-Elected Great Barrington Selectboard May 10,2010 Re elected May 13, 2013 - Elected Vice Chair May 2015 -Appointed to BHRSD School Committee June 9 1997 -Re-elected to BHRSD School Committee in November 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 ,2014 -Chairman of BHRSD since November 1999 -Member of BHRSD subcommittees: contract negotiation, policy, past Chairman of Superintendent Search Committees, MMRHS Building Committee, Finance Subcommittee
-Massachusetts Association of School Committees lifetime achievement award November 7, 2014 -Currently board member of: School Center Inc.,Gt. Barrington Parks & Recreation Committee, Gt. Barrington Cemetery Committee , Karebear Executive Committee -Member of Gt Barrington Rotary Club since 1983, Elected board member July 2010 thru June 2013 , July 2014 thru June 2017 -Joined board Great Barrington Historical Society summer 2015 -Graduate of Monument Mountain Regional High School class of 1976, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy-Hampden Campus class of 1981
-Currently employed at Fairview Hospital as a Pharmacist since 2009
MTA Senate District Coordinator
Taught in the Lee Public Schools for 34 years from 1972 to 2006 spanning grades 7 through 12 in multiple disciplines. Also served in multiple capacities in the local and statewide union representing educator members on local and statewide committees. Elected to several terms as local president and as an MTA Board of Directors and Executive Committee member. Experience includes decades as a town district representative and member/chair of town committees. Currently working as a part time lobbyist for the MTA in its Grassroots Organizing Division as a Senate District Coordinator in Berkshire, Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin Counties.
Dr. Peter Dillon
Superintendent, Berkshire Hills Regional School District
Dr. Peter Dillon has been the Superintendent of Schools for the Berkshire Hills Regional School District for seven years. Peter has supported dramatic shifts in professional learning and corresponding gains in student achievement and growth. Peter has additionally managed thoughtful resource allocation, contract negotiations and School Committee and town relations. Peter has written and been awarded dozens of competitive grants including the award of two 21st Century Grants for out of school time and a NEA Institute for Learning and Teaching Grant as District Capacity Grant on building effective teams in labor-management relations.
Peter served as Executive Director of Policy in the Office of Portfolio Planning at The New York City Department of Education helping to create and sustain more than 150 new schools. Peter was the Principal of The Heritage School in East Harlem, a collaboration between Teachers College, Columbia University and the New York City Department of Education. Peter taught English as a second language and social studies in New York and in the Republic of the Marshall Islands as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
Peter has a doctorate in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University where he also received an M.A. in teaching English to speakers of other languages. He holds an Ed.M. in international education from Harvard University and an A.B. in history and religion from Bowdoin College. Peter is particularly interested in resource allocation, teacher collaboration, action research and in engaging parents and colleagues in policy making.
Peter is the Chair of the Berkshire County Superintendents’ Roundtable, a board member of the New England School Development Council, a member of the Berkshire County Education Compact and BRIDGE’s Multicultural Task Force. Peter is a board member of St. James Place, an incubator for Berkshire County’s next generation of arts organizations. Peter is a peer reviewer for Corwin Press. Peter remains active with Bowdoin College as an alumni interviewer and fundraiser.
Peter was the President of the Great Barrington of Rotary Club (2013) and a Paul Harris Fellow. He served as a member of the Executive Council of the Alumni Council at Teachers College, Columbia University. Peter served as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Teachers Network and was a Founding MetLife Fellow in their Leadership Institute. Peter was a Distinguished Principal in the Cahn Fellows Program.
Peter lives with his wife Diane and three children in Great Barrington.
Town Administrator, Town of Becket
Chair, Southern Berkshire Regional School District
Chair, Lenox Public Schools
Bob Vaughan has spent 40 years in education, teaching grades 2-8 in Hanover, MA (4th), Wentworth, NH (5-8), and Sidi-bel-Abbes, Algeria (2-5 for GTE International), and serving as an Elementary Principal in Wentworth, NH, Wales, MA, Lenox, MA, and Cornwall, CT. During a retirement year in 2008-09 he taught two courses in the AIC Master’s Program, consulted in Berkshire County, worked for the U.S. Census, and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.
He holds a BA in Sociology from Wesleyan University, a Master of Arts in Teaching in Reading from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Master’s in Educational Administration from Plymouth State College. He joined the Berkshire DSAC as a Support Facilitator in July, 2011.
Lee Public Schools Business Administrator, former School Committee Chair
Andrea Wadsworth lives in Lee, MA with her husband Kevin and two children, Airen and Tori. Andrea is an award winning Master Pastry Chef, who owns and operates A.W. Confections. She is currently the Lee Public Schools Business Administrator. Andrea is the former Town Treasurer of Lenox and the former District Accountant for Berkshire Hills Regional School District.
Andrea holds an Associates degree in Business Administration from Berkshire Community College, a Bachelors of Science Business Administration from Westfield State University, Summa Cum Laude. She is a Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Public Policy candidate at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Charlton Business School.
