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.
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.
Chair, Lee School Committee
Chair, MASC Division VI
Lee Public Schools Business Administrator,
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, a Masters of Business Administration, a Graduate Certificate in Public Management, 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 and a Lee Town Representative. She is an avid animal lover with three dogs, three cats, two horses and twelve goats.
Pittsfield School Committee (member) Chair, BCETF Vice-Chair, MASC Division VI (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
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.
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
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.
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.
Members of this committee are:
Robert Vaughan, Chair, Lenox School Committee Andrea Wadsworth, Chair, MASC Division VI, Chair, Lee School Committee, Vice Chair BCETF
Carl Stewart, (former) Chair, Southern Berkshire Regional School Committee
Dr. Peter Dillon, Superintendent., Berkshire Hills Regional School District, Shaker Mountain Union
Dr. H. Jake Eberwein, Superintendent Lee Public Schools, (former) Supt., Pittsfield Public Schools, (former) Berkshire Compact, (former) MCLA Dean, Graduate & Continuing Education Former members:
Neil Clarke, MTA Senate District Coordinator
Stephen Bannon, Chair, Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee
Edward Gibson, Becket Town Administrator
Dr. William Cameron, Chair, BCETF, Vice Chair, MASC Division VI, Pittsfield School Committee member, (retired) Supt., Central Berkshire Regional School District
Michael Case, (former member) Central Berkshire Regional School Committee, (former) Vice-Chair, MASC Division VI
Brian Fairbank, Chair, The Fairbank Group Dr. Jason McCandless, Superintendent, Pittsfield School District
Douglas McNally, (former) Principal, Taconic High School, (current) Berkshire Compact
Kathy Yon, Chair, Pittsfield School Committee
Josh Cutler, (member), Pittsfield School Committee
Shawn Armacost, Chair, Central Berkshire Regional School District
Matt Kerwood, Pittsfield Finance Director
North County: Dr. Cynthia Brown, BCETF Project Manager, (former)Vice-President of Academic Affairs, MCLA
Regina DiLego, Chair, Lanesborough School Committee
John Hockridge, (former) Chair, MASC Division VI, (member) North Adams School Committee
Former members: Barbara Malkas, Superintendent North Adams Public Schools
Jon Lev, Supt., North Berkshire School Union Tony Mazzucco, Adams Town Administrator
Paul Butler, Chair, Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee
Dan Caplinger, Chair, Williamstown Elementary School Committee
James Brosnan, Supt., McCann (Northern Berkshire Regional School District)
Kara Dougherty, Berkshire Education Action Network
Carrie Greene, Chair, Mt. Greylock Regional School Committee