HRR Board of Directors & Advisory Council

Jason M. LaForest, HRR Executive Director

The Hoosic River Revival Board generally meets once a month on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:00pm and additionally as necessary.

2019 Board of Directors
Marlene Middleton, President
Brian Miksic, Vice President
Janette Kessler, Treasurer
Bert Lamb, Clerk

STEPHANIE BOSLEY  – Currently working with 1Berkshire, the region’s chamber of commerce and regional tourism council in Client Relations. Past efforts include work with Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, Town of Adams Community Development Office, and the American Cancer Society. Recently elected the City Chair of the North Adams Democratic City Committee.

PETER BREEN – Peter, a North Adams native, is retired from a forty year career in business and education. Peter continues to pursue his lifelong interests in nature, technology, history, cultures and genealogy. Peter and his wife, Mary Ellen, have two children and four grandchildren.

AMANDA CHILSON – Currently employed with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition as the Mass in Motion Program Coordinator and Community Health Worker. Personally and professionally passionate about personal health and wellness, community residents, and the environment and community in which we live, work and play in northern Berkshire.

JANETTE KESSLER – Ms. Kessler has 30 years of experience in the energy, telecommunications, and community development fields, with particular expertise in finance and project management. She has worked for a wide variety of companies and provided consulting services to numerous clients including Mass Development and the Town of Adams. Ms. Kessler holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis and an MBA from the Wharton School.

BERT LAMB – Currently employed with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition as the Communications Coordinator. Previously worked in the printing business for over 30 years.

GLENDA MATOS-CARTER – Glenda is the Coordinator of Northern Berkshire Neighbors, the neighborhood organizing program of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition. She was introduced to the North Adams community and Berkshire region by way of MCLA; hired in 2006 as the Assistant Technical Director at Venable Theatre of the Fine and Performing Arts Department. Glenda has earned an MA in Art Administration from Goucher College and a BA in Technical Theatre and Design from Keene State College.

MARLENE MIDDLETON – Retired nurse with 30 years in that profession, including 13 years  in the O.R. at a level one trauma center in Springfield, MO and another 17 years as a nurse at inner city schools.  Raised on a farm with access to a river. Brings organizational, creative, and outreach skills, along with a love of community and people. 

BRIAN MIKSIC – Co-founder and former President of Develop North Adams, which is now the N. A. Chamber of Commerce, Brian is committed to building North Adams through growth in the private sector. A member of the N. A. Planning Board, he works as a technology director for J. F. Griffin, an outdoor sporting company.

KIM PERRY – Kim is an insurance agent representing American National Insurance in Williamstown, MA. Before her current profession, Kim worked in the restaurant and food industry while getting her Associates in Science Degree. She has lived in North Adams with her husband and daughter for the last 10 years. She loves the outdoors:  Kayaking, boating, horseback riding, camping and hiking are just a few of her favorites.

RICHARD TAVELLI  – Offers some 40+ years of experience in developing / implementing organizational strategies; managing and funding early stage companies and entrepreneurial enterprises; directing environmental permitting and remediation projects, including governmental relations; and transacting private equity mergers, acquisitions, and fund-raisings. BA, Williams College, Political Science, 1973 ; MBA+ degree Yale School of Management, 1979; born and raised in North Adams, MA.  Actively volunteering with several economic development groups in the Northern Berkshires.

ANNIE VALK – A historian and administrator at Williams College, Annie has more than 20 years of experience doing arts and humanities-based community history projects.  Before moving to North Adams in 2014, she taught at universities in North Carolina, Illinois, and Rhode Island.

PETE WHEELER  – Pete is the owner and operator of the Empire Café on Main Street. He has a background in environmental health working with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and also served as a police officer with the Clarksburg police department. He currently serves as a member of the North Adams Parks and Recreation Commission.

GEEG WILES – Offers many skills including Public Speaker, Scientist, Carpenter, White Water Raft Guide, and Community Engagement. Particular interests include developing and supporting community and broader connections, and working on social media and communications.

2019 Advisory Council

Al Bashevkin
Ralph Brill
Cindy Delpapa
Brent Filson
Steve Green
Marion Grillon
Judy Grinnell
Tom Jorling
Paul Marino
Elaine Mattern
Wendy Mcweeny
Gary Polumbo
Lelsie Reed-Evans
Jerry Shoen
Lauren Stevens
Colleen Taylor
Elena Traister
David Willette