Andrea is a Commissioned Justice of the Peace for the Commonwealth of MA, a Lee Town Representative and Former Chairperson of the Lee School Committee. She is an avid animal lover with three dogs, three cats, two horses and twelve goats.
Chair, Central Berkshire Regional School District
Shawn has been a member of the Central Berkshire Regional School Committee since 2010 and has served four years as the committee’s Chairperson. While on the school committee he served on the Curriculum subcommittee and the Personal Subcommittee where he lead negotiations with all collective bargaining units.
He has over thirty years of experience as an engineer on aerospace programs working specifically with stellar-aided inertial navigation systems. He has worked in systems engineering and program management nearly his entire career and has managed DoD program areas with budgets in excess of $50M. He currently works for The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory which is headquartered in Cambridge, MA, and has over 16 years with Draper.
Shawn is also an FAA Certificated Commercial Pilot, instrument rated for both multi and single engine airplanes, and is also an FAA Certificated Flight Instructor and Instrument Instructor. For several years he served a voluntary position as an Aviation Safety Instructor for the Windsor Locks FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). He has authored several papers in his field for both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) as well as for the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP). Shawn holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Union College, Schenectady, NY and a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Purdue University. He is also working on an MBA at Western New England University
Dr. William Cameron
(retired) Supt., Central Berkshire Regional School District
William J. Cameron retired in 2014 as superintendent of the Central Berkshire Regional School District. He is currently the acting superintendent in Shaker Mountain School Union No. 70 and an adjunct instructor at the Mass. College of Liberal Arts. Cameron earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Toronto and a J.D. degree from Western New England College School of Law. He has worked in K-12 public education since 1978.
Member, Central Berkshire Regional School District
Member, Pittsfield School Committee
Dr. Howard Jacob Eberwein III
Dean, Division of Graduate and Continuing Education
Dr. Jake Eberwein joined MCLA in 2012 after having worked for over two decades in K12 public education as a classroom teacher and athletic coach, a high school principal, and a superintendent of schools.
He is interested in urban education, leadership/organizational development, teacher development, and collective impact/community development. He has conducted research in education law, dropout prevention, student engagement, and public school-community collaboration.
He has presented on alignment of standards, assessment, and instruction to ensure academic rigor and 21st century cognitive skill development, work life balance, and public school law. He currently serves on several local boards and has both written and served as a reviewer for local and state policies. He previously chaired the Urban Superintendents Network, and has testified before the joint Senate-House Education Subcommittee in Boston.
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2008
M.Ed., Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2003
B.A., Skidmore College, 1987
Chair, The Fairbanks Group
Brian serves as the chairman of the Fairbank Group that manages Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, MA; Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire; and Bromley Mountain Resort in Peru, Vermont along with EOS Ventures.
Fairbank has overseen $100 million in real estate development including the completion of Jiminy’s long term Master Plan, raising the overnight accommodations to 2000 guests on the resort campus and total annual visits of over 350,000. Jiminy Peak is a four-season mountain resort generating $25 million in revenue annually.
Fairbank is a former Director and Chairman of NSAA, and a recipient of the Sherman Adams Award recognizing his devotion and leadership in the industry
Jiminy Peak has adopted resort-wide standards to help sustain the environment for future generations. Jiminy has one of the most energy efficient snow making systems in North America.
The Resort installed the only 1.5 Megawatt wind turbine at a mountain resort in North America in 2007. Brian has partnered with his son, Tyler and Joe O’Donnell to form EOS Ventures, a renewable energy company focusing on development of wind and solar projects.
Cranmore Mountain Resort was acquired in 2010 and has transformed Cranmore into a year round Resort with new chairlifts, a children’s learning center and expanded snowmaking capability. Summer now includes a Mountain Adventure Park and an Aerial Adventure Park.
The Fairbank Team took over responsibility of the operations and future direction of Bromley Mountain Resort in Southwestern Vermont. Bromley is a year-round destination Resort with winter skiing and riding and summer Mountain Adventure and Aerial Parks.
Brian and his wife Vikki reside in Hancock, Massachusetts where he has served as Town Moderator for over 30 years. Brian enjoys a wonderful view of the Mountain complete with the wind turbine from his home.
Pittsfield Finance Director
Dr. Jason McCandless
Superintendent, Pittsfield Public Schools
Dr. Jason McCandless has worked in public education since 1993, and has served as an alternative education program director, English teacher, football and wrestling coach, department chairperson, assistant principal, principal, and for the past 11 years, as a superintendent of schools.
His career spans public school service in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Massachusetts.
A graduate of Grove City College with degrees in Literature and Communications, with a Master’s Degree from the University of Virginia, and a Doctorate from Boston College, Dr. McCandless is currently the superintendent of the Pittsfield Public Schools.
