Monday, September 24, 2018

The Berkshire Museum’s Board of Trustees and staff are excited to welcome five new Trustees to our family. We are grateful that each of these experienced individuals has chosen to volunteer their time and incredible talents to support and promote the Museum’s mission of bringing people together for experiences that spark creativity and innovative thinking by making inspiring educational connections among art, history, and natural science.

Please join us in welcoming the newest members of our Board of Trustees!

Catharine B. Deely is a marketing and communications professional, and a proponent of the creative economy and economic development. She has held executive positions at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the City of Los Angeles (Mayor’s Office), Citicorp, and for members of U.S. Congress. Some of the boards she has served on: Berkshire Creative, Berkshire Children and Families, Norman Rockwell Museum, and Los Angeles Arts Loan Fund.

Rachel Melendez Mabee is a communications professional with over 13 years of experience developing and executing end-to-end marketing plans for local to national organizations. An accomplished golfer, Mabee played collegiate golf for Penn State University before ultimately graduating from the University of Georgia. Mabee spent the majority of her professional career in marketing and communications before finding her niche back in the world of golf. Currently, as PGA WORKS Program Manager for PGA REACH, the 501(c) arm of the PGA of America, Mabee is responsible for the oversight and overall execution of PGA REACH’s diversity and inclusion program, PGA WORKS. Mabee received her bachelor’s degree in public relations and journalism from the University of Georgia, recently completed the Berkshire Leadership Program, served on the Berkshire Museum Gala Committee for the past two years, and serves on the Advisory Board for Suit Yourself for Goodwill of the Berkshires.

Josh Simpson has been a leader in the Studio Glass Art movement for more than 45 years, consistently exhibiting his work nationally and internationally. PBS television has produced two documentaries about his work, which is in public and private collections throughout the world and was in both the Carter and Clinton White Houses. For the past 35 years, Simpson’s work has been featured in the “Arts in Embassy” program at U.S. embassies worldwide. Simpson has taught at Haystack Mountain School, Penland School of Crafts, The Studio at Corning Glass Museum, Snow Farm – the New England Craft Program, and Wanganui Polytechnic in New Zealand. He has lectured and demonstrated his art at universities and museums in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. Simpson is the 2012 recipient of the WFCR National Public Radio Arts and Humanities Award; he is a co-founder and past president of the Craft Emergency Relief Fund and was instrumental in saving Snow Farm, the New England Craft Program dedicated to teaching art and craft to teenagers. Simpson currently serves on the board of the American Craft Council and the Greenfield/Northampton Cooperative Bank; he was President of the Glass Art Society and on the boards of the Sandwich Glass Museum and WGBY Public Television. He is a Corporator of the Springfield Art Museum and a Fellow of The Corning Museum of Glass.

Jeffrey Thomas is the founder and Executive Director of Lever, the North Adams-based startup incubator. He is a scientist, an educator, and an entrepreneur. His science career has focused on genetics and genomics research in academia, at biotechnology firms, and now as a consultant to genomics research funding organizations. A strident advocate for STEM education, Thomas has lectured at leading institutions including the University of Michigan, Harvard, and MIT. In 2011, Thomas established Williams College’s Entrepreneurship program, which to date has supported more than 1,000 students and twenty student enterprises. He founded Lever in 2014. The non-profit business incubator has helped launch dozens of startups that have created more than 150 jobs. Lever has provided paid internships to 35 college students and through its new program, Berkshire Business Interns, placed 30 more students in paid internships at businesses throughout the county. Thomas holds a B.A. from Wabash College and Ph.D. and M.D. degrees from Indiana University.

Michael J. Wynn is the Commanding Officer of the Pittsfield Police Department. Chief Wynn graduated from Taconic High School, attended the U.S. Naval Academy, and graduated from Williams College with a degree in English Literature and American Studies. In 1993, Chief Wynn began his career in the City of Pittsfield as the first Director of the Westside Neighborhood Resource Center. He attended the Police Academy in 1995 and joined the Police Department in 1996. Chief Wynn has served as an U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Leadership Fellow and has served as an instructor at the Western Massachusetts Police Academy. Chief Wynn has led the Pittsfield Police Department since December 2007 and is President of the Berkshire County Law Enforcement Council. He also currently serves on the boards of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the Norman Rockwell Museum.

To view a complete listing of Berkshire Museum Trustees, click here.