Board members

Arthur M. Peisner, Chairman

Chairman of the Board, Vistage Michigan, Inc.; executive coach and consultant working with owners, CEOs, and senior executives of small and mid-sized firms. Formerly, Vice President, International for Ideal Toy Corporation; Vice President, General Mills and President of Fundimensions Division; President and CEO, Lionel Trains, Inc. BS, Syracuse University; MBA, Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Ellen B. Rowntree, MD, Vice Chair

Diplomat American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; member American Psychiatric and Psychoanalytic Associations; former Associate Attending Psychiatrist New York Presbyterian Hospital, former Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Weill Cornell Medical College,  former Training and Supervising Analyst Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Research, former Lecturer Columbia University Department of Psychiatry.  Retired from private practice psychiatry and psychoanalysis 2003.  MD Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Daniel Burke, Treasurer

Certified Public Accountant, Vice President of Finance and Controller, Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Ltd.  Finance Committee member Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, former Treasurer of the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce.  Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants.  BS, Fairfield University.

The Reverend Elizabeth Goodman, Secretary

Liz is the pastor of the United Church of Christ in Monterey, MA, and has been since 2001.  She lives in Lenox with her husband, a psychiatrist, and their two primary-school-aged sons.

Denyse Adler

President, “The Adler Group, Creative Solutions Consultants,” dedicated to assisting healthcare and educational organizations identify, design and create programs to meet compelling community needs. Strategic planning, communication design, administration and funding development have led to the initiation and expansion of healthcare and educational programs in several states and nationally. She served as Director of the Palliative Care Institute of Calvary Hospital, Associate Director of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and Chair of the Psychosocial Advisory Group of the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research.

Jeffrey W. Blake, MD, FACC

Certified, American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Cardiovascular Disease; fellow, American College of Cardiology; former Director, Nuclear Cardiology Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY, former Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, New York Medical College. BA and MD, Columbia University.

Alice Lustig

Formerly Chief Operating and Financial Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  Previous experience includes serving as Executive Vice President at The Rockefeller University and as Chief Business and Administrative Officer and Department Manager in Princeton University’s Department of Molecular Biology.  Background in academia, research, and healthcare; education and training in finance, management, and leadership.  Currently providing consulting and advisory services to not-for-profit organizations.

Matthew B. Mandel, MD, Co-Medical Director

Formerly Chairman, Department of Anesthesia, Chair, Intensive Care Unit, Providence Hospital, Holyoke, MA. President, Providence Anesthesia Associates, Inc., retired, 1996. BS, Western Reserve University. Attended Faculte de Medecine de Tours, France. MD, Hahnemann University School of Medicine.

 

Robert L.W. McGraw

Robert L.W. McGraw: aka Robin. Senior Director, Donald C. McGraw Foundation. President, Black Rock Foundation Fund. Background in education and healthcare. Recently retired after 15-year career as professional Paramedic in Berkshire County, he is a veteran Captain of the  Egremont Fire Department. A committed public and community servant, he currently serves on the Boards of Trustees for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Hospice Care in the Berkshires, Berkshire Healthcare Systems, Indian Mountain School and Mystic Seaport Museum. He is a Development Consultant to several private schools and non-profits, and is a longtime advisor to Berkshire School.

Nancy Fernandez Mills

Nancy Fernandez Mills, CHC, RYT is a Certified Health Coach and Registered Yoga Teacher. She has extensive training in integrative nutrition, yoga teaching, yoga therapy and therapeutic bodywork.  In addition to her coaching practice, Nancy serves as a consultant for national firms specializing in diabetes education and weight management. Nancy’s extensive media background includes several years as a Correspondent and Producer for NBC News.  She also co-founded Lifecycle Productions, Inc., an award-winning video production company focused on psychosocial issues.

Steven Picheny

Board Member Emeritus. Formerly President of Stepic Medical, a high tech medical sales, marketing and distribution firm. Member, National Board of Trustees Union for Reform Judaism, Engineering Entrepreneur in Residence, Northeastern University. Steve is on the board of numerous companies and not for profit organizations both locally and nationally. BS in Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University.

Jane L. Salamon

Vice President of Policy and Procedure for Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty in Long Island, NY. She became President of the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island in 2004. She currently sits on the New York State Association of Realtors Professional Standards Committee, the Multiple Listing Committee and the Committee for Fair Housing and Cultural Diversity.

Jessie Schoonmaker

Board Member Emeritus. Retired Senior Vice President of Lee Bank.  A native of Sheffield, MA and currently residing in Pittsfield.

Marion A. Simon

Consultant in development and philanthropy; professional development officer for various not-for-profit organizations. Adjunct Professor, Manhattanville College; presenter of seminars on development and fundraising for Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation among others. BA, College of Arts and Sciences, Boston University; MA, Columbia University; Ed.D., University of Rochester.

Paul Smilow, MD

Board Member Emeritus. Public Health Service Fellow in Pathologyand mixed pediatric-medical internship, Strong Memorial Hospital,University of Rochester. Public Health Service Officer and Residency in Pathology, New England Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Co-Director of Laboratories and Professor of Clinical Pathology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and University Hospital. B.A., Washington & Jefferson College; M.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine.