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Stanley B. Walczyk Chairperson
Stan joined the board in November 2011 and is the current chairman. He serves on the Community Support committee and the Loan Policy Committee. Stan graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1975. He was the President of O’Laughlin’s Home Care Pharmacy which was acquired by, and now operates as, Market 32 Price Chopper Pharmacy in Pittsfield. Stan served as the President of the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy in 2011 as well as the MA Pharmacist Association, and the National Association of Retail Druggists. He currently serves on the Berkshire Community College Foundation and is a Dalton Rotarian in the town in which he resides with his wife Paula. They have two grown children, Kate and John.
John C. Law Vice Chairperson
John was elected to the board in 2015. He serves on Greylock’s ALCO, Loan Policy, and Compensation committees and chairs the Board of Managers of Greylock Financial and Insurance Services LLC (CUSO). He recently retired as Vice President for Administration & Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Berkshire Community College. Prior to his current position, John had twenty- nine years of experience in the financial services industry. He received a B.A. from Williams College and an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. John has served as past president of Northern Berkshire Community Coalition and Northern Berkshire United Way as well as director of Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, Northern Berkshire YMCA, and Higher Ground. He lives with his wife in Niskayuna, NY.
Peter T. Lopez Clerk/Treasurer
Pete joined the board in December 2016 and brings breadth and depth of experience in information technology and business process improvement. He is a member of Greylock’s ALCO committee and is a member of Greylock Technology Group (CUSO) Board of Managers. Pete has a bachelor’s in Computer Science from the University of Akron. In 2012 he founded The Fieldhouse at Canaan, NY, an indoor sports training facility focused on local youth development. Pete also is a senior manager at LTI SmartGlass in Pittsfield and serves on the board of directors of OnProcess Technology in Ashland, MA. Pete started his career with GE in 1986 and has held leadership roles in GE Lighting, GE Plastics, SABIC, and Tyco International. Pete lives in Richmond with his wife Kim and has three children.
John L. Bissell
John was appointed to the Board in July 2018 and serves on the ALCO and Governance committees. He was named Greylock’s CEO in 2015 and has been with Greylock since 2003. A native of Berkshire County, John earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Amherst College, graduated from the New England School for Financial Studies program at Babson College, and earned an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He currently serves as chair of 1Berkshire Strategic Alliance and he sits on the Board of Directors for Berkshire Health Systems where he also chairs the audit committee. He has also served on the Colonial Theatre and Berkshire United Way boards of directors and co-founded Pittsfield Promise (an early literacy initiative). He lives in Pittsfield with his wife Melissa and has three children.
Krystle A. Blake
Krystle joined the board in May 2018. She serves on the Supervisory Committee, ALCO and chairs Community Support committee. She is a Project Manager at General Dynamics Mission Systems. Krystle is a member of 1Berkshire’s Berkshire Leadership Program steering committee, is active with the Berkshire United Way, and serves on the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority Board. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College, a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from UMass Isenberg School of Management. Krystle was recently married in October 2019.
Gerard E. Burke
Jerry joined the Board in 1999. Over the past 20 years, he has served on a number of Board committees and served as Board Chair from 2013 - 2017. He is President and CEO of Hillcrest Educational Centers, and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Western New England College, a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Anna Maria College, and a bachelor’s degree in special education from Fitchburg State College. His community involvement includes membership in both the MA and Berkshire Business Roundtables. He is also a founding Board Member of the 1Berkshire Strategic Alliance and was recently appointed to the MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board of Directors and also serves on the Board of Trustees of Berkshire Healthcare Systems, Inc. He lives in Pittsfield with his wife Kate and has six children.
Colleen White Holmes
Colleen joined the Board in 2018 and serves on the Loan Policy and Governance/By-Laws committees. She is the President and CEO for Viability, Inc. and the former President and CEO of 18 Degrees. Colleen’s career has centered on capacity-building with people and organizations. Includes work advancing organizational development with national and local organizations in transportation, banking, state government, and human services. Colleen earned her bachelor’s degree in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and her Master of Business Administration degree from American International College. A former dancer and choreographer who taught extensively at studios in the Northeast, Colleen continues her work in the dance world in the Pioneer Valley.
Tyrone Allan Jackson
Ty joined the board in November 2015 and serves on the Loan Policy, Community Support, and Greylock Technology Group committees. Ty is the founder of Big Head Books, LLC and co-founder of Read or Else. His books have been featured on CNN, NBC, PBS, and other news outlets, and were gifted to former First Lady Michelle Obama. A Bronx, NY native, Ty now lives in Pittsfield, MA, where he continues to create entertaining and educational content that inspires young readers.
Kelly J. Krok
Kelly joined the Board in January 2013 and serves on the Community Support and Compensation (Chair) committees and Asset Liability Committee (ALCO). She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Kelly is a senior advanced HR advisor for General Dynamics. She and her husband Joseph live in Pittsfield and have two children.
Sheila A. LaBarbera
Sheila joined the Board in 1999 and currently chairs the Loan Policy Committee; she also serves on the compensation and governance committees. Sheila was also the first woman to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors. She earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business from Western New England College. Sheila is the Executive Director of the Berkshire County Retirement Board and serves on the Board of the Berkshire Humane Society. An avid golfer, she is a member of the BHCC. She lives in Pittsfield with her dog Dutch.
Anthony J. Rinaldi, Jr.
Tony joined the board in 1994, and served as Chairman for five years. He currently serves on the ALCO (chairman) and Compensation committees. He is a graduate of Boston College School of Management with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Tony is the Executive Vice President of Fairview Hospital for Berkshire Health Systems. He resides in Richmond with his wife Wendy and has three children.
Allison is the Audit Manager with Adelson & Company PC. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a master’s degree in accounting from the College of Saint Rose and an undergraduate degree from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Allison is an active community volunteer with a long tenure on local boards and committees. She embraces the Berkshire County outdoor lifestyle with her husband and two dogs.
Krystle A. Blake
Lori is a Senior Accountant with the firm McMahon & Vigeant. Lori earned her MBA at Western New England College and is a graduate in finance from Bentley University. As a life-long Berkshire County resident, Lori has volunteered on many youth focused committees over the years. Lori lives in Dalton with her husband and three daughters.