Dr. McCandless and his wife, Tamara, are the parents three children, ages 17, 16 and 13. The McCandless family has called Pittsfield home since 2002.
(former) Principal, Taconic High School, (current) Berkshire Compact
1968 B.A. Columbia College, New York, NY. Major: Pre-Engineering
1970 M.A. Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY. Curriculum
And Supervision of Science Education
1970–1978 Advanced Graduate Study Teachers College Columbia, New York, NY Curriculum and Supervision of Mathematics Education
1979 Graduate Study North Adams State, Simmons College, Lesley College, MCLA, Educational Supervision and Administration
Forum presenter at regional and national conferences including the Northeast Tech Prep, National HSTW and National Academy Foundation conferences.
Member of the state preschool expansion grant advisory
Consultant and professional development provider through the Southern Regional Education Board, the National Academy Foundation, the Massachusetts Department of Education and the Pittsfield Public Schools.
Completed the National Institute for School Leadership training program 2007-2009
School Leadership Network facilitator
Completed Research For Better Teaching full course on Teacher observation and evaluation
Superintendent, McCann (Northern Berkshire Regional School District)
Dr. Cynthia Brown
Vice President Academic Affairs, MCLA
Chair Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee
Chair, Lanesborough School Committee
Regina DiLego is the chair of both the Lanesborough Elementary School Committee and the Union 71 School Committee. She has served on the Lanesborough School Committee for a total of 17 years; 1993-2002 & 2008- the present. She has served on the Union 71 Committee since Union 71 was formed in 2008.
She is a life long resident of Lanesborough, and a graduate of both Mt Greylock Regional and Skidmore College where she earned a BS in Physical Education.
She has been the physical education teacher at St Stanislaus Kostka School in Adams for 19 years. She is also employed as the office supervisor of the Lenox Price Chopper and as an assistant assessor in the town of Lanesborough.
Regina has two married children, a son and a daughter, and three young grand children.
Berkshire Education Action Network
Chair, Mt. Greylock Regional School Committee
Carrie Greene is the Mt. Greylock Regional School District committee chair. She has served on this committee since 2009 and was chair of the subcommittee that created the shared services agreement between Mt. Greylock and School Union 71 in 2010.
She also serves on the School Building Committee, which is currently working with the MSBA on a school building project for the District. In her day job, she works at Williams College as Director of Commencement and Academic Events.
She is a native of Williamtown and a graduate of both Mt. Greylock and Williams College. She married and has two daughters, ages 12 and 21.
Chair, MASC Division VI, (member) North Adams School Committee
John (Jack) Hockridge resides in North Adams with his wife Andrea; father of Matt & Meagan, both Drury High School and Bentley University graduates.
He is chair of the Berkshire County Education Task Force, chair of MASC (Massachusetts Association of School Committees) Division VI (Berkshire County), member, MASC Board of Directors, and member of the North Adams School Committee since 2001.
Owner/Consulting Meteorologist of New England Weather Associates, Parish Administrator of All Saints Episcopal Church and Administrator of Congregation Beth Israel.
Superintendent., North Berkshire School Union
Town Administrator, Town of Adams
Members of this committee are:
South County: Neil Clarke, MTA Senate District Coordinator
Stephen Bannon, Chair, Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee Dr. Peter Dillon, Supt., Berkshire Hills Regional School District Edward Gibson, Becket Town Administrator
Carl Stewart, Chair, Southern Berkshire Regional School Committee Robert Vaughan, Chair, Lenox School Committee Andrea Wadsworth, Chair, Lee School Committee
Central County: Shawn Armacost, Chair, Central Berkshire Regional School District
Dr. William Cameron, (retired) Supt., Central Berkshire Regional School District Michael Case, (member) Central Berkshire Regional School Committee & Vice-Chair, MASC Division VI Josh Cutler, (member), Pittsfield School Committee
Dr. H. Jake Eberwein, (former) Supt., Pittsfield Public Schools, (current) Berkshire Compact, MCLA Dean, Graduate & Continuing Education Brian Fairbank, Chair, The Fairbank Group Matt Kerwood, Pittsfield Finance Director Dr. Jason McCandless, Supt., Pittsfield School District
Douglas McNally, (former) Principal, Taconic High School, (current) Berkshire Compact
Kathy Yon, Chair, Pittsfield School Committee
North County: James Brosnan, Supt., McCann (Northern Berkshire Regional School District) Dr. Cynthia Brown, Vice-President of Academic Affairs, MCLA
Paul Butler, Chair, Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee Dan Caplinger, Chair, Williamstown Elementary School Committee Regina DiLego, Chair, Lanesborough School Committee Kara Dougherty, Berkshire Education Action Network
Carrie Greene, Chair, Mt. Greylock Regional School Committee John Hockridge, Chair, MASC Division VI, (member) North Adams School Committee Jon Lev, Supt., North Berkshire School Union Tony Mazzucco, Adams Town Administrator