Kristine Hazzard, Long-Time Leader of Berkshire United Way, Joins VIM Board of Trustees

Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires (VIM) is pleased to announce that Kristine Hazzard has joined the organization as a member of the Board of Trustees.  Kristine has 30 years of experience leading and managing health and human service organizations.  Currently a principal consultant at Katalyst, she specializes in strategic planning, organizational development, executive coaching, community change processes and meeting facilitation.  Prior to launching her own firm, Kristine served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Berkshire United Way from 2008 to 2019.

“Kristine’s proven commitment to improving the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community, combined with her expertise in program development, fundraising, public relations, board development, and coaching will be invaluable to VIM,” notes Arthur M. Peisner, VIM’s Chairman of the Board.  “VIM is needed now more than ever, and Kristine will be instrumental in helping ensure we grow strategically and sustainably.” 

Before Berkshire United Way, Kristine spent 10 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County, a nonprofit agency serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as women returning to the community after incarceration.  Prior to that, she was Supervisor of School-Based Health Centers for the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut’s Department of Health.  Kristine began her career as Site Manager of Planned Parenthood of Connecticut’s Stamford Clinic. 

Kristine and her husband Larry, President of Berkshire Life Insurance Company, (a subsidiary of Guardian Life) live in Hinsdale, MA.  Larry is a former member of VIM’s Board of Trustees, and the couple have been long-time supporters of the organization. Kristine received her B.A. In Social Work from Albright College and an M.A. in Social Welfare Administration from SUNY Albany.

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