community development and has most recently worked for the Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDCSB). Before joining CDCSB, Tim was Portfolio Manager of the Western Massachusetts Enterprise Fund, and was Founder and President of the Berkshire Interfaith Community Investment Fund. He has a Master’s Degree in Community Economic Development from the University of Southern New Hampshire, as well as degrees in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Southern Methodist University and Princeton University.He has served on the Board of BerkShares since 2012 and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Stockbridge Land Trust, the Great Barrington Land Conservancy, and HousingUs, a tri-state affordable housing advocacy and development organization.

Jo Valens

Jo Valens has been a resident of Berkshire County for the past twenty-four years. She recently retired from over thirty years of teaching, the last eighteen of which were as an Early Childhood teacher at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School. The mother of a grown son, Jo lives in Great Barrington with her husband, sculptor and filmmaker Michael Thomas. She has been an enthusiastic user of BerkShares since they were first available.



Susan Witt

Susan Witt is the Executive Director of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, which she co-founded in 1980 with Bob Swann. She has led the development of the Center’s publication, library, seminar, and other educational programs.  She incorporated the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires in 1980 to create more affordable access to land for housing, farming, and small business development. In 2006 she co-founded BerkShares, and before that created and administered the SHARE micro-credit program, the precursor to BerkShares. A Rotarian since 1989, she was the first woman President of the Great Barrington Club.  She lives and works on Community Land Trust land in Egremont.