BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Diane is an independent film producer who currently serves as the Executive Director of the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, a non-profit dedicated to creating education, workforce and production opportunities in the film and media industry as an economic initiative for the western Massachusetts. She produced the award-winning short film, A Tree A Rock A Cloud, based on the story by Carson McCullers and directed by actor, Karen Allen. Diane also recently produced the short, You Have A Voice for the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus/Berkshire Section. Her current producing projects include the documentary Cowgirls Are Forever, for Barbara Newman and Nancy Novack; a screen adaptation of Edith Wharton’s novel, Summer, written and directed by feature film art director/production designer, Carl Sprague; the feature Mumbet, by local authors Jana Laiz and Ann-Elizabeth Barnes about a slave who sued for her freedom in Massachusetts and won; and the feature Weeping Under The Same Moon, a story of two teenagers during the Vietnamese refugee boat crisis. Diane is creating a multi-media exhibit, Sound and Painting, with artist Stephen Hannock that will debut at MASS MoCA next spring. Diane has directed/produced videos for 1Berkshire, McCann Technical School, Age Friendly Berkshires and the Berkshire United Way.
In the 1990’s, Diane was Executive Producer and General Manager of Mass.Illusion, a visual effects movie studio located in Lenox, Massachusetts and Alameda, California. In six years, MI had a through-put of almost $30M. During that time, the studio created effects for The Matrix (Academy Award 2000, Best Visual Effects), What Dreams May Come (Academy Award 1999, Best Visual Effects), Starship Troopers, Evita, Eraser, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Judge Dredd, and many others. Prior to that, Diane was the Production Supervisor for the $50M multi- screen installation Luxor Las Vegas, directed by visual effects pioneer, Douglas Trumbull and the producer of the award-winning video, The Making of Luxor. Prior to that, Diane worked for R/Greenberg Associates in New York City where she produced countless commercials and feature film title sequences.
Diane holds a degree from Vassar College and attended Princeton University and NYU Film School. She is currently on the Boards of the 1Berkshire Foundation and is Chair of the Board of Berkshire Pulse, a performing arts center in Housatonic, MA. She is an active member of New York Women in Film and Television, Women in Film & Video/New England, The Massachusetts Production Coalition and The Visual Effects Society.
JENNIFER DAILY, LICSW
Jennifer Daily is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who specializes in complex childhood trauma and its effects on learning. She focuses on providing cutting edge clinical care for children in the Berkshires, dealing with issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD and learning disabilities. Ms. Daily has spent nearly two decades working in the Education and Mental Health fields, treating adolescents with complex mental health, trauma, and learning needs. She has previously practiced within the Allentown School District and the Lehigh Valley Health and Hospital Network in Pennsylvania and New York City. Ms. Daily is also the co-author of the S.E.L.F. Psychoeducational Group Curriculum through The Sanctuary Institute, a world-renowned leader in trauma-informed care. Ms. Daily also develops group therapy protocols for iHope Network, an online therapy company. Ms. Daily has a particular interest in the role of adverse childhood experiences, learning styles in school-based behavioral issues, and creating dynamic interventions to address the same.
Throughout her career, Ms. Daily has focused on building bridges between children, families, and educators through individual and family therapy, school team meetings, PTA trainings, and Professional Development trainings for educators, as well as unique partnerships with community groups. Jen is proud of her work with the Berkshire County Healthcare Collaborative, working to find unique ways to connect children and families with excellent healthcare and to support families becoming meaningfully engaged in the community.
CHARLES J. FERRIS
Charles Ferris has been a practicing attorney in Massachusetts and New York for 35 years. After graduating from St. John’s School of Law he served as a law clerk to the Justices of the New York Supreme Court. He then served as a Litigation Associate in the New York City offices of Weil Gotshal & Manges, where he represented major corporations, banks and brokerage companies in complex lawsuits throughout the United States. Following that position he served as Assistant General Counsel to Bank Hapoalim where he was responsible for a large portfolio of commercial loan transactions and in-house litigation and labor law matters. He then served as Counsel to Sotheby’s and Sotheby’s International Realty, before opening his own practice in Berkshire County in 1993. He obtained a Masters of Law (LL.M.) from New York University, and has taught law courses at New York School of Law and Western New England School of Law.
Charles has served as a member of Great Barrington Rotary since 1995, and has been a member of its Board of Directors, Fund Raising Committee and Scholarship Committee for more than 10 years. He was a founding member, and former Chairman of the Eagle Fund, which raises money for grants that foster academic excellence and enhanced educational experiences in the Southern Berkshire School District as well as a Grant Committee member of the Janet Fund, a privately endowed fund which provided funds for projects in the Southern Berkshire School District. Since 2008 he has also been a member of the Board of Directors of Berkshire Pulse, a not-for-profit corporation in Great Barrington which provides dance and performing arts classes for children and adults.
Laurie Freedman began her dance training as student and assistant to Jane Dudley. She earned a BA in dance from Bennington College and MFA in Dance, Arts Administration, and Video-Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Laurie was invited to Israel to join the prestigious Batsheva Dance Company. She lived in Israel for 18 years, performing and touring with the company, as well as creating original choreography and teaching dance for professional performing arts venues throughout the country. Upon returning to the USA, Laurie was invited to direct the dance program at the Millbrook School. She later developed a digital video program for the arts department, served as technical director of the theater and later interim director of the school’s Holbrook Art Center.
Laurie has received various grants and awards for her work in dance and video production. She serves on the Board of Directors of Berkshire Pulse and CTSBTV.