Meet Our Leadership TEam
Freedom Fund Committee co-chair
I am a community activist, the president of the Berkshire County Branch NAACP since 2015, and Chair of the Freedom Fund Committee, an Executive Committee member of the New England Area Conference (NEAC) NAACP, and I serve on its Education Committee. I am vice-chair of the Clinton Church Restoration Project. I serve on the Pittsfield Licensing Board, the Pittsfield School Committee, the Pittsfield 4 Freedom Coalition, the Greylock Community Development Advisory Board, the Railroad Street Youth Project Board (RSYP) in Great Barrington, the Steering Committee of the WEB. Du Bois Educational Series also in Great Barrington.
I am a veteran of the United States Army, completing my tour of duty in 1966. I am a graduate of the class of 1968 from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). And from 1972 – 1986, I held positions of instructor and administrator at the CIA. 1987 – 1990 Chef-owner, Wendell House Bistro Pittsfield, MA; 1997 – 1999 Executive Director, Christian Center, Pittsfield, Ma.; 1990 – 2000 Chef-owner Catering By Design; 2000 – 2003 Food Service Manager BSO, Boston Ma.; 2003 – 2010 Director of Food Service/Culinary/Hospitality – Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth, Canaan, NY.
The Berkshire Eagle feature me in their Executive Spotlight Series in 2020. Berkshire Magazine recognized me as one of “Berkshire 25” (Most Dedicated, Most Creative, Most Influential person of 2018. In the 1990s, I received Berkshire Center for Families and Children’s – Outstanding Volunteer Award; and was named by the South Advocate as Pittsfield’s M.V.P (Most Valuable Person). 1977 I was a Culinary Team member. We won five (5) Gold Medals at an International Culinary Competition in Basel Switzerland; and received the Diploma of Honor from the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique; in 1973, received the Culinary Teachers Association – Recognition Award.
I am MAPP Certified – (Massachusetts Approach To Partnerships In Parenting)
Originally from Teaneck, NJ, she spent her early childhood years in South County growing up in North Egremont, later residing in all 4 corners of CT over the span of 25 years. She returned to her Berkshire roots with her family in 2013. She is the mother of two amazing middle schoolers.
Early in her career she worked St. Francis Behavioral Health as a mental health worker in the adolescent and schizophrenic units, moving into social work as a family health advocate for CT’s H.U.S.K.Y insurance program. Sabrina continued her career in the insurance industry spending 8 years with Liberty Mutual in sales and sales management, managing 3 offices in Fairfield County, CT, earning multiple Pacesetter awards, the Lamplighter award and an LUTCF designation.
In 2010, Sabrina left Liberty Mutual to start her own fashion styling business, Sabrina Allard, Inc. along with running a homebased business in renewable energy with Viridian Energy for 6 years. There she served as Chairwoman of the Associate Sustainability Council organizing local beach and park cleanups with her team along the east coast. Her work in renewable energy and sustainability allowed the opportunity to help build an international library in Ghana, Africa and a water accessibility/solar panel project in West Java, Indonesia.
Upon moving to the Berkshires, Sabrina pivoted from the corporate/business world to continue work in social services and pursue her artistic passions. She spent her first two years back in the Berkshires getting to know the south county community as a server at local restaurant, Prairie Whale. In 2016 Sabrina started work with Railroad Street Youth Project serving as the Mentor Coordinator. In 2017, she became the Director of Empowerment and in 2020, the Deputy Director.
In 2020, the Berkshire Eagle recognized Sabrina as one of the “next generation” change makers for International Women’s Day and she received the Berkshire Nonprofit’s Unsung Hero award. Sabrina is a committee member for the Clinton Church Restoration Project and member Pittsfield Moves, a community project through Jacob’s Pillow. You can find her being a hermit at home, where she paints, writes poetry, sings and creates improv & choreographed dance pieces.
Daryl is a graduate of Drake University where he majored in English and Rhetoric & Communication. In 2015 he received his Master’s Degree from Boston College in Higher Education Administration.
Daryl’s hobbies include playing basketball, hiking through the Berkshires with Ashley, running, playing table tennis with neighbor dads, watching sports, trying to learn Spanish, and going to the Beacon Theater for popcorn while occasionally seeing a movie as well. However Daryl spends most of his time hanging out with his daughters eating ice cream, playing chase, and going to state capitol buildings (we’ve made it to 20 so far).
Marc works for a wealth management firm in Pittsfield, Park Square Financial Advisors of Raymond James and Associates. In addition to the Series 7 Securities license, Marc holds the Series 6, 63, and 65 licenses and is a licensed Life, Accident, and Health agent.
He is an active alumnus of the Dulye leadership Experience based in the Berkshires, and he earned finalist selection to the program’s prestigious annual retreat for four consecutive years.
In his free time, he enjoys hiking, reading, and watching football. His favorite quote is by Kenneth Chenault, one of the first African Americans to become the chief executive officer (CEO) of a Fortune 500 firm, “Many people don’t focus enough on execution. If you commit to getting something done, you
need to follow through on that commitment.”
