Board of Directors
Paul S. Gavrity, Chair, is the Vice President of Administration & Employment Services for Berkshire County Arc. BCArc serves 700 individuals & families with disabilities in both Berkshire & Hampden counties. He is a member of the Employment Consortium, a statewide initiative of the Massachusetts Partnership for Transitions to Employment (MPTE), whose goal is to increase the employment of people with disabilities throughout the state. He has been a PSIA adaptive ski instructor for Stride Adaptive Sports at Jiminy Peak for 17 years.
Peter Jessop, Clerk, was in the construction business for 32 years. In addition to his leadership as the previous owner of Integrity Development and Construction, which he founded in 1991, he is very active in the community. He is currently the Pioneer Valley United Way Campaign co-chair, is commissioner at the Amherst Housing Authority, and chair of the Amherst Community Preservation Committee. In 2007, he received the Millicent H. Kauffman Distinguished Service Award from the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.
Sanford Belden, Vice Chair, Treasurer, is the former President and Chief Executive of Community Bank System, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange-traded banking company with 180 branches. Now retired, Belden is an active member in the community. He serves on the boards of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Smith College, Road Scholar, and Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity. Belden earned a doctorate in agricultural economics from Purdue University.
Jennifer Atwater is the VP of Operations at United Personnel, where she oversees the Northampton and Berkshire County markets. Jennifer has served on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, Easthampton Chamber of Commerce, and the Easthampton Fall Festival and currently serves on the Board of Career Point and Ella Clark Home for the Aged and sits on the development committee for Look Park. She holds an AS degree from Bay Path College a BS from Mass College of Liberal Arts.
Ruth Blodgett is currently Senior Vice President for System Planning and Program Development at Berkshire Health Systems. She also served as its Chief Operating Officer from 1995 – 2001. Her community involvement includes serving as President of the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Board of Trustees and is a member of Berkshire Priorities and Pittsfield Promise, and the Non-Profit Business Network Steering Committee. Ms. Blodgett received her MBA from the University of Chicago.
Steve Davis is a Senior Trustee at the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation and former President and Chief Operating Officer of American Saw & Mfg. Company in East Longmeadow, MA. Beyond his service to the Davis Foundation, Steve Davis has a rigorous civic life and serves on the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, is a trustee of American International College, a trustee of the Springfield Symphony and is a former Director of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council.
Kit Dobelle is a community member active in the local community and lives in Pittsfield. She currently serves on the boards of Berkshire Health Systems and Berkshire Theater Group and is a Commissioner for the United States National Commission for UNESCO. She received her B.A. from UMass Amherst and is the wife of former Pittsfield Mayor Evan Dobelle.
Laura Dubester (on leave of absence) is a former Co-Director of the Center for EcoTechnology. Ms. Dubester was employed by CET from 1977 to 2010. Her responsibilities included program design, development, oversight and administration; community outreach and public relations; and liaison with program funders. She received a B.A. in History (University of Rochester), as well as Masters Degrees in Education (Antioch College) and Public Administration (Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government).
Katherine (Kat) Lockridge is co-owner of Classical Tents, the Berkshires’ premier source for wedding and event rentals. In addition to running a thriving business, Kat prioritizes community involvement. She is a board member on the Lenox Chamber of Commerce and the Berkshire Visitor’s Bureau. She founded the Lenox Wedding Tour in an effort to brand the Berkshires as a destination wedding location. Classical Tents donates extensively throughout the year to the many non-profit organizations in Berkshire County. Kat obtained a degree in Natural Resource Management with a minor in business, and put both degrees to good use, working as a Ranger in Yellowstone National Park before co-founding Classical Tents.
John Majercak is President of the Center for EcoTechnology. John has been with Center for EcoTechnology for over 25 years, bringing a positive vision, strong background in environmental science, and successful track record to the President role. EcoBuilding Bargains came to fruition through his vision and leadership, and recently underwent a $3.5 million expansion including a deep energy retrofit of an older commercial building. John serves on the Board of Directors of the Northampton Chamber of Commerce, and recently served on the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce Non Profit Business Network Advisory Board and the ROCA Springfield Advisory Board. He received a B.A. in Biology from Cornell.
William Moomaw is Professor of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. He conducts research on the technology and economics of energy and environmental policies and works internationally and domestically with groups that develop solutions to environmental problems. Prior to coming to Tufts, he taught chemistry and environmental studies at Williams for 26 years. He served on the Williamstown Planning Board and the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission. He and his wife Margot enjoy their new LEED-certified Williamstown home, which uses no fossil fuels and is a net-zero energy residence.
Stephen Sears has over 25 years in technical and leadership positions primarily within the highly specialized paper industry. Steve was with Crane & Co., Inc. for over 20 years, most recently as Vice President in charge of manufacturing, engineering and environmental services. Currently he is developing a former Crane & Co. Inc. factory building in Dalton, Mass., with the intent of creating a marketplace for local artisan products and sustainable businesses. Steve currently holds board positions within the Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, the Mount Greylock Ski Club and the Massachusetts Outdoor Heritage Foundation.
Scott J. Soares is the owner of Boston Bay Consulting. Drawing on over 25 years of experience, he offers government relations services, business and project development, and management assistance to those working in agriculture, fisheries, and food systems. He has also served as USDA Rural Development State Director for Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island and Executive Director of the Cranberry Marketing Committee USA. Mr. Soares began his career at the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources where he held a variety of leadership positions including the Commonwealth’s first Aquaculture Program Director and culminating with a gubernatorial appointment as Commissioner of the Department in 2009. A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Soares received a double major in Biology and Marine Biology from UMass Dartmouth and completed course work in aquaculture and fisheries at University of Rhode Island.
Janet Warren is Director of Sales & Marketing at Fazzi Associates, the Northampton, MA-based service provider for home health and hospice agencies across the country and one of the nation’s most respected names in community-based care. Janet’s three decades of experience in marketing, sales and product development have included serving as Vice President of Marketing for Monson Savings Bank, President of her own marketing practice, MarCom Capital, and Second Vice President of Market Development for the Group Division of Phoenix Home Life. She is a past president of the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce and has served on the “Starter Board” of the Hampshire County Regional Chamber, the Hampshire County Tourism Advisory Council, and on the Board of Directors of United Way of Hampshire County.