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Jenise Lucey, Executive Director
Berkshire South Regional Community Center

Berkshire South Regional Community Center Announces Three New Board Members

Great Barrington, MA— Berkshire South Regional Community Center announces the appointment of three new members of its Board of Trustees, as well as the full slate of officers and board members for 2013.

Joining the Board of Trustees are Robert Harrison, Rita Kasky and Robert D. Montgomery. “All three of our newest Board members embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to strengthen community in the Southern Berkshires. ”, Jenise Lucey, Executive Director.

Robert Harrison, BSRCC’s newest board member, is a registered architect in Massachusetts and holds architectural licenses in Vermont, Connecticut and New York. He has been a LEED Accredited Professional since 2004, the first in Berkshire County, and holds dual degrees in architecture and fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Prior to establishing Harrison Design Associates in 2005, an award-winning architectural design firm in Great Barrington, he was the founding principal architect of Blueline Design in Great Barrington from 1991 to 2005.

Harrison is a currently a board member for WordxWord Festival in Pittsfield, MA as well as holding City Commissioner – Green Commission in Pittsfield.  He has also held board positions for Girls Inc., Berkshire County Historical Society, Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries and was a founding board member of the Colonial Theatre Association.

Rita Kasky was born in New York City and raised in Stamford, CT. After attending University of Connecticut, she returned to New York City and entered the field of advertising sales.  That journey began with her enlistment as a VISTA Volunteer. Rita’s career in nonprofit management and development grew over 40 years working for the following organizations: National Council of Jewish Women, National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Cancer Care, Inc., Brandeis University, Associate Director of the New York Regional Development and Alumni Association, and the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge. From 1996 until her retirement in 2006, Rita worked as the Development and Marketing Director at Gould Farm.

Rita is an active volunteer, holding positions on the board of directors for other non-profits including: Community Access to the Arts (CATA) and Sandisfield Arts Center. She has also volunteered with Volunteers in Medicine, Fairview Hospital and the Town of Sandisfield.

Robert D. Montgomery is the Executive Vice President, CFO and part owner of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Ltd. in Great Barrington. Prior to Iredale Mineral Cosmetics he was the Vice President of Business Development for Greenwich Capital Corporation (Greenwich, CT) and was the founder and president of Environmental Capital Corporation in Great Barrington. Montgomery has also held Vice Presidency at Citocorp and Chemical Bank.

His non-profit work includes President and Founder of Great Barrington Land Conservancy, an organization dedicated to preserving open space, as well as holding positions on the board for Aston Magna and Literacy Network of Southern Berkshire.

Montgomery graduated from the London School of Economic with a MSc in Diplomatic History after serving as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam war and being awarded the Bronze Star for Valor.

Berkshire South Regional Community Center is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization open to all, regardless of ability to pay. Our mission is to build a sense of community and common purpose throughout the region, and to enhance the recreational, educational, cultural, health and social well-being of the residents of the Southern Berkshires.

For more information about Berkshire South Regional Community Center call 413-528-2810 or visit

The slate of board members for 2013 is listed below.

Edwin A. Jaffe, Founding Chairman Emeritus

Robert Norris, Chairman Emeritus

Adam Hersch, Chairman of the Board

Melissa Beeson Higgins, Vice Chairman

Janis Martinson, Second Vice Chairman

Steve McAlister, Treasurer

Paula Schutzmann, Clerk

Lila Berle
Peter Brewer
Oskar Hallig

Robert Harrison
Rita Kasky
William Kormanik
Bob Markovits
Steve Meyerowitz
Robert Montgomery
Ethel Patterson
B. Carter White

Jenise Lucey, Executive Director

Advisory Board

Kevin Kinne
Joan Kopperl
Robert Norris
Kevin O’Donnell
Greg Ward