Board of Directors → Names, Pics & Bios

 

Daniel Seitz, President

Served Since 2007

Dan has worked for more than 25 years in the field of complementary and alternative medicine education, accreditation and regulation. He currently serves as the executive director of the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education—the accrediting agency for doctoral programs in naturopathic medicine. He also consults with colleges of complementary and alternative medicine on accreditation and program development, and serves as an advisor and facilitator to boards and leaders of non-profits on governance and organizational issues, strategic planning, and other matters.

Previously, Dan served as founding dean for the acupuncture and Oriental medicine master’s degree programs at New York Chiropractic College and as chair of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is also the former president of the New England School of Acupuncture and former chief of the Acupuncture Unit for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, where he set up the state’s acupuncture licensing board. Dan has a BA and MAT from the University of Chicago, a JD from Boston University Law School, and an EdD in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. As a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Malaysia following college, Dan had the good fortune to live on traditional Malay, Chinese, Indian and Thai food, and since then he has been studying Mandarin Chinese as a pastime.

Erica Spizz, Vice President

Served Since 2004

Erica is a filmmaker and lives in Pittsfield, MA. She has been a Director since 2004. She grew up on Long Island and first came to the area to attend Simon’s Rock College. After graduating with a BA in 1999, she moved back to New York and worked at the smoked fish factory her grandfather had owned and operated in Queens for 50 years. Erica has also worked in the grocery department of a Whole Foods Market, where she was an active member of the organizing committee that enabled the store to become the first in the company’s history to form a labor union. She returned to the Berkshires in the fall of 2002 to enter a masters degree program in Nonprofit Management and Documentary Production. Her thesis project (codirected with Laura Meister) was Sweet Soil: Local Farmers and the Berkshire Co-op Market, which premiered at the Triplex in honor of the Co-op’s grand opening. It has gone on to be screened at over 60 venues and film festivals, and was broadcast nationally on PBS affiliates as a part of the Natural Heroes series.

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Sam Handel, Treasurer

Served Since 2015

Sam has worn many hats within Sarcastic Girl, Inc., an entertainment company he has run with his with his wife for 15 years. In addition to business management, he likes to get busy on the creative side. Sam is a filmmaker, specializing in narrative comedies set and shot in and around Great Barrington. He is the writer, director, editor, and producer of The River and I’m Coming Over, both of which enjoyed screenings at over fifty film festivals worldwide.

Sam is also an editorial photographer whose work has appeared in Time, Venice, Elle, The Source, Redbook, People, Surface, Time Out London, Fade-In, Paper, Playbill, and PDN, among others. Advertising clients include Everlast, The Julliard School, Royal National Theater, the Roundabout Theater Group, and of course The Berkshire Co-op Market.

While he is at it, Sam may as well mention his Needham, MA upbringing, B.A. in economics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and his brief but informative time in advertising, which was spent at Doubleclick, Inc. and Saatchi & Saatchi in Los Angeles.

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Leslie Davidson, Secretary

Served Since 2012

Leslie has worked at Bard College at Simon’s Rock for almost 20 years.  Now the dean of the college, she has also be the dean of admission and student affairs, dean of student affairs, associate dean of student affairs, and director of the community service program. Additionally, she assisted with the start-up of the first Bard High School Early College in New York City. Prior to and interspersed with her tenure at Simon’s Rock, she has been a faculty member at the Hotchkiss School Summer Program, led community service-based cross-cultural programs on the Navajo Reservation, worked in the mental health department of an Indian Health Service clinic, and done curriculum development and research related to indigenous human rights, tracking in K-12 schools, and gender and leadership in the workplace

Leslie joined the Co-op in 1994, the same year she read Paul Hawken’s The Ecology of Commerce. Becoming a member of the Co-op was inextricably intertwined with learning more about the way the environment is affected by our individual life choices, the way businesses and institutions function, and the way we formulate public policy. As food is something we all consume daily, it’s a particularly important nexus of a complex array of political, economic, cultural, environmental, health, and social justice issues.  She is both intrigued and inspired by the potential of the cooperative model to address these issues by redefining the way businesses conduct themselves and relate to their customers and their communities.

Betsy Andrus

Served Since 2009

Betsy is currently a self-employed interior designer and consultant. Her business touches many different areas, including staging and organizing, repurposing, life coaching and property management. Previously, Betsy has served many organizations on many levels of involvement. She has been an event organizer at St. Mary’s School and Church for the past 12 years, including their Annual Holiday Bazaar (co-chaired for 11 years), Spring Fashion Show, and The St. Mary’s Auction. She also volunteered at the SPCA and designed and created the sets for the last season of the Earth Angels Show.

Betsy’s family has always been entrenched in the local business scene. Betsy and her family created and ran S&A Supply, Inc. on Maple Ave until it was sold to another local family in 2005. Her great-grandfather founded Harland B. Foster (a Bridge Street neighbor that her uncles continue to run), and her brother has taken over her father’s local electrical contracting business, R.J. Aloisi, Inc. Betsy has been an owner/member of the Co-op for fifteen plus years because she wanted to support the local economy and teach her now teenage children the importance of giving back to the community.

Molly de St Andre

Served Since 2011

Molly is an artist and a teacher who has been connected to the Great Barrington community for the last 13 years.  After graduating with a masters in Arts and Teaching from Bennington College, she worked with many diverse populations of marginalized children and adults within the U.S. and internationally. She spent two years working for NGOs and community based organizations in Afghanistan, and two years working for underserved children in Turkey.  Since that time she has returned to living full time in the Berkshires and currently runs a small, local screen-printing company that focuses on creating sustainable, hand screen-printed products, including custom products for many small businesses around the Berkshires.

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Michael Maguire

Served Since 2016

Michael joined the board after 13 years of ownership in 2016.  He brings with him extensive experience in the financial world including time at Standard & Poors and municipal bond insurance companies.  During that time, he did a considerable amount of work with American cooperatives in the energy world.  Michael also has a great interest in organic farming going back 40 plus years to his time at UMass Amherst, where he worked on large gardens in the summers and was a principle organizer of the Toward Tomorrow Fair, a large exposition highlighting organic agriculture, solar energy and alternative lifestyles.  Now mostly retired, Michael lives full time in Great Barrington and spends a lot of time gardening with his wife.

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Jennifer Salinetti

Served Since 2015

Jennifer Salinetti has been a proud owner of Berkshire Coop Market since she moved here in 2000. She began her work at the Co-op at the end of 2000 as part-time kitchen staff. She soon moved on to Front End Services and helped the Co-op transition into their current location. When her time as a Co-op employee came to an end in 2015, she immediately made herself available as a board candidate.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1999 with a self-designed BS in Sustainable Farming. For the past 15 years, she has been actively involved as a vegetable grower and educator in the Berkshires. She and her husband own and operate Woven Roots Farm, a vegetable CSA that focuses on bio-intensive growing using no-till and environmentally sound farming practices. Jen has taught classes throughout New England and is currently developing an educational center at their homestead in Tyringham.

In addition to serving on the Co-op Board and working at her farm, Jen serves as the Montessori School of the Berkshires’ Garden Coordinator, curriculum developer for Monument Mountain Regional High School’s Project Sprout gardening program and she sits on the advisory board for Greenagers, a local organization that involves young adults in meaningful work in environmental conservation, sustainable farming and natural resource management.