Board of Trustees
John Gillespie was VP of Finance at Kripalu and has over 30 years’ experience in finance, including substantial non-profit experience. He recently joined Charles River CFO, a leading strategic financial firm, as their Nonprofit & Social Enterprise Practice Leader, where he is supporting and expanding their work with non-profits and social enterprises.
With an MBA in Finance, a Masters in Information Systems from Boston College, and decades of relevant employment and board work, John is a sought-after speaker on a range of financial and economic issues facing nonprofits. John lives in Stockbridge with his wife, Linda, and their dog, Maggie. In his spare time, he enjoys baking and poetry, especially the work of David Whyte.
“I like to serve, in my local community, in an organization where I like their mission, and at an organization where I can use my skills and experience. I did that in Washington, DC and am excited about serving on the Stockbridge Library board.”John Gillespie
André Bernard has been the Vice President and Secretary of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, administering annual fellowships to scholars, artists, and writers, for the past 13 years. Previously he spent 25 years in book publishing, first as an assistant and then an editor at Viking Penguin, senior editor at Simon & Schuster, editorial director at David R. Godine, director of acquisitions at the Book-of-the-Month Club, and editor in chief and then publisher at Harcourt Brace. On the side he had a column in The American Scholar, “Commonplace Book,” and wrote frequent book reviews for The New York Observer for a decade; he now writes an occasional column about books for The Kenyon Review, where he is a consulting editor. He has authored or co-authored five books, all about writers, books, and publishing.
André has served on various book-related boards, including PEN, The Kenyon Review, the German Book Office, the Jerusalem Book Fair, Harvard University Press, and his local library in Westchester. He recently joined The Berkshire Eagle’s editorial advisory board. André grew up a summer resident of West Stockbridge, and has maintained deep roots in the Berkshires ever since.
“I find myself irresistibly drawn to the Stockbridge Library, where I spend an hour or so every weekday morning reading. The collection is good, the staff friendly, the building beautiful and beautifully restored, the historical collection well curated, the garden gorgeous.”André Bernard
Martin Sennett is a retired sales and marketing executive who moved to Stockbridge in 2018 with his wife Chris Ferrero. They are long-time denizens of the Berkshires, as owners of a cottage on the Otis Reservoir for 30 years. Marty has held management positions in the DuPont company and other multi-national corporations marketing technical products and services including high-strength materials, specialty coatings, logistical products, and pharmaceuticals. He served on the Board of the United Way of Delaware and volunteered with Guiding Eyes for the Blind and several community cultural organizations. He is currently a volunteer tutor with LitNet of Southern Berkshire. Marty enjoys cooking, reading, and all things outdoors, including hiking, biking, skiing, and kayaking.
“The Library is the heart of the community. A vibrant library reflects a community that values learning and individuals that have an active curiosity. When my wife Chris and I were looking for a place to settle in the Berkshires, the strength of the local library was a major consideration. We fell in love with the Stockbridge Library on the first visit.”Martin Sennett
Stephanie Bradford moved to the Berkshires in 1976. She worked for 10 years at the former Jenifer House in Gt. Barrington before owning Williams & Sons Country Store on Main Street in Stockbridge for 22 years, retiring in 2008. She previously has served on the board of the Stockbridge Library and was President from 1993 to 1996. She co-chaired the Library Book Sale with Lynn Edelstein in 2017 and continues in that role for 2018. She also has served on boards and/or committees of the Stockbridge Golf Club, First Congregational Church in Stockbridge, The Trustees of Reservations, and The Lenox Garden Club, and is currently an active volunteer at Berkshire Botanical Garden.
“I have loved libraries since I was a little girl and find that the Stockbridge Library has always been a special place for me – it’s choice of books, the programs, the sense of community, the beauty of its building as well as the Museum & Archives. I look forward to helping it continue to be an important resource to all.”Stephanie Bradford
Jim Daily has been a homeowner in Stockbridge since 1987. He and his wife Cathy became full-time residents in 2016. He founded and was Managing Partner of an executive search firm in Westport, Connecticut from 1984 until his retirement in January 2016. Over the years, he has served on many civic, church, and community boards. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, working on his historic home, golf, and playing the six and twelve string guitar and the five-string banjo. He has two children and four grandchildren.
