Staff & Governance

Staff

Katherine O’Neil, Director
Barbara Allen, Curator, Museum & Archives
Jenney Maloy, Youth Librarian
Kathy Beebe, Library Assistant
Catherine Buffoni, Library Assistant
Maria Lynch, Library Assistant
Joshua Hall, Assistant Curator, Museum & Archives

 

Board of Trustees

John Gillespie, President
Lynn Edelstein, Vice President
Martin Sennett, Treasurer
Stewart Edelstein, Secretary

 

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.”

 

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 – its 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.”

 

Jim Daily has been a home owner 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 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.”

 

Lynn Edelstein was a Law Firm Business Manager for 20 years.  She then launched and ran Prestige Villas, a business renting villas in the Caribbean, Europe, and Mexico.  She moved to Stockbridge in 1995 (part-time) with her husband, Stewart, and in 2013 they became full-time residents.  She joined the Library Board in 2013.  She has served on many not-for-profit organizations over the years, mostly in fundraising and events.

“It has been a privilege for me to serve as a Trustee of the Library these past few years.  Watching and being involved with the renovation was trying and truly rewarding.  It pleases me to see the Library as even more of a place of community now, not just a place to borrow a book, and to know that I have helped be a part of that.”

 

Stewart Edelstein lives in Stockbridge with his wife, Lynn.  He has been a trial lawyer for 40 years.  He is the author of two books, Dubious Doublets: A Delightful Compendium of Unlikely Word Pairs of Common Origin, from Aardvark/Porcelain to Zodiac/Whiskey (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.) and How to Succeed as a Trial Lawyer (American Bar Association), as well as numerous articles in professional journals for lawyers.  He is on the board of the Stockbridge Land Trust and of the Literacy Network of Southern Berkshire, and has served on boards of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra and the Fairfield Historical Society.  He is a graduate of Oberlin College (1970) and Cornell Law School (1973).  He taught at Yale Law School for 20 years, and in the Spring of 2015, he taught his first OLLI course on etymology.

“I decided to retire in Stockbridge in part because of the vibrant community life here.  The focal point of the Stockbridge community for me is the Library, Museum & Archives, and so I find fulfillment in serving on the Stockbridge Library Association board to promote its mission.”

 

Chuck Gillett moved to the Berkshires with his wife Michelle in 1973 and has lived in Stockbridge since 1978.  For 35 years, he owned The Studley Press in Dalton, which printed books and catalogues for museums and art galleries throughout the United States.  Chuck was a selectman in Stockbridge from 2012 to 2016 and continues to serve on several town committees.  He has served on many non-profit boards including The Laurel Hill Association and The First Congregational Church.  Presently Chuck is a realtor with Wheeler & Taylor in Stockbridge.  He has two daughters and three grandchildren.

“This year I am celebrating my fortieth year of living in Stockbridge.  I love this town, and I have participated in as many different areas of town life as I could over the years.  Serving on the library board seemed like the right thing for me to do at this point in my life.  Since I see the Library as being the new center of town activities now that the elementary school is no longer on Main Street, one of my goals will be to help the Library expand the programming of events for the public at the Library.”

 

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.”

 

Nancy Hahn was Director of the Sheffield Library from 2001 to 2012, where she concentrated on programming, collection development, and maintenance.  She was an advocate for rural libraries in Western Massachusetts and rallied support to increase state aid.  Prior to that, she was a Librarian and Historian with the Department of Defense Information School in Fort Meade, Maryland and Senior Reference Librarian, Command Reference Center in Heidelberg, Germany.  She oversaw the functional and personnel activities supporting 118 facilities throughout Europe.

“I serve on the Board to help implement our goals toward an active community library.  Libraries are so important for a democratic America, but we are steadily challenged in our new technological age.”

 

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 membership committee chair and member 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.”  

 

Carol Seltzer has been an educator and librarian during her professional career.  She has a Masters degree in both English Literature and Library Science, and taught English Literature in a leading private school in New York City.  She has been recognized as an outstanding New York State teacher of excellence.  Over the past 25 years, she has served as library-media specialist in Rye, New York.  She is a past president of the Westchester (NY) School Library System.

“As a professionally trained librarian with more than a quarter of a century as an educator, serving on the library board was a natural way to contribute to the Stockbridge community.  To me, a dynamic twenty-first century library is more than a collection of books: it is a place where people gather to explore, learn, and exchange ideas.  In essence, it is the core of the community.”

 

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.”

 

Leslie Shatz worked in advertising, marketing, and non-profit fundraising before she and her husband moved to the Berkshires in 2000.  She worked at two local art galleries before joining the development staff at the Norman Rockwell Museum.  Leslie served as chairman of the Stockbridge Old Town Hall Re-Use Committee and was a trustee of Laurel Hill Association.  She joined the Library Board in 2013.  Leslie also works as a volunteer at Community Access to the Arts.

“To me the Library, Museum & Archives is a vital resource for our citizens, accessible to everyone no matter how old or young and without regard to socio-economic status.  It is a beautiful, welcoming, friendly place where every citizen has the opportunity to learn, discover, meet others, exchange ideas, volunteer, and share his or her talents.  Dating back more than 150 years, it is an institution of which we can all be proud.  It is an honor to serve as a trustee.”

 

Rick Wilcox is returning to the SLA Board for a second tour.  Prior to being a sought-after Board member and de-facto local historian, Rick spent many wonderful years serving as the Police Chief of Stockbridge.

“My desire to be on the Board of Directors is based in part on my love of books and my love of local history, both of which can be found at the Library.  In addition, the community of Stockbridge has been very good to me and I believe it deserves some of my time and I am happy to give back.

My personal connection to the Library runs deep: in the 1920s, my great aunt Olga Wilcox was the head librarian, my grandmother Grace Wilcox was the relief librarian, and my great uncle Edmund C. Wilcox was the Library Association’s treasurer.  In 1938, my grandmother became the Curator of the newly opened Historical Room in the basement of the new Bement wing, retiring 30 years later.”

 

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.”