BUSINESS BRIEFS: Flying Cloud mentor training; Berkshire Money Management Opens UK Office; Horan joins Cain Hibbard; Berkshire Music School, BCC add staff
Flying Cloud Institute hosts mentor training at Berkshire Innovation Center
PITTSFIELD – On Friday November 19, the Flying Cloud Institute (FCI) hosted a mentor training session for its Girls Science Club program at the Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC) in Pittsfield. New mentors, alumni and future mentors who are young women or non-binary youth have been invited to attend. The session included hands-on activities on virtual reality and 3D printing technology, a speech by BIC Deputy Director Kate Light, and a free dinner.
Pupils in grades 9-12 who identify and are not binary can apply to be mentors at the FCI Women’s Science Clubs, which meet once a week after school in Great Barrington, Lee, Sheffield and Pittsfield. Young female mentors work with female STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) specialists, participating in experiments and activities while helping run labs and facilitating communication among younger club participants (grades 3-6) and women STEM professionals.
Mentors are paid through a stipend, community service credits, or a combination of the two. In addition to compensation, mentors gain scientific knowledge and exposure to a wide range of STEM fields and professionals. They develop leadership, public speaking and collaborative skills to build their resumes and learn to showcase their strengths for professional and academic advancement.
Throughout the academic year, FCI offers these free trainings for young female mentors committed to individual growth and community stewardship. The training aims to acquire the skills necessary for mentoring and to help gain comprehensive knowledge of content on topics ranging from professional and academic preparation to issues surrounding social justice. In addition, the training strengthens skills in leadership, group management and goal setting.
Girls Science Clubs are offered free of charge thanks to generous sponsorships from Berkshire United Way, the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, the Feigenbaum Foundation, local banks and individual donors. To make a tax-deductible donation, click here. For more information on how to become a mentor, click here.
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Dalton’s Berkshire Money Management opens office in Great Barrington
GREATER BARRINGTON – Berkshire Money Management, now in its 20th year as a boutique wealth management company, has opened an office on the corner of Castle and Main streets in the heart of downtown Great Barrington.
“I wanted to do something for our current and future South County customers,” said BMM Founder and CEO Allen Harris. “So I built something more practical for them. This branch is a thank you to them and a convenience to new clients who prefer an advisor in their backyard.
In addition to having offices in South County, BMM has also started to expand its community engagement efforts in Great Barrington and surrounding towns as a main sponsor of Berkshire Busk! last summer, as well as sponsoring the important work of Construct, Inc., distributing backpacks full of school supplies to children in South Berkshire, and other initiatives.
Berkshire Money Management’s new office will have a smooth opening during the annual Great Barrington Holiday Walk, Saturday 11 December. The offices will offer treats and hot chocolate to visitors. An official ribbon cutting will be announced in early 2022.
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Brian Horan Joins Cain Hibbard Litigation Group
GREATER BARRINGTON – Cain Hibbard & Myers PC recently announced the hiring of Brian T. Horan as Of Counsel. Brian joins the firm after leaving the New York City office of the Corporation Counsel, where he has established himself as an accomplished and creative litigator in cases spanning areas such as real estate, healthcare, telecommunications. , construction, finance, insurance and intellectual property. At Cain Hibbard, Brian will bring his experience to the service of the firm’s clients in the context of commercial and labor litigation, government investigations and other matters.
At the NYC Office of the Corporation Counsel, Brian was senior counsel in cases against large domestic and international corporations for breach of contract, fraud, False Claims Act violations and other theories. He has also litigated cases involving trademark and copyright infringements, insurance coverage disputes, debtor-creditors issues, and arbitrary and capricious government actions. Brian was recognized as a ‘Rising Star’ under 40 by the New York Law Journal in 2018. Brian received his BA from Columbia University and his JD. from NYU Law School.
