Board of Trustees
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
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
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.
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
Mary Berle grew up in Stockbridge and spent many afternoons traveling the world through reading while perched on a window bench in the Stockbridge Library. She attended elementary school at The Stockbridge Plain School, which is now our town offices. After graduating from Harvard College, and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Mary became a researcher, writer, and project director for national education projects at TERC, a math and science education research and development firm. She returned to Stockbridge to raise her own children and worked in many roles with the Berkshire Hills Regional School District, including principal of Muddy Brook Elementary School for 13 years .
Since 2018 Mary has served as the Chief Educator at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge where she leads public operations, the Museum’s work to realize its strong commitment to equity and justice, public programming, and community collaborations. In the last year Mary has also taken on responsibility for her mother’s farm, Lila’s Mountain Farm LLC, one of the largest sheep farms in New England.
KellyAnne McGuire is a lifelong library user, and still has her first library card! She has worked, volunteered, and taught at public, high school, and academic libraries in MA and NY for over a decade. Her teaching includes information literacy classes at the high school and college level (both in person and online), technology workshops at public libraries for adults and seniors, and trainings for academic librarians on teaching information literacy skills. KellyAnne is currently the Outreach Librarian at the Alumni Library at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.
“In recent years I’ve worked in academic libraries, but public libraries are where I started, and they will always hold a special place in my heart. I am excited to bring my enthusiasm and experience to the Stockbridge Library, and to learn more about this historic community.”KellyAnne McGuire
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
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
Leslie is returning to the board of the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives after a 5 year hiatus. During her first 2 terms on the board she served as Chair of the Development Committee and was actively engaged in organizing and leading the capital campaign which funded the library’s renovation.
Prior to moving to the Berkshires with her husband, Steve, in 2000, Leslie was the Director of Development & Marketing at the Community Music School of Springfield (MA). She worked for 2 art galleries for several years after settling in Stockbridge; and then returned to development as the major gifts coordinator for the Norman Rockwell Museum’s capital campaign.
Leslie has served on the boards of Yellow Barn (a music festival in Putney Vermont) and IS183, Art School of the Berkshires. Since her retirement she has been a community partner with Community Access to the Arts, and is currently a tutor and board member of Literacy Network of South Berkshire.
Leslie’s interests include, volunteer work for worthy non-profits, travel, opera, theater, reading, cooking, and knitting.
My mother nurtured my interest in reading from a very early age. As a volunteer librarian in the town where we lived, and later as the owner of a paperback bookstore, she let me roam the shelves and pick out any book that appealed to me. My curiosity was easily piqued, and I developed a lifelong appreciation of the written word. The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is our town treasure, open and welcoming to all. I am pleased to be a part of it.Leslie Shatz
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