Other Executive Committee Members
Political Action Committee co-chair
Environmental and Climate Justice Committee co-chair
In addition to serving as co-chair of the Environmental and Climate Justice Committee, Raei works with 18 Degrees Pittsfield supporting LGBTQ+ youth and is currently a wilderness instructor intern with Flying Deer Nature Center. Self identifying as a tree, Raei’s dream is to escape into the forest, root, and live there forever with other woodland beings.
Freedom Fund Committee co-chair
drastically change her personal and professional life after running her own photography business in Germany for more than ten years (2007-present).
Shortly after moving to the U.S. for love, she started coordinating the Berkshire Immigrant Stories Project (2017-present), organizing programming for and with our Berkshire Immigrant Community as well as collecting
their moving stories.
Around the same time Toni coordinated, planned, and executed the Road Scholar Program in the Berkshires (2018) for one whole season before starting her new fulltime position at Berkshire Community College as the Director of Alumni Relations (2018-present), now sharing the powerful stories of BCC alumni and how accessible education has changed and bettered their lives.
Toni sees herself as an artistic activist. She co-founded the Hoping Machine (2017) at the
Guthrie Center, a group of activists and songwriters working to foster social justice through the power of music and storytelling; she serves as a steering committee member of the Four Freedoms Coalition (2018-present); a member of the Board of Directors of WAM Theatre (2020-present); served on the Pittsfield Human Rights Commission (2018-2019); is a member of the MASS MoCA Community Advisory Network (2019-present); represents the Immigrant Community on the Impact Council of Berkshire Leadership (2018-present); is a member of Pittsfield Moves by Jacob’s Pillow (2018-present); and a recent 40 Under Forty award recipient.
She holds a Master’s in Communication Design and is approaching another MA in Management of Nonprofits and Cultural Organizations.
Toni is very grateful to have found home, happiness and a strong community in the Berkshires. The seemingly most unlikely place to end up for a Syrian, who was born and raised in the Rhineland in Germany, now planning her future and starting a family with her husband in the beautiful Berkshire hills.
Legal Redress Committee co-chair
Christina herself is a domestic, multiracial, transracial adoptee who believes strongly in family preservation and dismantling our current adoption and child welfare systems that are steeped in racism and classism. Christina has served on different boards and committees through out berkshire County. She also works with Finca Luna Buho, a local farm in Cheshire which works tirelessly to provide space for BIPOC, immigrant, queer, and adoptee communities.
Jerome Edgerton, Jr.
At Large Member
Jerome is not only a creative genius in the arts but he was inducted into the New England Regional Basketball Hall of Fame for his prowess and athletic abilities on the court as a high school player in August 2015. He attended Nichols and Livingstone Colleges where he played Varsity basketball. Last, but not least Jerome is a minister at New Generation Global Ministry. His passion is to share his talents, experiences and insights with youth.
Education Committee co-chair
At Large Member
In 2015 after 21 years of employment she retired from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services as the Director of the Berkshire Service Group. She currently serves on 18 Degrees Human Services Agency board, City of Pittsfield Preservation Committee and other task forces.
Shirley is the founder of the Women of Color Giving Circle of the Berkshires and The Rites of Passage and Empowerment program. The mission of R.O.P.E. is to celebrate and honor the entry of adolescent girls into womanhood and provide them with skills and knowledge that they need to be successful, independent and responsible women! It is designed to help them discover their voice and support all components of personal development. Two primary projects of R.O.P.E are college tours locally, in neighboring states and to Historical Black College and Universities. The second are international service learning projects in South and West Africa.
Shirley Edgerton earned a M.Ed from MCLA in 2004 and has been recognized for her community work with an honorary Doctorate of Humanity from The College of Our Lady of the Elms, May 2017 and a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2018.
A.J. Enchill, Jr.
Economic Development and Justice Committee chair
At Large Member
Since 2017 A.J. has performed constituent services and community outreach as the District Aide for State Senator Adam G. Hinds. He was formerly the board co-chair for Multicultural BRIDGE. He is a board member of Berkshire Community Action Council and Community Health Programs.
A.J. has returned home with the goal to impact his community in a way that inspires young folks to return to the Berkshires to strengthen the place that raised them. A.J. and his wife Grace look forward to raising their family in the Berkshires.
Education Committee co-chair
KEY CONTRIBUTIONS Continually earns high marks for the quality of classroom teaching, lesson plans, and instructional materials used in teaching diverse subjects (language arts, math, science, social studies, history, life skills, and vocational skills), to a diverse population of students. Consistently commended for ability to redirect students by replacing disruptive, unproductive patterns with positive, productive behavior patterns.
EDUCATION: FITCHBURG STATE UNIVERSITY, FITCHBURG, MA —CAGS JANUARY 2014 – MAY 2016,
Interdisciplinary Studies – Special Education and Reading, 2012-2016
AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE, SPRINGFIELD, MA — M. ED JANUARY 2008 – MAY 2010
School Administration, 2010 Principal/ Assistant
Principal Certification (Grades 9-12) Administrative
Practicum, 2010- Monument Mountain High School
Legal Redress Committee co-chair
He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he was recognized as the top computer science graduate. He received his M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, where his thesis focused on machine learning and expert systems. He is an entrepreneur who leverages his background in computer science, technology, business and the law to advise startup companies. In addition to advising startups, he has spent time acquiring and growing companies.