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.
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.
Phyllis Webb is co-owner of the Magic Fluke Co. in Sheffield, MA, the largest U.S. manufacturer of ukuleles.
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.
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.