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.

Steven T. Bernstein

Steve has a passion for business and has enjoyed a nearly fifty-year career in the international global logistics industry. Upon graduation from University of Vermont with a degree in accounting and economics, his work led to the founding and presidency of industry leaders H.Z. Bernstein Co. and H.Z. Bernstein Airfreight Corp. Later Steve led UTi Worldwide (400 offices in 59 nations). He stayed on when UTi Worldwide was acquired and in 2012 and retired as Global VP for Customs and Compliance. He is still active in the industry and consults through S. Bernstein Consulting.

Steve has long supported local healthcare initiatives. He is a past president of the T. Grotta Center for Rehabilitation in West Cladwell, NJ.

Jeffrey W. Blake, MD, FACC

Board Member Emeritus. 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.

Michael Citrin, Esq.

Michael is a partner in the law firm of Drury, Patz & Citrin, LLP, of Canaan, Connecticut, and currently practices in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Over the years, he has worked in law offices in Detroit and New York City. As a local attorney, he has counseled a number of non-profits in the community. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Detroit School of Law. Michael lives in Great Barrington with his wife and three children.

Lawrence S. Hazzard

Lawrence S. “Larry” Hazzard is Vice President, Head of Disability Product, for The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. Larry joined the company in April 2007 as Vice President, Product & Marketing, to serve as the head of the Multi-Life DI and Long Term Care Insurance lines. He came to Guardian from MassMutual Financial Group in Enfield, Conn., where he was vice president of the company’s US Insurance Group Product Portfolio Strategy and Life Marketing.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business/Psychology from Albright College in Reading, Pa., and an MBA in Marketing Management from the State University of New York at Albany.

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

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 provides nutrition counseling and teaches stress management and yoga to VIM patients as well as to private clients. Nancy is the host of Berkshire Wellness Radio, a podcast showcasing health care professionals and other healers in the Berkshires. 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 based in Boston.

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.

Thomas Sakshaug, DDS

Pittsfield dentist Thomas J. Sakshaug, DDS, has joined the VIM Berkshires Board of Directors after serving for ten years as a clinical volunteer. Tom will serve as a liaison to the dental clinic, offering guidance in updating the digital X-ray system and software. “There is nothing like the feeling I get when I fix a bad esthetic situation on a young patient or if I can relieve someone’s pain. The ability to help folks get back to work is something I’ll never take for granted. By helping our hardworking patients, we help not just them but the community,” said Dr. Sakshaug.

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.

Susan W. Shoval

Susan W. Shoval’s primary area of professional involvement is currently financial and commercial real estate investments. In 1982, she co-founded GUARD Insurance Group – an insurance organization specializing in workers’ compensation insurance, now owned by Berkshire Hathaway.

Susan currently serves as a director of Highmark (a PA Blue Cross/Blue Shield Company) and of Highmark Health, and has served in various positions on many not-for-profit boards. She is a member of the Committee of 200 (a professional organization of preeminent women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders throughout the country).

She has received significant and varied public recognition that has emphasized both her success in business and with her community, and received the Governor’s Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania Award in October of 2008.

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.