Stockbridge is truly blessed to have such a beautiful and vibrant library. It is a center of learning, the arts, and our town history as well as a gathering place for our community. The staff is talented, friendly, and dedicated. Having the opportunity to serve as a trustee on the board and give back to our community is an honor.”Jim Daily
Robin Dumas has practiced law for more than twenty years and is a trusted legal and business advisor to a variety of organizations and individuals. Her areas of expertise include complex commercial contracting, outsourcing, privacy and data security, general compliance, and governance. For many years, she was general counsel to Partners In Health, an international health and human rights organization. Her current clients include Boston Scientific Corporation, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, and a variety of entrepreneurs/start-ups. Before her legal career, Robin was a classically trained French Horn player, graduating from the Manhattan School of Music in 1987. After graduation, she performed professionally in New York City before commencing her legal studies in 1993. Robin has longstanding ties to the Berkshires, beginning 30 years ago, when she was a student at Tanglewood. She currently lives in Stockbridge.
“As Einstein said, “The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library” and by, this I’m sure he meant the Stockbridge Library, which is the hub of our community. It is an honor to serve on the Board and support the Stockbridge Library’s essential role and cultural contributions to our town and to the broader community. “Robin Dumas
Barbara Lane and her husband Ed retired to Stockbridge in 2017 after many years as visitors and then second homeowners here in the Berkshires. She has been active in the not-for-profit sector as a volunteer, employee, and board member. Barbara is currently the President of the Board of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College. Ed and Barbara’s daughter Nicole is the Director of the Gardiner, New York Public Library.
“Our beautiful Library is not solely a book collection and archive of local historical documents and artifacts. It’s a public gathering space that fosters a rich sense of shared history and community. It’s an honor to be one of its trustees.”Barbara Lane
Susan Moor moved to Stockbridge with her husband in 2017 and spent two years renovating their property on Main Street. She has had a diverse career, the common thread being working for communities in which she lived. She has been a social worker, assistant law librarian, worked in the travel industry, worked as a social services administrator, worked for the Alzheimer’s Association, and was on the board of a senior center, helping to create and develop an adult day health center. Since moving to Stockbridge, Susan has joined the Lenox Garden Club, volunteers at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, and is a tutor for LitNet.
“The moving truck was still in our driveway when we met neighbors who welcomed us and told us about the Stockbridge Library. Living in this historic town is such a wonderful experience and the library, along with the Museum and Archives, is a treasure. Having a knowledgeable and active staff, it is the beating heart of the community with its collections and programming. What an honor to be able to work with a group of people who are so dedicated.”Susan Moor
Rob Murray has thirty years’ experience in senior leadership roles in the beverage industry, from which he retired in 2012, moving to Stockbridge. He has been president of the Board of the Lenox Chamber of Commerce and operates a commercial real estate company.
For thirty-five years, John Perkel was a librarian for various orchestras, most recently for the Boston Symphony and Tanglewood Music Center. In 2016, he retired and initiated the Berkshire Chamber Players series at the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives. Before serving as an orchestra librarian, John was a music teacher at the Berkshire Hills Regional School District and was a psychiatric worker at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge.
“After I retired from the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2016, I approached the beautiful Stockbridge Library about the possibility of initiating a chamber music concert series. The response was enthusiastic and supportive. Since then, I have spent many happy hours in the library and I have had the great privilege of working with he greatest people. The entire staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and fun.”John Perkel
Leonard Sigal has been a full time resident of Stockbridge since returning to the Berkshires in 2015. He is a rheumatologist and clinical immunologist, seeing patients at Berkshire Health Systems in Pittsfield two days a week. Previously he was Chief, Division of Rheumatology at UMNDJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. He left academia to join the pharmaceutical industry, first with Bristol-Myers Squibb, then Novo Nordisk, and then with PAREXEL. He is now an independent consultant in drug development, working with small biotech and start-up pharma companies, a neophyte golfer and, above all else, an avid reader. The Library has assumed a pivotal role in his life, bringing him knowledge and joy and insight, and he looks forward to making his own small contribution to its continued success.
“Reading is the key to everything, to knowledge, entertainment, philosophy, to all sorts of joy and wonderment. The library where I grew up was a window into different worlds that I relished as a child. The Stockbridge Library serves the same purpose for me now and I am honored to be able to help keep it safe and successful for generations to come”Leonard Sigal
Rick Wilcox is a sixth-generation descendant of Isaac Ball, who purchased 50 acres of land from Stockbridge Mohicans Joseph Shauquethquot, David Naunauneekaunuck, and Benjamin Waunchnauweet. That land is now, in part, the property of Chesterwood Museum. Growing up in Stockbridge was truly a Norman Rockwell experience, to include posing for Norman. After high school, Rick spent two years in the central highlands of Vietnam. After his discharge from the army in 1971, he joined the Stockbridge Police and was a patrol officer for 15 years followed by 28 years as Chief of Police. Rick served on the library board in the 70s and 80s for over 20 years as well as board President twice. He is currently on the board of the Bidwell House Museum in Monterey and is a sixth-generation descendant of the Rev. Adonijah Bidwell the builder and first occupant of the Bidwell house. Rick was on the board of the Norman Rockwell Museum for over 25 years and is still active as an emeritus board member. Since retirement, while concentrating on Mohican history he acquired and transcribed over 250 copies of all the Stockbridge Mohican deeds from the Berkshire Middle Registry of Deeds in Pittsfield. More recently he was given grants by both Harvard and Yale to transcribe 18th century Mohican petitions and resolves between the Mohican people and the provincial government of Massachusetts, which will, at a later date, be available on their websites.
“Nathan Jackson whose generous matching donation was the genesis for today’s library was a “cousin.” The Brewer sisters, Emilia and Mary Adele, who were the first two librarians when the library opened in 1864 are “cousins.” My great grandfather Edmund C. Wilcox was the treasurer of the Stockbridge Library Association. Olga Wilcox, my great aunt, was head librarian and my grandmother Grace Bidwell Wilcox was a relief librarian followed by 30 years as curator of the then library historical room. I feel very connected to the library. Living in a home without television and two parents who were voracious readers encouraged a lifelong love of books. Love of local history seemed to be in my DNA.”Rick Wilcox
Debbie Wiswesser had been an educator in her professional career prior to moving to Stockbridge in 2000. She is a graduate of George Washington University with extending education at Arizona State and Central Michigan State. She worked for the Red Lion Inn in the executive office for 14 years before retiring in 2014. During that time she served on the Namkeug Garden Party Committee and volunteered for the Library’s Book Sale. She also is presently serving on the Laurel Hill Association board. With her three children living in distant states – Virginia, Michigan and Alaska plus one grandchild – she spends much time racking up air miles in hopes of a round-the-world year-long tour!
“Libraries have always been a place of fun, friendships, and community for my three kids and me as we moved about the country. Now that they are grown and in various far-flung spots about the country I find it is still so true for me in Stockbridge.”Debbie Wiswesser
Suzanne Yale has been a Stockbridge homeowner since 1990. In January 2019, she retired from 40 years of private practice in Ob/Gyn in NYC, and now lives full time in Stockbridge. She is a past president of the NYC Gynecologic Society. Currently, she is a Board Member of the Berkshire Botanical Garden, and has avid interests in gardening, piano, and, of course, reading.
“What would I do without books and libraries? They are so essential to my well-being that the very idea is difficult even to contemplate. When I walk into the Stockbridge Library, it feels like home – the warmth of the staff, the cosy, welcoming surroundings, and the wonderful and well-displayed collections. May it endure forever.”Suzanne Yale