BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Diane recently produced the award-winning short film, A Tree A Rock A Cloud, based on the short story by Carson McCullers, written and directed by actor, Karen Allen, as well as the short film, You Have A Voice for the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus/Berkshire Section about young women, leadership and civic engagement. Her current slate of feature projects includes the refugee story, Weeping Under This Same Moon, by Jana Laiz, a screen adaptation of Edith Wharton’s novel, Summer, by feature film art director/ production designer, Carl Sprague, and Mumbet: A Free Woman, the true story of Elizabeth “Mumbet’ Freeman, the first slave in Massachusetts to take her owner to court and win her freedom.
Diane has directed and produced projects locally for 1Berkshire, Berkshire United Way, McCann Technical School, Age Friendly Berkshires & the ROPE Program (Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program for young women of color in Pittsfield). She is currently partnering with Great Barrington Public Theater to direct/produce a series of original short films about nature by local Berkshire playwrights.
Diane served as Production Manager for the creation of a web-based health initiative for Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA. She has also produced several industrial animation projects for Ben Hillman & Company of Sheffield, MA as well as the animated sequence for Spike Lee’s film, She Hate Me, directed by Hillman.
Diane was Executive Producer and General Manager of Mass.Illusion, a visual effects movie studio located in Lenox, Massachusetts and Alameda, California. From 1993 to 1998, she oversaw up to 200 employees and a through put of $8-$10 million per year on such films as 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, The Scarlet Letter, and Event Horizon.
In addition to her award-winning visual effects, Diane served as Supervising Producer for the production of three specialty films attractions for Circus Circus’ hotel, LUXOR LAS VEGAS. The $50M project was produced at The Trumbull Company, Lenox, MA. During that time, she produced the award winning behind-the-scenes documentary, “The Making of Luxor” for Director Scott Morris.
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 Chairman of the Board of Berkshire Pulse, a performing arts center in Housatonic, MA. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the 1Berkshire Foundation. She is an active member of New York Women in Film and Television, The Massachusetts Production Coalition, New England Women in Film and The Visual Effects Society. Diane lives in Great Barrington, MA with her husband and two sons.
JENNIFER DAILY, LICSW
Jennifer Daily, LICSW, is a graduate of The Silberman School of School Work at Hunter College and Cedar Crest College. She is a consultant for many Berkshire County school districts and regularly trains educators on topics including Anxiety, ADHD, and Trauma. Ms. Daily has a particular interest in the role of adverse childhood experiences, the effects of learning styles on school based behavioral issues, and the intersection of mental health and education.
A central tenet of her work is collaboration, and Ms. Daily has focused on building bridges between children, families, educators, providers, and wider community systems. She was an early part of the Southern Berkshire Collaborative Care Team, working to increase collaborative care between children, pediatricians, schools, and families. 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 worked with the Allentown School District in Allentown, PA, Lehigh Valley Health and Hospital Network in Pennsylvania, The Andrus Children’s Center in Yonkers, NY, and currently practices in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Ms. Daily is a 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, a leading online mental health provider.
She serves on the Board of Berkshire Pulse — a community performing arts organization that focuses on the health, well-being, and leadership of its students, as well as The Center for Peace through Culture — a non-profit dedicated to creating communities that live peacefully and creatively, in addition to those non-profit boards, Ms. Daily also serves on the Parish Council at Monterey United Church of Christ, and the Planning Board for the Town of Otis.
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. He 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 later as assistant to renown modern dancer Jane Dudley. Laurie earned a BA in dance from Bennington College and MFA in Dance, Arts Administration, and Video-Production from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Laurie was invited to Israel to join the prestigious Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv. She lived Israel for 18 years, performing and touring with the company, as well as creating original choreography and teaching dance for 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 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.
CLAUDIA GOLD, MD
Claudia M. Gold, MD is a pediatrician and writer who practiced general and behavioral pediatrics for over 20 years and now specializes in early childhood mental health. She is on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health Program, the Brazelton Institute at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute. She is a clinician with FIRST Steps Together, a program for pregnant and parenting women recovering from opioid dependence, and director of the Hello It’s Me Project, a community-based program supporting parent-infant relationships in rural western Massachusetts.
Dr. Gold speaks frequently to a variety of audiences including parents and professionals. She is the author of The Developmental Science of Early Childhood (2017), The Silenced Child (2016), and Keeping Your Child in Mind (2011), and writes regularly for her blog Child in Mind.
ALAN GLACKMAN, C.P.A – TREASURER
Sobel, Glackman & Sobel, P.A. – 1971 to September 15, 2006
Admitted as a partner in 1978. Became Managing Partner in 1993.
Accounting, auditing and tax partner. Industry experience includes construction, manufacturing, retail, leisure, restaurant and professional practices including legal and medical.
Alan S. Glackman, C.P.A., P.C. – September 16, 2006 to present
Graduate of Florida Atlantic University, B.S. from the college of Business and Public Administration, June 1970.
Successfully passed all parts of the Uniform CPA Examination in November 1975. MEMBER
American institute of Certified Public Accountants
Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants
BOARDS and POSITIONS
Great Barrington Rotary Board Member and Treasurer
Great Barrington Rotary Student Assistance Fund and Treasurer
Berkshares Board Member and Treasurer – 2007-2013
Berkshire Pulse Board Member and Treasurer – Since 2013
Shana ParkeHarrison grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She trained with Moscelyne Larkin and Roman Jasinski and was a member of Tulsa Ballet. During summer intensives she received additional training with dancers including, Yvonne Chouteau, Rosella Hightower, Marjorie Tallchief and Georgina Parkinson. While pursuing a BFA in Art she continued to dance and perform in productions including Oklahoma!. Shana has taught ballet at schools in Worcester, MA, at Flowering Child (the precursor to Berkshire Pulse) and at The National Dance Museum’s School for the Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY. Shana creates art with her husband Robert. The ParkeHarrisons have exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. Their works are in permanent collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, LACMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art.
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