Press Release Contact:
Lisa M. Marchi, Director of Development & Communications
Berkshire South Regional Community Center
Jaclyn (Houghton) Sinay joins Berkshire South Regional Community Center as Director of Membership
Jaclyn Sinay has recently taken on the important role of Director of Membership at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. She comes to the Community Center with a wealth of experience and, in keeping with her professional style Jaclyn has hit the ground running.
“Basically, I’ve come full circle,” Jaclyn observed with a smile. “When I was a teenager at Monument Mountain, I was invited by Ed Jaffe and Judy Spencer to participate on the youth advisory committee, to serve as the teenage voice of what the Community Center should be. Who could know then that one day I would be lucky enough to be working here?”
Jaclyn comes to the Center with a wealth of experience and expertise, including strategic planning, expansion strategy, public relations, sales and marketing, as well as team leadership and guidance. While she was born in Pittsfield and grew up in West Stockbridge, Jaclyn earned her BA in Anthropology and Sociology from Fordham University in NY, and her Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA. Prior to joining BSRCC, she began working in the nonprofit sector as the Executive Director of Cambridge Local First in Cambridge, MA.
Jaclyn and her husband Terry always knew they would return to the Berkshires, and the recent birth of their daughter Adelaide precipitated that move. She was delighted when she learned the Community Center was seeking a Director of Membership. “I had been running a membership organization in Cambridge,” she said, “and I feel very lucky that I have been able to join an organization that I not only had a part in shaping, but also that is so perfectly in line with my values.” She continued, “I love what the Community Center stands for and what we’re doing.”
BSRCC Executive Director, Jenise Lucey, comments, “We are so lucky to have Jaclyn on our team. Her connection to and understanding of the Southern Berkshire community is a tremendous asset, and her ability to address the needs of our membership with sensitivity and solutions sets her apart in this field.”
Going forward, Jaclyn plans to focus on engaging the community one-on-one and face-to-face. She believes for a membership organization to be successful, it must also be personal. “I definitely have an ‘open door’ policy,” she laughs. Jaclyn hopes to partner with the local corporate community and to forge collaborations as appropriate. People are invited to stop by the Community Center to meet Jaclyn and welcome her to her new role.
The mission of Berkshire South Regional Community Center 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. Berkshire South is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization open to all, regardless of ability to pay. For more information, please call (413) 528-2810 or go to www.berkshiresouth.org.