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Berkshire Music School adds faculty, staff and advisory board
PITTSFIELD – The Berkshire Music School (BMS) announced two new faculty members: Jonathan Suters on guitar and percussion, and Bing Liu’s return to violin. BMS also welcomes Jim Wojtaszek to its team as Director of Operations. In addition, BMS has appointed new leaders to its board of directors: MCLA professor Christine Condaris as president, local historian Jeffry Bradway as vice president, voice over artist and artist of Lisa M. Avery scene as secretary and Cindy Hashim as treasurer. Based in Pittsfield, Berkshire Music School is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the love and pursuit of music for all ages through quality educational activities, community collaborations and performance opportunities. .
In addition to these positions, BMS announces its new Advisory Board, made up of three community members with specialist expertise on music in Berkshire community development: Social Justice Facilitator and Performer Otha Day, Medical Director and Organizer non-profit Lacy Florentino-Consolini, and cultural and educational manager Bridget Rigas. The advisory board will help bring new perspectives to keep the school engaged in the community.
To schedule private lessons in guitar, percussion, violin or other instrument, please call the Berkshire Music School at 413-442-1411, or visit the website for online registration at www.berkshiremusicschool.org.
About New Faculty Members
Bing liu graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music and began her music career in China, where she won prestigious violin competitions at the age of 14. She attended the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, and Boston University. Liu performed with the first China Youth Symphony Orchestra Goodwill and Friendship Tour in Europe, with over 15 stops, in 1987 and again in 1988. She worked at the Central Opera Theater Symphony Orchestra for 10 years. In addition to BMS, Liu teaches at Miss Halls School and Suzuki Music School in Troy, New York. She is co-founder of the Berkshire Trio and performs in the Berkshire Symphony.
Jonathan suters started studying music at the age of 9, first violin, then piano, double bass, classical guitar, tuba and trombone. His guitar teachers include Ed Flower (Ithaca College), Richard Provost (Hartt School of Music), and Ben Verdery (Yale Guitar Masters program). Suters has performed with James Taylor, Charles Neville, Dr. John, Ed Mann, Horacio Hernandez, Owen Young and many more. He has taught at Berkshire Country Day School, Salisbury School, Indian Mountain School, Richmond School, Austen Riggs Center, Simons Rock College, and the Flying Cloud Institute. He has performed with the Barrington Stage Company, the Albany Pro Musica, the Halifax Cathedral Choir and the Taft School Choir. He recently performed at the Kaufman Center Musical Storefronts Series with Dashon Burton, the 2021 Grammy Award winner for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.
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Berkshire Community College announces new returning staff
PITTSFIELD – Berkshire Community College (BCC) announces the addition of three new staff and two returning staff to the BCC after a disruption necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
New on BCC
- Gabriella Martinez joined BCC as an IV clerk for the SUCCESS program (Supporting Urgent Community College Equity Through Student Services). Originally from Berkshire County, Martinez attended American International College (AIC), where she received her BA in Sociology and worked in the Office of Student Affairs.
- Sean reagan joined BCC’s academic advisory and transfer team as an academic advisor. He comes from Holyoke Community College, where he taught English and journalism for 10 years. Reagan is a graduate of Saint Michael’s College and Western New England University School of Law, and he also holds an MFA from Goddard College.
- Ross ryan joined BCC as a database analyst. He attended New York University and Columbia College in Chicago. Ryan brings a wealth of experience he gained from working at Crane & Company in Pittsfield, starting as a designer and working his way up to senior systems analyst and database administrator roles.
Back to BCC
- Eric Nystrom returned to BCC as an academic success coach thanks to the SUCCESS grant. Nystrom has held various positions at BCC since 2005 when he started as the Fitness Center Coordinator. He was an assistant faculty member and served as the Acting Director of Recreation Services before attending as the Special Projects Coordinator at Paterson Field House. Nystrom holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Nichols College and a master’s degree in counseling psychology.
- Patricia wright is back at BCC as Maintainer I for the facilities of the Administration and Finance Division. Previously, she worked at BCC as an evening shift supervisor of Maintainer II.